The Most Popular Thanksgiving TV Episodes

Do you ever binge specific television episodes during the holidays? I do. Every Christmas my husband and I watch every American Dad Christmas episode because they are seriously good. I swear. The series is streaming on Hulu, do yourself a favor and watch them. However, I never gave much thought to Thanksgiving television episodes. So, when USDish reached out to me with their findings on the most popular Thanksgiving television episodes, I was intrigued.

Let me tell you up front that America is missing out on great Thanksgiving television because The Cleveland Show did not end up on this list at all, and that show has the most EPIC Thanksgiving episodes. (Again, streaming on Hulu, watch them.) Obviously this omission leads me to the methodology that was used to compile the list.

To find the most popular TV episodes on Thanksgiving they analyzed the top fifteen holiday episodes for each holiday using IMDb data.

To qualify for the analysis, each episode had to meet the following criteria: contain the keyword “Thanksgiving”, be produced between 1990–2020, have over 1,500 IMDb votes, and achieve a rating of 7.5 and above.

Once they narrowed down their search, they found each episode’s viewership count using the viewership archive on TV Listings. Then they ranked each episode from most popular to least-popular based on viewership. To find the most-searched TV show in each state for November they analyzed Google Trends data.

With that out of the way, with no further ado, here are the results:

1. “The One with the List” Friends
2. “The Mom and Pop Store” Seinfeld
3. “The One with the Football” Friends
4. “The One with Chandler in a Box” Friends
5. “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister” Friends
6. “The One with the Rumor” Friends
7. “The One with All the Thanksgivings” Friends
8. “The One Where Underdog Gets Away” Friends
9. “The One with the Late Thanksgiving” Friends
10. “The One Where Ross Got High” Friends
11. “The Thanksgiving Decoupling” The Big Bang Theory
12. “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs” Friends
13. “Ignorance Is Bliss” House
14. “Belly Full of Turkey” How I Met Your Mother
15. “Pilgrim Rick” This is Us

I do find it interesting that in New York, the state where the dominating television series Friends is set, it was not the most searched show for Thanksgiving.


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