The mere thought of a real-life Friends couple was enough to convince me to re-watch the classic sitcom before bed, while cooking dinner, and at pretty much every other time. Below, find the official power rankings for all the Friends Thanksgiving episodes:
10. Season 5, Episode 8, “The One With All the Thanksgivings”
There are so many things wrong with this episode. First of all, it’s a flashback episode, which…boring. Second of all, in one of the aforementioned flashbacks, Chandler cruelly calls Monica fat, which…do any of these men own mirrors? Third of all, while it’s very charming that uptight Monica puts a turkey on her head to try to beat Chandler back after hurting him, leading to their first exchange of I-love-yours, I cannot stop thinking about the visceral sensation of what it must feel like to wear a slimy, raw, cold turkey carcass on your head. No, thanks!
9. Season 2, Episode 8, “The One With the List”
I have to rank this episode second to last because it’s the only Friends episode of the show’s entire 10-season run that doesn’t actually feature a Thanksgiving celebration. Sure, it’s fun to watch Monica try to devise Thanksgiving-centric recipes for a truly disgusting-sounding chocolate substitute called Mockolate, but I want my big, messy onscreen turkey dinner! (Also, Ross’s titular list of pros and cons about Rachel is so mean! Chubby ankles? Sir, have you seen what Rachel looks like? Do you own a mirror?)
8. Season 10, Episode 8, “The One With the Late Thanksgiving”
To be honest, I am not a huge fan of the final season of Friends (everyone’s too high-pitched and wild-eyed, for some reason!), but I do enjoy watching the whole gang try their best to ghost each other for such important reasons as a baby beauty pageant and a basketball game only to come together in the end, just as you’d assume they might.
7. Season 7, Episode 8, “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”
Rachel’s incredibly cute assistant-slash-boyfriend, Tag, is featured heavily in this episode, and while their romance may not have held up in the #MeToo era, the chemistry between them is undeniable. This is also the episode where I learned the 50 State Game, which got me through some incredibly boring sociology lectures in college. I would have scored higher, except I can’t get behind any episode that prominently centers on dog hatred. Dogs rule.
6. Season 8, Episode 9, “The One With the Rumor”
I would have ranked this Thanksgiving Episode of Friends higher due solely to the fact that Brad Pitt appears in it, but (1) his eventual split with Jennifer Aniston leads the viewer to experience kind of a bummer vibe upon rewatching and (2) this half hour of television is transphobic as hell. Yes, the word transphobic was barely even used in mainstream culture back then, but still…do we have to get LOLs out of the notion of a high school cheerleader who is, gasp, secretly a man?
5. Season 1, Episode 9, “The One Where the Underdog Gets Away”
This is the first Thanksgiving episode of Friends, and while everyone’s still settling awkwardly into their characters, it’s very sweet to watch them all enjoy grilled cheese together after their original plans fall through and sow the seeds of what will eventually be an eternal bond (or at least eternal in TV syndication).
4. Season 9, Episode 8, “The One With Rachel’s Other Sister”
Honestly, Rachel and Applegate’s character, Amy, trash-talking Witherspoon’s Jill in her absence, is as naturalistic a depiction of sisterly bonding as I’ve ever seen onscreen.
3. Season 4, Episode 8, “The One With Chandler in a Box”
True Friends Fans will remember Chandler falling hard for Joey’s girlfriend Kathy. it’s extra-painful when a furious Joey forces him to spend Thanksgiving in a box as penance—and extra-rewarding when they finally make up and Chandler gets the girl. (I love love!)
2. Season 6, Episode 9, “The One Where Ross Got High”
This episode—which features Ross coming out to his parents and his sister, Monica, tries to hide from them. She’s living with her new boyfriend, Chandler—is a perfect example of the genre.
1. Season 3, Episode 9, “The One With the Football”
This episode has everything: touch football, sibling rivalry, roommate conflict over a cute girl, a Troll doll (remember those?) of inexplicable imports. And most importantly, Phoebe Buffay in a ridiculously cute That Girl T-shirt.
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