When it comes to Thanksgiving traditions, turkey and football are certainly at the top of the list. However, Friends is not far behind with its iconic Thanksgiving episodes. These episodes have become a staple of the holiday season, filled with memorable moments like Ross' infamous trifle. But how do they compare to each other? We have taken on the challenge of ranking all 10 Friends Thanksgiving episodes from worst to best.
Starting at the bottom of the list is an episode that falls short in many ways. Not only does Chandler reveal his dislike for dogs, but there are also continuity errors and a stolen car incident involving Tag. It's not the most festive episode, but fortunately, the season makes up for it later with "The One with the Holiday Armadillo."
Next on the list is an episode that feels less like a Thanksgiving episode and more like a turning point in Ross and Rachel's tumultuous relationship. Ross makes the ill-advised decision to compare his current girlfriend Julie with Rachel, leading to a series of ups and downs for the couple.
This episode may have too much tension for a Thanksgiving celebration, with Monica refusing to host the holiday and everyone getting into a fight. However, it is redeemed by the heartwarming announcement that Monica and Chandler are going to be parents.
Joey and Chandler's feud takes center stage in another not-so-festive Thanksgiving episode. Chandler spends most of the episode in a box to apologize for kissing Joey's girlfriend while Monica flirts with Richard's son, creating some uncomfortable moments.
In season 6, we finally meet Rachel's sisters, with Christina Applegate stealing the show as the self-involved Amy. Her anger over not being chosen as Emma's guardian provides laughs, along with Monica's obsession over her wedding china.
The combination of football and Thanksgiving is a match made in sitcom heaven. This episode takes us back in time to the Geller family's past Thanksgivings, showcasing their hilarious attempts at playing football and impressing the only spectator of their game.
The first-ever Friends Thanksgiving episode earns a high spot on the list due to its role in establishing the tradition. Despite Rachel missing her flight, the gang's display of friendship showcases the true spirit of Thanksgiving. However, the standout moment has nothing to do with the holiday itself, but rather Joey's face appearing on a poster for VD awareness.
While some flashback episodes can be skipped, this one is a must-watch. We learn the stories behind Monica's weight loss, Chandler's injured foot, and Phoebe's previous Thanksgiving experiences, providing valuable insights into the characters' lives.
Coming in at second place is an episode featuring a hilarious guest appearance by Jennifer Aniston's then-husband, Brad Pitt. His portrayal of an old high school enemy of Rachel's brings an extra layer of humor to the episode. Phoebe and Chandler's comical attempts to understand football add to the entertainment.
Finally, the top spot goes to an episode filled with laughter and unforgettable moments. With the presence of Jack and Judy Geller, Chandler's efforts to win over Monica's parents, Phoebe's romantic dream about Jacques Cousteau, and Joey and Ross' desire to hang out with Joey's dancer friends, this episode has it all. Not to mention, Rachel's culinary mishap of an English trifle layered with a Shepherd's pie gives us one of the most quotable lines from the series.
When it comes to Thanksgiving TV episodes, diverse shows have their iconic moments too. So, if you're looking for more than just Friends, check out our curated list of classic Thanksgiving episodes from some of the greatest series ever.