‘Tis the season for stuffing, flannels and rewatching all the Friends Thanksgiving episodes. From the Geller Cup to Chandler spending the holiday in a box, the phenomenon used it all and never missed an opportunity to show loyal viewers Monica’s Thanksgiving meal. If you’re like VALLEY this Thanksgiving break, you’re are going to need to know which episode to binge watch first. For your convenience, we ranked them for you.
9. “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t like Dogs” (Season 7)
This episode could be out of the series and it wouldn’t mean much to the storylines and character development as a whole. The title almost makes it seem like the writers couldn’t think of anything more important than Chandler’s dislike for furry friends. This is also the episode when Rachel and Tag share a kiss for the first time, a low and immature relationship for season 7 Rachel.
8. “The One Where the Underdog Gets Away” (Season 1)
This being the series first thanksgiving episode, it was of course centered around traditions that would be created for the next 10 years. VALLEY can’t help but put the episode close to the bottom because the characters are not developed enough and in a relationship to spend the holidays together. Revealing Phoebe’s two Thanksgiving is odd and not as comical as other episodes.
7. “The One with the Late Thanksgiving” (Season 10)
The last Thanksgiving episode did not leave expectations high for the rest of the tenth season. With the series coming to an end, fans wanted originality with these characters and see their life evolve as we say goodbye. The storylines of Monica not even wanting to cook Thanksgiving dinner did not represent what we love about Friends.
6. “The One with Chandler in the Box” (Season 4)
If you ever wanted to know how much Chandler respects him and Joey’s friendship, he proves it in season 4 after spending a good portion of Turkey Day in a box. With an uncomfortable reunion from Monica’s past when Richard son stops by for dinner, the storyline seems a little odd and something Valley expects more from Monica.
5. “The One Where Ross Got High” (Season 6)
Rachel’s homemade trifle and the secret ingredients that unfold when the Geller’s stop for holiday dinner, made this on our list for the top five. Secrets about Ross getting married to Rachel and Chandler and Monica living together go for out loud laughter and awkward looks from all angles from the iconic apartment.
4. “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister” (Season 9)
Move over, Reese Witherspoon. Another Green showed up in the ninth season and she gave Thanksgiving a dysfunctional feel. Christina Applegate won an Emmy for her performance as Rachel’s sister and her calling Rachel’s baby, “Emily,” was just the icing to this family dinner.
3. “The One with the Rumor” (Season 9)
This episode was clever enough because of Brad Pitt’s guest role as well as the rumor that brought up Ross’ high school past. The “I hate Rachel Green Club” with Ross being a part of it made the episode that much more hysterical as well as Joey eating a 19-pound turkey all to himself in the spirit of Thanksgiving.
2. “The One with the Football” (Season 3)
This episode has a little bit of everything. Between sibling rivalry and Joey and Chandler fighting over a girl. One of VALLEY’s favorite parts about this episode was when Rachel makes the winning touchdown in the game and proves women can beat men in a flag football team.
1.“The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks” (Season 5)
Who doesn’t love fat Monica and anytime Ross tries to win Rachel over by being in a college band? This episode shines in the franchise from early Monica and Chandler days, (even if they did involve chopping off Chandler’s toe).