One of the most popular television shows of all time, “Friends” revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. This is a show about love and sex and careers and a time in life when everything is possible… about the search for commitment and security… and the fear of commitment and security. Most of all, it’s about friendship – for when you’re young and single in the city, your friends are your family.
Thanksgiving marks the annual airing of a special episode of the Friends television series. Some of the most memorable moments and memorable lines from Friends can be found in the Thanksgiving episodes. To get in the Thanksgiving spirit, I recommend watching all of the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends in chronological order.
There could be a plethora of lists detailing the best episodes. But how would you rank them? It’s right here if you’re trying to figure out how to watch the Friends Thanksgiving episodes in order. Everything you need to know about Friends’ Thanksgiving episodes is right here. With an HBO Max membership, you’ll have access to every episode. They can be rented or purchased from the Prime Video library.
Every Friends Thanksgiving Episodes in Order to Watch
1. “The One Where Underdog Gets Away” [Season 1, Episode 9]
Ross wants equal “belly time” after learning that Susan regularly talks to his unborn baby. Monica plans a quiet Thanksgiving feast at her apartment when her and Ross’s parents are away. Plans soon go awry: Phoebe joins them because she celebrates Thanksgiving in December with her grandmother. Joey, who posed for a public health poster, also arrives because his family has banned him, believing he has an STD. Chandler also attends, despite always boycotting Thanksgiving because his parents announced their divorce on that holiday when he was a child. When it is reported that the ‘Underdog’ balloon has broken free during the parade, everyone rushes to the roof to watch, then get locked out of Monica’s apartment. By the time they get back in, the dinner is burned. Rachel, who was about to leave for a skiing trip in Vail with her family, has missed her flight. Monica makes tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, Chandler’s usual Thanksgiving feast, for everyone.
2. “The One with the List” [Season 2, episode 8]
This didn’t feature a Thanksgiving dinner, but we did see Ross making a pro and con list of dating either Julie or Rachel. Ross struggles choosing between his childhood crush, Rachel, and his current girlfriend, Julie. Joey and Chandler suggest making a list of each girl’s pros and cons. Ross chooses Rachel, ending it with Julie, though Rachel later finds the list, reading the negative comments. Hurt and angry, she breaks up with Ross. Monica is hired to create recipes using a vile-tasting synthetic chocolate called, Mockolate.
3. “The One with the Football” [Season 3, episode 9]
Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays touch football on Thanksgiving, unleashing Ross’s and Monica’s competitive streaks. Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a Dutch model watching the game. Rachel, feeling continually sidelined, makes a play that seems to win the game, but when it falls short, Ross and Monica simultaneously dive for the ball, with neither one refusing to yield it.
4. “The One with Chandler in a Box” [Season 4, episode 8]
During Thanksgiving dinner, Joey punishes Chandler for kissing Kathy in the previous episode by sentencing him to a “time out” inside a crate for the same duration as when Joey was stuck in the entertainment unit earlier this season. Joey finally relents when he witnesses Kathy breaking up with Chandler, who is still inside the crate and resists responding in spite of the situation. Joey ultimately gives Chandler and Kathy his approval and prompts the former to chase after the latter. Ross is shocked to learn that Rachel exchanges every gift she is given, but she shows Ross that she keeps things that matter. Monica becomes infatuated with Richard’s son, Timothy, who is also an eye doctor, when she has an appointment with him after accidentally getting some ice into her eye. Monica and Timothy later kiss, though the former reveals that the kiss reminds her of Richard and both get disgusted soon afterwards.
5. “The One with All the Thanksgivings” [Season 5, episode 9]
Monica cooks Thanksgiving dinner. After, everyone share stories of their worst-ever Thanksgivings: Chandler learned of his parents’ divorce; Joey got a raw turkey stuck on his head; newly-thin, teen-aged Monica accidentally cut off the tip of Chandler’s toe with a sharp knife after he called her fat the previous year.
6. “The One Where Ross Got High” [Season 6, episode 9]
Ross is forced to tell Chandler why Jack and Judy dislike him. While in college, Ross experimented with pot and was found out by his parents but he claimed it was Chandler’s pot. Rachel makes dessert, but when the recipe book’s pages get stuck together, she combines an English trifle with beef sauteed with peas and onions. Phoebe has a sensual dream about Jack Geller, Monica and Ross’ father. Joey and Ross want to skip Monica’s Thanksgiving dinner after Janine invites them to hang out with her and her dancer friends.
7. “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs” [Season 7, episode 8]
Phoebe sneaks a dog into the apartment; Chandler reveals that he hates dogs. Ross becomes obsessed with naming all fifty U.S. states in order to earn his Thanksgiving dinner. After learning that Tag has broken up with his girlfriend and has nowhere to go for Thanksgiving, Rachel invites him to Monica’s and Chandler’s apartment. She is hesitant to tell Tag that she has a crush on him.
8. “The One With the Rumor” [Season 8, episode 8]
Monica invites a high school friend, Will (Brad Pitt) to her Thanksgiving dinner. Rachel finds out that Ross and Will (who was fat and is now slim and gorgeous) started a rumor during their senior year about Rachel having both male and female “reproductive parts”. Joey tries protecting the Tribbiani “family legacy” by eating an entire turkey. Chandler and Phoebe sit on the couch, watching a game to avoid helping Monica with the dinner clean up.
Special Guest: Brad Pitt as Will
9. “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister” [Season 9, episode 8]
Rachel’s sister Amy (Christina Applegate) unexpectedly shows up for Thanksgiving Dinner. Her arrival prompts a big fight over Emma’s custody if, hypothetically, Rachel and Ross passed away, though they have already chosen Monica and Chandler. Amy asks if she would get the baby if Monica also died; in that event, Ross and Rachel have also decided that Emma would go to Ross’ parents, upsetting Chandler, who believes that Ross and Rachel do not trust him. Meanwhile, Monica obsesses over her expensive china plates, and Phoebe coaches Joey on how to lie after Joey forgets to go to the Thanksgiving parade for Days of Our Lives.
Special Guest: Christina Applegate as Amy
10. “The One with the Late Thanksgiving” [Season 10, episode 8]
Monica and Chandler decide not to host Thanksgiving but Phoebe convinces them to by appealing to Monica’s competitive nature. Chandler helps out for the first time by making cranberry sauce and surprisingly, Monica lets him. Rachel and Phoebe enter Emma in a beauty pageant and win while Ross and Joey go to a Rangers game and as a result all four are nearly an hour late. Angry that nobody turned up on time when they didn’t want to host the meal to begin with, Monica and Chandler lock the door and refuse to let anyone in. Everyone manages to get their heads in the door but no further due to the chain being bolted, and eventually Joey gets stuck and is sent flying into the food when the door breaks. However, the argument is forgotten when Monica and Chandler get a call telling them a girl from Ohio has picked them to adopt her baby and everyone sits down for a belated Thanksgiving.
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