10 Most Dramatic Thanksgiving Episodes Of 2000s TV

Thanksgiving is a time when the whole family comes together and is grateful for so many things in their lives. The best thing about vacations is that there is always the family drama that comes with it. It’s almost inevitable at this point. It could be something small or span years.

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Some TV shows have incredibly dramatic Thanksgiving episodes that have stuck with fans. Some series are known for Thanksgiving episodes which are now considered essential holiday viewing. From family secrets to many misunderstandings and near-death experiences, Thanksgiving episodes bring drama.

A Fried Korean Thanksgiving – Gilmore Girls (Season 3, Episode 9)

In truth Gilmore Girls fashion, ladies want to make parties special. In this episode Rory (Alexis Blédel) and Lorelai (Lawrence Graham) work to host four Thanksgiving dinners. Lorelai finds out that Rory has applied to more colleges than Harvard. And that causes a long conversation that spans the entire episode.

What’s difficult about this episode is that Rory has been at Harvard since she was little, but it was forced on her by Lorelei. Once she talks to her grandparents, there are other schools that might work better for her. Even though it’s only an option, Lorelei questions everything, including her own daughter.

Blair Waldorf Must Pie – Gossip Girl (Season 1, Episode 9)

In its very first season, Gossip Girl solidified itself as the series with the best Thanksgiving episodes. No other show had so much drama expertly integrated into a single-family reunion. When Dan (Penn Badgley) discovers that Serena (Blake Lively) and his family celebrate Thanksgiving alone, he naively invites them to spend the holidays in Brooklyn with the family.

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Meanwhile, Serena discovers Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) small date. And finally, the Archibalds are scared when Mr. Archibald ends up in the hospital.

He Is Risen – The Sopranos (Season 3, Episode 8)

This Thanksgiving episode is probably one of the most memorable of The Sopranos because it was a public holiday. Tension rises between Tony (Jacques Gandolfini) and Ralphie (Joe Pantoliano) until circumstances require that they resolve their differences. Meadow (Jamie Lynn Sigler) then gets involved with Jackie’s (Jason Cerbon) son and finds himself in trouble.

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Thanksgiving dinner invitations are rescinded due to Ralphie’s disrespect at the bar. But once a capo dies unexpectedly, Tony must make a decision about Ralphie, even if he wanted to switch families.

Thanks for the Memories – Grey’s Anatomy (Season 2, Episode 9)

Grey’s Anatomy has been on the air for a very long time, so the show is bound to have some emotional Thanksgiving episodes. In it, the holiday sends the occupants of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) house in different directions: Meredith escapes to the hospital, George (Knight TR) goes hunting with her family, and Izzie (Catherine Heigl) hosts a dinner party that it seems no one is coming to.

It seemed like no one wanted to celebrate the holiday this year because of their own issues, except for Izzie.

The Homecoming – The OC (Season 1, Episode 11)

In the early 2000s, no other series could quite compete with teen dramas. CO was a huge hit and every character was a household name. In a way he was complimenting Gossip Girl at the time. In this Thanksgiving episode, in its first season, the Cohens’ Thanksgiving dinner descends into chaos when unexpected guests arrive.

ryan (Ben McKenzie) returns to his hometown when his brother asks him for a favor. Fans get to see another side to Ryan early in the series, which gets pretty intense during the holidays.

Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace – One Tree Hill (Season 8, Episode 9)

Between Gossip Girl and CO., another teen drama series also topped the WB for a while. A tree hill was a series that knew how to fold multiple scenarios into a single episode and make it dramatic.

This Thanksgiving, Chase (Stephane Colletti) is the only one to hold the bar while his future girlfriends bicker with Nathan (James Laferty) and Haleys (Bethany Joe Lenz). While it’s happening Brooke (Sophie Bush) unfortunately spoils his first turkey dinner, so Julien (austin nichols) takes him and his mother to Scotts where Clay still resides. There’s a mix of odd pairings to make this a delightful holiday episode.

Serena Madre’s Treasure – Gossip Girl (Season 3, Episode 11)

When this is Gossip Girl was at its peak. From seasons one through four, the show was gaining momentum, and this Thanksgiving episode is the most memorable of The CW’s reign. Everyone is at the Van der Woodsen’s for Thanksgiving dinner, including Tripp Vanderbilt (Aaron Tveit) running for office. Serena is put in an awkward position as she is having an affair with him, and she is forced to sit across from his wife at the table.

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Blair believes her mother is pregnant and is keeping the secret, Jenny (Taylor Momsen) takes revenge on Eric (Connor Paolo) in a cruel way. Roufus (Matthew Setter) also discovers that Lily (Kelly Rutherford) lied to him about Cece (Caroline Lagerfelt) health. And all of this is happening while “Whatcha Say” by Jason Derulo plays in the background. The dinner table scene is one of the richest scenes in the series.

Don’t Walk On The Grass – Desperate Housewives (Season 6, Episode 6)

All mothers want the best for their daughters and Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) argues with the principal after removing Juanita from the Thanksgiving pageant. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) also discovers what Tom (Doug Savant) really doing well in college; Carl (Richard Burgi) gives Bree (Marcia Cross) a gift that Susan (Teri Hatcher) previously belonged; Katherine (Dana Delany) continues his attempts to seduce Mike (James Denton) and Angie (Drea de Matteo) continues to hide his past life.

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Of course, everything comes to a boiling point in this episode where secrets become too much in the suburbs.

Thanksgiving – Friday Night Lights (Season 4, Episode 13)

In this episode, Thanksgiving comes the day before the big game, and he reunites with the Taylors (Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) hosting an extended family dinner. The Riggins (Derek Phillips and Taylor Kitsch) are there, Matt (Zach Gilford) is back from Chicago and Buddy (Brad Leland) brings his own turkey to fry.

Fans can see the character dynamics leaving the field before the big game, and it builds anticipation for what’s to come. When new guests arrive without actually being invited, certain characters are tested.

Fade into You – The Vampire Diaries (Season 6, Episode 8)

After Gossip Girl ended, the vampires were one hundred percent and The Vampire Diaries knew how to get everyone together in Mystic Falls. Carolina (Candice King) and Helen (Nina Dobrev) prepare to host Friendsgiving at the dorm, and they receive some hopeful news about the Gemini Coven from Alaric (Matthew Davis) and Stephane (Paul Wesley). Tyler (Michael Trevino) help Liv (Penelope Mitchell) and Luke (Chris Brochu) – new coven witches – after sharing dark information about what they are capable of.

The dinner then takes a drastic turn as Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) reveals painful details about his past while fighting for his life. There are a lot of wizarding moving parts in this episode; people travel back in time, people get dumped for lying, and of course the truth always comes out.

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