TV and Turkey: The Best Quiz on Thanksgiving TV Specials


By: Scott Nordlund

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Thanksgiving is about more than just football and too much turkey! Test your knowledge about your favorite Thanksgiving TV specials through the years!

What kind of turkey does Danny make in the first Thanksgiving without Pam in "Full House"?

It's the Tanners' first Thanksgiving without Pam, Danny's wife, and the result is a frozen turkey. Danny takes the less-than-perfect moment to teach his girls about the true meaning of the holiday: "Thanksgiving wasn't about turkeys; it's about family and about being thankful for what we have." Rumour is that the "Fuller House" will be doing a Thanksgiving episode next season - I wonder what they will get up to.


What cartoon special made its debut in 1973?

Originally airing on November 20, 1972, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special" is an award-winning special that continues to air in prime time on ABC. It is based on the comic, "Peanuts," by Charles M. Schulz.


"The West Wing" Indian in the Lobby episode deals with how many Indians encamped in the lobby?

C.J. deals with two Native Americans who have encamped in the lobby. The episode follows CJ's issues with these two, and how to best deal with them in the West Wing.


What show showcased a true American thanksgiving?

"Parenthood" has gained a popular following, due to its realistic portrayal of the American family, and this Thanksgiving is no different. Dinner was loud, laughable and even had some football and violence. The perfect Thanksgiving!


What episode of "Friends" had all of their worst Thanksgivings in one episode?

"Friends" loved Thanksgiving, devoting many episodes to the holiday throughout its multi-year run. One of the instant classics has to be The One With All the Thanksgivings - the one where everyone talked about their worst Thanksgiving experiences, and it is matched with amazing flashbacks that truly make the episode. Turkey on the head... an instant classic.


In the 1967 episode of "Bewitched," where does the family get zapped to?

In this Thanksgiving episode of "Bewitched," Aunt Clara zaps the Stevens family to Plymouth at the time of the Pilgrims. Darren lights a modern match to create a fire and is put on trial for being a witch. Samantha has to use real witchcraft to save him.


What animal did C.J. need to pardon on "The West Wing"?

"The West Wing" did two Thanksgiving-themed episodes over the course of its seven-year run, and both of them were pretty great. But nothing beats C.J. having to figure out which turkey to pardon and which to send off to slaughter. Plus, it had as many one-liners as you can expect from this brilliant series.


What character on "Suburgatory" showed up naked to Thanksgiving?

Politically correct.... not so much. But Lisa came naked in protest, due to the family dressing up as Pilgrims and Indians. I guess you can say it was an entertaining night out.


What is the episode name of the "Sports Night" that features Thanksgiving?

Thespis is the episode. I think I'll let Dana take this one: "I've named this Thanksgiving. I'm calling it 'The Thanksgiving of Mom's Disapproval.' Included on the two-record set are the hit songs 'Why Aren't You Married?' And 'Sports Is No Place for an Educated Woman' and 'Didn't Anyone Ever Tell You How to Cook a Turkey?'"


What character on Buffy got syphilis on the Thanksgiving episode?

Naturally, Buffy's Thanksgiving episode was about so much more than passing the turkey and the pumpkin pie around the table. Xander got syphilis, Spike got tied to a chair, and a Chumash warrior was brought back to life. A classic Buffy episode.


How many Thanksgiving episodes did the "Gilmore Girls" do?

"Gilmore Girls" only did one Thanksgiving episode during its seven seasons on the air, but we might see another in the upcoming series. You had the Kims and their tofurkey, Sookie and the deep-fried turkey, Luke's dinner at the diner, and dinner with Richard and Emily. Four classic dinners, and who can forget the deep fried turkey?


Whose father is the "Grey's Anatomy" Thanksgiving special about?

As Thanksgiving episodes go, this one is definitely on the sad side. The main plot line of Meredith and her comatose father will tug on your heart strings. Thanksgiving is all about family, and "Grey's Anatomy" does a great job of touching on the sad side of things.


How many live turkeys were thrown out of a helicopter in the "WKRP in Cincinnati" Thanksgiving special?

Mr. Carlson decides to hold a contest... what contest? Throwing a dozen turkeys out of a helicopter into a shopping mall parking lot, for lucky people to find. Well, why not?


Slapsgiving, from "How I Met Your Mother," brought what Ted and Robin tradition?

The infamous Slapsgiving episode is one of the top ranked episodes of "How I Met Your Mother." It is the episode that introduced us to the Ted and Robin military saluting gag that continues throughout the series. Plus, the countdown counter makes that episode perfect.


What "New Girl" cast member had a memorable Thanksgiving in their first special?

Jess's first Thanksgiving is a laugh-out-loud affair and even ends up with her spooning a frozen turkey naked. Although many have guessed Thanksgiving TV specials are coming to an end, this might even revive the tradition. "New Girl" does a truly amazing job of securing the boy by the end of the episode.


How many Turkeys are used up in the "Mad About You" Thanksgiving special?

Six turkeys, that's how many were used in this episode. Jamie and Paul have truly done everything wrong, and mishaps just keep happening. At the end, the overbearing parents help out, and all is well in this jokes of an episode.


Dexter and which character clash during their Thanksgiving special?

This is a stand-out episode in what is perhaps the best season of "Dexter." Ignoring the great work by John Lithgow and Vince's acting, the real beautiful moment was the conflict between Dexter and Arthur that will make you want to tune in.


What "Cheers" character ended his holiday rant with, "But gee, of course, that's no problem for me. I'm alone."

The full line by Frasier is: "You know, I'm glad to see that you're all fending off the holiday blues. This time of year is filled with arguments, suicides, murders. I guess it's the seasonal happiness of others tends to throw a glaring light on the flaws in our own personal relationships. But gee, of course, that's no problem for me. I'm alone."


What "Mad Men" episode saw critics divided?

"Dark Shadows" received a polarizing reception from television journalists, with some criticizing its treatment of symbols and themes as being too heavy-handed. The episode's themes were pinpointed by many critics as insecurity and jealousy. "Dark Shadows" was not as popular with their chief demographic, the 18- to 29-year-olds.


In what kind of house is Turkey Day held, in the episode of "Boy Meets World" entitled Turkey Day?

This episode showcases the problem of class. Corey and Shawn win a turkey and decide to host a co-Thanksgiving dinner in Shawn's families trailer park. It does not go smoothly, but does show the class divide that exists within the US.


How many episodes did "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" dedicate to Thanksgiving in Season 6?

A two-part Thanksgiving special is what "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air offered. Uncle Phil and Will go to a "massage parlor" that offers a little more than that. Police barge in,and Thanksgiving is met with flashing blue and red lights.


In the first season of "Friends," what does Joey become the face of during Thanksgiving?

Only the ninth episode of a series that would last for 236 in total, this one holds up to this day. An improvised Thanksgiving dinner comes to a halt after various sucky circumstances bring them together, such as Joey unknowingly becoming the face of sexual diseases, resulting in his family not allowing him at their dinner, and the crew getting locked out of the apartment while going to watch the Thanksgiving parade, causing Rachel to miss her flight.


Christina ______ guest starred as Rachel's sister in the ninth season's Thanksgiving episode.

Christina Applegate stars as Rachel's sister. She is inconsiderate, and their interaction is both verbal and physical. This, along with the other shenanigans that happen within the episode, makes this a classic.


What gets passed around at Blitzgiving in "How I Met Your Mother"?

If you’ve ever suffered from FOMO, this episode will hit very close to home. The Blitz makes the fear of missing out a reality, and has the entire group trying to avoid becoming the Blitz. Plus, the infamous TurTurkeyKey makes this absolute must-watch TV.


In Season 2 of "New Girl," Rob Reiner and who guest star during the Thanksgiving episode?

Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis play Jess's divorced parents in this episode. Jess is determined to rekindle their relationship, and as you can expect it goes poorly. In addition, Rob Riggle guest stars as Schmidt's cousin in this episode.


Which character runs away during Season 2's Thanksgiving episode of "The Simpsons"?

The first few seasons of "The Simpsons" were amazing, and the Thanksgiving episode is spot on! On this episode, Bart angers his entire family, which is par for the course, but this leads to him running away and realizing that the life he has at home ain’t too shabby. The gang comes together, and, as always, Bart enjoys the classic Simpsons Thanksgiving.


Who prepares a secret turkey dinner because she does not trust anyone with it during Season 6's Thanksgiving special in "Modern Family"?

Claire goes a little crazy in this episode and cooks a secret Thanksgiving day dinner. She does not trust her husband or son to cook it, so she does a secret dinner. Gloria attempts as well, but in classic fashion, she fails miserably.


Which comic decided to take on the consumerism around Thanksgiving for their special?

"South Park" has been one of the best shows on television, and their Thanksgiving special is one to behold. The gang battles with the masses the day after Thanksgiving, trying to get the best deals, which again, isn’t exactly foreign to the real life norm these days. Have to love what "South Park" continues to deliver year after year!


Who does Eric cheat on in the "That 70's Show" Season One special?

Wanna watch some couples' drama play out? Eric kisses his sister’s friend, who is in town for Thanksgiving and isn’t Donna, so he has to face the consequences of his wrongdoings. Woops, a classic Kelso move by Eric, but hey, things work out, right?


What do Peter and Brian do before Thanksgiving in the "Family Guy" special?

If you love "The Simpsons" and "South Park," then why not supplement it with some "Family Guy"? In this episode, Peter and Brian eat the turkey the night before Thanksgiving and need to find a replacement before the rest of the family finds out. Hijinks ensue! It's a good story about why you do not touch the turkey before the big day.


Which show's Thanksgiving special has Punkin Chunkin as a feature?

This Thanksgiving episode of "Modern Family" originally aired in 2011 and has become a holiday favorite. The Dreamers and Pritchetts begin to divide, and the families need to settle the score. How do they do this, you may ask? Well, a good old-fashioned Punkin Chunkin challenge.


In Season 8, who was the special guest star during the "Friends" Thanksgiving episode?

In this Thanksgiving episode of "Friends," Monica invites her high school friend Will, who just happens to be Brad Pitt, to Thanksgiving dinner with the gang. Turns out he hates Rachel, which causes some issues. Plus, Chandler and Phoebe pretend to watch football to get out of helping in the kitchen for the entire episode.


In this "Seinfeld" special, what does Jerry do in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade?

In the "Seinfield" Thanksgiving special, Jerry accidentally takes out one of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade floats. The normal shenanigans ensue, with Jerry and the rest of the gang. At least Steinbrenner is not involved!


Who ruins the first Thanksgiving at the 99 in "Brooklyn 99"?

In the breakout comedy's first Thanksgiving day episode. Amy's Thanksgiving meal at the precinct doesn't go as perfectly as planned. Terry provides comic relief while everyone is just generally annoyed until they come together in the classic "Brooklyn 99" way.


In the "Raising Hope" Thanksgiving special, Jimmy breaks his tradition of ordering pizza for Hope and invites someone over. Who is it?

Jimmy wants Hope to experience a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, instead of his usual routine of ordering pizza that they have gotten used to. He invites her maternal grandparents over. They learn that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and awkward times ensue.


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