Thanksgiving TV Specials
November 04, 2016
I'm not a fan of Thanksgiving. I really can't even pinpoint when it was but in the last 32 years of my life, it's never been an enjoyable holiday. The food isn't all that great and turkey, why did we pick the ugliest bird in existence to eat.And I am a firm believer that Thanksgiving only exists as a holiday because they wanted to fill the gap between the two better holidays of Halloween and Christmas. Yes, I do know the story of Thanksgiving, so let's not get into all that.

Like its bigger and better holiday cousins, Thanksgiving did have TV specials, and from my research, way more than I ever thought there were. So, I sat down with five select Thanksgiving specials from my childhood and revisited them for your enjoyment in this holiday season!

1. Beavis and Butt-Head Do Thanksgiving
I included this only because I am a huge Beavis and Butthead fan. This episode basically is just them celebrating the holiday season with various live action guest stars. The music videos that aired in this episode was Adam Sandler's "The Thanksgiving Song", Marilyn Manson's "Long Hard Road Out of Hell" and Fiona Apple's "Criminal".
2. Bart vs Thanksgiving
If there's one show that knows how to do a holiday special and how to do it right, it's The Simpsons. From their awesome Treehouse of Horrors specials to the mostly weird Christmas specials, The Simpsons always come through with some great for the holiday, and Thanksgiving is no exception. It's Thanksgiving and Lisa has made a centerpiece for the dinner table. Her and Bart end up fighting about where it be placed and when Bart doesn't get his way, he throws it into the fire and this makes Lisa run to her room crying and Bart is sent to his room for doing thus. Bart decides to run way from home with Santa's Little Helper in tow. After getting dinner from a homeless shelter, he is seen by his family on TV during a broadcast at the homeless shelter. They call the police to try and track down Bart, with no luck. Bart returns home and hears Lisa crying and he apologizes to Lisa for what he did and he then joins the family for Thanksgiving leftovers.

3. Garfield's Thanksgiving
I had no idea until I was writing this article that Garfield had a Thanksgiving special. Being a huge fan of the absolutely terrifying Halloween special and the perfect Christmas special, I had to watch Garfrield's Thanksgiving. Garfield, Odie, Jon and Liz are getting ready for the big feast, but Garfrield is too fat and is put on a diet. Garfield, fed up with his awful diet, does whatever he can to eat unhealthy food, but is constantly foiled by Odie. The next morning, Jon is panicking as he doesn't know who to cook a turkey and is screwing everything up. When the turkey is still frozen, he calls up his grandma, who arrives seconds later to save the feast. Grandma is able to save the dinner by cooking everything the way it should be.

4. Rugrats: The Turkey Who Came To Thanksgiving
Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil try to defend the live turkey that Grandpa Pickles won from being the family's Thanksgiving dinner, and Angelica trys to hold a parade. I wasn't a big fan of this special when it originally aired, and after rewatching it, I'm still not a fan of it at all.

5. ALF: Turkey in the Straw Parts 1 and 2
I didn't see the ALF Thanksgiving special in intital run back in 1988, I wound up seeing it much later on a recorded VHS tape full of ALF episodes, but I remember it wasn't quite like the other episodes. After a mishap with the Thanksgiving turkey, the Tanner family seeks other options. ALF is seen by a homeless guy named Flakey Pete, played by David Ogden Stiers of M*A*S*H fame. Flakey Pete then calls the Alien Task Force. The episode concludes with the Tanners discovering that Flakey Pete revealed ALF to the Alien Task Force and ultimately makes the sacrifice for ALF by telling the Alien Task Force that he was the alien and is taken away.
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