Top 5 most binge-worthy Friends episodes to spark Thanksgiving spirit

Rachel clings to Joey as he struggles to make a touchdown during the extremely competitive football game. (Season 3, Episode 9, “The One With the Football”)

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Rachel clings to Joey as he struggles to make a touchdown during the extremely competitive football game. (Season 3, Episode 9, “The One With the Football”)

Whether you are avoiding the rainy weather outdoors, or distant relatives have taken over your home for the holidays, binge-watching your favorite shows is a must during the Thanksgiving season. As one of the easiest shows to consecutively watch, Friends has a comical array of seasonal episodes that will surely get you into the Thanksgiving spirit. Ranging from sisterly feuds, slipping secrets, and competitive football games, Friends carries out a lighthearted storyline throughout its seasonal episodes, offering content filled with holiday warmth. But, with a collection of ten Friends-giving episodes, it is difficult to narrow down which is the very best to watch. Luckily, thanks to us, you don’t have to. Here is a list of the top five Friends episodes to flock to during turkey season.

#5: Season 4, Episode 8, “The One With Chandler in a Box” 

After Chandler (Matthew Perry) kisses Joey’s (Matt LeBlanc) girlfriend Katy (Paget Brewster), Joey becomes furious and threatens Chandler with moving out of their shared apartment. Vowing to show Joey that he is willing to do anything to win his friendship back, Chandler encloses himself in a wooden box for six hours. While Chandler is trapped in a large human-sized box in Monica’s (Courteney Cox) living room, the group of friends gather together to enjoy Monica’s homemade Thanksgiving dinner.

The friends gather in Monica’s kitchen Thanksgiving morning, helping her with the preparations of the turkey. (Season 4, Episode 8, “The One With Chandler in a Box”) (Promotional material courtesy of Warner Bros. Television Distributor. )

Meanwhile, the group selects their Secret Santas for the upcoming holiday. With a hint of Christmas spirit, this episode is a perfect finale for the Friendsgiving binge as it intertwines the Thanksgiving and Christmas spirit, transitioning into the upcoming holiday season. This episode is filled with heartwarming messages about friendship and the unbreakable bonds it holds, which is perfect for a holiday centered around gratitude. 


#4: Season 1, Episode 9, “The One Where Underdog Gets Away”


Centered around the rogue flight of a Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade balloon, Underdog, this episode is sure to give you much excitement about the annual parade Thanksgiving morning. Monica intends to make a feast for her close friends, sparking a tradition to last all nine seasons of Friends. The preparation of Monica’s meal becomes chaotic when she is asked to cook three separate kinds of potatoes; tots, potatoes with lumps, and whipped potatoes with peas and onions. To further complicate the latter, the gang is accidentally locked out when they all scurry from the apartment to watch an escaped Underdog fly over their apartment. Because Monica’s meal is left mid-bake and ruined, Monica spirals into a meltdown sparked by the stress of preparing a large meal for her friends.  Still, throughout the whole episode and overall theme of the show, the friends bond over disaster and drama which they are able to do at the end of this episode, creating a meaningful message of gratitude. 


 #3: Season 9, Episode 8, “The One With Rachel’s Other Sister”

Opening with a clip of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, this episode is centered around family drama between Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and her spoiled sister, Amy (Christina Applegate). When Amy’s married boyfriend cancels on her, she is forced to spend Thanksgiving at Rachel and Monica’s. Amy is superficial and self-involved and somehow finds a way to get on everybody’s nerves during Thanksgiving dinner, but provides a hilarious antidote with her bluntness and neglect to others’ feelings. When word gets out that Monica and Chandler would have custody over Emma (Cali Sheldon) if something were to happen to Ross or Rachel, Amy becomes upset by this because she dreams of receiving a child, growing into a motherly figure, and falling in love. Amy’s selfishness derails the whole evening and eventually ends with a physical fight between the sisters. This Friends-giving episode is filled with a riotous series of events and is sure to give you something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, especially for not having a sister like Amy Green. 

#2: Season 6, Episode 9, “The One Where Ross Got High”

This Friends episode is filled with entertaining interactions which makes for a comical Thanksgiving dinner spent with family and friends. A chaotic series of events intertwine, including but not limited to Chandler trying to impress Monica’s parents, Jack (Elliott Gould) and Judy Geller (Christina Pickles), Rachel making a “traditional” English trifle with an accidental meaty twist, and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) developing a crush on Monica’s homely father. Now that Monica and Chandler are living together, Monica decides it’s time to tell her parents that they are dating, even though they have an unknown hatred towards him. After spending the evening attempting to impress the Gellers, Chandler and Monica discover that her parent’s dislike is due to a lie Ross told in college. Ross scapegoated Chandler, his old roommate, after his parents smelled marijuana in his room. Meanwhile, Rachel tries to make the group a Thanksgiving dessert but unknowingly combines two English dishes. During this whole evening of Thanksgiving dinner, Phoebe obsesses over her growing crush on Jack and goggles over him sipping from a can of condensed milk. Packed with comical ups and downs, this episode is surprisingly accurate to the amount of chaos during a family Thanksgiving dinner when secrets slip. 



#1: Season 3, Episode 9, “The One With the Football” 

This episode embodies the quintessential Thanksgiving spirit and is sure to get you excited for the festivities of the fall and winter seasons. The episode takes place on a fall Thanksgiving day in a New York park, surrounded by bright orange and red leaves as the gang partakes in a highly competitive game of touch football. The sibling rivalry between Ross and Monica causes the group of friends to split into two teams of three: the girls and the boys. This competitive dynamic makes for a hilarious game of ball as the girls’ team gets carried by Monica’s athletic skills while simultaneously bogged down by Rachel’s incompetence. The boys’ team is distracted by a beautiful Dutch woman who has stumbled upon their game to spectate. This Friends-giving episode truly sparks the comforting feelings centered around fall and is perfect to watch on the morning of Thanksgiving with your family (especially among competitive sibling rivalries).