2015 is almost upon us! Which means that most websites and reviewers will coast by with quick and easy “Best of” Lists, and we here at Channel Surfer are no different. So let’s kick off this holiday tradition with the best Simpsons Thankgiving Episodes of All Time!
4. Homer vs. Dignity (Season 12, Episode 5)
According to Wikipedia, Homer vs. Dignity counts as a Thanksgiving episode, and how am I to argue with every High School kid’s source for history and celebrity info? The episode has Homer become Mr. Burn’s “prank monkey” to work off some debt, only for it to go too far. I won’t ruin the episode, but a very disturbing scene with a panda is involved. The only thing that really makes this a Thanksgiving episode is the fact that it ends with a Thanksgiving Parade.
3. The Wettest Stories Ever Told (Season 17, Episode 18)
Again, another dubious “Thanksgiving” episode. You know, for a show that’s been airing for so long, you’d think The Simpsons would have more Turkey Day options. Anyway, this episode is an anthology show where three members of the Simpsons family tell an ocean related tale. The first one retells the Pilgrim’s journey to the New World and the First Thanksgiving, which makes at least 1/3 of the episode appropriate.
2. Homer the Moe (Season 13, Episode 3)
O.K., so maybe calling this the second best Simpsons Thanksgiving episodes is stretching it. The majority of the story actually involves Moe trying to rekindle his passion for bartending, then Homer starts a hunting club to serve booze, then Moe calls his bluff by making him go turkey hunting, then R.E.M. shows up for a Thanksgiving meal. This is a pretty good episode that made it this far solely on the fact that one of the R.E.M. members threatened to kill Homer for going hunting. That’s just funny.
1. Bart vs. Thanksgiving (Season 2, Episode 7)
Before any internet nerds get smug about this, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I didn’t choose this episode because it aired during Season 2, or because it’s from the 90s, or because it’s technically the only real Thanksgiving episode The Simpsons have to offer. No, I chose it because I had this episode on VHS and watched it like a billion times. The episode involves The Simpsons and relatives gathering for Thanksgiving, and Bart accidentally ruining Lisa’s centerpiece. Refusing to apologize, Bart runs away from home and eventually reconciles with his sister on the roof. Sweet, simple, and to the point.