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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Five Memorable Thanksgiving Moments From The Boob Tube

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Turkey Day has always been most melodramatic on the small screen, and our favorite examples highlight the day as a time for revelations big and small. Tryptophan down memory lane with these sweet scenes of Thanksgiving.

On All in the Family (1975), Archie Bunker used the occasion to stake a religious claim on daughter Gloria's unborn child in the charming manner that made his rants famous. The episode is entitled "The Little Atheist."

They'd later reunite for the holiday on the spinoff series Archie Bunker's Place (1979), where faith and Godlessness was still on the table, served with a side of recession and nuclear energy.

On the sitcom Martin (1994), star Martin Lawrence was most beloved when he was in his chickenhead guise, Shenehneh. But the Thanksgiving-themed "Feast or Famine" finds Lawrence in a superior drag role as ornery Mama Payne, who gets so hopping mad over Martin's girlfriend Gina slacking on the shelling of peas, she flies into a rage and starts chewing chunks of the piano.

And now for a bit of short attention span theater: someone thoughtfully condensed the "Turkey Drop" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati (1979) into 30 seconds, taking care to preserve the infamous line from boss Arthur Carlson, "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"

Finally, we have this scene of family bonding from Dexter (2009). Between the less-than-delicate language, the shocking destruction of a beloved relative, and a couple of choking incidents, it should make you extra excited to celebrate with your nearest and dearest this year.

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