Today is Thanksgiving. A veritable institution on the other side of the Atlantic, many American series have made this family celebration known all over the world, and especially in France. So, like any good self-respecting sitcom, “Friends” never failed to bring together Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey around the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie to celebrate Thanksgiving, as it must. The opportunity also for the authors of the mythical series to build scenarios even more ubiquitous than the others. In total, “Friends” has no less than ten episodes about this tradition.
A cult series
Broadcast for the first time in September 1994, on the American channel “NBC”, “Friends” celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Very quickly erected to the rank of cult series, it continues to fascinate fans who like to watch again and again the episodes they know inside out (and we do too). Thanksgiving obliges, we reveal our top 5 of the best episodes.
1. “The One With Hard-to-Swallow Memories” (Season 5, Episode 8)
This episode undoubtedly wins the prize. On the menu: the worst Thanksgiving memories of the six characters, memorable flashbacks to Ross, Monica, Rachel and Chandler in the 80s, the first “I love you” of the Bing-Geller couple and finally, journeys through life prior to Phoebe. A delight.
2. “The Rumor Spreader” (Season 8, Episode 9)
In second position, the episode with Brad Pitt – then in a relationship with Jennifer Aniston – who plays the character of Will. During the meal, we learn that the latter had founded with Ross the club of haters of Rachel Green. Very quickly, the meal turns to drama and settling of accounts. An episode with many twists.
3. “The One Who Talks to His Wife’s Womb” (Season 1, Episode 9)
Alone to celebrate Thanksgiving, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Chandler and Joey decide to spend it together. Thus marking the first of a long tradition. The opportunity also for viewers to witness the birth of this new family. It is also in this episode that we learn that Chandler’s parents announced their divorce during the traditional meal, when he was 9 years old.
4. “The One Who Missed Thanksgiving” (Season 10, Episode 8)
Monica accepts Phoebe’s challenge to cook Thanksgiving dinner (again). Only here, everyone arrives late, which will have the gift of annoying him deeply. The reasons ? Ross and Joey went to a Giants game and Rachel and Phoebe entered Emma into a cutest baby contest. So when everyone finally arrives, Chandler and Monica refuse to open the door and Joey ends up getting his head stuck in the door. A delight.