The five pieces of Thanksgiving pop culture that make every Turkey Day complete
This Thanksgiving, we at Celebritology are thankful for so much.
We are thankful that Jennifer Grey won "Dancing With the Stars" and once again emerged from that famous corner in which people perpetually put her.
But above all, as we are every year, we are thankful for the enduring Thanksgiving pop culture traditions that get more delicious with each passing year. What are they? Stop brining and basting for a second and we'll share our five favorites.
1. "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"
Its quality doesn't match "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." But for anyone who's ever fantasized about serving toast, popcorn and pretzel sticks on Thanksgiving, this holiday special is like a lovely, animated, Snoopy-in-a-chef's-hat dream come true. It also provides the ideal opportunity to remind Peppermint Patty that a person really can't complain about the quality of her Thanksgiving dinner when she: a. invites herself to said Thanksgiving dinner and b. shows up wearing flip-flops. Why don't you ponder those etiquette tips, sir? (By the way, you can watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" via the Hulu clip above, or tonight on ABC when the network re-airs the show at 8 p.m. EST.)
2. Adam Sandler's "Thanksgiving Song"
The highbrow answer to "What's the best Thanksgiving song?" is "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie. The real answer, for most people? Adam Sandler's "The Thanksgiving Song." Because as brilliant as an 18-minute commentary on the Vietnam draft might be, it loses every time to "Gobble gobble goo and gobble gobble gickle/I wish turkey only cost a nickel."
3. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Excessive promotion of NBC programming and Broadway shows. Cheesy, badly executed lip synching. Marching band after marching band. Yes, the Macy's parade is pretty predictable. But then every once in a while it surprises you -- as it did in 2008 -- with an unexpected Rick Rolling. And that's why we'll be watching again this morning, just in case of an Astley sighting.
4. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"
There are numerous, thoroughly enjoyable Thanksgiving movies. But perhaps the most satisfying sight on Thanksgiving Day -- after you've successfully navigated the interstates and can happily burrow into a corner of your parents' sofa, all cozy and full of tryptophan -- is Steve Martin and John Candy, struggling hilariously to make it home for the big meal. And no, those still aren't pillows.
5. The "Turkeys Away" episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati"
I love Starvin' Marvin. I heart the Thanksgiving fourth-season finale of "Friday Night Lights." I'd totally eat the trifle Rachel serves in one of the many Thanksgiving episodes of "Friends," even if it does taste like feet. And, of course, it goes without saying that I'd happily heave mashed potatoes in the "Cheers" Thanksgiving Day food fight if given the chance.
All that being said, the King of Thanksgiving TV Episodes remains the "WKRP" installment in which turkeys are launched out of a helicopter in the most ill-conceived radio promotion of all time. As a Thanksgiving Day gift to you, here's the episode in its entirety. So enjoy, and remember that turkeys should never be used as bombs at the Pinedale Shopping Mall.
| November 25, 2010; 12:30 AM ET
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