While Thanksgiving is still a month away, there is no harm in cataloging the Television’s greatest and best entertainment based on the traditionally celebrated festival. So, in order to add to this celebration, we’ll be taking a look at every Thanksgiving-themed episode from the popular CBS sitcom – How I Met Your Mother.
With its roots originating in many religious and cultural traditions, the national and secular holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated across the United States, Canada, Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Liberia. Seen as the festival to share a warm family meal majorly among Americans, Thanksgiving is the time to celebrate blessings. And what better way to spend some quality time with your loved ones other than by binging some of the best holiday-themed episodes in the history of Television.
While Friends’ Thanksgiving episodes might top the entertaining factor in the special holiday season with a total of 10 episodes, the HIMYM Thanksgiving-centric programs account for only five episodes across its nine-season run from 2005-2014. And while there are just 5 special featurettes, HIMYM makes up for it with its iconic Slapsgiving theme, something we’re sure a re-watcher will probably remember.
However, for those who don’t know what we’re talking about, dive right into the main part of the article where we’ll not only share all the How I Met Your Mother Thanksgiving episodes but rank them too in a totally personalized listing.
Every How I Met Your Mother Thanksgiving Episode | The Top 5 Ranking
Starring the remarkable all-star cast of Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, and Alyson Hannigan, the show inscribed itself in TV’s history as one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. And while HIMYM has a relatably emotional touch to it, the show’s clever and engaging storytelling technique is continued right into the Thanksgiving holiday specials discussed below.
#5 The Rebound Girl (Season 7 Episode 11)
Although this makes it at the last spot in the How I Met Your Mother Thanksgiving episodes ranking, The Rebound Girl is a fantastic special, nonetheless. In the episode, we see Ted and Barney thinking about adopting a child as ‘bros’.
While they don’t end up acting on that impulsive decision, Barney surprises everybody when he shows up with a baby the very next day. In a twist of events, it turns out that the baby is actually James’ (Barney’s brother) and that Barney had offered to babysit her.
Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily plan to sell their NYC apartment and settle down in the suburbs of Long Island. Just as Robin learns of their decision to move, she tries to talk them out of it. Between the different and major decisions that the gang sets out to make, the episode rounds up for one of the saddest HIMYM moments where it is revealed that Robin can never have kids.
#4 Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of The Slap (Season 5 Episode 9)
In this episode, Ted and Robin kind of saved Thanksgiving by picking Marshall’s lost turkey at the Port Authority. As a form of showing his gratitude, Marshall then bequeaths his fourth slap to them. wherein the duo playfully argues about who gets to slap Barney.
Meanwhile, Lily has to put up with her estranged father Mickey who surprisingly shows up for the dinner. In a turn of events, it is revealed that it was Marshall who invited Mickey which angers Lily. While the father-daughter duo ended up reconciling and everyone heads over to the dinner, it is not before we see one of the greatest slaps that Marshall delivers to Barney straight in the face.
The episode also introduced Mickey’s weird board games along with Lily’s ‘You’re Dead to Me’ stare keeping the entertaining factor of the episode intact and engaging.
#3 Blitzgiving (Season 6 Episode 10)
This episode marks the first time that Ted hosts Thanksgiving dinner for the gang. While trying to make it as memorable as he can, Ted comes up with the turturkeykey, a special turkey preparation stuffed within another turkey.
While in the bar when Ted is about to call it an early night, the group tells him not to leave. Marshall even warns him about the curse of The Blitz which the future Ted goes on to explain. Whenever their old college friend, Steve, bailed early within a group, amazing stuff would happen. In spite of all the flashbacks, Ted continues with his decision and even goes on to say that he doesn’t believe in the curse and that it isn’t real.
As fate had it, Ted awakens to find the apartment in a wreck the very next morning thus making him the Blitz. The rest of the gang with Steve and Ted’s arch-enemy Zoey all are present in the apartment after a legendary night.
While only temporary, Barney ends up being the Blitz in a series of interesting events. However, the curse lifts upon him and Steve finds himself being Blitzed again. Aw Man!
#2 Belly Full of Turkey (Season 1 Episode 9)
Up next in the ranking, we’ve got the very first Thanksgiving featurette from the show. The entire episode is divided into two narratives. The first one follows Marshall and Lily who visit the former’s family in St. Cloud, Minnesota for the holiday.
While Marshall is out playing ‘bask-ice-ball’ (a HIMYM variation of basketball and ice hockey), Lily spends time helping the Eriksen ladies in the kitchen. In a series of not-so-amusing events for Lily, it is revealed that Eriksen babies are born abnormally sized which sends her in a frightening state.
Meanwhile, Ted and Robin who have no plans for the holiday decide to volunteer at a soup kitchen. To everyone’s surprise, we find that Barney has been helping in the kitchen and is even regarded as the best among the staff.
While in a shocking revelation that ultimately leads to Ted, Robin, and Barney getting kicked out of the kitchen, the trio spends their Thanksgiving in a strip club so as to make it up to an infuriated Barney. To top it all off, the episode ends with the foreshadowing of the mother’s name. A stripper named ‘Tracy’ compliments Ted on his generosity to which future Ted jokingly remarks about that’s how he met their mother.
#1 SlapsGiving (Season 3 Episode 9)
Making its way to the first place as the undisputed king of How I Met Your Mother Thanksgiving episodes, we’ve got the show’s very own idea of holiday celebration in the form of Slapsgiving.
This is the commencing episode of the whole Slapsgiving saga. The holiday special goes into the events of Marshall terrorizing Barney with a countdown website exclusively for the latter’s third slap in their famous Slap Bet. The episode also features the Slap Bet’s official song – You Just Got Slapped. Apart from Barney who has to spend the entire evening stressing over the upcoming slap, the episode also takes into the much-needed-to-be-addressed story of Ted and Robin hooking up the night before.
The Slapsgiving episode also lets us on in the private-saluting joke that both Ted and Robin used to share while the two were dating. In the episode, it is also revealed that Ted and the kids still visit Marshall and Lily every Thanksgiving holiday. To be honest, the whole episode is just worth reliving.
With this, it’s time to wrap up the article on Thanksgiving-themed episodes from one of the best sitcoms of all time, HIMYM. These holiday specials will take you through a ride of an emotional rollercoaster and make up for a time spent well with your loved ones.
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