Seinfeld: “The Mom and Pop Store,” Season 6, Episode 8
If your family makes a point of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every year, you’ll appreciate the suitably wacky plotline in this classic Seinfeld episode. In the days leading up to Turkey Day, Kramer gives away all of Jerry’s shoes, George attempts to purchase a car once owned by Jon Voight, and Elaine gets her boss a ticket to pilot the Woody the Woodpecker balloon at NYC’s famous parade.
Bob’s Burgers: “Turkey In A Can,” Season 4, Episode 5
No Thanksgiving is complete without an episode of Bob’s Burgers, and this one takes the cake for its hilarious depiction of meal prep-gone-wrong. When Bob’s turkey finds its way—mysteriously—to the toilet, Louise launches an investigation to learn who botched the bird.
Fresh Off The Boat: “Huangsgiving,” Season 2, Episode 8
Nobody gets in the way of Constance Wu when she wants something badly enough. In this hilarious episode of Fresh Off The Boat, Jessica (Wu) finally gets the chance to prove to her mother that she can handle the Thanksgiving meal. Of course, nothing’s ever that easy in a sitcom, and getting something on the table at all proves nearly impossible.
The Mindy Project: “Thanksgiving,” Season 1, Episode 6
Forever misplacing her filter, Mindy attends Thanksgiving dinner at her friend Gwen’s, where she encounters her worst nightmare in the form of her former blind date Dennis and his new Indian girlfriend. Thankfully Mindy always knows what to say—and she never holds back.
Cheers: “Thanksgiving Orphans,” Season 5, Episode 9
It wouldn’t be a re-run binge without a dose of Cheers, right? In this Thanksgiving classic, most of the crew have no place to go for the holiday, so they throw a potluck at Carla’s. But an uncooked turkey, a frustrated Frasier, and some last-minute changes to the guest list throw the day into disarray.
Friday Night Lights: “Thanksgiving,” Season 4, Episode 13
Thanksgiving is practically synonymous with football, and Friday Night Lights, naturally, leans all the way in. The gang gets together for a feast ahead of the big Friday night game—Lions vs. Panthers—and it’s up to Landry to make the game-winning field goal.
Pretty Little Liars: “Taking This One To The Grave,” Season 5, Episode 12
PLL is not necessarily the cheery holiday fare you’re used to on Thanksgiving Day, but if you need a captivating tale to distract you while the pies bake, this episode is perfect. There’s holiday decorating, pumpkin pie-making, and, oh, murder!
Parks and Rec: “Harvest Festival,” Season 3, Episode 7
So this isn’t technically a Thanksgiving episode, but the Harvest Festival is the closest the Parks and Rec crew get to celebrating Turkey Day onscreen. Leslie is determined for the festival to be the best Pawnee has ever seen, but a “curse” placed on the event—and the last-minute disappearance of Li’l Sebastian—might make success harder than expected.
Boy Meets World: “Turkey Day,” Season 4, Episode 10
After learning about class divisions in Rwanda at school, Cory and Shawn decide to be progressive and bridge the gap between their own socioeconomic statuses by…uh, having Thanksgiving at the Hunters’ trailer park? Sure!
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: “Talking Turkey,” Season 1, Episode 12
When Will’s mom, Viola, arrives in Bel-Air for Thanksgiving, she causes a fuss when she criticizes Vivian for letting the kids be lazy during the holiday. Hurt, Vivian makes the kids cook Thanksgiving dinner, which—surprise, surprise—turns into a hilarious but heartwarming disaster.
Riverdale: “Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm,” Season 4, Episode 7
Danger’s always lurking around the corner in Riverdale, so it’s no surprise Archie and the gang don’t get a respite even on Thanksgiving Day. An ice storm forces the community into lockdown, and when Archie decides to throw a feast for underprivileged kids, some unexpected guests arrive to make the day even less jolly.
Gossip Girl: “Blair Waldorf Must Pie,” Season 1, Episode 9
Blair Waldorf is the HBIC of Thanksgiving, and that’s a fact. Although every single season of Gossip Girl serves us a delicious Thanksgiving episode, season 1 sets the bar high with flashbacks of Serena drunk as a skunk (in broad daylight) the year before, a look into Blair’s past, and the reveal of Rufus and Lily’s extremely complicated history.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Thanks for the Memories,” Season 2, Episode 9
This Thanksgiving episode of Grey’s Anatomy might be the most relatable television to ever exist. Izzie wants to have the perfect Turkey Day, but she is literally clueless and has no idea what to do. I mean, you can’t really blame her. This episode aired in 2005 and Pinterest wasn’t even invented until 2010. How do you cook anything without Pinterest?
The Office: “WUPHF.com,” Season 7, Episode 9
I am thankful that the entire staff of Dunder Mifflin does not take the week of Thanksgiving off. Now, we can all experience the sheer joy that is this episode of The Office. Dwight deals with some childhood trauma the only way he knows how…by creating an elaborate hay festival so he can finally be crowned Hay King. Also, Ryan tries to scam everyone out of a ton of money. Festive!
Friends: “The One With All the Thanksgivings,” Season 5, Episode 8
There are 10 Thanksgiving episodes of Friends, but this one is the best. Don’t @ me. Monica, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross sit around sharing their holiday horror stories. Although a group of people trying to one-up each other is typically obnoxious, this particular scenario is comedic gold.
Orange Is the New Black: “F*cksgiving,” Season 1, Episode 9
Ahh, nothing makes you realize your crazy family isn’t so awful like spending Thanksgiving in solitary confinement or eating dinner with a spork. Right, Piper and Alex?
Gilmore Girls: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving,” Season 3, Episode 9
Rory and Lorelai attend FOUR Turkey Day feasts, which sounds like a total nightmare given the fact that one must wear real pants and take post-meal trips away from the couch. Although the Gilmores spend a solid chunk of the episode eating, they left plenty of room for their famous mother-daughter banter.
Modern Family: “Three Turkeys,” Season 6, Episode 3
In the best way possible, “Three Turkeys” is one of the shadiest episodes on this list. Everyone’s trying to either skip out on dinner, avoid dressing up, or troll each other’s ability to cook. Basically, the Modern Family crew living out your absolute best Thanksgiving dreams.
Full House: “The Miracle of Thanksgiving,” Season 1, Episode 9
There’s really only one reason to watch this, and it’s Uncle Jesse (in all his first-season, borderline-mullet glory) cooking a turkey in a leather vest. Have mercy!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Finds Her Mom!,” Season 2, Episode 13
You need to watch this episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the sole purpose of discovering what you’re thankful for. (Seriously…you should probs prepare that ahead of time this year so you’re not blindsided when your aunt asks for once.)
Jacqueline says she’s thankful for “loving someone other than herself…and revenge,” and honestly, we should all aspire to be that iconic.
How I Met Your Mother: “Slapsgiving,” Season 3, Episode 9
Hooking up with your ex on Thanksgiving Eve? Hosting your first Turkey Day in your tiny New York apartment? Wow. This episode really hits home, huh? Of course, it’s also the first time fans of the show learn about Slapsgiving, which is a very important cornerstone of HIMYM.
Hart of Dixie: “The Pirate and the Practice,” Season 1, Episode 9
Apparently, the town of Bluebell celebrates Planksgiving instead of Thanksgiving. It symbolizes the time a bunch of pirates came through after Hurricane Katrina to have a fish fry…even though that didn’t actually happen. But hey! It’s still a nice sentiment!
That ’70s Show: “Thanksgiving,” Season 1, Episode 9
This is undoubtedly the most unrealistic episode of the whole bunch. Laurie brings a “sexy friend” home from college to celebrate the holiday with the Forman crew. As if there will ever be a “sexy” person at any Thanksgiving event you attend ever.
This Is Us: “Pilgrim Rick,” Season 1, Episode 8
As if This Is Us didn’t make you emotionally unstable in every episode anyway, the Thanksgiving episode is a true tearjerker. It gives us some insight into the fam’s Turkey Day tradition, which is obviously touching as hell!
New Girl: “Thanksgiving,” Season 1, Episode 6
Have you ever wondered what might happen if you were to invite your crush to Thanksgiving? Jess can tell you all about it in this episode. *spoiler alert* It’s a total disaster.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Lockdown,” Season 2, Episode 7
If you’re looking for a very untraditional Thanksgiving episode, try a police precinct on lockdown for your fancy. The show does what Brooklyn Nine-Nine does best…chaos. And it’s nonetheless on Thanksgiving.
Master of None: “Thanksgiving,” Season 2, Episode 8
This episode has been critically acclaimed, as it veers from Dez’s story to the story of his best friend coming out to her mom and follows 30 years’ worth of Thanksgivings. Also, Angela Bassett is in it. Pull out the tissues; this one is emotional.
The West Wing: “Shibboleth,” Season 2, Episode 8
This fan fave follows Thanksgiving in the political world, when a group of Chinese immigrants comes to the U.S. It’s funny, it’s political (maybe don’t watch it with your family?), and it’s good.
Glee: “Thanksgiving,” Season 4, Episode 8
Ah, yes, Glee. I’d like to say this season was great, but honestly, the show did go very downhill. But nonetheless, Thanksgiving and the Glee cast singing makes for an episode we can all enjoy!
Parenthood: “Happy Thanksgiving,” Season 2, Episode 10
If your Thanksgiving involves the typical family drama, this is the one to watch because that’s all it is. It’s so relatable, it hurts.
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Disney Plus Mulan Fails to Make an Impact
Disney Plus’s most anticipated movie of the year was Live-Action Mulan, the infamous remake of the 1998 version of the Disney classic Mulan. With a budget of almost $200 million and alot of hard work involved, the film release’s expectations and excitement were at an all-time high. Disney’s marketing team left no stone unturned in promoting the film throughout the world as Mulan was one of the most influential female protagonists in a Disney movie.
Mulan was known for her power and courage to take a step towards change and create a name for herself instead of becoming a burden for her family. She brought them honor but not through finding a compatible suitor, but through her bravery in fighting amongst the opposite gender when it was considered a taboo.
But did the real Mulan walk in the footsteps of the animated one? Did it create an impact as strong as the classic version, which people love and adore even after 23 years? Sadly, no. The live-Action Mulan was nothing like the 1998 Mulan because it was not supposed to be that way.
The old Chinese folklore inspired the Live-Action Mulan. The Balad of Mulan, which was different, more serious, and portrayed a much more feminist approach by eliminating any romantic or cartoonish elements or characters from the remake.
The elimination of the character of Mushu came as a surprise for all the die-hard Mulan fans who were anticipating the voice-over of Eddie Murphy in a better-animated dragon who is by Mulan’s side, aiding in tough times. We did see a dragon, but it was a silent companion only coming in need. The remake also got rid of all the eventful songs which were hummed as we watched the animated version all the time.
Another setback was the mediocre release of Mulan during the Pandemic, which basically ruined the official March release. Mulan eventually made the screen on September 4 on Disney+ Premier Access, a pay-to-view for $30 across the US. In contrast, countries where Covid-19 was under control, saw a theater release like China. But that hardly made 50% of the total movie budget. Disney hoped to make some dollars in China by accurately depicting the Chinese culture and actors, but that didn’t happen either.
Viewers with access to Disney+ also did not venture enough on the Premier Access service. What further disappointed the release was Mulan’s availability on multiple torrents and platforms for free in HD quality on its release. VPN users worldwide watched the movie for free without paying a whopping amount of $30 for a single film, while the whole service along with other streaming services cost ⅓ of the price.
Live-Action Mulan was also under scrutiny for shooting in the Xinjiang, the region of China where Uighur Muslims were detained and imprisoned in concentration camps. This sparked outrage over the entire social media, where Muslims worldwide protested against the Chinese government’s actions. Disney+ did not state an official apology on their platform, nor did they acknowledge their wrongdoings, probably to stay clear of the Chinese government’s atrocity.
Meanwhile, even within China, Mulan failed to impact the Chinese audience as they have a much better take and approach to recreating any Chinese epic or myths. Their cinema is far more advanced in portraying their culture with local actors and a local production house. As we all know, China has a strict censorship policy on international content, and they have an alternate of their own. It applies here as well.
Lastly, the ill-natured tweet of the lead actress Liu Yifei, openly supporting the Hong Kong Police’s atrocities when China was implementing new security policies on Hong Kong, claiming it as a part of the Chinese government. The Hong Kong police came under fire for mistreating peaceful protestors and using harsh means to disperse the crowd. This tweet leads to #boycottmulan across the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Liu Yifei made no outright apology.
Despite so much anticipation, live-action Mulan came under alot of controversy and failed to make a solid impression on the audience, despite holding a strong message for its feminist audience. Wrong timing and a few wrong decisions cost Disney millions of dollars and somewhat tarnished the reputation of their remake sagas.
5 Underrated Shows on Netflix USA You Must Watch Right Now!
American Netflix is home to hundreds of TV shows across multiple genres. Still, it could be hard at times to find something binge-worthy on it. Now we all have that one friend that’s perfectly content with re-watching their favorite TV series, but the rest of us normies find it a tad boring. We’re on a never-ending hunt for the next big show hoping to inject some excitement into our otherwise mundane existence. However, with so much to choose from, it’s only natural that a few gems go unnoticed when scrolling through the recommendations.
Don’t sweat it! After spending endless hours of research, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 underrated shows on Netflix USA that are definitely worth your time.
Can’t access US Netflix in your home country? There is an easy way around. Just download a Netflix VPN, connect to a US server, and start streaming.
Season(s): 1 season; 5 episodes
Year of release: 2019
1994 is a modest 5-episode docu-series offering the perfect guilt-free, binge-watching experience. The show revolves around a promising presidential candidate in Mexico who stands to threaten the status quo. Seen as a threat by the powerful elite, he gets shot during one of his televised political rallies. If the events of the first episode seem unusual, then what follows is downright bizarre.
Viewers are in store for surreal events backed by actual interviews and real-life footage that ups the ante with each passing episode. 1994 is a fascinating, informative, and rich account of one of the most turbulent times in Mexico. It not only gives viewers a glimpse of the past but also a story that follows a narrative very close to what we’re seeing in our present political climate.
- Rise of Empires: Ottoman
Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes
Year of release: 2020
Following the wildly popular show Ertugrul—at least in the eastern part of the world—Rise of Empires: Ottoman features a historic mix of immaculate production value and dramatic re-enactment of the 1453 fall of Constantinople. A Turkish production, the show is entirely in English and revolves around the life of a young Ottoman Sultan named Mehmet. It shows how the 21-year old leader risks everything to conquer a city his father and so many others failed to take before him.
This point marked a crucial juncture in history: The fall of the Roman Empire and the transition of a local regional entity to that of a global superpower. While the show does have its set of drawbacks (such as the frequent History Channel-type flashbacks), the appeal of our protagonist is sure to have viewers in for a memorable ride.
- Wild Wild Country
Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes
Year of release: 2018
The mere mention of Wild Wild Country in front of veteran Netflix viewers is sure to garner you some respect points. Based on a true story, Wild Wild Country tells the tale of an Indian cult that’s decided to relocate to Oregon. What ensues is a series of unusual events as the locals struggle to come to terms with the new inhabits and in particular, the eccentric leader of this cult: Bhagwan. This mini-series manages to capture and re-tell a significant—albeit unusual—event in American history and media and retell it in a way that’s sure to leave some viewers scratching their heads!
- Lenox Hill
Season(s): 1 season; 9 episodes
Year of release: 2020
For those looking to embark on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, look no further than Lenox Hill. While we do recommend this docu-series especially if you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy or ER, Lenox Hill is not your average watch. It’s a far cry from what you’d call a feel-good series as it reveals the brutal reality associated with people diagnosed with really bad things.
Set in New York, the show follows the story of an ER physician, an OB-GYN, and two brain surgeons that are part of a small-time hospital competing with bigger establishments. It lifts the curtain from the otherwise romanticized emergency-ward that we’ve grown accustomed to and accurately depicts the struggles of both patients and doctors.
This highly emotional series might not sit well with everyone but if you want to watch a story about individuals that sacrifice everything to save others then this one’s for you.
Season(s): 2 seasons; 12 episodes
Year of release: 2016
The Office is the most viewed show on Netflix according to Chicago Tribune which is a pity because its contract is set to expire on January 1, 2021. Enter Borderline, a British comedy series and ‘mockumentary’ of sorts that follows a similar pattern and humor as The Office. Set in the fictional Northend Airport instead of an office, viewers are quickly introduced to a slew of funny and ridiculous personalities.
The best part of the series is that it has its own version of Pam, Dwight, Jim, and a Michael type-boss. It also doesn’t try too hard to resemble its more popular counterpart and a few episodes are enough to make you wonder why more people aren’t watching it!
Agree with our list? Know of some underrated shows that need more love? Let us know in the comments section below!
The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses
When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.
What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?
As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.
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- It allows you to try several games
Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.
- It will make future gambling more profitable
Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.
Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.
We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.