The Best SNL Thanksgiving Sketches

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This is the Thanksgiving issue.

The (Accident Riddled) History Of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since beginning in the year 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has established itself as an essential part of the Thanksgiving season. Every autumn, the leaves turn, and the nation prepares itself for the Thanksgiving traditions we've come to love: sky-high airfare prices, drawing hand turkeys, and watching a massive Pikachu float over the head of bystanders like a benevolent electric rat-god descended from some sort of Pokemon Olympus.

Unfortunately, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade has not gone off without its share of hitches throughout the years. If I had to attribute one source to most of these problems, I would point to the difficulty of attempting to float gigantic, unwieldy balloons through New York City, an environment made almost entirely of obstacles. But this is America, and we are a country that thrives on an ill-advised spectacle like no other! Every year, we celebrate our independence with a combination of alcohol and low-grade explosives that seems designed to decrease the number of fingers in this country by as much as possible. And we'd have it no other way.

Now, most of these parade hiccups don't go any further than your run-of-the-mill deflations and impromptu tree-branch balloon amputations. Beyond a rapidly deflating Spongebob Squarepants giving your youngest child nightmares of a body-horror Bikini Bottom, they're more of an "Aw, dang," than an "Oh, the humanity!" Related: Was the Hindenburg the worst balloon of all time? I would argue, yes.

However, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade has had a handful of mishaps that have crossed over from the merely hugely inconvenient to the genuinely dangerous, and in some cases, tragic ...


Saturday Night Live: The 10 Best Thanksgiving Sketches

From current events to holidays, Saturday Night Live's position at the top of the TV comedy hierarchy has had audiences looking to it for topical takes for years. It's a responsibility that's been taken on bravely, and effectively, with some of their holiday sketches even earning a place in the lore of these events and holidays themselves. Thanksgiving may not immediately come to mind as a "special episode" target the way Christmas or Halloween might, but SNL's done many a great sketch and episode on Turkey Day. Here are 10 of the funniest.


A Thanksgiving Day Balloon Sent A Woman Into A Coma

Botched Pop-Culture Turkeys, Ranked

Set Your Ovens To 420: There's A Cheetos Turkey Recipe

The Greatest (and Most Groan-Worthy) Thanksgiving Jokes Ever Told

What's The Greatest Thanksgiving Movie Of All Time? 

A Faithful Recounting of the 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' Infidelity Storyline That Was Left on the Cutting Room Floor

When Sonic The Hedgehog Ruined A Thanksgiving Tradition

6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America

Ben Franklin Electrocuted Turkeys (And Himself)

10 Bonkers Behind-The-Scenes Facts About 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving'

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