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November 22, 2006


flem snopes

The Cheers food fight episode is one of my favorite television shows of all time.

Will Teullive

Or "My Uncle Joe; the iron worker loosens his belt after gorging, accidentally drops pants revealing his fondness for lacey chartreuse garters"God, how I love Thanksgiving!


I think my favorite "Thanksgiving" sitcom episode was the one that "All In The Family" did where the Meathead brought a Vietnam War draft dodger home for dinner... and Archie had invited a friend of his whose son had died in Vietnam. It was maybe the most poignant, honest thing I've ever seen about Vietnam and how divided this country was by it... at least the most honest thing I've seen in a sitcom, anyway. And that script was written by Mike Milligan and Jay Moriarty... and if the Emmys were nominating the 10 best half-hours in the 50 year history of sitcoms, I'd nominate Milligan and Moriarty for that very thoughtful, funny, sad and honest episode.

Dan Coyle

Favorite Thanksgiving? The Simpsons first (only?) Thanksgiving episode. Bart destroys Lisa's pilgrim diorama and goes on an odyssey of self-discovery. It's not particularly funny (Except when Bart hallucinates Uncle Sam screaming "IT'S YOUR FAULT AMERICA LOST ITS WAY!" which is even funnier than it was in 1990) but it features some of Bart and Lisa's best writing and characterization and acting like real kids.


"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Charlie Kennedy

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Ken!Thanks for writing this blog!

Paul Duca

Ken, this Thanksgiving is not starting out happy...as of 10 AM ET I still haven't been able to get onto ReelRadio.com--what's Turkey Day without Bobby Rich and THE TURKEY HOUR?!!?


Favorite Turkey Day Episodes:1) Cheers "Birdzilla"2) WKRP in Cincinnati "Oh, the humanity."3) Friends "It tastes like feet."4) The Bob Newhart Show "Moo goo goo goo."5) Northern Exposure "I'm definitely not white."6) King of Queens "Eyepatch."7) South Park "Starvin' Marvin."8) Friends "Chandler in a box"9) 3rd Rock "Gobble gobble dick dick."10) Ugly Betty "I'm the phantom of the opera."Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Turkey Day, Mr. Levine. I suspect everything you said about writing Thanksgiving episodes goes double for Christmas episodes, no?


One of my least favorite things about working in television is having to endure the holidays episodes every year. Especially when you work for a guy who seems to love Christmas so much that he stretches it over 2-3 episodes. Come to think of it, we actually skipped Thanksgiving this year, but had the token Halloween script to make up for it.We're deep frying a turkey today, so I'm sure SOMETHING funny (or tragic) will happpen...


Hey, Ken:This is an old friend of yours from your "youth"! Bruce Miller told me about your blog, and, here I am! Hope all is well with you and your family this Thanksgiving. You're probably aware that Dad passed away 4 years ago. I miss him terribly...especially miss his jokes on what's happening in the news! My mother is at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, not doing too well.Well, just wanted to say hi!Bonnie (Burns) aka Maven on blogger.

Ken Levine

Readers,Maven's dad was Stan Burns, the head writer of the Steve Allen Show and one of the nicest and funniest writers I've ever met.

The Master

Dan Coyle,I read your piece on The Simpsons' Thanksgiving episode this morning. Now this evening, channel surfing, I hit that Simpsons episode just begining and took your advice and watched it. Just great. thanks. When Lisa was writing her self-pity poem I wanted to say to her, "It's derivative darling."The Simpsons is the best.

Great Big Radio Guy

Here y'all go - the classic WKRP Thanksgiving episode.We laugh because it's funny. And we laugh because we've worked for guys like Carlson.

Paul Duca

I am happy to report that Ricky has been kind enough to offer extended TURKEY hours, to make up for Moondog's "industrial action" on Thanksgiving.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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