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The TV Buff’s Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz

Updated on November 20, 2011

Television is just chock full of celebration programing for Thanksgiving, especially in the way of specials and holiday episodes of our favorite shows. The following quiz will test your knowledge of some famous TV specials and popular Thanksgiving episodes American audiences have come to love over the years. To participate get out pen/pencil and paper and read each question. From the possible answers for each question choose one and write it down. There are 20 questions in all. After the quiz questions you will find the answers where you can tally up your score. Good luck and have fun!

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving first aired November 20, 1973. What network did it appear on?

a. NBC

b. ABC

c. CBS

d. PBS

2. In the made-for-television Thanksgiving movie, National Lampoon’s Family Reunion, who played the lead role of Dr. Mitch Snider?

a. Judge Reinhold

b. Chevy Chase

c. Dennis Quaid

d. Randy Quaid

3. In a highly popular episode of WKRP In Cincinnati called “Turkeys Away”, radio station owner Arthur Carlson arranged for turkeys to be dropped from a helicopter as a Thanksgiving promotion. After realizing his mistake Carlson was horrified by his decision. What famous words spoken by the character has been rated by fans and critics alike as one of the funniest lines ever delivered on television?

a. “So, that’s why they call them giblets.”

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

c. “It’ll cost a fortune to clean the feathers off.”

d. “We’ll just call it rotary roast fowl for charity.”

4. In an episode of King of the Hill entitled “Happy Hank’s Giving”, the Hill family and friends are stranded at an airport over the holiday. Why were they stranded?

a. a tornado threat

b. the airport pilots have come down with food poisoning

c. a snowstorm

d. Dale Gribble gets trapped in an airport locker and the key can’t be found

5. In a Thanksgiving themed episode of Quantum Leap Sam leaps back into the body of his 16-year old self. What special event does he get to attempt all over again?

a. lead his school basketball team to a win

b. try out for the school hockey team

c. Getting it on with Miss Shelby, the gorgeous biology teacher

d. getting it on with Madge Gnaw, the horribly disfigured cafeteria worker with the drooling problem

6. In the Thanksgiving episode of Night Court titled "Harry and the Madam", Bull takes issue with Mac’s family for what?

a. Not inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner

b. Not celebrating Thanksgiving

c. Fattening a turkey in preparation of Thanksgiving

d. Fattening a puppy in preparation of Thanksgiving

7. In The Simpson’s Thanksgiving episode of season 7, Homer opens his own bar. The episode also featured what popular band appearing as themselves?

a. The Backstreet Boys

b. Nirvana

c. R.E.M.

d. The Rolling Stones

8. “A History Channel Thanksgiving” was an episode that parodied the movie Thor and the TV show, Ancient Aliens. What show is this episode from?

a. Supernatural

b. South Park

c. Family Guy

d. Mike Huckabee

9. In the “Ties that Bind” Thanksgiving episode of The Wonder Years what catastrophe befalls the family and forces Jack to ask for a raise?

a. the stove won’t work

b. the old refrigerator stops working

c. Karen gets hit in the nose by a football and needs emergency plastic surgery

d. The Dread Pirate Roberts kidnaps Karen and demands a ransom to keep her from being returned home

10. In the made-for-TV movie, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993) Elizabeth returns from Europe to do what?

a. to open Walton Mountain’s first fashion shop

b. to open Walton Mountain’s first escort service

c. to reunite with her old beau, Drew

d. to vanquish her arch-nemesis Laura Ingalls

11. In the animated special, Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989), Jon’s grandmother tells Garfield to do what for her?

a. get off the whoopee cushion

b. eat a piece of pie

c. clean her dentures

d. rake her pantyhose

12. In the 1968 animated TV special, The Mouse on the Mayflower who performed the voice of main character, Willum the Mouse?

a. Tennessee Ernie Ford

b. Johnny Cash

c. William Shatner

d. Richard Nixon

13. In the 1964 Thanksgiving episode of The Munsters Herman is worried he can’t go to his army reunion because of what?

a. He was investigated by the F.B.I.

b. He lied about his age

c. He can no longer fit into his uniform

d. His old sergeant had a crush on him

14. In a November 21, 1978 Thanksgiving episode of Happy Days Marion tells her family what?

a. About her allergy to margarine

b. The story of the first Thanksgiving

c. How she and Howard first met

d. Of the threesome she had with Al and Arnold

15. In the Cheers’ episode, Thanksgiving Orphans, Frasier warns Woody that what is a horribly distorted view of reality?

a. Woody’s belief that Thanksgiving means something

b. Cliff’s adamant belief in the Great Sweet Potato

c. Rudolf the Red-nosed- Reindeer

d. That Sam is a male

16. In the animated special, A Winnie Pooh Thanksgiving, Rabbit gets angry at his friends about what?

a. They used all his carrots for the feast

b. They didn’t bring the right food for the feast

c. Their drunken brawling woke his wife

d. They roasted Owl

17. In the 1986 Thanksgiving episode of The A-Team General Stockwell orders the team to do what?

a. to save a beautiful Native American woman from a band of Neo-Pilgrim terrorists

b. to help reunite a criminal with his daughter

c. to help reunite a criminal with his dying son

d. to stop wasting ammo by actually hitting a target during a shoot out.

18. In the 1996 Thanksgiving episode of Married With Children we find out that in Al Bundy’s family it was traditional to do what on the holiday?

a. to have a serving of Aunt Maddie’s sweet potato pie

b. to enjoy a glass of Uncle Joe’s homemade squash moonshine

c. to go hunting with Cousin Marty

d. to exchange wives for a week with your next door neighbor

19. In the November 22, 1998 Thanksgiving episode of That 70’s Show Red Foreman is reluctant to do what?

a. invite his mother over for dinner

b. let his son, Eric, drive the family car

c. take a job offer from Bob

d. trust Al and Arnold not to have a threesome with his Mother

20. Adam Sandler sang the song, “The Thanksgiving Song” during a holiday episode of Saturday Night Live. In that song what line follows the lyrics: “fifty million Elvis fans..” ?

a. “can’t be wrong.”

b. “use knives and sporks.”

c. “visit Graceland every year.”

d. “think of him when they eat pecan pie.”

Scroll on down to find the answers

Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler

1. c. CBS

2. a. Judge Reinhold

3. b. "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”

4.c. a snowstorm

5. a. lead his school basketball team to a win

6. c. Fattening a turkey in preparation of Thanksgiving

7. c. R.E.M.

8. b. South Park

9. a. the stove won’t work

10. c. to reunite with her old beau, Drew

11. b. eat a piece of pie

12. a. Tennessee Ernie Ford

13. c. He can no longer fit into his uniform

14. b. The story of the first Thanksgiving

15. c. Rudolf the Red-nosed- Reindeer

16. b. They didn’t bring the right food for the feast

17. b. to help reunite a criminal with his daughter

18. a. to have a serving of Aunt Maddie’s sweet potato pie

19. c. take a job offer from Bob

20. a. “can’t be wrong.”


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  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    FloraBreenRobison, well I can appreciate that. I doubt I'd do very well at all taking a quiz on Canadian or UK television. But thanks for dropping by and taking it anyway :)

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    kittythedreamer, I probably never would either if I hadn't done the research first, lol! But thanks much for taking!

  • FloraBreenRobison profile image


    6 years ago

    Because Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October, most of these don't air here OR like with Charlie Brown I either forget to watch it or am not in a Thanksgiving vein. The episodes I have seen tend to be classic tv shows that air the episode who knows when in syndication. Some I've seen only once. Thus I did not do a swell as Cogerson. I got a grand total of 4-all of them. the one I've seen the most often is WKRP in Cincinnati.

  • kittythedreamer profile image

    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Your quizzes are very entertaining! I never get all of the answers correct...but amusing and funny nonetheless. ;)

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Cogerson, cool!

    It was awesome this morning; a friend had posted that very clip from WKRP IC at Facebook. I love that episode!

    Thanks for taking my quiz :)

  • Cogerson profile image


    6 years ago from Virginia

    Thanks for the tv quiz....I got a 65 on the quiz....not too bad as I feel I know much more about movies than I do television. I love the line from WKRP in all-time classic line from a classic tv show. Voted up and very interesting.

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    uniquearticlebuz, thanks for dropping by!

    rlah, that's always a cool thing, isn't it? Thanks much!

    Will, I find that hard to believe. I bet you knew at least the first one!

    Nell, really? Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for dropping by, too :)

  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    Hi, Even in England we watch these, but I was useless! lol! great quiz, thanks nell

  • WillStarr profile image


    6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I won't admit how many I got wrong!

  • rlaha profile image


    6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

    I learned some new things today! Thanks!

  • uniquearticlesbuz profile image


    6 years ago from USA

    Very Interesting Quiz Dear..............


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