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27 TV Characters Who Would Cook a Mean Thanksgiving Dinner

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They say food is the way to a man’s heart, but I’d say food is the way to anyone’s heart. 

TV characters have been using their culinary skills to win me over for years now. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to reach into the screen and grab whatever dish they were cooking. 

Food brings people together, and there’s nothing like bonding over a good meal, especially during the holidays when everything revolves around dinner… and Black Friday shopping.

If it’s Thanksgiving, we want to be invited to the houses below.

1. Gabi Diamond – Young & Hungry

Gabi Diamond - Young & Hungry

Gabi Diamond is a spunky, ambitious and self-taught young chef who scores the gig of a lifetime whipping up meals for tech billionaire Josh Kaminski. There isn’t a problem in Josh’s life that Gabi can’t fix with her Julia Child-inspired comfort food.

On the Menu: Gabi’s famous grilled cheese and stuffed mushrooms with garlic, eggplant, and fresh grated parmesan.

 

2. Monica Geller – Friends

Monica Geller - Friends

Chef Monica has scored the title “queen of Friendsgiving.” Throughout the series’ ten season run, Monica has cooked up a storm, hosted plenty of parties and laid out massive holiday spreads. Sure, over the years, the sous chef improved the Thanksgiving menu, but we’d still gobble up the mac and cheese she made Chandler for their first Thanksgiving.

On the Menu: Mac N Cheese, a variety of potatoes, mockolate deserts, roast turkey, stuffing, yams with marshmallows in concentric circles, cranberry sauce, “amazing” vegetarian stuffing and generous pours of red wine.

 
 

3. Sookie St. James – Gilmore Girls

Sookie St. James - Gilmore Girls

The Gilmore gals love to eat so it’s a good thing they have Sookie around because she loves to cook. She’s the executive chef at the Independence Inn and later, the co-owner and head chef at the Dragonfly Inn where she whips up mind-boggling food creations and even scraps and redoes whole menus at the last minute.

On the Menu: Deep fried turkey with all the trimmings!

4. Red – OITNB

Red - OITNB

Red, the Fiery Russian, runs the kitchen at Litchfield and doesn’t let the fact that she’s in prison or that she’s scant on resources hinder her creativity in any way. Have you ever met anyone who tried to cook a full Thanksgiving meal on a tight budget? I’m talking $1.05 per prisoner. And she did it well. Just imagine what she could do with quality ingredients that she isn’t growing out of the prison garden.

On the Menu: Handmade creamy corn and leek quiche, golden corn on the cob from the garden, turkey and pumpkin pie. Sorry, no gravy.

 

5. Pacey Witter – Dawson’s Creek

Pacey Witter - Dawson's Creek

Pacey is a chef at a fancy and pricey restaurant so he can cook up just about anything that your heart desires. And his meals tend to make things at the dinner table a little less awkward with every bite.

On the Menu: A Thanksgiving Dinner that you’ll probably have to eat at the restaurant cause he’s busy cooking.

 

6. Mrs. Patmore – Downton Abbey

Mrs. Patmore - Downton Abbey

The lavish meals on Downton Abbey don’t just cook themselves. Mrs. Patmore is the head cook who takes great pride in her cooking, even ordering around her assistant cook, Daisy.

On the Menu: Kedgeree.

 
 

7. Jacob – Grace and Frankie

Jacob - Grace and Frankie

A man with the nickname the “Yam Man” can cook Thanksgiving dinner for me any day. We have a major soft spot for him as he even attempts to cozy up to Frankie using his cuisine.

On the Menu: Candied Yams.

 

8. Pops – Riverdale

Pops - Riverdale

A burger with fries and a side milkshake? No one makes ’em better than Pop Tate which is why a Thanksgiving reservation at his Chock’lit Shoppe would probably have to be made months in advance. That, or you can go to TGIT’s.

On the Menu: Burger, fries, milkshake, turkey on rye – hold the tomatoes.

 
 

9. Maggie Amato – Younger

Maggie Amato - Younger

Maggie’s lasagna makes people cry. Or so I’m told. It’s apparently so good, even real Italians become emotional when taking a bite of the dish. For Americans, lasagna might not be a Thanksgiving staple, but then again, we never say no to the meaty, cheesy goodness.

On the Menu: Make ‘Em Cry Lasagna.

 

10. Abuela – Jane the Virgin

Abuela - Jane the Virgin

Abuela is a staunch believer in family dinners so there’s no doubt in my mind that she would throw a Thanksgiving feast with a little Latino flair. Just be prepared for Abuela to bestow her wisdom about life and love onto you during the meal.

On the Menu: Pernil, Thanksgiving tamales, and pumpkin flan.

 
 

11. David Rossi – Criminal Minds

David Rossi - Criminal Minds

Rossi believes cooking is an art form and tends to retort to the kitchen when tensions are high. That being said, he often cooks for his work family to help them eat off a bad work day.

On the Menu: Carbonara, his grandmother’s specialty.

 

12. Hilda – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Hilda - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

In a cannibalistic household, you have to admire Hilda for remaining a vegetarian. Unlike her sister, Zelda, Hilda is the nurturing, gentle soul who keeps things real. She’s always in the kitchen preparing something like a vegetable pie for the Dark Lord.

On the Menu: Vegetable pie and Aunt Hilda’s “Truth-Telling” cake. You’ve been warned.

 
 

13. Hannibal Lecter – Hannibal

Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal

Hannibal puts much detail into his culinary skills, whipping up meals that appear succulent and mouth-watering. And though we have no doubt that the feast would look incredible, our appetites would be ruined by the whole cannibalism aspect.

On the Menu: Turkey that, most definitely, isn’t turkey.

 

14. Karen – One Tree Hill

Karen - One Tree Hill

Karen’s cafe was a staple in tree hill even before she was accepted into a cooking course in Italy. Though, I’m not sure the family dinner would be all that pleasant given their longstanding family drama.

On the Menu: Turkey-Breast Roulade with Mushroom Stuffing and garlic bread.

 

15. Janet – The Good Place

Janet - The Good Place

Listen, Janet cooked up a wicked plan with Michael, so I have no doubts about her culinary skills. She can get anything done and summoned with the snap of her fingers including a mouth-watering dinner.

On the Menu: Frozen yogurt in two flavors: Thanksgiving turkey and full cell phone battery, clam chowder, shrimp.

 

16. Liv – iZombie

Liv - iZombie

Liv is always experimenting with new dishes as she attempts to make brains taste better than they do. Seriously, we’re willing to pay for a zombie cookbook and just replace the protein, for obvious reasons.

On the Menu: Gnocchi Stuffed with brains, spaghetti with brains and lots of hot sauce.

 

17. Izzy – Grey’s Anatomy

Izzy - Grey's Anatomy

It’s revealed that Izzy can’t really cook during a Thanksgiving episode, but that doesn’t exclude her from our list because she’s a killer baker. The more stressed she is, the more muffins she bakes which is a win for her colleagues.

On the Menu: Her mother’s chocolate chip cupcakes with coconut extract.

 

18. Granny, Regina and Sabine – Once Upon a Time

Granny, Regina and Sabine - Once Upon a Time

Despite being cursed, Storybrooke is a “foodie town.” Granny’s is the heart of StoryBrooke and her lasagna is a staple for the locals. Regina’s signature dish is also lasagna, however, she also enjoys using apples as the main ingredient. And no one makes beignets quite like Sabine.

On the Menu: Granny’s lasagna, Regina’s apple cider, Sabine’s beignets.

 
 

19. Midge Maisel – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Midge Maisel - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Mrs. Maisel’s priorities in life include food and family. One blog described her as a “domestic goddess who cooks brisket like Julia Child,” so obviously, she’s in charge of Thanksgiving dinner.

On the menu: Retro appetizers like deviled eggs, gougeres and martinis with olives followed by meatloaf, shrimp and egg rolls.

 

20. Bob – Bob’s Burgers

Bob - Bob's Burgers

Bob is really big on Thanksgiving traditions which explains why there’s been several Thanksgiving episodes thus far. Bob is particular about having the perfect Thanksgiving as it blends his love of cooking with tradition. He even names and talks to his turkey!

On the Menu: Salad, rolls, cranberries, mashed potatoes and the turkey.

 

21. Grandma Ruby – black-ish

Grandma Ruby - black-ish

If you’re looking for gravy-slathered Thanksgiving options that are bad for your heart but make your stomach happy, look no further than Grandma Ruby’s holiday feast! After all, Thanksgiving is no time to be health conscious.

On the Menu: Granny’s specialty – a soul-licious spread of fried pork chops, biscuits, and thick-ass gravy.

 

22. Lily – How I Met Your Mother

Lily - How I Met Your Mother

Lily has the cooking skills of a gourmet chef but only cooks on special occasions. When she does dabble in the kitchen, her friends are in for a real treat.

On the Menu: Seared scallops, turkey, and mango chutney.

 

23. Alex Kamal – The Expanse

Alex Kamal - The Expanse

Alex is a blessing because not only is he a badass pilot, he’s also an incredible chef which, believe it or not, comes in handy when your in space.

On the Menu: Piping hot lasagna.

 

24. Max – 2 Broke Girls

Max - 2 Broke Girls

Max’s cupcakes are considered to be some of the best in town. While she offers some regular flavors, we’re particulary draw to the “specialty” ones. Who wouldn’t want delicious cupcakes as a Thanksgiving dessert?f

On the Menu: Cupcakes in two flavors – “The Salty and Spice” cupcake and “Beer Batter Maple Bacon” cupcake.

 

25. Raj – The Big Bang Theory

Raj - The Big Bang Theory

Raj takes Thanksgiving very seriously and it’s all hands on deck in his kitchen. However, the result? A holiday spread that will leave you full.

On the Menu: Corn, gravy, yam, rolls, cranberries, and turkey.

 

26. Regina – A Million Little Things

Regina - A Million Little Things

Regina is a talented chef with dreams of re-opening her own restaurant that will be successful this time around.

On the Menu: Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for all of her closest friends.

 

27. Violet Bordelon – Queen Sugar

Violet Bordelon - Queen Sugar

After years of baking some of the best pies in town, Aunt V was presented with the opportunity to sell them commercially and turned her passion into a business called, “Vi’s Prized Pies.”

On the Menu: Aunt Vi’s Prized Pies, obviously.


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Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren Tapped for ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1932’

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Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren Tapped for 'Yellowstone' Prequel '1932'

 

Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren are jumping on the Yellowstone bandwagon.

The actors will star in the drama’s upcoming 1932 prequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The Paramount+ series follows the 1883 prequel spinoff and will introduce a new generation of Duttons. 

The series has amassed a somewhat cult following, so it makes sense that the forces behind yet another origin story have decided to go big with the names attached to the project. 

It’s unclear what role Ford and Mirren have been cast in, but we’re sure it’ll delight considering their impressive acting resumes. 

Per the official synopsis provided by the streaming network, the drama will “explore the early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home.”

Pandemics, huh. We know a thing or two about that. 

News of the new prequel first broke in February. 

“Taylor Sheridan has put roots down for the Dutton Family tree that stand strong and tall, with many branches that continue to engage record-breaking audiences,” 1883 executive producer David C. Glasser said via a statement, adding, “It is awe-inspiring to work with Taylor, ViacomCBS and the entire team on this universe.”

It’s unclear if the plan is to have 1932 span multiple seasons or if it will be a one-season limited series like the previous prequel.

All we know is that if you’re not watching Yellowstone and the blossoming franchise, you’re doing it wrong. 


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As many of your favorite shows wind down for the season, we’re already looking forward to their return. 

And with those beloved shows come a slew of new comedies and dramas. 

The major primetime networks are pulling back the curtain on the fall 2022 TV lineup! 

Check out the schedule below for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and The CW — new series appear in caps! 

 

ABC

MONDAY
8 pm Bachelor in Paradise
10 pm The Good Doctor

TUESDAY
8 pm Bachelor in Paradise
10 pm THE ROOKIE: FEDS

WEDNESDAY
8 pm The Conners
8:30 pm The Goldbergs
9 pm Abbott Elementary (new night)
9:30 pm Home Economics 
10 pm Big Sky

THURSDAY
8 pm Station 19
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10 pm ALASKA

FRIDAY
8 pm Shark Tank
9 pm 20/20

SATURDAY
8 pm College Football

SUNDAY
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!
9 pm Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
10 pm The Rookie

Shows Held for Midseason Premieres

A Million Little Things, American Idol, The Bachelor, Judge Steve Harvey, NOT DEAD YET, and The Wonder Years

 

 

CBS

MONDAY
8 pm The Neighborhood
8:30 pm Bob Hearts Abishola
9 pm NCIS
10 pm NCIS: Hawai’i

TUESDAY
8 pm FBI
9 pm FBI: International
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted 

WEDNESDAY
8 pm Survivor
9 pm The Amazing Race
10 pm THE REAL LOVE BOAT

THURSDAY
8 pm Young Sheldon
8:30 pm Ghosts (new time slot)
9 pm SO HELP ME TODD
10 pm CSI: Vegas (new night)

FRIDAY
8 pm S.W.A.T. (“new” night)
9 pm FIRE COUNTRY
10 pm Blue Bloods

SATURDAY
8 pm Drama encores
9 pm Drama encores
10 pm 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7 pm 60 Minutes
8 pm The Equalizer
9 pm EAST NEW YORK
10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (new time slot)

Shows Held for Midseason Premieres

LINGO, Secret Celebrity Renovation, SUPERFAN, Tough as Nails, TRUE LIES

 

The CW

MONDAY
8 pm All American
9 pm All American: Homecoming

TUESDAY
8 pm THE WINCHESTERS
9 pm PROFESSIONALS

WEDNESDAY
8 pm DC’s Stargirl (new night)
9 pm Kung Fu

THURSDAY
8 pm Walker
9 pm WALKER INDEPENDENCE

FRIDAY
8 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:30 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway?

SATURDAY
8 pm MAGIC WITH THE STARS
9 pm World’s Funniest Animals
9:30 pm World’s Funniest Animals

SUNDAY
8 pm FAMILY LAW
9 pm Coroner (new night)

Shows Held for Midseason Premieres

The Flash, GOTHAM KNIGHTS, Masters of Illusion, Nancy Drew, RECIPE FOR DISASTER, Riverdale (final season), Superman & Lois

 

NBC 

TBD

 

FOX

TBD

 


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The news, while heartbreaking, might not be unexpected for those who have been following along and awaiting a verdict. 

Things didn’t bode well for the series after the network banished the remaining three episodes from their scheduled May airdates to the month of June. 

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Admittedly, Legacies never reached the heights that its predecessors did, and viewership has only been dwindling. 

The series will come to an end with its fourth season. 

The CW really broke took a jab at so many fandoms today!

Deadline reports that the network is currently in talks to be sold to station group Nexstar, which could explain the decision to slice its programing roster in half. 

It previously canceled Batwoman and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Back in March, the network gave green lights for several of its dramas: All American renewed for season 5, The Flash renewed for season 9, Kung Fu renewed for season 3, Superman & Loisrenewed for season 3, Nancy Drew renewed for season 4, Riverdale renewed for season 7, Walker renewed for season 3.


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