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The 9 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes to Watch on Turkey Day

Celebrate thanksgiving by hiding from your family and watching these fictional families enjoy turkey day!

Celebrating Thanksgiving usually entails a day of eating, answering uncomfortable questions from your family about your career and romantic life, hearing about your grandma's bunion surgery, and, if you're lucky, a well-earned doze in front of the TV. This year, given the social distancing guidelines, you may bypass the family time and go straight to the couch.

Regardless of your plans for Turkey Day, when that second helping of turkey starts to settle in your belly and your eyelids start to feel heavy, it's time to shove your cousin (or cat) over on the couch, settle in, and turn on one of these classic Thanksgiving-themed episodes.


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Jewel Releases Iconic Live Performance of "Angel Standing By"

The performance will appear on the "Pieces of You" reissue due out this Friday

In preparation for her highly anticipated 25th anniversary reissue of her 12x platinum debut album, Jewel released a charismatic and previously unreleased live rendition of her hit single "Angel Standing By."

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Jewel and husband Ty Murray are breaking up after sixteen years together and six years of marriage.

The singer broke the news via a blog post on Wednesday, saying she and Ty have thought long and hard about how best to handle it.

"My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce. Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together," she said. "For some time we have been engaged in private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than with malice."

Jewel and Ty got married in 2008 with a small, intimate ceremony in the Bahamas. They have one child - son Kase Townes, who will be three next week.

"Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son," Jewel continues. "Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents – we wish only what is best for our son."

To read Jewel's full statement, click here.

Today, we celebrate the 39th birthday of "You Were Meant For Me" folk crooner Jewel. Of course we all know her as the beautiful singer/songwriter/actress/poet who once had a very memorable guest stint on 7th Heaven. There are, however, two key aspects of Jewel that have become synonymous with her character. One is her teeth...

 

 

...and the other is the fact that she once lived in a car. That's right! Prior to becoming folk music royalty, 18-year-old homeless Jewel Kilcher lived out of her car in San Diego. We're glad she had enough "Intuition" to know it was well worth any mobile malcontent.

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Jewel is not the only celebrity to have once called their car home. In honor of her birthday, here are the most famous examples of celebrities who were forced to slum it curbside.

1. Jim Carrey

When the Ace Ventura actor was just a teenager, his entire family took janitorial jobs and lived out of a Volkswagen camper

 

2. Hilary Swank

Swank and her mother lived out of a car for about eight weeks when they first moved to Los Angeles for Swank's acting career. Two Oscars later, Swank is living much...swankier.

 

3. Drew Carey

The funnyman lived out of his car for 18 months while trying to earn a spot on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. Not only did he get the chance to perform his stand-up set, but he was invited to Carson's couch after.

 

4. Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim and her mother left her abusive father when she was 8-years-old. "There was a time when my mother and I were living out of the trunk of her car."

 

5. Tyler Perry

When he was an unknown playwright in Atlanta, Perry was forced to live out of his car after one of his projects flopped.

 

6. Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil's experience living out of a car with his father as a teenager has certainly aided his ability to counsel those in need.

 

7. Debbie Reynolds

The Singing in the Rain star was forced to shut down her Las Vegas movie museum and live out of her Cadillac in the '90s due to financial problems.

 

8. William Shatner

1969 was not a good year for Shatner: Star Trek went off the air and he and wife Gloria Rand divorced. Before finally finding other work, he lived in a camper.

 

9. Suze Orman

Before becoming a financial guru, Orman cut trees and lived out of her car in Berkley, CA.

 

10. Colonel Sanders

KFC-EO Colonel Harland David Sanders slept in the backseat of his car with his wife while trying to convince restaurants to use his special fried chicken recipe.

 

11. Kelly Clarkson

After pre-Idol Clarkson's Los Angeles apartment burned down, she slept in her car and showered at the gym.

 

12. Jim Morrison

The Doors frontmas lived on rooftops, couches, and cars in Venice Beach, CA before lighting people's fires (musically).

 

13. Sally Jesse Raphael

According to her autobiography, the talk show host lived in her car for a time. We wonder if she still wore those iconic red glasses...

 

14. David Letterman

Yet another talk show host who was car-bound for a time! Before making it big, Letterman lived out of a red 1973 Chevy pickup truck.

 

15. Danny Bonaduce

The comedian/child star/TV and radio personality was still signing autographs while living in a car by a dumpster in the '80s.

 

16. Sam Worthington

"I was living in a car before I signed up for Avatar," claims the Australian actor.

 

We hope these tales of vehicular vitality inspire you to persevere, regardless of the shape of your teeth or the size of your hands...

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We thought it was a big deal yesterday when Kelly Clarkson was announced as a new personality on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, but it turns out Kells was actually small potatoes. She's on there, sure, but sure are seven other new super-famous people, as NBC has now added two celebrity assistants for each of their four lead mentors on the show. Kelly joins Miranda Lambert in helping out Lambert's hubby Blake Shelton (third wheel, anyone?) while Cee Lo gets a boost from Ne-Yo and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Adam Levine is lent a hand by Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke (dream team!) and Christina Aguilera gets to yodel-off with Jewel and Lionel Richie.

We're not sure what the exact number of records sold between the 12 stars now involved with The Voice is, but conservative estimates puts the number somewhere in the 3 to 5 kajizillion range. Let it never be said that NBC wasn't doing its absolute damnedest to protect its investment with its only real hit of the last 12 months—if the show falters in its second season, it certainly won't be for lack of networking. Plus, they're only about three pop stars away from being able to do a full-on "We Are the World" redo—that 30th anniversary is only a couple years away, you know.

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For reasons largely unbeknownst to us, today has been dubbed International Coffee Day, with such convenient fast-food purveyors as 7-11, Thorntons' and Krispy Kreme handing out free cups of java to customers in celebration. (Though not Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, the heartless bastards.) Whatever the inspiration, though, we'll drink to that #norihanna—it'd be hard to imagine us getting through a day at the Popdust offices without a couple cups each from our trusty DeLonghi brewer. And besides that, coffee has played such a key role in pop music history that we're indebted to the stuff on multiple levels.

Don't believe us? Check out our ten favorite cameos from Mr. Joe in lyrics, song titles and music videos over the years, and remember: One cream, two sugars. And god help you if we even get a hint of Sweet'n Low.

10. JEWEL, "YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME"

The verses for Jewel's classic heartbreak ballad depict the singer/songwriter eating what appears to be the loneliest, most miserable breakfast ever consumed by an Alaskan. She's got her eggs, pancakes and maple syrup—"everything but you"—but she can't make up for the lack of company, and after making a smiley face with her egg yolks, she turns to her beverage for empathy: "Consult a cup of coffee / But it didn't want to talk." Ouch. It doesn't get much better from there, as Jewel spends the rest of the song walking in the rain, reading in the newspaper about hearts being broken (in the paper, really?) and eventually retreating to bed, "alive, but...mostly dead." Maybe go with the stronger stuff next time, Jewel.

9. DESCENDENTS, "COFFEE MUG"

Easily the greatest bean-juice-related song to ever clock in at under 40 seconds, "Coffee Mug" is one of the definitive anthems from the band who once summarized their discography as being fueled by "rejection, food, coffee, girls, fishing and food." "Coffee mug / to clear away the haze / Liquid proof / that I can win this race," yells Descendents singer Milo Aukerman in tribute, concluding on the hold-your-breath chorus that he "don't need no booze or drugs / I just chug-a-lug my coffee mug." Hey, if you're going to write a song strictly devoted to the awesomeness of coffee, it probably should be short, energetic and hyper-focused, shouldn't it?

8. THE PRETENDERS, "BRASS IN POCKET"

Probably the greatest video ever to take place in a diner—unless you count the non-cartoon sections of "Take On Me"—"Brass in Pocket" features an unbelievably cute Chrissie Hynde peddling coffee to a number of disinterested and/or downright unconscious customers, trying to keep up her brave face. The harshest blow comes with her final customer, of whose attention she is quite obviously desirous (give it to her!!), who leaves not only without drinking the coffee she delivers, but doesn't even appear to pay for it. No special for you, young man.

7. BLUR, "COFFEE & TV"

This would be much higher if the song's music video—believed by many to be among the greatest ever filmed, and rightly so—had prominently featured a walking coffee cup (or at least a walking non-dairy creamer) instead of a walking milk carton. Still, the song's a winner as well, with guitarist-playing-lead-singer Graham Coxon wistfully crooning about a simple life consisting largely of the two titular items, amidst some lovely strumming, a jaunty little beat and a fairly underrated solo. Peppy, but certainly not over-caffeinated.

6. SUZANNE VEGA, "TOM'S DINER"

Suzanne Vega's hypnotic slice-of-life cut—turned into a hypnotic proto-trip-hop jam by British dance duo DNA—is another diner anthem, a stream-of-consciousness observation-fest with Vega imbuing some very mundane occurrences with great imaginary meaning. This is how lyrics like "I am waiting at the counter / For the man to pour the coffee / And he pours it only halfway / And before I even argue / He is looking at the window / At somebody coming in" become tragic, mysterious and deeply symbolic words of near-Joyce-ian prose. Waiter does sound like kind of a dick, though.

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5. SHAKIRA, "SHE WOLF"

One of the more adorably weird—or maybe just more awkwardly translated—pop songs of recent years, Shakira's "She Wolf" featured a whole lot of lyrics that didn't quite sound right but sounded just right all the same. The best of these was probably Shakira's complaint of "starting to feel just a little abused / like a coffee machine in an office." Cute, but speak only for yourself, Ms. Mebarak Ripoll—we don't know how they do things over at Sony, but here at Popdust, we treat our coffee machine with the love and respect that it deserves.

4. FOLGERS, "THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP"

Perhaps a slight cheat here, but it wouldn't feel right to draw up this list without the greatest coffee-related commercial jingle of all-time, and probably one of the ten or so greatest ever written for any category of product. No piece of music ever conceived has you made you feel sunnier about the act of sipping bitter, dark, watery liquid than "The best part of waking up / Is Folgers in your cup." Plus, the theme (composed by Susan Spiegel Solovay, Bill Vernick and Leslie Pearl, and even sung by Aretha Franklin and Randy Travis over the years) has its roots in pop, being at least partly based on girl group The Ronettes' 1964 hit "(The Best Part of) Breaking Up."

3. CARLY SIMON, "YOU'RE SO VAIN"

Throw a dart at a printed-out lyric sheet of Carly Simon's chart-topping hit "You're So Vain" and you're bound to land on a classic couplet, from the opening "You walked into the party / Like you were walking onto a yacht" to the climactic "Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia / To see the total eclipse of the sun." But one of the best and most memorable still has to be the lead-in to the song's second chorus, where Carly laments "I had some dreams / They were clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee, and..." If you watch a poured bin of creamer swirl into a cup of black without being reminded of that line, congrats on avoiding classic-rock radio all your life.

2. SQUEEZE, "BLACK COFFEE IN BED"

Like Jewel's "You Were Meant for Me," Squeeze uses coffee as a key symbol in their breakup song (and new wave-era blue-eyed-soul gem) "Black Coffee in Bed," with singer Glen Tilbrook obsessing over "the stain on my notebook from where your coffee cup was." But unlike Jewel, who seemed determined to wallow in as much gloom and self-pity as possible, Glen does not plan on letting the heartbreak ruin his day, as he looks to the future—"Now knowing I'm single / there'll be fire in my eyes / And a stain on my notebook / From a new love tonight." We hope he's still talking about coffee, anyway.

1. CAJMERE - "COFFEE POT"

Or as you and the rest of the Western World probably better know it, "It's time for the percolator." Many songs on this list mention coffee, but only one of them has the beverage sewn into the song's very DNA, as Cajmere's "Coffee Pot" is built on the sonic foundation of a brewing coffee pot. (An approximated one, anyway). The song's bubbling hook made it one of the definitive hits of early-'90s Chicago house, and a slam-dunk club favorite to the day—though we're guessing that it's best (and most frequently) appreciated while drinking beverages other than coffee. Nonetheless, if you're as obsessive about your pop music as you are about your java, you've probably gotten "It's time for the percolator" stuck in your head more than once while impatiently tapping your fingers on the office kitchen counter.

Did we miss anything? Do the Carly Simon and Jewel lyrics irritate you incredibly? Do you want to rip our heads off for ignoring Prince's "Starfish and Coffee"? Easy, easy there, caffeine-head—just let us know about it in the comments section.