‘This Is Us’: The 1 Thanksgiving Episode Everyone Is Watching This Week and How To Stream It

This Is Us gave viewers a heart-warming Thanksgiving episode every season except in 2020. This year the fall finale occurred before the holiday season, but four Thanksgiving-themed episodes are available from previous seasons to stream. The one that fans watch repeatedly is “Pilgrim Rick,” from season 1. Here’s how you can watch it right now.

'This Is Us' star Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson
‘This Is Us’ star Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson | Ron Batzdorff/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

‘This Is Us’ Season 1 ‘Pilgrim Rick’ is the most memorable Thanksgiving Episode

In 2016, This Is Us was a brand new show however; the eighth episode, “Pilgrim Rick,” lives on forever in fans’ hearts. Last Thanksgiving, over 9 million viewers streamed This Is Us Season 1, Episode 8. 

“Thanksgiving Dad is a hot Dad,” Randall (Sterling K. Brown) says while doing the robot. 

Randall’s holiday enthusiasm is infectious. He lives for his favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, and carries out numerous traditions for the Pearson family holiday. Meanwhile, fans’ favorite flashback moments are found in this episode. 

In the late ’80s flashback, we found out where all of the Pearson family traditions came from. On the way to Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) parents’ home, their car pops a tire, and it’s a blessing in disguise. Instead of venturing the six hours to meet the dreadful mother who always wants pictures of the twins, not Randall, the family has an unconventional holiday in a creepy lodge.

'This Is Us' Mackenzie Hancsicsak , Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis
Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Parker Bates, and Lonnie Chavis | Ron Batzdorff/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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After walking 3.4 miles down the road to the nearest gas station, the family realizes that they have to stay in the motel run by Pilgrim Rick. However, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) turns the evening into the most memorable Thanksgiving ever, and Randall replicates everything every year, right down to the hot dogs, Kraft singles, and saltines.

“There’s no one else I’d rather be too hot or too cold with,” Rebecca says every year, reliving that night. 

Of course, there’s drama and many tears because Jack is no longer with the family, but the heart-warming moments live on.

Here’s how to watch ‘This Is Us’ for free

Although This Is Us is not available on Netflix, all four seasons and the beginning of season 5 is available on Hulu, NBC, and Peacock. To watch for free on Hulu, sign up for a free trial plan. If you have already used the trial, it is only $5.99 per month for a base plan. 

If viewers already have a cable provider, they can watch for free on nbc.com by signing in. Or, streamers can use the Peacock app or website to watch for free. 

No payment is required to watch This Is Us on Peacock TV; however, only season 5 is available free. The best way to watch the season 1 “Pilgrim Rick” episode is to stream it free on Hulu or nbc.com with a cable provider login.

Episodes are available for purchase

To buy a specific episode of This Is Us, viewers can use amazon prime video and purchase each installment for $2.99. You could also buy the box set wherever movies and videos are sold. 

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