Drumstick, please: what to watch on Thanksgiving Day


Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is right here … once more.

This 12 months, as an alternative of moving into excruciating household arguments about, properly, absolutely anything, why not spend Thanksgiving binging TV present or tuning right into a particular?

Whether you’re having a household occasion crammed with younger youngsters or a extra mature Friendsgiving affair, there’s a big array of viewing choices for any age vary. 

Here’s a useful information to peruse as you prepare for the Big Day.

“World Pet Games”

In this two-hour particular, co-hosted by Erin Andrews and Finesse Mitchell, animal contestants representing 20 completely different nations take part in competitions comparable to a cat impediment course or an “extreme dog catch,” with every competitors awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals. 

Where to watch: Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox 

A cat on a platform looks unfriendly.
A cat competes on an impediment course in “World Pet Games.”

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the gang for this traditional 1973 particular together with a Thanksgiving feast, Lucy yanking the soccer away, and naturally, chef Snoopy and his pal Woodstock. 

Where to watch: AppleTV+ 

Charlie Brown stands next to Snoopy and Woodstock.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock within the Thanksgiving traditional.
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“95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”

“Today” veterans Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host this 12 months’s particular, which can debut a Baby Yoda balloon and have performances from Darren Criss, Jon Batiste, Foreigner, Kristin Chenoweth, Rob Thomas and Kelly Rowland, amongst others. 

Where to watch: Thursday at 9 a.m. on NBC 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Of course there’s a “Friends” marathon on, full with a number of Thanksgiving episodes. Among others, there’s Season 5’s “The One with All the Thanksgiving,” (sure, that is the one the place Joey will get his head caught in a turkey), Season 4’s “The One with Chandler in a Box” and Season 8’s “The One with the Rumor” guest-starring Jennifer Aniston’s then-husband Brad Pitt, who performs an previous classmate with a vendetta towards Rachel. 

Where to watch: Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on TBS 

Classic “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes will run for a lot of the afternoon.
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“Rutherford Falls” 

Thanksgiving is an efficient time to watch a Native American-themed present with Indigenous individuals within the forged and crew, and between “Rutherford Falls” and “Reservation Dogs,” TV is boasting extra Indigenous individuals than ever. Created by Mike Schur (“The Good Place”) and starring Ed Helms and Native American actors comparable to Jana Schmieding and Michael Greyeyes, “Rutherford Falls,” is a couple of colourful forged of characters in a small Northeast city that’s subsequent to a reservation. 

Where to watch: Peacock 

Ed Helms as Nathaniel Rutherford and Jesse Leigh as Bobbi Yang in "Rutherford Falls."
Ed Helms as Nathaniel Rutherford and Jesse Leigh as Bobbi Yang in “Rutherford Falls.”
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“Fast Foodies”

For a vacation that’s all about meals, why not watch specialists and celebrities put together some feasts on TV? If you missed this new actuality sequence, every episode includes a celeb visitor comparable to Joel McHale or James Van Der Beek as they share a favourite quick meals dish whereas the present’s in-house cooks re-create it with their very own spins. 

Where to watch: 11 a.m. Thursday on TruTV, HBO Max 

James Van Der Beek demonstrates how to cook a dish while another man looks on.
Jame Van Der Beek visitor stars on cooking present “Fast Foodies.”
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This 2020 film boasts a star-studded ensemble forged together with Kat Dennings, Aisha Tyler, Malin Akerman, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho and Jane Seymour. The plot follows Molly (Akerman) and Abby (Dennings), pals who’re planning to spend a quiet Thanksgiving collectively — however, natch, issues rapidly spiral uncontrolled when increasingly friends present up. 

Where to watch: Netflix 

Malin Akerman and Kat Dennings toast wine glasses in "Friendsgiving."
Malin Akerman and Kat Dennings in “Friendsgiving.”
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“The Turkey Bowl”

In this 2019 film, a person returns to his rural hometown for Thanksgiving, the place his previous highschool pals pull him right into a soccer recreation towards their cross-town rivals that was snowed out fifteen years earlier. 

Where to watch: Hulu

“The Oath”

Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz co-star on this 2018 black comedy that follows a pair who’re attempting to get via a Thanksgiving vacation with out discussing politics with their prolonged household. To make issues extra difficult, it’s the near-future and Americans are being requested to signal a authorized doc swearing allegiance to the federal government by Black Friday. 

Where to watch: Amazon