While we’re aware that football is the typical Thanksgiving television fare, we’re giving you some other idea of what to watch on TV on Thanksgiving Day if that’s not your preferred programming. This post has been updated for 2022.
What’s Thanksgiving Look Like at Your Home?
It’s Thanksgiving, which means you’re either spending all day in the kitchen or all day on the couch shouting “Do you need any help?” into the kitchen.
Or maybe you hit the jackpot, and you’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year, so you can relax until it’s time to show up with your dinner contribution. Either way, you’re going to need some entertainment.
What to Watch and Where to Find It on Thanksgiving Day
Hallmark Christmas Movies
What kind of Hallmark movie reviewers would we be if we didn’t suggest tuning into a Hallmark Christmas movie marathon on Thanksgiving day?
Hallmark Channel kicks off their annual Countdown to Christmas in October. Yes, October! Based on previous years, Hallmark will usually repeat fan favorites or movies starring big names. We might also get a premiere but that likely will air the day after Thanksgiving or that Saturday night.
Listen to our Countdown to Christmas preview to hear what we are most excited to watch! Coming Soon.
Where is Charlie Brown Airing?
There is some confusion about where to find your favorite Peanuts gang these days. A few years ago, Apple TV bought the rights to the Charlie Brown movies so they are no longer available on network television.
Apple TV worked out a deal with PBS to air the specials in 2021. It’s unknown if A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving or A Charlie Brown Christmas will be available on PBS again this year.
These classic movies – including It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – are available to stream anytime on Apple TV.
Friends Thanksgiving Marathon
Speaking of nostalgia, how about a Friends marathon?
Vulture ranked all nine of the Thanksgiving episodes. Stream them all on HBOMax.
Old Favorites and New Flicks Disney+
There is no shortage of holiday movies and specials on Disney Plus. The catalog runs deeps, so if you’re in the mood for a classic Disney tale or even something new, this is your streaming network.
Non-Christmas recommendations include: Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles and Taylor Swift’s Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.
We also really enjoyed John Stamos as Coach Korn in the series Big Shot.
Need Something To Talk About?
Big and small family dinners can be fun. They can also be… strained.
Print these dinner conversation starters so you have something light to talk about at the table.
Related Things You Might Like
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Watch Along with Us
Girls Gone Hallmark is a bonus episode available each week. Listen in as Megan (a life-long Hallmark Christmas movie fan) and Wendy (a former unenthusiastic Hallmark movie fan) recap and review new Hallmark Channel movies.
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