How To Watch This Year’s Thanksgiving Specials, Movies And TV Episodes

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As we get closer to Thanksgiving, it is easy to get so busy that we forget about the reason we celebrate. Let’s face it, it can be challenging to feel thankful when we are so stressed out trying to get ready for the big holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving should be a time for family and friends to gather together for some amazing food, great company and some entertainment. Fortunately, our favorite networks and streaming services have a huge selection to help us celebrate Thanksgiving.

If you need a little gratitude boost for your holiday attitude, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite picks of Thanksgiving specials and movies for this week. We bet you’ll find at least a couple that the whole gang can sit, enjoy and have your thankful spirit renewed.

Wednesday, Nov. 22

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” 8 p.m. Eastern, ABC

Is it even Thanksgiving without watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?” Who could forget the gourmet feast Charlie Brown pulls together at the last minute for his friends (who invite themselves over for the holiday, by the way!) One of my family’s all-time favorite holiday specials, period.

You can also catch this special on Amazon Video!

“A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special,” 9 p.m. Eastern, NBC

Like your turkey with a side of laughs? Then join the SNL gang for a special full of Thanksgiving-themed skits and comedy to bring smiles to everyone as we prepare for the big day on Thursday.

Thursday, Nov. 23—Thanksgiving Day

You need to do something while you wait for all that delicious food to get cook? How about watching this collection of Thanksgiving entertainment to keep the hungry crowds entertained.

“The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” 9 a.m. Eastern, NBC

Watching huge floats, marching bands, celebrity guests who sing and dance and, of course, the arrival of Santa Claus has become the iconic Thanksgiving Day tradition across the country. This year marks the 91st parade to march down the New York City route, and there are some special new characters joining this year’s parade that you won’t want to miss.

Friday, Nov. 25

“Trolls Holiday” TV Special, 8:30 p.m. Eastern, NBC

In honor of the most wonderful time of year, Dreamworks is dropping a “Trolls Holiday” TV special. The half-hour special will air at 8:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 24 on NBC. So mark your calendars or set those DVRs!

'Trolls' - Family Gala - 60th BFI London Film Festival
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Stream Your Favorite Thanksgiving Shows And Movies

Don’t want to stick to a particular schedule to watch some Thanksgiving favorites? Of course, you can stream a variety of TV and movie classics anytime during the holiday weekend. Here’s a quick rundown on just a few of the options streaming right now.

“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”

This comedy classic focuses around one man’s (Steve Martin) crazy trip to try to get home to his family for Thanksgiving. Along the way, he meets a fellow traveler (John Candy) who only makes things even worse along the way. Hilarity ensues. But, there’s a sweet, deeper message to this movie that will unexpectedly catch you in all the feels.

You can find the movie on Amazon Video.

Any “Friends” Thanksgiving Episode

The classic 90s TV comedy series “Friends” was known for its special Thanksgiving episodes.

Head over to Netflix to track them down and laugh along with the gang.

“That ’70s Show” “Thanksgiving” Episode

You can catch this hilarious episode on Netflix!

What are your favorite movies to watch this time of year?