The Ultimate Thanksgiving Viewing Line-Up

Even though Thanksgiving-themed displays and even a few Christmas displays have been out at stores and shopping centers for a while now, most of us struggle to get through one holiday before we are ready to move on to the next. Meaning, of course, most of us are still in a candy-coma from Halloween. But, now that Halloween day has passed, the candy has all been handed out (or eaten), and the costumes are put away, we can finally start to focus on this month’s highlight – namely, Thanksgiving. And what better way to get in the Thanksgiving mood than with some fun, family-friendly Thanksgiving movies?

From made-for-TV-specials to old school movie classics, we’ve got a full TV, and streaming line-up that will keep you smiling from now until Turkey Day.

And of course, if you know of any movies or TV specials that we’ve overlooked, please let us know! Send us the date, time, and a way to watch (channel, streaming network, etc) to cs@richmondmom.com!

CLASSIC THANKSGIVING TV SPECIALS

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 

ABC / Rated G / 30 minutes

While not as iconic as the classics It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas,  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving brings the Peanuts gang together for a heartwarming celebration, complete with mayhem, mishaps, and a menu including pretzel sticks and jelly beans. But as always when it comes to Charles Schultz’s beloved characters, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the gang manage to salvage the day.

Be sure to stick around after the special for a special bonus cartoon traditionally aired right afterwards. This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers finds the gang in the year 1620 making the long voyage to Plymouth Colony, where they finally find themselves celebrating the first Thanksgiving alongside the Pilgrims in 1621.

Where, when, and how to watch:

Live TV: ABC traditionally airs the specials a few days before Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28 this year. Last year, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired on November 21, right before Thanksgiving Day, so likely, there will be a similar timeline for 2019. Be sure to check back for updates closer to the holiday.

Streaming: For streaming, you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy some Peanuts fun – you can purchase and watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Amazon Prime Video right now for $9.99 (SD) or $12.99 (HD). It might seem like a lot, but it includes This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers, along with another special, Play It Again, Charlie Brown, for a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes of viewing. You can also find just This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers on Amazon. This special was originally part of an eight-part mini-series, but the single Thanksgiving episode is available for $2.99.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is also available on Vudu to rent for $3.99 or to own for $14.99. Like Amazon, this price includes This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers and Play It Again, Charlie Brown.

 

Friendsgiving: Friends’ Thanksgiving Episodes

In theaters / NR (parental discretion) / Approx. 100 minutes

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For all of you Friends fanatics out there, this is big news. Friends will be coming to 700 theaters nationwide – including Richmond. This two-day special event will air four consecutive Thanksgiving-themed Friends episodes each day, covering the show’s decade long legacy of iconic Thanksgiving shenanigans, like the one where Chandler made jokes from inside a box, the one where Rachel accidentally made a meat trifle – and Joey ate it, and, of course the one where Monica put a turkey on her head and Chandler declared his love. See the line-up below:

November 24, 2019
The One Where Underdog Gets Away (Season 1, Episode 9)
The One With The List (Season 2, Episode 8)
The One With The Football (Season 3, Episode 9)
The One With All The Thanksgivings (Season 5, Episode 8)

November 25, 2019
The One Where Ross Got High (Season 6, Episode 9)
The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs (Season 7, Episode 8)
The One With Rachel’s Other Sister (Season 9, Episode 8)
The One With The Late Thanksgiving (Season 10, Episode 8)

Where, when, and how to watch:

Please note that showtimes are only at 7pm on November 24, but offered at both 4pm and 7pm on November 25. Also, keep in mind, if you can’t make it to the theaters, all Friends’ episodes are currently streaming on Netflix.

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Movieland at Boulevard Square

1301 Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA
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5001 Commonwealth Centre Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

NBC / All Ages / 3 hours

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As one of the world’s largest parades – and now in its 93rd year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade attracts millions of in-person spectators in New York City, with as many as 50 million more who tune in at home. Since 1952, the parade has been televised nationally on NBC and since then, has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition for families across the country. Whether you actively watch every year to see the special performances or the world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons and floats, or you just like to have it on in the background, there’s no denying, the day wouldn’t be quite the same without this special Thanksgiving spectacular.

When, where, and how to watch:

The parade will be aired live on NBC from 9am – 12pm (EST) on November 28, 2019. To see this year’s parade route, view the recently announced entertainment line-up, or to learn more about the parade’s history, visit https://www.macys.com/social/parade/.

 

Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas

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For those of you who simply can’t wait for Christmas, don’t forget Hallmark is starting their Christmas movie marathon in October this year. That means you can have a daily dose of Hallmark’s unique brand of holiday magic from now until the end of the year.

Get the full Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas 2019 line-up here. Movies will be playing daily from now until December 28, 2019

THANKSGIVING MOVIES FOR STREAMING

If you’re looking for movies to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit, then there’s no shortage. From classics to more modern-day films, there are more movies out there than you might think that cover the many themes of Thanksgiving, including family dynamics, turkey dinners, and, of course, the many mishaps that tend to occur around the holidays. Here are some of our favorites that are currently available for streaming on a variety of platforms:

Curly Sue

1991 / PG / 1 hour, 40 minutes

In this early 90s John Hughes’ classic, Sue is an orphan who has been cared for by a wandering con-man for as long as she can remember. So, when the pair arrives in Chicago to start their next con, they had no idea they’d find love and family along the way. This movie is not only fun for the whole family but will leave you appreciating your meal all the more! Starring Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch, Alisan Porter, and John Getz.

When, where, and how to watch:

Curly Sue is available to rent or buy on the following streaming services:

Amazon: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $9.99
Google Play: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $9.99
iTunes: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $9.99
Vudu: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $9.99
YouTube: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $9.99

 

Free Birds 

2013 / PG / 1 hour, 31 minutes

In this hilarious buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Starring Owen WilsonWoody HarrelsonAmy Poehler.

When, where, and how to watch:

Available to rent for $3.99 or buy for $12.99 on Amazon with your Amazon Prime subscription.

 

Garfield’s Thanksgiving 

1989 / G / 30 minutes

Garfield's Thanksgiving
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Everyone’s favorite lasagna loving cat is back to celebrate his favorite tradition of all – eating! But in this old-school holiday classic, the tables get turned when his owner’s lady friend, who happens to be a vet, lets Garfield know he needs to go on a diet.

When, where, and how to watch:

Garfield’s Thanksgiving, which originally aired as a made-for-TV special on CBS back in 1989, is now available to stream on Amazon for $1.99.

 

Miracle on 34th Street

1947/ NR / 1 hour, 36 minutes

While this holiday classic is often thought of as a Christmas movie (and arguably, it is), it opens at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, making it the perfect gateway movie to your Christmas line-up! Relive this classic with your family and watch as a nice old man who claims to be the real Santa Claus is charged with insanity and a young lawyer steps up to defend him. Starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood.

When, where, and how to watch:

Miracle on 34th Street is available to rent or buy on the following streaming services:

Amazon: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99
Google Play: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99
iTunes: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99
Vudu: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99
YouTube: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99

 

Pocahontas 

1995 / G / 1 hour, 21 minutes

While not a Thanksgiving movie, per se, and definitely questionable in its historic accuracy, this Disney classic tells the story of the English settlers to the New World – and definitely opens the doors to talk about the early days of America – including the traditions that evolved, including the first Thanksgiving that is said to have happened at the modern day site of Berkeley Plantation just outside of Richmond in 1619 – a full two years before the Pilgrims celebrated their historic meal with the Native Americans. The fact that it’s a fun movie for the whole family to watch is just a bonus! Starring Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, nd Christian Bale.

When, where, and how to watch:

Pocahontas is available to rent or buy on the following streaming services:

Amazon: Rent – $3.99 (HD), $2.99 (SD); Buy – $17.99 (HD), $9.99 (SD)
Google Play: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $9.99
Hulu: FREE with subscription
iTunes: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $17.99
Vudu: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $9.99
YouTube: Rent – $3.99 (HD), $2.99 (SD); Buy – $17.99 (HD), $9.99 (SD)

 

Son-In-Law

1993 / PG-13 / 1 hour, 35 minutes

If you have teenagers that you have been wanting to introduce to the movie magic that was the 90s, where better to start than with Pauly Shore? In this quirky 90s classic, country girl, Rebecca (played by Carla Gugino), goes away to college in Los Angeles where she is befriended by an eccentric party animal named Crawl (played by Pauly Shore). When Thanksgiving break rolls around, Rebecca, no longer an innocent farm girl, invites Crawl back to South Dakota, where he pretends to be her fiancé – much to her family’s dismay. Starring Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith, Cindy Pickett, and Tiffani Thiessen. 

When, where, and how to watch:

Son-In-Law is available to rent or buy on the following streaming services:

Amazon: Rent – $3.99 (HD), $2.99 (SD); Buy – $17.99 (HD), $9.99 (SD)
Google Play: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $9.99
HBO: FREE with subscription
iTunes: Rent – $2.99; Buy – $17.99
Vudu: Rent – $3.99   (HDX), $2.99 (SD); Buy – $17.99 (HDX), $9.99 (SD)
YouTube: Rent – $3.99 (HD), $2.99 (SD); Buy – $17.99 (HD), $9.99 (SD)

 

The Blind Side (2009) 

2009 / PG-13 / 2 hours, 9 minutes

A heartwarming true story, The Blind Side tells the story Michael Oher — a homeless 17-year-old — who is taken in by a local family and given a chance to use his considerable passion and skill on the football field – instead of the streets. Watch Michael have Thanksgiving dinner for the first time with his adoptive family, the Tuohys, and see if you don’t get ALL the feels! Not only is this a beautiful story, but it’s a great chance to remember just how thankful we should be for our own family and friends. Starring Sandra Bullock, Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw, and Quinton Aaron.

When, where, and how to watch:

The Blind Side is available to rent or buy on the following streaming services:

Amazon: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99
Google Play: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99
iTunes: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99
Vudu: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99
YouTube: Rent – $3.99; Buy – $14.99

 

And of course…FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL! 

What would Thanksgiving Day be without some football? Here’s who’s going to be lining up for football games on Thanksgiving day:

NFL Games on Thanksgiving Day

Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions (in Detroit)
Time: 12:30pm (Eastern Time)
Channel: Fox

Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys (in Dallas)
Time: 4:30pm (Eastern Time)
Channel: CBS

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons (in Atlanta)
Time: 8:20pm (Eastern Time)
Channel: NBC

College Football Games on Thanksgiving Day

Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State (at Mississippi State)
Time: 7:30pm (Eastern Time)
Channel: ESPN

While there won’t be many college football games on Thanksgiving day, there will be plenty in the days following Thanksgiving. For a full post-Thanksgiving college football line-up, including teams, times, and channels, click here.

What do you like to watch on Thanksgiving Day and/or the days leading up to it? Let us know! You can reach us anytime at cs@richmondmom.com.