What To Watch on Thanksgiving? Here’s Our 6 Choices For TV Turkeys!
For many people Thanksgiving is about the "Three F's"! Family, Food, and Football! But what if you're not a football fan... then what the "F" do you do? Even the non-sports fans need their own Thanksgiving television tradition. For a vast majority that may include a parade of some sort or the timeless classic Peanuts cartoon from 1973, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. But what if you're not into people walking in the middle of the street and you're burned out of the same half hour cartoon you've seen for the past 49 years & and bald kids in yellow and black shirts don't do it for you anymore. What the are you going to do? You could always sleep, after all, you're going to be sleepy, or you can check out one of these Thanksgiving Television Alternatives!
What To Watch on Thanksgiving? Here's Our 6 Choices For TV Turkeys!
Mr. Bean and the Turkey!
This is traditionally a Christmas episode of the amazing Mr. Bean television series, but a turkey is a turkey, and when many are already in the Christmas mood, why not. Plus, surprisingly, Mr. Bean's Youtube page actually lists the episode as "Thanksgiving BEAN". No matter the holiday you celebrate with Mr. Bean, this is awesome! To check out the amazing Turkey part of the episode, check out the the 17:30 mark of the episode below. You can also stream the Mr. Bean show on Hulu.
WKRP in Cincinnati: Turkeys Away!
Arguably the most quintessential, uproarious Thanksgiving episode of a sitcom ever! The 1978 "Turkeys Away“ episode from the 70's TV show WKRP in Cincinnati. This episode is especially endearing to us in the radio business. Thanks to Youtube, you can get the news about the turkey's right from Les Nessman below! As of now, it looks like you can purchase episodes of WKRP on Apple TV.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
If Elf, or Home Alone is your Christmas Go-To film, then the 1987 film staring Steve Martin and the late great John Candy, needs to be your film for Thanksgiving! The whole point is getting back home to your family for the turkey holiday, and all the hilarious obstacle that can and will get in the way of that goal. Here's the trailer! You can stream the full film on Pluto & Paramount+.
Adams Family Values
With the new show, Wednesday, being all the rage on Netflix right now, don't forget about this amazing film from 1993. I love this movie, and to me, it is a great Thanksgiving film for two reasons. One, it's the Adams Family, so if you're still longing for Halloween, you got the 1st family of spooky to be entertained by. & two, this scene below that is the "re-telling of the first Thanksgiving". You can stream the full film on Netflix.
Rick & Morty: Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular
This is one of the newer favorites one of mine for Thanksgiving viewing. Episode 6 of season 5 of the Adult Swim cartoon sees Rick & Morty become turkeys in order to get a presidential pardon for all of Rick's crimes in the United States... AGAIN! Check out the cold open of the episode and you can stream the full episode on Hulu.
South Park: Helen Keller! The Musical
The timeless tale of Thanksgiving was made especially special for me in 2000 when South Park aired this Thanksgiving episode! This one not only featured Timmy, but his new pet Gobbles! Check the clip out below! This might be considered offensive today, but with Timmy & Gobbles pulling out the win at the end, it's really a story about triumph. You can stream this full episode on HBO Max and Comedy Central.
What is your favorite thing to watch on Thanksgiving? Tap the App and let us know and we might include it for next year. Whatever you watch, just enjoy... and try not to fall asleep!
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