Thanksgiving isn't like most holidays. For one thing, it's not an international holiday like Christmas or Easter. It's not a summertime cookout-type joint, like July 4th or Labor Day. It's both the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, and a day to do nothing but eat. In between eating, though, there are large spaces to fill, especially if you desperately need to keep family off the topic of politics. So let's all give thanks there are 2019 Thanksgiving Movie Marathons across the dial for everyone to watch.
Long ago, when there were only three broadcast channels, Thanksgiving was a time of TV shows, with many series doing "Thanksgiving" or otherwise "holiday" themed episodes. But the advent of cable and the proliferation of channels means that many basic cable outlets have taken to do movie marathons all day, aimed at as many different tastes as there are families.
That's good news for viewers who need something that will hold attention spans longer than 30 minutes on Food Network or cannot bear to watch the Detroit Lions lose yet again on Thanksgiving Day football. These family-friendly movie marathons are the kind that everyone can enjoy, from grandma to the nephews and nieces.