Ah, Thanksgiving — that beautiful time of year when people don't call you sad for gorging yourself and passing out in front of the TV; they call you festive! Aside from the turkey, pumpkin pies, and mashed potatoes, the most important part of Thanksgiving is finding the perfect thing to watch with your family during your collective food coma. Luckily, networks are airing plenty of specials, games, marathons, and other shows perfectly tailored for your Turkey Day viewing pleasure. Plan out your perfect Thanksgiving TV schedule for this year right here.
I think the best way to organize all the stuff that will be airing on Thanksgiving this year is to break it up into what you're looking for. Whether you are looking for a perfect movie marathon to settle into, some festive new holiday specials, or want to keep it traditional by getting wrapped up into a football game, you can be sure to craft the perfect TV schedule from the information below. Oh, and before we get into it, note that all the times listed are Eastern Standard Time. Okay, let's go!
Many families make it a tradition to watch a Thanksgiving Day parade to start off the holiday. Here's where and when you should tune in.
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
- Thanksgiving Day Parade (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Another time-honored Thanksgiving tradition is watching football with the family. Here are all the big games going on for Turkey Day.
- Fox NFL Kickoff (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
- Fox NFL Sunday (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
- Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
- NFL Postgame (3:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
- The NFL Today (4:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
- Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys (4:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
- Football Night in America (8:00 PM - 8:20 PM)
- New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins (8:20 PM - 11:30 PM)
A ton of networks are going to be airing beloved movies all day on Thanksgiving. Here are some of the best schedules for the day, so you can flip to your family's favorite movie without missing a second of it:
- Ocean's Eleven (8:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
- Big Daddy (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
- Little Fockers (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
- Just Friends (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
- White Chicks (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
- The Other Guys (7:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
- Home Alone (7:00 AM - 9:30 AM)
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (11:30 AM - 1:35 PM)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1:35 PM - 4:10 PM)
- Home Alone (4:10 PM - 6:40 PM)
- Elf (6:40 PM - 8:50 PM)
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (8:50 PM - 11:00 PM)
- Grease (8:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
- Look Who's Talking (11:00 AM - 1:10 PM)
- Coming to America (1:10 PM - 3:50 PM)
- Overboard (3:50 PM - 6:30 PM)
- Grease (6:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
- Pretty Woman (9:00 PM - 11:30 PM)
TV Show Marathons
Sometimes you just want to binge a TV show you know you love rather than commit to a full movie. Luckily, a bunch of networks are airing blocks of beloved shows.
- Friends marathon (1:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
- Seinfeld marathon (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
- Friends marathon (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
- Star Trek marathon (6:00 AM - Midnight)
Or, Just Stream
If you still can't find anything to watch in all of this, I've also put together a list of great family movies on Netflix right now that are perfect for Thanksgiving. Check that out for even more options!