The best Thanksgiving series and movies

Although there are not the same number of Thanksgiving shows and movies compared to Halloween or Christmas, if you know where to look, you will find some treasures. Some of the classics are only available for rent, but with a subscription to one of the services of streaming you have a sufficient base to enjoy. Here we collect the essentials for you to put yourself in a festive atmosphere.

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Friends, The One with All the Thanksgivings

Friends of Friends have a long and complicated history, and this episode explores their intertwined pasts through a series of flashbacks to previous Thanksgiving celebrations, showing how they have changed over the years. It is also an important episode in the development of Monica and Chandler’s relationship, with one of the most memorable endings in the entire series.


Los Simpson, Bart vs. Thanksgiving

Bart vs. Thanksgiving

Bart vs. Thanksgiving is the second season episode of The Simpson, where the rebellious Bart flees home after being punished for accidentally destroying the centerpiece of Lisa’s Thanksgiving dinner. After wandering the streets of Springfield, he ends up in a soup kitchen and the family regains a sense of what they have.

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Friends, The One with Chandler in the Box

Friends It’s one of the few shows that never missed Thanksgiving, so it was inevitable to add another classic selection from the series here. Who could forget Chandler’s indiscretion that prompted him to lock himself in a box to win back the love of his platonic partner, Joey?


South Park, Helen Keller! The Musical

The golden age of South Park gave us one of the best Thanksgiving episodes in TV history, as the boys from South Park Elementary prepare to put on a rendition of the Hellen Keller story for the school’s Thanksgiving show. When Butters tells them that he spied on the kindergarten children’s play and that it was amazing, the fourth-year boys decide to throw the house out the window. Turning the play into a musical is just the first of many ridiculous ideas.


The West Wing, Shibboleth

Life in the White House is never quiet, not even during the holidays. As President Jed Bartlet prepares for the annual pardon of a turkey, a container full of refugees reaches the California coast. The refugees claim to be persecuted Christians seeking asylum from the Chinese government, causing an international crisis. Bartlet must represent the cheerful US president as he navigates the country’s precarious relationship with China. Includes an inspirational speech about the American dream.


Bob’s Burgers, Turkey in a Can

This episode is somewhat emotional, because as it progresses it becomes more and more in a family and kitschy tone, but still it gives us enough moments of hilarity. Bob’s dialogue with the deli guy at the grocery store is some of the most witty the show has ever offered. If you haven’t seen it, get ready for a bite that will stay with you longer than the turkey for dinner.


Bob’s Burgers, An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal

That’s right: there are also two episodes of Bob’s Burgers on the list, but that’s because, just like FriendsThis show has multiple Thanksgiving specials and they are all great. Thanksgiving is usually a family affair, but what if you don’t have a family? You rent someone else’s, of course. That’s what Bob’s landlord, Mr. Fischoeder (Kevin Kline) does in this special episode, offering Bob’s family five months of free rent if they pretend to be his family so they can make an old girlfriend jealous. Linda’s Thanksgiving song alone makes it worthwhile.



A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Two slices of toast, a handful of jelly beans, some pretzels, it’s not exactly what you have in mind when you think of Thanksgiving dinner. It’s not what Peppermint Patty imagines either, but that’s what she gets when she invites herself to Charlie Brown’s house for a Thanksgiving feast. After scolding Chuck for dinner, he learns a little about the true meaning of the holiday.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Yes, we already know that this iconic film is first and foremost a Christmas movie, but as you may remember, it all begins at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, when Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) is suddenly forced to cover a drunken Santa – and that is why it is a great way to jump right into the end of the year season. Kringle’s unconventional methods win people’s hearts, but the department store manager becomes concerned when he begins to say that he really is Santa. Hallucinate? Are you crazy? Or is it really, seriously, it’s about Santa Claus?


Pieces of April (2003)

This movie is an unusual but interesting choice. Katie Holmes plays April in this film about a rebellious girl who invites her dysfunctional family to celebrate Thanksgiving with her in her New York apartment. With her dying mother present with the rest of her estranged family, April strives to create a meal that brings them together and heals old wounds. Holmes stars alongside Oliver Platt and Alison Pill, as well as Patricia Clarkson as the mother.

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Home for the Holidays (1995)

Thanksgiving is basically a season of family dysfunction and uncomfortable meals, right? This is another film that is full of all of that. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter), a single mother who just lost her job, returns home for Thanksgiving dinner. Meanwhile, her daughter Kitt (Claire Daniels) has decided to stay home to “go all the way” with her boyfriend on the day of the celebration. Despite all the family tension and a mysterious person at the table, an unexpected love story emerges.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Considered by many to be one of the best Thanksgiving movies ever made, this comedy features Steve Martin as a tense marketing executive whose attempt to get from New York to his Chicago home in time for the celebration is thwarted by one misadventure after another. . He is accompanied by a very chatty and irritatingly cheerful salesman played by John Candy.


Scent of a Woman (1992)

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Looking for a simple job over Thanksgiving weekend to raise money for a flight home, Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell), a high school student from New England, bumps into Frank Slade (Al Pacino), a blind retired Lieutenant Colonel who suffers from alcoholism and is having a hard time. In a nice twist, they help each other with their respective problems and an unexpected bond is formed. This film is an absolute classic; Al Pacino won his only Oscar for his performance.

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