Thanksgiving Week Guide: Movies and TV Shows You Can See or Stream


Thursday is Thanksgiving, and for many that means embarking on a long weekend defined by four things: seeing friends or family, eating a lot, getting a little more sleep than usual, and watching TV.

On the TV side, there’s plenty to choose from – viewers can enjoy the must-sees of the day like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or Thursday afternoon football. They can also replay episodes of the Turkey Day classics. And for those who are comfortable, it might even mean venturing off the couch and into a movie theater, where tons of new movies are shown this week.

Whatever viewing experience is right for you, here’s a guide on what to watch, stream, and hit the movies this Thanksgiving weekend.

We are thankful for the great television. (Pictured: the cast of “Friends.”)

Holiday hijinks are always on the menu when sitcoms celebrate Thanksgiving. From dinner debacles and party fouls to fun flashbacks and food feuds, the world of television has given audiences so many memorable Thanksgiving moments over the years. Laugh while you wait for the dishes to cook and the guests to arrive with these 10 classic episodes you can stream for Thanksgiving.

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Lady Gaga in "Gucci House."
Lady Gaga in “La Maison Gucci”.Courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Inc.

Want to see Lady Gaga, Adam Driver and Al Pacino all on the same screen? And you want to hear their best Italian stage accents? “House of Gucci” is a fact-based drama about the famous Italian fashion family. The film will debut in theaters on November 24, but streaming options for the film have yet to be announced.

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The Madrigal family, in "Encanto."
The Madrigal family, in “Encanto”.Disney

Insert some magic into your Thanksgiving weekend with Disney’s latest animated feature “Encanto”. The film includes eight new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and tells the story of a family with magical powers who live in the mountains of Colombia. The film will premiere in theaters on November 24 and will eventually air on Disney +, although that release date has yet to be announced.

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In a picture of "The Beatles: Come Back," the group performs on the roof of Apple Corps headquarters.
In an image from “The Beatles: Get Back”, the group performs on the roof of Apple Corps headquarters.Courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd.

Here’s one you can stream now. “The Beatles: Get Back,” is on Disney +, and the 7.5-hour documentary offers viewers a surprisingly up-close and captivating view of The Beatles and their creative process. The film is directed by Peter Jackson, best known for his “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies.

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Woody Norman, left, and Joaquin Phoenix in "Go on!  Go on."
Woody Norman, left, and Joaquin Phoenix in “C’mon C’mon”.Courtesy of Julieta Cervantes / A24 Films / Document

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann and Woody Norman, “C’mon C’mon” is heartwarming, funny, sad and exceptionally wise. Phoenix and Hoffman play reconnecting siblings while raising a very precocious 9-year-old. The black-and-white film debuted in theaters last week and its streaming release date has yet to be announced.

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From left to right: June Squibb, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell and Amy Schumer in "Humans."
From left to right: June Squibb, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell and Amy Schumer in “The Humans”.Linda Kallerus / Associated press

Many coins lose their essence on the way to the screen. Not “The Humans” by Stephen Karam. As a family gathers for Thanksgiving dinner at a nondescript apartment in lower Manhattan, the atmosphere is charged. Karam made this Showtime adaptation of his Tony Award-winning drama, and it features a stellar cast including Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun and Richard Jenkins.

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Will Smith succeeded as the father of Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard,” which is now in theaters and airing on HBO Max. “It’s a flashy role, and Smith gives it all he’s got, which is a lot,” writes art critic Mark Feeney. “The result is a captivating performance.

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Richard Williams (Will Smith) watches Venus (Saniyya Sidney) play tennis in "King Richard." MANDATORY CREDIT: Chiabella James / Warner Bros.  Pictures.
Richard Williams (Will Smith) watches Venus (Saniyya Sidney) play tennis in “King Richard”. MANDATORY CREDIT: Chiabella James / Warner Bros. Pictures.Chiabella James / Warner Bros Pictures / Document

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