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12 Thanksgiving Movies & Shows You'll Want to Watch on Netflix

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
November 21, 2016 · 3.2k Views

Believe it or not, there is more to Thanksgiving than cooking all day and eating ourselves into a food coma. There’s also the ever-popular Thanksgiving Day parade, followed by some football! Okay so maybe these things aren’t really for you. Don’t worry. As long as you have Netflix, there are endless Thanksgiving options to watch! Here is a list of some of the most popular movies and TV shows to catch on Netflix during the Thanksgiving season!

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  1. Addams Family Values (1993)

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    When the Addams family adds a new baby to the mix, Wednesday and Pugsley are none too pleased about it. To be blunt, they hate it and plot to get rid of the baby once and for all. Doing so, gets them sent away to a sleepaway camp where they must put together their own version of the story of the First Thanksgiving. I’m sure you can only imagine how happy and cheerful this turns out!

  2. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

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    This is an all-time holiday favorite for tons of families out there. In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the whole Peanuts gang gets together as the iconic Snoopy carves the feast and Lucy and Charlie Brown play some football.

  3. Dutch (1991)


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    You just can’t go wrong with a movie starring Ed O’Neill. In this laugh-out-loud comedy, O’Neill stars as Dutch - a man who goes on a road trip to pick up his girlfriend’s son from boarding school for the holidays. Unfortunately for him, the trip turns out to be a complete nightmare, as his girlfriend’s son is a little trouble-making terror!

  4. Kristy (2014)


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    Horror movies aren’t often associated with Thanksgiving, but Kristy certainly is! In this creepy film, Kristy decides to spend her Thanksgiving vacation on campus in order to save money, instead of traveling home for the holiday break. She soon finds out that this was probably the worst decision she could have made, as four psychopaths try to end her life.

  5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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    Even after almost 70-years, this movie is still one of the most popular all-time favorites. A holiday classic for sure, Miracle on 34th Street uses actual footage from the 1946 Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thanksgiving - and more specifically, the parade itself with the debut of Santa Claus - is widely known as the official start of the holiday season.

  6. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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    Steve Martin and John Candy star in this classic comedy about a long, disastrous road trip home together for Thanksgiving when their flights get cancelled. Together, these unlikely travel partners must travel from NYC to Chicago to get home in time for Thanksgiving.

  7. Rocky (1976) 


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    As one of the most iconic movies of all time, Rocky is one of the most noted love stories in all of sports cinema. Adrian (Talia Shire) is planning a nice Thanksgiving dinner for herself and her brother, when her brother brings an unexpected guest home - Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).

  8. Tadpole (2000)

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    Tadpole is about a 15-year-old boy who tends to have a thing for older women. And who happens to be the object of his eye this Thanksgiving? His own step-mother, played by Sigourney Weaver. That makes for one awkward Thanksgiving family dinner, if you ask me!




  1. West Wing (“Shibboleth,” Season 2, Episode 8)

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    As we all know, turkey is a Thanksgiving staple. In this episode of West Wing, however, White House press secretary, C.J. Cregg, played by Allison Janney, isn’t cooking the turkey; she’s deciding which of two live Thanksgiving turkeys is more photogenic! Strange, right? I guess you’ll have to watch the episode to find out why! You can catch another Thanksgiving episode of West Wing in Season 3 of the series: Episode 7, “The Indians in the Lobby.”

  2. Friends (Seasons 1-10)


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    Honestly, there are too many Thanksgiving episodes of Friends to just list one. I mean, the show went on for years and years and was an number-one favorite for so many people! Thanksgiving episodes basically include one from each season: Season 1, Episode 9: “The One Where Underdog Gets Away”; Season 2, Episode 8: “The One with the List”; Season 3, Episode 9: “The One with the Football”; Season 4, Episode 8: “The One with Chandler in a Box”; Season 5, Episode 8: “The One with All the Thanksgivings”; Season 9, Episode 8: “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister”; and Season 10, Episode 8: “The One with the Late Thanksgiving.” You’ll have to watch them all to choose your all-time favorite!

  3. How I Met Your Mother (“Slapsgiving,” Seasons 3, 5, 9)

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    Although there are several Thanksgiving episodes of HIMYM, the Slapsgiving episodes are probably the most memorable of them all. In this series, Thanksgiving Day is also a day of getting slapped in the face for Barney Stinson, played by the one and only, Neil Patrick Harris.

  4. Gilmore Girls (“A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving,” Season 3, Episode 9)

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    When you have a big family, and everyone has a family of their own, which Turkey dinner do you attend? Well in this episode, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) Gilmore attempt to attend four!


Whether you decide to watch an entire Thanksgiving movie or just sample an episode or two of a TV series, you can be sure to get in the holiday spirit this Thanksgiving, all with the help of good old Netflix. I mean, you’ll likely be sitting on the couch in a food coma either way, so why not sign into Netflix in the meantime!

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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.

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