Yeah, yeah I know, Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about family time and turkey talk. But even the closest knit families may crave a little TV time between the turkey and pumpkin pie. Here are 5 television shows worth watching this Thanksgiving:
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade- 9:00 a.m. ET, NBC. This parade is a Thanksgiving Day tradition and this year there’s a little something for everyone. From performances by Kanye West and tween idol Miranda Cosgrove to a first-time Diary of a Wimpy Kid helium balloon and a ton of festive floats, this is Thanksgiving Day programming at it’s finest.
Patriots v. Lions Game- 12:30 p.m. ET, CBS, Saints v. Cowboys Game, 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX. Let’s face it, you’re probably not going to get away with not having a football game on in your house at some point this Thanksgiving. Even if you don’t watch it, it’s good background noise and you can bet that at least half of your extended family will be hovered around the set to watch, some with their fantasy football stats in tow. This year the games are half decent, with the Dallas Cowboys meeting the Saints right about the time you’ll be carving your turkey. Oh well– that’s what DVRs are for.
Taylor Swift: Speak Now Special – 8:00 p.m. ET, NBC. On the heels of the release of her third album, pop country star Taylor Swift is everywhere, so why not let her invade your family Thanksgiving this year? Her primetime special will take you across the country to various performances and appearances and give an insider’s look at her superstar life. Tweens love her, grandmas love her, so this is a win win.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving- 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC. Between the Great Pumpkin and Linus’ monologue on what Christmas is all about , there was this lesser known Charlie Brown special, which over the years has grown to be as beloved as the others. In this 1973 Thanksgiving special, Charlie Brown’s plans for a special Thanksgiving feast get all messed up (Snoopy and Woodstock think it’s suitable to serve popcorn and toast as the main course). But in the end it all works out because good ol’ Charlie Brown really is a good ol’ guy.
A Family Thanksgiving- 8:00 a.m. ET, Hallmark Channel– Daphne Zuniga and Faye Dunaway star in this Hallmark Channel original movie about a workaholic lawyer who gets a chance to see what her life could have been be like had she made different choices. Sure, we’ve seen it before (It’s a Wonderful Life, The Family Man) but it’s a theme that can give us all a little food for thought.