Thanksgiving on Screen: 15 Must-Watch Movies and Episodes

Thanksgiving on Screen 15 Must Watch Movies and Episodes

From heartwarming family dramas to hilarious sitcom moments, here are the top Thanksgiving-themed movies and episodes to enjoy this holiday season.

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones, expressing gratitude, and indulging in delicious feasts. But for entertainment enthusiasts, it’s also an opportunity to cozy up on the couch and enjoy some Thanksgiving-themed movies and TV episodes. While Christmas may dominate the holiday entertainment landscape, there are hidden gems that celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving. From heartfelt family dramas to laugh-out-loud sitcom moments, these films and episodes capture the essence of the holiday. So, grab your popcorn and get ready for a Thanksgiving binge-watching session like no other.

“Home for the Holidays” – Streaming on Paramount+

“Talking turkey: What it lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up for with the type of family melodrama that makes many want to skip the festivities. The supporting cast is loaded, and Holly Hunter is terrific, as usual.”

“M*A*S*H” Season 8, Episode 10: “The Yalu Brick Road” – Streaming on Hulu

“Talking turkey: Laugh a bit with this one as the members of the 4077th navigate a Thanksgiving dinner with a touch of chaos and humor.”

“The Last Waltz” – Streaming on Tubi and Freevee

“Talking turkey: This Martin Scorsese-directed documentary about The Band may not be directly related to Thanksgiving, but it was held on Thanksgiving after the crowd was served a turkey dinner. A must-watch for music lovers.”

“Succession” Season 1, Episode 5: “I Went to Market” – Streaming on Max

“Talking turkey: This episode lays the groundwork for the gripping drama to come, as the Roy family navigates post-holiday tensions and power struggles.”

“Scent of a Woman” – Streaming on Prime Video and Apple TV+

“Talking turkey: Follow Al Pacino’s captivating performance as Lt. Col. Frank Slade, a man who charms his way through a tango and a Ferrari but offends the rest of the world.”

“How I Met Your Mother” Season 3, Episode 9: “Slapsgiving” – Streaming on Hulu

“Talking turkey: Join the gang as they navigate Thanksgiving mishaps, breakups, and the infamous slap bet in this hilarious episode.”

“Cheers” Season 5, Episode 9: “Thanksgiving Orphans” – Streaming on Hulu

“Talking turkey: Experience the best food fight ever shown on the small screen as the cast of ‘Cheers’ celebrates Thanksgiving with humor and heart.”

“Friends” Season 6, Episode 9: “The One Where Ross Got High” – Streaming on Max

“Talking turkey: Dive into the Thanksgiving-themed episodes of ‘Friends,’ with this particular episode showcasing Chandler’s hilarious attempts to win over Monica’s parents.”

“Gilmore Girls” Season 3, Episode 9: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving” – Streaming on Netflix

“Talking turkey: Join the loquacious mother-daughter duo as they navigate multiple Thanksgiving meals in their signature witty and heartwarming style.”

“This Is Us” Season 1, Episode 8: “Pilgrim Rick” – Streaming on Hulu

“Talking turkey: Witness the touching story of Jack Pearson, the ultimate super dad, as he dons the costume of Pilgrim Rick and creates lifelong traditions for his family.”

“Hannah and Her Sisters” – Streaming on Max

“Talking turkey: Woody Allen’s complex family drama serves up Thanksgiving dinners and explores love, relationships, and the intricacies of familial bonds.”

“Planes, Trains & Automobiles” – Streaming on Paramount+

“Talking turkey: Steve Martin and John Candy’s hilarious misadventures on a Thanksgiving journey make this film a must-watch comedy classic.”

“WKRP in Cincinnati” Season 1, Episode 7: “Turkeys Away” – Streaming on Apple TV+

“Talking turkey: Experience the comedic chaos that ensues when a radio station’s turkey giveaway goes hilariously wrong.”

“Master of None” Season 2, Episode 8: “Thanksgiving” – Streaming on Netflix

“Talking turkey: Lena Waithe shines in this beautiful exploration of family, love, and coming out during Thanksgiving celebrations.”

“The West Wing” Season 2, Episode 8: “Shibboleth” – Streaming on Max

“Talking turkey: Aaron Sorkin’s political drama delivers a Thanksgiving episode that combines political crises, presidential duties, and a turkey pardon.”


While Christmas may dominate the holiday entertainment landscape, Thanksgiving-themed movies and TV episodes offer a unique and heartwarming viewing experience. From family dramas to hilarious sitcom moments, these films and episodes capture the essence of Thanksgiving and provide the perfect backdrop for your holiday celebrations. So, grab your remote and settle in for a Thanksgiving binge-watching session that will leave you feeling grateful and entertained.