Thanksgiving Viewing Guide: 13 Movies and Shows to Accompany Your Turkey

From “The Simpsons” to “Jessica Jones,” there are enough marathons and binge-worthy choices to satisfy any craving

Last Updated: November 25, 2015 @ 4:18 PM

Between courses of turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, plenty to choose from in terms of entertainment.

From the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving parade to buzzy new additions like “Jessica Jones,” from James Bond to the Simpsons, there’s all sorts of characters to spend hours upon hours with when you need a little or a big break from your family.

TheWrap has compiled a comprehensive viewing guide to help you navigate the tube this Thanksgiving. So put on your drawstring eating pants and prepare to feast on quality TV. Find everything you need to know (and watch) below.

James Bond marathonSyfy

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United Artists, MGM/Columbia Pictures

Starting at 6:30 a.m. ET, Syfy will air Sean Connery‘s “Dr. No,” followed by every Bond movie up to Daniel Craig‘s “Quantum of Solace.”

“Godfather I & II” marathon–AMC

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Paramount Pictures

Starting at 11:30 a.m. ET, AMC will air “The Godfather” and “The Godfather II” back to back all the way into the wee hours of Friday morning.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade — CBS & NBC


Starting at 9 a.m. ET, NBC and CBS will both cover the 89th annual Macy’s Day Parade live from New York City. It will feature performances by the casts of “Jersey Boys” and “Beautiful.”

Broadway at the White House

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At 8/7 central on TLC, First Lady Michelle Obama and stars like Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison, Gloria Estefan and Whoopi Goldberg will teach 40 school kids about the American theater and stagecraft. The special features casts from six top Broadway shows including “Finding Neverland” and “An American in Paris.”

National Dog Show–NBC

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Getty Images

Starting at 12 p.m. ET, the 14th annual National Dog Show will return to NBC with hosts John O’Hurley and David Frei.

“The Simpsons” marathon–FXX



Starting at 4 p.m. ET, FXX will air the best holiday-themed episode of “The Simpsons.” Relax with America’s favorite yellow family as the turkey sleepiness kicks in.

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” marathon–BBCA

Star Trek The Next Generation

Starting at 6 a.m. ET, BBC America will air back to back episodes from season one of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Travel the galaxy with the Enterprise crew

“Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel


Discovery Channel

Starting at 3 a.m. ET on the Science Channel, let these guys help keep your brain sharp while you mindlessly scarf down Thanksgiving meals. And remember your favorite busted myths before the show ends for good.

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” – Netflix


It’s being called one of Marvel’s best adaptations, and it just came out, so now’s your chance to catch up on the show everyone’s going to be talking about for the foreseeable future. Season one is streaming now.

W/ Bob & David – Netflix

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David Cross and Bob Odenkirk return to their sketch comedy roots in this new Netflix series that reuintes a number of alums from the HBO series “Mr. Show.” Season one is streaming now.

Master of None–Netflix

Master of None

Aziz Ansari has won almost universal praise for his new show, which follows him as a fictionalized version of himself as an actor living in New York. Season one is streaming now.

Man in the High Castle–Amazon

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This ambitious new Amazon series adapts the Phillip K. Dick novel of the same name which imagines a world in which the Axis powers had won World War II. Season one is streaming now.



This Hulu series follows a brother and his divorced sister sharing a roof once again as they team up to help raise the sister’s teenage daughter. Season one is streaming now.

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