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Some holidays lend themselves to moviemaking: Halloween or Valentine’s Day. Christmas movies have become an entire cottage industry unto themselves, with whole television networks now dedicated to cranking out more Christmas movies every year than there are bells on bobtails.
If you’re feeling festive in November, however, finding a Thanksgiving movie can be a challenge. Here’s a list to help with that. They aren’t all classics by a long shot, but if some of them tend to induce a sleepy, tryptophan-like effect, well – at least when you wake up, you’ll be that much closer to peppermint latte season.
TV series have tended to be more successful than movies at immortalizing Thanksgiving’s mix of family togetherness and dining-table awkwardness. Maybe it’s because TV shows, with their ongoing serial structures, have the chance to acquaint you with the characters and their relationships over time before breaking out the gravy and giblets.
Television has given us some of American culture’s most classic examples of Thanksgiving storytelling, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s fraught non-family dinner to WKRP in Cincinnati’s doomed radio promotion to that episode of Friends where someone got a turkey stuck on their head. Here’s a list of some other seasons of television, all available on DVD from the library, that include a Thanksgiving episode in their line-up:
I hope there’s something in these lists to amuse and divert you… because there’s no more time-honored Thanksgiving tradition than avoiding one’s family by falling asleep watching something on TV.