Thanksgiving TV: Friends, Netflix's Wednesday and Yellowstone highlight Turkey day viewing

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing and Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani sitting in the living room in Friends
David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc in Friends (Image credit: Warner Bros. Television)

In the great tradition of Thanksgiving, networks are offering a variety of special content for family and friends to tune into as meals are being prepared and devoured. While the NFL Thanksgiving games, the 2022 World Cup and the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are the big name TV events this year, there are plenty of other Thanksgiving TV programming being shown. Additionally, streamers are offering a number of different shows that are sure to provide something to watch for everyone. 

Here are our recommendations on what to watch during the Thanksgiving holiday if you're looking for options other than sports. 

Welcome to Chippendales

Welcome to Chippendales poster

Kumail Nanjiani in Welcome to Chippendales (Image credit: Courtesy of Hulu)

Welcome to Chippendales is a great choice for those looking for a spicy drama to sink their teeth into. The series follows the story of Somen "Steve" Banerjee and his journey in building the famous male-stripping empire, Chippendales. Oddly enough, the road to entertaining success is paved with crimes, including murder for hire. 

For those still needing a little more of a nudge to tune in, check out the official synopsis:

"A sprawling true-crime saga,  Welcome to Chippendales tells the outrageous story of Somen 'Steve' Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of the world’s greatest male-stripping empire — and let nothing stand in his way in the process."

The episodes begin rolling out on Tuesday, November 22, on Hulu in the US (the series doesn't premiere in the UK until January).  

Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin

Adam Devine in Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin

Adam Devine in Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin (Image credit: Peacock)

The TV spinoff of the hit Pitch Perfect movie franchise finally begins streaming on Wednesday, November 23, on Peacock. Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin centers around Bumper Allen (Adam Devine) as he tries to revive his music career in Germany. In an interesting fact, the comedy reunites Allen with his Modern Family costar, Sarah Hyland.  

Wednesday 

Nevermore school pals... Moosa Mostafa as Eugene Otinger, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams.

Moosa Mostafa and Jenna Ortega in Wednesday (Image credit: Netflix)

The long-awaited Wednesday finally premieres on Netflix. The series based on the creepy and kooky Addams Family daughter Wednesday, documents her time navigating teenage angst in Nevermore Academy. After all the buzz there has been around the series, this may prove to be a must-watch series. 

All eight episodes debut on Wednesday, November 23.  

Shaq

Shaquille O'Neal in a black shirt sitting down for an interview

 Shaquille O'Neal in Shaq (Image credit: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images for TLA)

If you're looking to step out of the world of fiction, Shaq is a pretty good option. The docuseries shows Shaquille O'Neal's rise to legendary status in the NBA and pop culture. It premieres on HBO and is streaming HBO Max on Wednesday, November 23, at 9 pm ET/PT.  

Love, Lizzo

Lizzo black and white potrait from Love, Lizzo

Love, Lizzo (Image credit: HBO Max)

Fresh off of receiving a slew of new Grammy nominations, Lizzo sits down with HBO Max and shares how she made it in the entertainment industry. As one of the more popular musicians of today, her story in her own words should prove to be quite interesting. The Love, Lizzo documentary premieres on HBO Max on Thursday, November 24.  

Friends marathon

Friends Turkey head

Matthew Perry and Courtney Cox in Friends (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

It looks like Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and crew will "be there for you" on Thanksgiving Day, as the classic sitcom Friends has a marathon over on TBS. The network is running back-to-back Thanksgiving-themed episodes of the sitcom from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm ET/PT.  

Criminal Minds: Evolution

Joe Mantegna as David Rossi sitting at a table in Criminal Minds: Evolution

Joe Mantegna  in Criminal Minds: Evolution (Image credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount Plus)

For those that have missed the intelligent and savoy FBI agents of Criminal Minds, we have some good news. The brand-new spinoff Criminal Minds: Evolution premieres on Thursday, November 24 on Paramount Plus, and features several members of the original cast. 

Andor

Diego Luna in Andor

Diego Luna in Andor (Image credit: Disney Plus)

The Star Wars Rogue One prequel debuts its season finale on Disney Plus on Wednesday, November 23. However, for those that haven't gotten into Andor yet, episodes 1 and 2 are airing on ABC on Wednesday, November 23, 9-10:30 pm ET/PT, and on FX on Thursday, November 24, 9-10:30 pm ET/PT, as well as being available to stream on Hulu for a week starting November 23.

By the way, for those who were wondering,  Andor season 2 (opens in new tab) is in the works. 

National Dog Show 2022

National Dog Show

(Image credit: Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

While this is competitive in nature, it's not exactly a sport. The annual tradition of the National Dog Show puts some of the finest canines in the country on display as they clamor for the judges' attention. The event kicks off following the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade on NBC at noon ET/PT.  

Yellowstone marathon

Kevin Costner in Yellowstone

Kevin Costner in Yellowstone (Image credit: Paramount Network)

Yellowstone is now in its fifth season and is arguably more popular than ever. However, if you're one that hasn't started watching the series yet, the Paramount Network is giving you the chance to see what all the fuss is about with a Yellowstone marathon. The event begins at 11 am ET/PT on November 24 with the series premiere and will continue throughout the course of the weekend.

On a side note, if you binge your way through the seasons of Yellowstone over the weekend, consider yourself prepared for the upcoming prequel series 1923

His Dark Materials

Lyra and Pantalaimon (voiced by Kit Connor) in His Dark Materials.

Dafne Keen in His Dark Materials (Image credit: BBC)

Although the final season of His Dark Materials doesn’t air until December 5, the Thanksgiving holiday is a good opportunity to catch up on what you've missed in the previous seasons and pick up some clues as to what you can expect in season 3. A marathon of every episode begins bright an early (6:25 am) on HBO. Or you can stream all of seasons 1 and 2 on HBO Max.  

The Andy Griffith Show

Don Knotts as Barney Fife and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show

Don Knott and Andy Griffith, The Andy Griffith Show (Image credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

For those looking for something to watch that’s a little more classic, TVLand is airing a back-to-back marathon of the always funny The Andy Griffith show. So if you want to relive the whistling days of Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) and little Opie (Ron Howard), tune in starting at 11:55 am ET/PT.  

Movie marathons

On Thanksgiving there are also going to be a number of movie marathons for popular franchises and actors to fill your day. Check out what's on tap right here:

The Godfather marathon

The Godfather Al Pacino

Al Pacino in The Godfather (Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

For those that can’t get enough of the Corleone family, then you're in for a Thanksgiving Day treat. On Thursday beginning at 6 am ET/PT, AMC is running a 24-hour Godfather movie marathon. All three films of the franchise will air back-to-back-to-back, which will give you plenty of time to see Michael Corleone's (Al Pacino) rise to power and subsequent fall. 

Back to the Future marathon

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox star as Doc Brown and Marty McFly in Robert Zemeckis' 'Back to the Future'.

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc (Christopher Lloyd) traveling through time is always a good viewing option in our book. The iconic movie duo can be seen with all three Back to the Future films on Bravo, Thanksgiving Day starting at 12 pm ET/PT.  

Will Ferrell movie marathon

Amy Sedaris, James Caan and Will Ferrell in Elf

Amy Sedaris, James Caan and Will Ferrell in Elf (Image credit: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo)

The Saturday Night Live legend's comedy chops will be on full display on Thanksgiving Day on TNT. Beginning at 12 pm ET/PT, the network is airing Blades of Glory, Step Brothers and Elf in succession, ending at 6 pm ET/PT. While brief, the mini-marathon provides some great pre-dinner entertainment.  

Barbershop marathon

Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer as Calvin and Eddie shocked in Barbershop

Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer n Barbershop (Image credit: MGM/New Lline Cinema)

When Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer partnered up on The Barbershop trilogy, fans around the world appreciated the duo for providing plenty of laughs. Well, for those wanting to rewatch some of their favorite moments from the films, starting at 11 am ET/PT on BET, you can all three movies in the franchise. 

Tom Hanks movie marathon

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump sitting on a bench

Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (Image credit: Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images)

Tom Hanks has to be one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood and has a resume full of hit films. Starting at 12 pm ET/PT on Pluto, you can catch some of his best work as the platform is hosting a Tom Hanks marathon. Slated as a part of the special event are movies like The Great Buck Howard, A League of Their Own, Saving Private Ryan and one of our favorites, Forrest Gump. 

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