What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More

26 Nov 2019 (PT)
HARRY POTTERHOMELANDFRIENDS

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means television networks are pulling out all the stops to entertain TV viewers during the festivities.

While NFL games and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade are the obvious options, there will also be offering marathons of a few different popular television series and film franchises. Whether you need something to distract you from the contentious political conversations at the dinner table, a fun program to distract the children, or just something that everyone will enjoy after the feast, there's no shortage of television options to consider during the holiday weekend. Here's a list of some of the best Thanksgiving TV options available check local listings for broadcast times:

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“Friends” Schedule varies per local affiliate station

A marathon of Thanksgiving-themed “Friends” episodes is coming to local television affiliates throughout the country in celebration of the show's 25 anniversary. It's a good a time as any to catch up on the popular sitcom before the series begins exclusively streaming on WarnerMedia's upcoming HBO Max streaming service.

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
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Harry Potter” films USA Network

USA Network will air all of the “Harry Potter” films in chronological order, starting with spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on Thanksgiving morning. The network will air all of the franchise's films over three days, ending with “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Part 2” on Saturday evening.

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
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“Charlie and The Chocolate Factory,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and “The Great Christmas Light Fight” AMC

AMC will air the Johnny Depp-led film twice on Thanksgiving, but you'll also have the opportunity to scare the everloving shit out of your gathering's younger attendees during the tunnel scene in the network's sole airing of the original movie. The “Chocolate Factory” marathon will be followed by six episodes of “The Great Christmas Light Flight.”

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
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“Bob's Burgers,” “Family Guy,” and “Everyone Loves Raymond” holiday episodes; “The Wizard of Oz” TBS

TBS will marathon a comedy block of holiday episodes from several different programs, including “Bob's Burgers”, “Family Guy” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” The network will also air a variety of “Friends” episodes in the evening, following by back-to-back airings of “The Wizard of Oz.”

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
Photo : Kata Vermes / Showtime

“Homeland” Showtime 2

Another year, another Thanksgiving “Homeland” marathon on Showtime. The spy thriller's eighth and final season will premiere in February, but there will be plenty of time to catch up with the series during Showtime 2's 12-hour Thanksgiving marathon.

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
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“Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” Freeform

A hapless Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are terrorized by a psychopathic child who is victim of a deeply dysfunctional family. The first two “Home Alone” films will air back-to-back on Freeform Thursday evening.

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
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“Law & Order” Sundance

Dun dun! Watch hours of crimes getting solved in a perfectly scheduled manner on SundanceTV while you stuff your face with turkey.

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
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“Shark Tank” CNBC

Relax at the dinner table while watching an endless parade of would-be entreprenuers hustle to convince a panel of judges that their business is worth investing in.

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
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“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” ABC

The two-hour special will feature music from a variety of popular artists, including Matthew Morrison, Portugal the Man, and Lindsey Stirling. The show will also tease some upcoming attractions at Disney Hollywood Studios, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure.

What to Watch on TV on Thanksgiving: ‘Friends,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Homeland’ Marathons, and More
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DIY Disney+ Marathon: “Star Wars,” Marvel, and classic Disney films

Disney's new streaming service has more than enough content to please Thanksgiving revelers of all stripes, especially if your gatherings tend to be kid-heavy. The service's library includes most of the “Star Wars,” Marvel Cinematic Universe, and classic Disney films.

You also can't go wrong by simply freeze framing on a still of Baby Yoda from “The Mandalorian” for a few hours. If you haven't already coughed up $6.99 for a Disney+ subscription, chances are someone at your gathering could still take advantage of the streaming service's 7-day free trial.

Source: Indiewire

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