Thanksgiving is here, and whether you’re celebrating with a large gathering, smaller event, or on your own, there’s always ample opportunity to spice up Turkey Day with entertainment from the comfort of your home.
This year, there are a number of TV selections with cross-appeal, including returning favorites like the annual parade, a few marathons, a sports documentary, cooking series, and even an entry into the ever-expanding ‘Star Wars’ universe. “.
Here’s your essential guide to what to watch on Thanksgiving.
“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”
The annual event is now in its 96th year, with “Today Show” hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker returning as guests. It will open with a musical number by Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway’s “Funny Girl” and “The Lion King,” celebrating its 25th anniversary. Mariah Carey will close the show by performing her hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The singer wrote on Instagram: “My childhood dream is coming to life! I will be opening for the one and only, SANTA CLAUS, at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! There will also be several new floats, including one called “People Of the First Light,” in honor of the Wampanoag tribe.
Where to look: 9am on NBC, also streaming on Peacock.
This three-part docuseries chronicles the rivalry between the Mexican and American national men’s soccer teams, focusing on stars such as Landon Donovan (USA) and Rafa Márquez (Mexico) as well as the countries’ fan bases. While it’s not specifically Thanksgiving-themed, if you want to watch sports programming other than soccer — and with the World Cup in full swing — this might be for you.
Where to watch: First video.
Join the gang for a marathon that focuses on all the hilarious Thanksgiving episodes, including “The One with the Rumors,” “The One with All the Thanksgivings,” “The One with Football,” and “The One with Chandler in a Box.” Matthew Perry’s recently released memoir, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” may add some context to what was happening behind the scenes on the long-running NBC sitcom.
Where to look: 12:30 to 17:30 on TBS.
The first two episodes of the Disney+ series “Star Wars” (a prequel to the film “Rogue One”) are available on other Disney platforms for a limited time during the holidays. The series follows rebel spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) through his formative years, when he was just a thief.
Where to watch: 9 p.m. on FX (and if you miss it, Friday will also air on Freeform at the same time and stream on Hulu, as well as already streaming on Disney+).
“Criminal Minds: Evolution”
The long-running procedural (2005-2020 on CBS) is back. In this new series, the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers must contend with an UnSub (Zach Gilford, “Friday Night Lights”) who has used the pandemic to build a network of fellow serial killers. Original Series stars Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, AJ Cook, Paget Brewster and Aisha Tyler all return.
Where to watch: Fundamental+
“Last Thanksgiving Challenge”
Need inspiration in the kitchen? Giada De Laurentiis hosts this cooking competition reality show, where chefs battle it out to prepare perfect Thanksgiving dinners and side dishes. The winner takes home $25,000.
Where to look: Discovery+.
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang in this timeless animated classic, first released in 1973. Even though it’s moved from PBS to Apple TV+, you can still tune in even if you’re not a subscriber to the streamer. Apple TV+ is offering non-subscribers the chance to watch it for free from November 23-27.
Where to look: AppleTV+.
“The Fall of Turkey”
When small-town college student Lucy (Olivia Holt, “Cruel Summer”) returns home for Thanksgiving break, she suspects she will be “abandoned” or dumped by her high school sweetheart. To avoid it, she takes control of her life.
Where to look: 11am on Freeform.