This blog is updated in 2020
Wednesday, November 27
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
8 p.m. on ABC
If you’re avoiding your hometown bar and running into all those people you once went to high school with on the night before Thanksgiving, you can start your short holiday with this absolute classic. Also, I would like to go on record and say that this was (probably) the first ever Friendsgiving. Thank you, Charles Schulz, for initiating this Instagram holiday.
Thursday, November 28
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
9 a.m. on NBC
Everyone’s second favorite Thanksgiving tradition. (Stuffing is first.) This thing has been going on for 93 years. Macy’s knows how to throw a party.
This year’s parade hosts include Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker from the Today show. In terms of balloons, we’ve got Snoopy dressed as an astronaut in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and Smokey the Bear will be celebrating his 75th birthday, putting all other b-day parties to shame.
This year’s performers include the Black Eyed Peas, Ciara, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, TLC, and more. These people go all out.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade
9 a.m. on CBS
And if you just simply can’t get enough of the parade, Kevin Frazier (of Entertainment Tonight) will be hosting the CBS special, which is in its 59th year (!). The special will flip between its own correspondents and the Macy’s parade, and it’ll feature a Miranda Lambert performance, which is the cherry on top of this parade pie.
Friends Thanksgiving marathon
1 p.m. on TBS
If you need some additional entertainment post-parade that doesn’t involve football, TBS is here to give us the Friends marathon we deserve—hopefully full of all the holiday episodes and beef-sautéed-with-peas-and-onion trifles we can dream of.
Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Freeform
Basically the second the parade ends, Christmas begins…or at least that’s how it seems on TV. Join baby Macaulay in two Christmas movies that have literally become classiques.
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
8 p.m. on ABC
Basically, Disney is ushering in the Christmas season as soon as it possibly can with celeb hosts, music performances, and views on views on views of its resorts in both Cali and Florida. Matthew Morrison, Baby Spice Emma Bunton, and Certified Daddy Jesse Palmer will be hosting this two-hour special from the top of Cinderella’s Castle. And you can expect a duet from Sting and Shaggy (we repeat: Sting and Shaggy) plus performances by Andy Grammer, Pentatonix, Portugal, The Man, and more.
’Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion
10:05 p.m. on Lifetime
In case you’re all Thanksgiving’ed out. (You’re welcome.)