The One Where Julie Offers Alternative Turkey Day Viewing Options

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Most of us have our Thanksgiving viewing favorites, and while football and Planes, Trains and Automobiles are classic staples (as is my dad’s personal fave, watching the backs of his eyelids), here are some not-so-traditional suggestions:

  • Friends, “The One Where Ross Got High”

Everyone has their favorite Friends Thanksgiving episode. My informal poll on Twitter yielded a clear winner, “The One with All the Thanksgivings”, which is my runner-up. My personal fave? “The One Where Ross Got High”, primarily because of this scene:

You can watch Friends on HBO Max.

  • Dan in Real Life

The supporting cast of this charming romantic comedy is to-die-for – John Mahoney, Dianne Wiest, Allison Pill, Amy Ryan and Jessica Hecht, among others – but at its core is the delightful Steve Carell. Carell’s Dan is a widower with three daughters, spending Thanksgiving weekend at his family’s oceanside house. On a trip into town, Dan meets Marie (the lovely Juliette Binoche) and finds himself attracted to her, only to return home and discover that Marie is his brother’s girlfriend.

Dan in Real Life is available to stream on Disney+

  • Addams Family Values
Best Thanksgiving play EVER.

You can watch Addams Family Values on Netflix.

  • The Ice Storm

Based on Rick Moody’s novel, Ang Lee’s gorgeous ode to 1970s suburban dysfunction is set over the long holiday weekend, culminating in the titular weather event the day after Thanksgiving. The cast, headlined by Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and BAFTA winner Sigourney Weaver, is divine. The Ice Storm isn’t an easy watch, but if you’re in the mood for a tragedy, this could be the perfect option for you.

The Ice Storm is not available on any subscription services, but you can rent it on Amazon.

  • How I Met Your Mother, “Slapsgiving”

Marshall has promised Barney the third slap in their ongoing slap bet before sundown on Thanksgiving, and the entire affair is made très awkward by the fact that exes Robin and Ted slept together the night before. Oh, and Robin’s new beau Bob is also in attendance. Slap bet commissioner Lily, hosting her first Thanksgiving, finally breaks the tension by allowing the slap, and the results are hilarious. My favorite part? Marshall’s post-slap serenade.

How I Met Your Mother is available for streaming on Hulu.

  • The Beatles: Get Back

Part one of Peter Jackson’s three-part docuseries premieres today on Disney+ (parts two and three will debut tomorrow and Saturday). Using previously unseen footage (fifty-five hours’ worth!) from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary about the making of Let It Be, Get Back chronicles the highs and lows of a pivotal moment in the band’s history. Jackson has described the series as “a documentary about a documentary”, promising to show the lighter side of the proceedings. This will be a must-see for any Beatles fan (though I likely won’t have time to watch until the holiday weekend is over).

  • Cheers, “Thanksgiving Orphans”
Best Thanksgiving food fight EVER.

You can stream Cheers on Peacock.

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