Thanksgiving is an American holiday where most of us meet up with our relatives for a late afternoon dinner consisting of turkey, mashed potatos, gravy, stuffing, pie, or other food such as ham. Sometimes, hanging out with family gets boring, thus, it’s useful to have an escape plan with something to watch on TV.
So, here is the definitive lineup of events to watch on TV this Thanksgiving. While it’s great to spend some time socializing with friends and family, these sporting events, movies and parades provide some extra fun in the mix.
9 AM – Noon (all time zones): The 84th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 84th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be aired live by NBC. The annual parade features giant balloons of classic characters like Snoopy, Kermit the Frog, and Spongebob. This year’s program will include performances from stars like teen idol Miranda Cosgrove, Jessica Simpson, and Kanye West.
12 PM (all time zones) – National Dog Show
Following the parade will be everyone’s favorite National Dog Show hosted by the American Kennel Club. This is one of the most important dog shows in the United States, showcasing the country’s best canines. The event will be broadcast by NBC.
12:30 PM (ET) – Lions vs Patriots
The first of three football games pits the Detroit Lions against the New England Patriots. CBS Sports will carry the game live.
4:15 PM (ET) – Cowboys vs Saints
The second football game is between America’s darling Dallas Cowboys and defending champion New Orleans Saints. FOX channel will broadcast this game.
8:20 PM (ET) – Jets vs Bengals
The final game of the Thanksgiving Day tripleheader pits the New York Jets against the Cincinnati Bengals. Tune in to the NFL Network for this exciting game.
8-9 PM (ET) – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
The classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” returns to ABC primetime for the 37th year. Will Charlie Brown ever be able to trust Lucy again?
8-10 PM (ET) – The Simpsons Movie
The Simpsons Movie makes its broadcast premiere on FOX to cap off the night.