Stuffed? Kick back with the best Thanksgiving TV shows and movies to stream

With bellies full of turkey and fixings, and a potential football blowout underway, sometimes the most satisfying way to spend Thanksgiving is to park your butt on the couch and stream to your heart’s content.

Thanksgiving doesn’t have quite the wealth of shows and movies that Halloween or Christmas do, but there are some holiday-themed treasures available if you know where to look. Unfortunately, most of the classic movies are rental only (that’s how they get you), but on the bright side, Google Play will be offering all of its movie rentals for just $1 on Thanksgiving day. We’ve gathered all the essentials, along with some excellent TV episodes available to stream on Hulu and Netflix so you can get your Turkey Day stream on.

TV

‘Friends,’ ‘The One with All the Thanksgivings’

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The friends of Friends have a long, complicated history, and The One with All the Thanksgivings explores their intertwined pasts, as the characters flashback to previous Thanksgivings, showing how they have changed over the years. It’s also an important episode in the development of Monica and Chandler’s relationship, with one of the most memorable endings in the series.

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Netflix

‘Friends,’ ‘The One with Chandler in the Box’

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Friends is one of the few shows that refused to miss a Thanksgiving, so, of course, we’ve added another classic pick from the series here. Who could forget Chandler’s indiscretion that prompted him to literally lock himself in a box to earn back the love of his platonic partner, Joey? It’s time to bask in the simpler time of the aughts with a double dash of Friends-giving.

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Netflix

‘South Park,’ ‘Helen Keller! The Musical’

The golden age of South Park brought one of TV’s best Thanksgiving episodes, in which the fourth graders of South Park Elementary prepare to put on a rendition of The Miracle Worker for the school’s Thanksgiving showcase. When Butters tells them that he just spied on the kindergartner’s play, and it was incredible, the fourth graders decide to pull out all the stops. Reworking the play into a musical turns out to be the first of many ridiculous attempts to up the ante, and a precursor of sorts for Trey Stone and Matt Parker’s musical compositions to come. South Park is known for political commentary, but the show is at its best — as it is here — when it takes a mundane concept and runs all the way into absurdity.

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Hulu

‘The West Wing,’ ‘Shibboleth’

Life in the White House is never breezy, even during the holidays. As President Jed Bartlet prepares for the annual pardoning of a turkey, a shipping container full of refugees lands on the California coast. The refugees claim to be persecuted Christians seeking asylum from the Chinese government, prompting an international crisis. It’s an episode that showcases the many faces of Bartlet, who must be America’s cheerful head of state while navigating the country’s precarious relationship with China. As is usual for The West Wing, it also features witty banter and an inspiring speech about the American dream.

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Netflix

‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘Turkey in a Can’

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This episode is a bit of a heartstring-tugger, as it gets into the family warm-and-fuzzies at the end, yet still offers plenty of hilarity — Bob’s back-and-forth with the deli guy at the supermarket is some of the best repartee the series has to offer. If you haven’t yet seen this one, get ready for a treat that goes well beyond your turkey dinner.

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Hulu

‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal’

Yes, there are also two Bob’s Burgers choices on the list, but that’s because, like Friends, the show has multiple Thanksgiving specials (including a new one for season 9) and they’re all pretty fantastic. Thanksgiving is generally a family affair, so what to do if you don’t have a family? Rent someone else’s, naturally. That’s what Bob’s landlord, Mr. Fischoeder (Kevin Kline), does in this very special episode, offering Bob’s family five months of free rent if they pretend to be his family so he can make an old flame jealous. It’s another hilarious episode, and Linda’s Thanksgiving song alone is worth the watch.

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Hulu

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ ‘The Gang Squashes Their Beefs’

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. For the members of the gang on Always Sunny, it’s a time to reflect on just how awful they have been over the years. After some old foes hinder their Thanksgiving plans, Dennis, Mac, Dee, Charlie, and Frank realize they have too many enemies, and decide to bury some hatchets (literally, in one instance). The Gang Squashes Their Beefs is a fun episode, full of throwbacks to classic Always Sunny plots.

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Hulu

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