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14 Thanksgiving Movies and TV Shows You Can Stream Right Now

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Remember when Mr. Bean and Monica from Friends got their heads stuck in turkeys? We do, too

If you don’t want Thanksgiving to end, then grab a turkey drumstick for a snack and feast your eyes on these holiday-themed movies and TV shows that we’ve drummed up — highlights of what’s available to stream online via Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or Amazon’s Instant Video section.


Bean (1997): In what’s arguably the best depiction of stuffing a turkey in recent movie history, the hapless Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) looks for his misplaced watch in a turkey that has already been stuffed, and is then found bumbling around the kitchen with the bird stuck over his head.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973): The gang gathers around a ping-pong table as Snoopy carves the turkey for the Peanuts version of this tradition. Charlie Brown keeps up the tradition of missing the football.

Rocky (1976): Paulie (Burt Young) throws the Thanksgiving turkey out the window in a rage, so Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and Adrian (Talia Shire) bust out of there and go to a nearby ice skating rink where they start to get to know each other.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947): The film features footage shot during the 1946 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. According to Turner Classic Movies, Santa Claus, played by Edmund Gwenn, “was given the task of riding in the actual Santa Claus float during the parade and climbing to the top of the Macy’s marquee. The crowds were not aware at the time that it was Gwenn waving to them.”

Brokeback Mountain (2005): Tense Thanksgiving dinner scenes spark fights over carving the turkey and watching football — acts that have been analyzed (here and here) as symbols of masculinity.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987): Steve Martin is a businessman scrambling to get home for Thanksgiving after a snowstorm delays his flight in this John Hughes farce. John Candy plays a pesky salesman who tags along for the ride.

The Ice Storm (1997): Another film that involves a storm hitting around Thanksgiving, this family drama stars Kevin Kline, Tobey Maguire, and Christina Ricci.

Home for the Holidays (1995): Fun fact: It supposedly took 64 turkeys to shoot this Thanksgiving flick, directed by Jodie Foster.

House of Yes (1997): Guy introduces fiancée to his eccentric family over the holiday, including a sister who reenacts JFK’s assassination with pasta and sauce.

ThanksKilling (2009, 2012): Sometimes watching a movie that’s so bad it’s funny can be a great way to bond. For instance, consider these two films, one about a homicidal turkey that hunts college kids, and another that features characters described as “Flowis the rapping grandma” and “Rhonda the bisexual space worm.”


(In case you can’t stand to be sitting with your relatives for the length of a feature film)

The West Wing (“Shibboleth,” Season 2, Episode 8): White House press secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) has to figure out which of the two live Thanksgiving turkeys left in her office is more photogenic for the president to pardon.

How I Met Your Mother (“Slapsgiving,” Seasons 3, 5, 9): This day of thanks is also a day of getting slapped in the face for Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris). However, the HIMYM team apologized for the martial arts-themed “Slapsgiving 3,” because it was considered racist.

Gilmore Girls (“A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving,” Season 3, Episode 9): Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) have four Thanksgiving dinners to attend — and there’s some college admissions drama thrown in the mix.

Friends (“The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks,” Season 5, Episode 8): The cast reminisces on the time Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Monica (Courtney Cox) both got their heads stuck in turkeys in dramatic ways — memorably, Monica’s is even wearing sunglasses.

TIME Science

This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Overeat

Just in time for Thanksgiving

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, the American Chemical Society’s YouTube channel “Reactions” has boiled down the science of stuffing your face in a two-and-a-half-minute video. It explains how signals in the brain tell us when we are feeling full or when it is time to stop eating, as well as how antacids reduce the physical discomfort. Might be fodder for conversation after dinner when everyone is sitting around, running out of things to talk about and on the verge of slipping into a food coma.

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Waka Flocka Flame’s Ad for Throat Drops Is a Giant Weed Joke

This is the same guy who wanted to hire a blunt roller a couple of months ago

During the 2014 American Music Awards, a commercial for Pine Brothers throat drops aired starring rapper Waka Flocka Flame (the same guy who advertised on Instagram in September, “Im paying 50K a year for a blunt roller….Hashtag #ICanRoll”). It is pretty hilarious to watch him sit back on a couch and promote sore throat relief in a smoke-filled room.


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TIME viral

Watch Anderson Cooper Get Pranked by His Staff

The airing of grievances on live TV was like an early Festivus present

On Anderson Cooper 360, the “RidicuList” segment is a time to poke fun at absurd news stories of the week. Last night, the show’s staff made it all about a foul-smelling scented candle on Anderson Cooper’s desk. He claims he had no idea they felt that way until he was reading their list of grievances off of the teleprompter, which says the candle smells like “Mario Batali’s Crocs” and “a garden gnome’s underwear drawer.” Looks like Festivus came early this year for the CNN host.

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TIME viral

Watch Pat Sajak’s Meltdown on Wheel of Fortune

Hold your horses, Sajak

A guy on Wheel of Fortune Monday night was so certain he could solve a puzzle with the letter “N” that he yelled his guess, “riding a brown horse!”

Turns out that was incorrect. So another woman guessed “riding a white horse.” After that, Pat Sajak just walked off and stormed back on stage and hilariously shouted “Who said anything about a horse?!”

The answer, by the way, had nothing to do with horses. It was “seeing a buddy movie.”


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TIME World

‘Scent Globe’ at Heathrow Gives Travelers a Whiff of Their Destinations

A “Scent Globe” has been installed in Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow Airport that is designed for passengers to get a whiff of the country they are visiting before they arrive. Created by “Design in Scent,” the worldly perfumes will include:

South Africa: Hyraceum
Brazil: coffee, tobacco, jasmine,
Japan: seaweed, shell extracts, green tea, Ambergris
China: Osmanthus Fragrans flower
Thailand: lemongrass, ginger, coconut

Enjoying this experience is, of course, dependent on getting through airport security quickly enough to have time to spare before your flight.

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TIME Business

Weird Al Is Delightfully Weird in This RadioShack Holiday Ad


The holidays are off to a weird start at RadioShack. And by weird, we mean, “Weird Al” Yankovic. In a new spot airing as the holiday shopping season approaches, the comedian dances around one of the stores singing about “Toyland,” flying toys, and characterizing the clientele as people like “cousin Bob who’s 43 and lives at home.”


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TIME Business

This Christmas Ad About a Lonely Penguin Will Warm Your Heart

Get ready for a little early holiday cheer

John Lewis, a British department store known for tearjerking holiday ads that rack up millions of YouTube page views, is out with its 2014 commercial featuring a CGI penguin looking for love in a hopeless place to the tune of a cover of John Lennon’s “Real Love.”

Sure, Monty the penguin has fun bouncing on trampolines with the boy he lives with. But in the weeks before the holidays, when he’s watching romantic movies and seeing couples take leisurely strolls in the snow, he decides he wants something more than just fetching plastic building blocks for an elementary school kid and eating the boy’s leftovers at meal times. Where are the other pet penguins for him to play with in London? Are they on Tinder?

Just when he thought he would be alone forever, he wakes up Christmas morning to find a penguin in a box waiting for him under the family’s Christmas tree. For, you know, friendship.

Satirists are already having a field day with the spot, joking that it condones sex trafficking in the penguin world.

Update: @JohnLewis is not the department store, Twitter:

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TIME viral

The Ohio State Marching Band’s Tribute to Sci-Fi Is Out of This World

The group is back with another spectacular show

The Ohio State University Marching band performed a lively tribute to the sci-fi universe called “They Came from Outer Space” during the halftime show at the Nov. 1 game against Illinois. The routine featured references to Star Trek, Apollo 13, and Armageddon. The Buckeyes ended up defeating the Fighting Illinois 55-14.


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TIME viral

This ‘Let It Go’ Parody Is the Perfect Way to Kick Off Movember

November marks Movember, the month-long movement in which men grow mustaches to raise awareness about men’s health. Cue the wave of web spoofs about mustachioed men!

The clever lyrics for this video “Let It Grow,” uploaded by YouTube user Richard Annett, are a parody of Idina Menzel’s rendition of “Let It Go” from the hit movie Frozen.

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