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Thanksgiving movie guide: Every family-friendly film to watch this week

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Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family, friends and great movies on TV. But when you combine all three, it’s sometimes hard to choose which movies to watch. Have no fear — EW has you covered. From Saturday, Nov. 21 to Thanksgiving Day, we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide with all of the family-friendly movies airing during the week. (No kids around? Don’t worry, we included a few more mature films as well.)

No matter your taste, our suggestions for each time slot during the next six days includes something for everyone. Stock up on snacks and grab your loved ones, because you’re in for one serious movie marathon.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Early morning:

MOMAX: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, 5 a.m.

HBO2: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 6:20 a.m.

ABC Family: The Lizzie McGuire Movie, 7 a.m.

SHO2e: Son-in-Law, 7 a.m.

Starz: Annie, 7:15 a.m.

 

What to Watch: What’s a movie marathon without a nostalgic trip to Rome alongside Lizzie McGuire? Whether you’re with the fam or kicking it solo, it’s never a bad time to reminisce with The Lizzie McGuire Movie, including Italian heartthrob Paulo and what was arguably the best soundtrack of 2003. If you’d rather put yourself in the mood for turkey than pasta, check out Son-in-Law at 7 a.m. instead. When a farmer’s daughter comes home from her first semester of college for Thanksgiving break, she brings her fiance named Crawl (Pauly Shore) who doesn’t quite fit in on the farm.

Morning:

ABC Family: Herbie: Fully Loaded, 9 a.m.

Comedy Central: My Best Friend’s Girl, 8:58 a.m.

HBO2: Because I Said So, 9 a.m.

FXX: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, 10 a.m.

Starz: The Freshman, 9:15 a.m.

TBS: The House Bunny, 9:30 a.m.

TMC: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, 9:50 a.m.

FX: The Croods, 10:30 a.m.

ABC Family: Freaky Friday, 11 a.m.

VH1: Miss Congeniality, 11 a.m.

MAXe: Saving Silverman, 11:10 a.m.

SHO: Bernie, 11:15 a.m.

TBS: Happy Gilmore, 11:30 a.m.

What to Watch: What better way to start off a lazy Saturday morning with a Kate Hudson rom-com? My Best Friend’s Girl also features Alec Baldwin, Dane Cook and Jason Biggs — and yes, Biggs does have an unlikely hair malfunction throughout the course of the movie. If you’re looking for something that appeals more to the little ones, switch to Mr. Popper’s Penguins at 10 a.m. You’ll be just as entertained as they will, because face it — watching Jim Carrey try to herd a gang of six penguins is just amusing. 

Afternoon:

TNT: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 12 p.m.

Starz: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 12:35 p.m.

ABC Family: Sleep Hollow, 1 p.m.

CMT: Footloose, 1:30 p.m.

Comedy Central: Dinner for Schmucks, 1:42 p.m.

FX: Identity Thief, 2:30 p.m.

MTV: Hook, 2:30 p.m.

AMC: The Green Mile, 3 p.m.

Pop: Annie, 3:30 p.m.

TBS: We’re the Millers, 3:30 p.m.

FXX: The Lorax, 4 p.m.

VH1: When in Rome, 4:20 p.m.

Esquire TV: Wall Street, 4:30 p.m.

What to Watch: With the lineup we’re working with during this timeslot, you really can’t go wrong. You have the option for more recent comedies, like Identify Thief, We’re the Millers,  and Dinner for Schmucks, that showcase some of the funniest actors around. And honestly, if you can’t find something to watch when Melissa McCarthy, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis are all on TV, we may not be able to help you. If you’re in a more sinister mood, however, catch Tom Hanks as a prison guard and Michael Clarke Duncan as a death row inmate on The Green Mile at 3 p.m. 

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Evening:

ABC Family: The Hunger Games, 5:30 p.m.

FXM: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 5:30 p.m.

TVLand: The Breakfast Club, 5:30 p.m.

VH1: Hairspray, 6:30 p.m.

AMC: Remember the Titans, 7 p.m.

TMCe: The Giver, 7:20 p.m.

BET: A Thousand Words, 8 p.m.

IFC: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 8 p.m.

Lifetime: Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, 8 p.m.

ABC Family: Twilight, 8:30 p.m.

Syfy: Zombieland, 9 p.m.

What to Watch: We’d be remiss if our first recommendation for your Saturday evening wasn’t Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli remains one of the most iconic roles of the ‘80s. To prep for your week of turkey dinners, catch the new Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow at 8 p.m. It’s sure to have some creative costume designs, and if nothing else, it’s worth watching just to see Ludacris as the on-screen narrator. Before the kids go to bed, catch Twilight at 8:30 p.m. It’s the only time the first movie in the series is playing this week. 

Late Night:

Lifetime: The Muppet Christmas Carol, 10:03 p.m.

SHO: Pulp Fiction, 10:45 p.m.

ABC Family: Sleep Hollow, 11:30 p.m.

IFC: National Lampoon’s Vacation, 12 a.m.

Oxygen: Sparkle, 12:20 a.m.

TBS: Roadtrip, 1 a.m.

MOMAXe: The Grand Budapest Hotel, 1:05 a.m.

AMC: A Few Good Men, 1:30 a.m.

HBOSGe: Thelma & Louise, 2:20 a.m.

What to Watch: Chances are pretty high that you’re going to get a large amount of family time this week, so prep for that in advance with pop culture’s most blundering dad, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Catch The Grand Budapest Hotel at 1:05 a.m. for a prime display of director Wes Anderson’s sense of humor. And if you’re still awake at 2:20 a.m., watch Thelma & Louise, because when is it not a great time to watch Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis (SPOILER ALERT!) drive straight off a cliff in an epic display of sisterhood?

Next: Sunday, November 22 [pagebreak]

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22:

Early morning:

AMC: Erin Brokovich, 6:30 a.m.

Starz: Die Hard, 6:40 a.m.

ABC Family: Herbie: Fully Loaded, 7 a.m.

HBO: The Book of Life, 7 a.m.

What to Watch: If for whatever reason you are voluntarily awake at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, watch Julia Roberts portray a law office worker on the case of a utility company polluting a town’s water in Erin Brokovich. The real Brokovich makes a brief appearance in the movie as a waitress named Julia. If that’s too much for you at such an early hour, try The Book of Life instead. It’s an animated comedy that follows a young man named Manolo through three fantastical worlds. Nothing like a good quest to get the day going. 

Morning:

IFC: Lethal Weapon, 8:30 a.m.

ABC Family: Pocahontas, 9 a.m.

AMC: The Green Mile, 9:30 a.m.

HBO2: The Lego Movie, 9:45 a.m.

USA: Cheaper by the Dozen 2, 10 a.m.

MTV: Hook, 10 a.m.

FX: Here Comes the Boom, 10:30 a.m.

ABC Family: Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 11 a.m.

TBS: She’s the Man, 11 a.m.

VH1: Drumline, 11:05 a.m.

What to Watch: Pocahontas is only on once this week, so make sure to catch that at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., we recommend turning your attention to Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, the 2012 TV movie continuation of one of our favorite holiday movie franchises. If you’d like something that’s intended for a more mature audience, head to VH1 for Drumline at 11:05 a.m., when Nick Cannon makes being in a band appear much more glamorous than in real life. 

Afternoon:

USA: No Strings Attached, 12 p.m.

FX: Identity Thief, 12:30 p.m.

ABC Family: I’ll Be Home for Christmas, 1 p.m.

TBS: We’re the Millers, 1 p.m.

AMC: Remember the Titans, 1:30 p.m.

Comedy: Dude, Where’s My Car?, 2:30 p.m.

HBO2: The Maze Runner, 2:45 p.m.

CW: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, 3 p.m.

ABC Family: Richie Rich, 3 p.m.

TBS: Life as We Know It, 3:30 p.m.

Ovation: The Birdcage, 3:30 p.m.

What to Watch: For some Sunday afternoon inspiration, try Remember the Titans at 1:30 p.m. because it’s one of those movies you can’t see too many times. Plus, young Hayden Panettiere is too cute to miss. At 3 p.m., switch your attention to Richie Rich, or — if you’re not in the mood to see what a child does with a trillion dollars in his bank account — watch Robin Williams play a gay man pretending to be straight in The Birdcage at 3:30 p.m. 

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Evening:

Syfy: Men in Black II, 5 p.m.

ABC Family: The Parent Trap, 5 p.m.

Lifetime: Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, 5 p.m.

BBC: The Terminator, 5 p.m.

Disney: Toy Story 3, 5:10 p.m.

Ovation: Look Who’s Talking, 6 p.m.

Nickelodeon: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 7 p.m.

Syfy: Zombieland, 7 p.m.

VH1: Drumline, 7 p.m.

HBO: Field of Dreams, 7:10 p.m.

BBC: Terminator III, 7:30 p.m.

TBS: The Wizard of Oz, 8 p.m.

ABC Family: Toy Story, 8 p.m.

Nickelodeon: Legally Blonde, 9 p.m.

Syfy: Blade Trinity, 9 p.m.

What to Watch: If you’ve ever pretended that somewhere out there your secret identical twin is alive and thriving, watch The Parent Trap at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., don’t miss the throwback to the late ‘80s with Look Who’s Talking. Bruce Willis does the voiceover for a talking baby and the cast includes John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, so you pretty much can’t go wrong there. If you aren’t satisfied with either of these suggestions, Toy Story, which plays at 8 p.m., is always a safe bet. 

Late Night:

ABC Family: Toy Story 2, 10 p.m.

BBC: The Terminator, 10 p.m.

TBS: The Wizard of Oz, 10:17 p.m.

HBO2: Gone Girl, 10:35 p.m.

Starz: Sideways, 11 p.m.

TNT: Seabiscuit, 12 a.m.

What to Watch: If the kids have already gone to bed, treat yourself with Gone Girl at 10:35 p.m. If they’re still awake, or if you’re just not that into Ben Affleck running around trying to figure out what happened to his psychotic wife, go with The Wizard of Oz at 10:17 p.m. At midnight, watch Seabiscuit, although be prepared for the urge to drop some change on horse riding lessons. 

Next: Monday, November 23 [pagebreak]

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23:

Early morning:

Sundance: Rudy, 6 a.m.

Starz: The Prestige, 6:10 a.m.

SHO2: Cool Runnings, 6:15 a.m.

HBO2: Bicentennial Man, 6:45 a.m.

FX: Tears of the Sun, 7 a.m.

What to Watch: Let us put this very simply: If Cool Runnings is on TV, you don’t watch anything other than Cool Runnings. You’ll be singing about the Jamaican bobsled team for the rest of the day, and your coworkers will love you. However, if you’re feeling something a little more serious, Rudy is just the type of inspiring football story that will have you amped up and ready to chase those workweek goals in no time. 

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Morning:

SHO2: Last Vegas, 8 a.m.

Sundance: Stand By Me, 8:30 a.m.

AMC: Godzilla, 9 a.m.

HBO: Exodus: Gods and Kings, 9 a.m.

FX: The Tourist, 9:30 a.m.

Flix: An Inconvenient Truth, 9:50 a.m.

SHO2: Akeelah and the Bee, 10 a.m.

Disney: Toy Story 2, 10:55 a.m.

HBO: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 11:30 a.m.

Starz: Still Alice, 11:55 a.m.

What to Watch: At 8:30 a.m., turn your attention to Sundance for Stand By Me, a 1986 movie that tells the tale of four 12-year-olds who set off to find a missing body in the woods — you know, normal kid stuff. If you’re in the mood for something a little more geared to adults, try The Tourist at 9:30 p.m. It’s got Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, which is really all you need to know. At 10 a.m., Akeelah and the Bee, which does the unthinkable and makes a spelling bee seem interesting, is definitely worth a watch as well. 

Afternoon:

HBO2: X-Men: Days of Future Past, 1:30 p.m.

Encore: Men in Black, 2:45 p.m.

Starz: Whiplash, 2:55 p.m.

FX: 13 Going on 30, 3 p.m.

Showtime: Calendar Girls, 3 p.m.

HBO2: Larry Crowne, 3:45 p.m.

ABCFamily: Toy Story, 4:30 p.m.

AMC: Fantastic Four, 4:30 p.m.

What to Watch: At 3 p.m., 13 Going on 30 comes on right as the kids get home from school. If you don’t have young offspring, or if Jennifer Garner teaching a roomful of people the “Thriller” dance isn’t for you, try Calendar Girls instead. In the 2003 film, some middle-aged women decide to raise money for a memorial by posing nude for a calendar.

Evening:

Disney: Monsters University, 5:45 p.m.

Sundance: The Matrix, 6 p.m.

SHO2: St. Vincent, 6:15 p.m.

AMC: Home Alone, 7 p.m.

Disney: The Princess and the Frog, 7 p.m.

SHO2: Last Vegas, 8 p.m.

ABCFamily: Finding Nemo, 8:30 p.m.

CMT: Hope Floats, 9 p.m.

Sundance: The Matrix Reloaded, 9 p.m.

WGN: Jurassic Park, 9:30 p.m.

What to Watch: At 7 p.m., turn your attention immediately to a young Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. (And maybe during the commerical breaks, check out how it would be different if it took place in 2015.) In the same vein of adorable child stars, watch Mae Whitman play Birdee in Hope Floats at 9 p.m. as her character struggles with her parents’ breakup. If that’s a little too emotional for your taste, Jurassic Park is on at 9:30 – and really, what’s a movie marathon without Jurassic Park?  

Late Night:

HBO2: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, 10:35 p.m.

IFC: Wet Hot American Summer, 11 p.m.

FXM: Something Borrowed, 11 p.m.

Syfy: Aeon Flux, 11:30 p.m.

Encore: Raging Bull, 11:45 p.m.

ABC Family: The Family Stone, 12 a.m.

AMC: Remember the Titans, 12 a.m.

Sundance: Constantine, 12 a.m.

HBO2: Birdman, 1 a.m.

What to Watch: If the kids are in bed, try Wet Hot American Summer at 11 p.m. If you love it, you can head straight to Netflix for the latest spinoff. If all of that teenage pent-up sexual frustration isn’t what you’re looking for, the only child-friendly movie in this time slot is Remember the Titans in case you missed it on Sunday.

NEXT: Tuesday, November 24 [pagebreak]

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24:

Early morning:

Flix: An Inconvenient Truth, 5:45 a.m.

MAX: Lost in Space, 6 a.m.

HBO: Alex & Emma, 6:05 a.m.

Encore: The War of the Worlds, 6:30 a.m.

Showtime: The Honeymooners, 6:45 a.m.

Starz: Office Space, 6:50 a.m.

FX: The Tourist, 7 a.m.

IFC: The Ladykillers, 7:15 a.m.

HBO2: Far from Heaven, 7:15 a.m.

Flix: Mighty Joe Young, 7:30 a.m.

What to Watch: Start your Tuesday off with The Honeymooners, which features a bus driver and his best friend whose wives have decided the city isn’t for them – so they come up with a plan to get their husbands to the suburbs. If the suburbs aren’t for you, maybe the jungles of Africa are more to your taste; check out Mighty Joe Young at 7:30 a.m. 

Morning:

Encore: When the Game Stands Tall, 8 a.m.

Lifetime: The Christmas Wish, 8 a.m.

HBO: Hulk, 9:30 a.m.

Disney: The Princess and the Frog, 10 a.m.

Starz: The Wedding Singer, 10 a.m.

Sundance: Fight Club, 10 a.m.

MOMAX: Jupiter Ascending, 10:50 a.m.

CMT: Hope Floats, 11 a.m.

What to Watch: You’re so close to the holiday! Need a little motivation to push through the last few days? Try When the Game Stands Tall at 8 a.m. for that boost of motivation that only an inspirational sports story can provide. If football isn’t your thing, watch The Princess and the Frog at 10 a.m. instead. Tiana’s journey to owning her own restaurant is a little froggy (apologies for that one), but it’s inspiring all the same. 

Afternoon:

HBO: The Devil Wears Prada, 12:05 p.m.

Starz: The Pursuit of Happyness, 12:40 p.m.

AMC: Fantastic Four, 1 p.m.

MOMAX: Edge of Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Disney: Monsters University, 2 p.m.

HBO: Draft Day, 2 p.m.

FXM: Water for Elephants, 3 p.m.

AMC: The Outsiders, 3:30 p.m.

FXX: Puss in Boots, 4 p.m.

What to Watch: It’s so close to Thanksgiving that your boss may be stressing you out just a little more than usual. If that’s the case, catch The Devil Wears Prada at 12:05 p.m. to remind you that your situation is probably not really that bad — and to get a fabulous but wildly unrealistic image of the magazine industry. At 3 p.m., try Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattison; at the very least, Witherspoon’s ‘30s attire is worth the watch. At 4 p.m., FXX provides you with the option of Puss in Boots, because Antonio Banderas as a talking cat has been hilarious since Shrek first came out in 2001 and will continue to be forever and ever, amen. 

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Evening:

FXM: Something Borrowed, 5:30 p.m.

ABC Family: Finding Nemo, 5:30 p.m.

AMC: Remember the Titans, 5:30 p.m.

HBO2: The Fault in Our Stars, 5:50 p.m.

Sundance: The Matrix Reloaded, 6 p.m.

FXX: Kung Fu Panda 2, 6 p.m.

Disney: Tangled, 6 p.m.

MAX: Shanghai Noon, 6:05 p.m.

MTV: Hook, 6:30 p.m.

MOMAX: Hidalgo, 6:40 p.m.

Oxygen: Big Momma’s House, 7 p.m.

WGN: Jurassic Park III, 7 p.m.

AMC: Jumanji, 8 p.m.

Disney: Brave, 8 p.m.

FX: Man of Steel, 8 p.m.

FXM: Date Night, 8 p.m.

TMC: Boyhood, 8 p.m.

POP: The American President, 9 p.m.

Sundance: The Matrix Revolutions, 9 p.m.

Syfy: Men in Black II, 9 p.m.

CMT: Pretty Woman, 9 p.m.

Encore: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 9:45 p.m.

FXM: Date Night, 10 p.m.

What to Watch: There are a lot of ways your marathon could go at this point. If you’ve got the whole family with you, we suggest Finding Nemo at 5 p.m. or Kung Fu Panda at 6 p.m. Honestly, watching adorable animals go on their respective animated adventures is never a bad way to spend an evening. If you’re looking for something for a more mature audience, though, try Pretty Woman at 9 p.m. or Date Night at 10 p.m. 

Late Night:

FX: Man of Steel, 11 p.m.

Oxygen: Big Momma’s House 11 p.m.

Starz: The Wedding Singer, 11:45 p.m.

Sundance: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 12 a.m.

ABC Family: Jingle All the Way, 12 a.m.

CMT: Pretty Woman, 12 a.m.

FXM: Anger Management, 12 a.m.

Hallmark: Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, 12 a.m.

AMC: Jumanji, 1 a.m.

What to Watch: There aren’t a lot of Thanksgiving-specific movies out there, so you should definitely try to catch Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade at midnight. As the title suggests, a couple falls in love while planning a Thanksgiving parade. If, however, that doesn’t appeal to you, try Jumanji at 1 a.m. It’s never too late (or too early) in the day for a good Robin Williams flick.

NEXT: Wednesday, November 25 [pagebreak]

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25:

Early morning:

Hallmark: A Family Thanksgiving, 4 a.m.

HBO2: Four Weddings and a Funeral, 4:15 a.m.

Encore: Guardians of the Galaxy, 5:45 a.m.

FX-E: What Women Want, 7 a.m.

HBO2: Dreamgirls, 7:45 a.m.

What to Watch: T-minus one day until turkey time! If you’re up at 4 a.m., check out A Family Thanksgiving to prepare you for the big day. If not, let Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose kick off your day of holiday preparations with some Dreamgirls at 7:45 a.m. 

Morning:

Hallmark: Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, 8 a.m.

AMC: Gone With the Wind, 9 a.m.

DISXD: Tangled, 9 a.m.

Lifetime: Deck the Halls, 10 a.m.

Starz: The Monuments Men, 11 a.m.

HBOSGe: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 11:20 a.m.

What to Watch: If you’re just waking up, what better way to start your day than spending some time with Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind? If you don’t have time for a nearly four-hour movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at 11:20 a.m. allows you to virtually travel all across the globe and still make it home in time for the holidays. 

Afternoon:

MAX: Tammy, 12:15 p.m.

Starz: The Wedding Ringer, 1:20 p.m.

FXX: Puss in Boots, 2 p.m.

HBO: Blades of Glory, 2:50 p.m.

FXM: The A-Team, 3 p.m.

HBO2: Promised Land, 3:55 p.m.

FXX: Kung Fu Panda 2, 4 p.m.

ABC Family: Cinderella, 4:30 p.m.

HBO: Ride Along, 4:30 p.m.

TMC: The Butler, 4:30 p.m.

What to Watch: At this point in your movie marathon, you could probably use a little humor, and this is the perfect time slot for it. Tammy plays at 12:15 p.m., so sit down for a few hours and watch Melissa McCarthy play a former fast food employee who takes her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) on a wild road trip to Niagara Falls. When that’s over, check out Will Ferrell’s figure-skating savvy in Blades of Glory at 2:50 p.m.

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Evening:

Disney: Brave, 5:25 p.m.

MTV: Kicking & Screaming, 5:25 p.m.

HBOSGe: This Is Where I Leave You, 5:40 p.m.

HBO: Titanic, 6:15 p.m.

ABC Family: Monsters Inc., 6:30 p.m.

MOMAX: The Lake House, 7:20 p.m.

Disney: Despicable Me, 8 p.m.

Syfy: Oz the Great and Powerful, 8 p.m.

TNT: Gran Torino, 8 p.m.

VH1: Sixteen Candles, 8 p.m.

CW: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 8 p.m.

ABC Family: Ratatouille, 8:30 p.m.

What to Watch: At 5:25 p.m., we suggest watching Brave, which is about a Scottish princess named Merida who isn’t content to sit back and act like a “lady.” At 8 p.m., turn your attention to VH1’s Thanksgiving ‘80s movie marathon, which kicks off with Sixteen Candles. 

Late Night:

MTV-E: Along Came Polly, 10 p.m.

VH1: The Breakfast Club, 10 p.m.

MAXEAL: The Marine, 10 p.m.

FLIXe: Captain Ron, 11:15 p.m.

FXX: Jack and Jill, 12 a.m.

ABC Family: Santa Baby, 12 a.m.

What to Watch: If you chose Sixteen Candles in the last time slot, why not follow it up with The Breakfast Club? If ‘80s movies aren’t your thing — or if you’re just not in that kind of mood — skip a decade ahead to 1992 with the hilariously bad Captain Ron, in which a Chicago family inherits a yacht formerly owned by Clark Gable.

NEXT: ​Thursday, November 26 [pagebreak]

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26:

Early morning:

MOMAX: Young Frankenstein, 4:30 a.m.

HBO: Little Miss Sunshine, 4:35 a.m.

HBO2: Ella Enchanted, 6 a.m.

ABC Family: Big Miracle, 7 a.m.

FX: Hotel Transylvania, 7 a.m.

What to Watch: It’s finally here — Happy Thanksgiving! While the turkey (or whatever you choose to stuff yourself with) is cooking, catch Ella Enchanted at 6 a.m. Anne Hathaway as Ella must do whatever she is told, which will have you wishing some of your family members had the same curse. If you aren’t up in time for that, take a trip to a high-end resort managed by Dracula in Hotel Transylvania at 7 a.m. 

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Morning:

Starz: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 8 a.m.

TMC: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, 8 a.m.

TCM: The Yearling, 8:30 a.m.

AMC: The Godfather, 9 a.m.

Syfy: Goldeneye, 9 a.m.

HBO2e: Dumb and Dumber To, 9:10 a.m.

MAXe: Beauty Shop, 9:55 a.m.

HBOe: Field of Dreams, 10:00 a.m.

Comedy Central: Coming to America, 10:21 a.m.

FXM: Can-Can, 10:30 a.m.

FLIXe: Nacho Libre, 11 a.m.

SPIKE: The Mummy, 11 a.m.

VH1: Footloose, 11 a.m.

ABC Family: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, 11:30 a.m.

FXX: The Hangover Part II, 11:30 a.m.

What to Watch: It’s almost time for lunch. As you prepare yourself for the gluttony ahead, watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest with the family, because nothing bonds a group of people faster than watching Jack Sparrow search for the heart of Davy Jones. In case you’ve got some cousins you may need to roundhouse, learn from the pro, Jack Black, in Nacho Libre at 11 a.m. If you’re more into dancing than wrestling, Footloose is on at 11 a.m. as well. 

Afternoon:

SUNDe: As Good As It Gets, 12 p.m.

TMC: Runaway Bride, 12:05 p.m.

MOMAXe: Uptown Girls, 12:10 p.m.

HBOe: Mrs. Doubtfire, 12:30 p.m.

FXM: How to Steal a Million, 12:45 p.m.

AMC: The Godfather, Part II, 1 p.m.

FXX: Ted, 1:30 p.m.

VH1: Dirty Dancing, 1:40 p.m.

ABC Family: Cinderella, 1:45 p.m.

SPK: The Mummy Returns, 2 p.m.

TNT: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2:30 p.m.

HBO: Norbit, 2:40 p.m.

ABC Family: Monsters, Inc., 3:45 p.m.

HBOSGe: X-Men, 4 p.m.

POP: You’ve Got Mail, 4:30 p.m.

MTV: Bruce Almighty, 4:50 p.m.

What to Watch: Chances are that you’re almost comatose at this point, so relax around Mrs. Doubtfire at 12:30 p.m. Once the younger family members (and probably some older ones too) go down for naptime, try Ted at 1:30 p.m. for some raunchy humor coming straight from the mouth of a stuffed bear. At 3:45 p.m., Monsters Inc. comes on, and you’ll quickly realize that even the grumpiest relative can’t resist the adorableness that is Boo. 

Evening:

WE: Monster-in-Law, 5:30 p.m.

ABC Family: Ratatouille, 6 p.m.

HBO: Night at the Museum, 6:05 p.m.

Disney: Despicable Me, 6:10 p.m.

MOMAXe: Transformers, 6:35 p.m.

DISXD: Wall-E, 7 p.m.

E!: Maid in Manhattan, 7 p.m.

FX: Despicable Me 2, 7 p.m.

MTV: Along Came Polly, 7:10 p.m.

POP: Two Weeks Notice, 7:30 p.m.

Bravo: Cheaper by the Dozen 2, 7:30 p.m.

ENC: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 8 p.m.

FLIXe: Parenthood, 8 p.m.

FXM: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 8 p.m.

HBO: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, 8 p.m.

Lifetime: The Muppet Christmas Carol, 8 p.m.

WE: Last Holiday, 8 p.m.

Oxygn: Mean Girls, 8 p.m.

MAX: Just Friends, 8:20 p.m.

ABC Family: Planes, 8:45 p.m.

E!: Ever After: A Cinderella Story, 9 p.m.

NIK: Billy Madison, 9 p.m.

VH1: Back to the Future, 9 p.m.

What to watch: Your movie marathon is almost complete; don’t give up now! Gather everyone up for Night at the Museum at 6:05 p.m. when Ben Stiller gets much more up close and personal with history than he intended to. At 8 p.m., turn your attention to Mean Girls, but be prepared — someone in your family will try to make “fetch” happen.  

Late Night:

Hallmark: Northpole: Open for Christmas, 10 p.m.

POP: Did You Hear About the Morgans?, 10 p.m.

TCM: Woman of the Year, 10 p.m.

TMC: Serendipity, 10 p.m.

Flix: Nacho Libre, 10:05 p.m.

Encore: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, 10:20 p.m.

Starz: 22 Jump Street, 12:05 a.m.

What to watch: So tired… So full… But don’t stop now! You’re almost there! Wrap up your week with a nice little preparation for the next holiday in North Pole: Open for Christmas. If you’re not quite ready to think about preparations for your next family shindig, watch Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby at 10:20 p.m. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will have you feeling like you’re all jacked up on Mountain Dew in no time, which will leave you wide awake and ready for 22 Jump Street just after midnight. And then, bedtime! You’ve earned it.

– With additional reporting by Danielle Zhu

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