The Thanksgiving Specials You Won't Want to Miss

Thanksgiving prep isn't a walk in the park, but you may find some downtime between baking pies and setting the table. Use that time to cuddle on the couch and take in some holiday TV with the kids. Here, Thanksgiving specials the entire family can enjoy.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Lee Mendelson Film Productions

Share a piece of pie while watching this holiday classic on ABC. No one can ever get enough of Charlie hosting a fun friendsgiving. (Nov. 26, 8 p.m. EST)

Modern Family


Get the festivities started early with ABC's most popular family. And in true Modern Family fashion, this episode is bound to make you laugh out loud. (Nov. 19, 9 p.m. EST)

The Hunger Games


For some families, attending Thanksgiving dinner is akin to fighting in the Hunger Games. Get your little ones ready for the battle . . . I mean, the holiday with ABC Family's screening of the hit film. (Nov. 23, 5 p.m. EST)

Finding Nemo


Finding Dory may be two years away, but you can prepare for the upcoming film by watching the original feature on ABC Family. (Nov. 23, 8 p.m. EST, and Nov. 24, 6 p.m. EST)

Dark Shadows

Warner Bros.

Want your kids to think you're totally normal? Just show them the remake of this '70s flick starring Johnny Depp and Chloë Grace Moretz on ABC Family. (Nov. 24, 8:30 p.m. EST, and Nov. 25, 6 p.m. EST)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Paramount Pictures

Take a break from holiday prep with Gene Wilder's portrayal of the eccentric candy man, airing on ABC Family. (Nov. 25, 8:30 p.m. EST, and Nov. 26, 6 p.m. EST)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


While the turkey's in the oven, watch the balloons and acts on NBC. You and the kids can enjoy parade performances from the Big Apple Circus, the cast of Annie, the Radio City Rockettes, and more. (Nov. 27, 9 a.m. EST)



End your Thanksgiving feast with ABC Family's screening of the sweet story of a rat who wants to make his way in the culinary world. (Nov. 27, 8:30 p.m. EST)