What To Watch On Netflix This Thanksgiving Weekend


Thanksgiving weekend is upon us, and it’s all about family, friends, food, and fun! There’s nothing better than snuggling up before, during, and after a holiday feast to binge-watch great television or to have a movie marathon.

Netflix has you covered with a watch and playlist that has something for everyone. The streamer has a variety of TV shows and films that are great for watching together as a family, and there is also a selection of games relevant to the holiday.

Entertainment For Gamers

Netflix is two years into games, and there are already 80+ mobile games included with all memberships that come without any ads, in-app purchases, or extra fees. The long holiday weekend is the perfect time to check them out if you’re curious, and a few are listed below.

Some Healthy Competition

As for must-watch TV this Thanksgiving, Squid Game: The Challenge premieres on November 22, and the ten-episode series will drop in three parts. Batch One starts today with five episodes; Batch Two will drop four episodes on November 29, and Batch Three will drop the final episode on December 6.

The reality competition version is likely to do very well as season one of the scripted version of Squid Game was one of the streamer’s most popular shows of all time and topped the Most Popular Non-English TV List with 2,205,200,000 hours viewed, which breaks down to 265,200,000 views of the eight-hour and 19-minute series.

In the just-released series, 456 real players have entered the competition in pursuit of a life-changing reward of $4.56 million. They will compete in a series of games inspired by the original hit show. There are also surprising new additions that viewers won’t expect. These players will have their strategies, alliances, and characters put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them.

For Diehard Sports Fans

Thanksgiving and sports go hand in hand, and for lovers of the game, Netflix has the eight-episode reality series Quarterback currently streaming. The show follows Super Bowl legends Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota both on and off the field. Fans will see how profound these famous NFL quarterbacks’ lives are and learn their behind-the-scenes stories.

The film Nyad tells the remarkable true story of world-class athlete Diana Nyad, who, at the age of 60, commits to achieving her life-long dream: a 110-mile open ocean swim from Cuba to Florida, referred to as the “Mount Everest” of swims.

The story picks up three decades after giving up marathon swimming in exchange for a prominent career as a sports journalist. Four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening portrays Diana, an unstoppable force who was determined to become the first person to finish the swim without a shark cage. She and her best friend and coach, Bonnie Stoll (played by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster), embark on a four-year journey with a dedicated sailing team.

For gamers, Netflix has Football Manager 2024 Mobile. You’re the boss of an elite soccer team where you get to build a dream squad of real-life stars or coach new talent and lead them to victory in this management game.

Entertainment For The Whole Family

Leo stars Adam Sandler as a delightfully curmudgeonly lizard and class pet in this coming-of-age animated musical. The just-released musical comedy is about the last year of elementary school, as seen through the eyes of a class pet.

Jaded 74-year-old lizard Leo (Sandler) has been stuck in the same Florida classroom for decades with his terrarium-mate turtle (Bill Burr). When he learns he only has one year left to live, he plans to escape to experience life on the outside but instead gets caught up in the problems of his anxious students, including an impossibly mean substitute teacher.

The sci-fi action film Spy Kids: Armageddon tells what happens when the children of the world’s greatest secret agents unwittingly help a powerful Game Developer unleash a computer virus that gives him control of all technology. They must become spies themselves to save their parents and the world.

In Cocomelon: Play with JJ, children can explore JJ’s house for a fun playdate where they can learn shapes and numbers, earn stickers, and even sing along to familiar songs in this game based on the series.

For Foodies

Deception is the name of the game in the eight-episode second season of the reality series Is It Cake? In this competition series, the world’s most talented bakers compete to create hyper-realistic cakes that look exactly like everyday objects. And they’re competing for money.

In the immersive award-winning docu-series High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, food writer Stephen Satterfield embarks on a powerful culinary journey alongside chefs, historians, and activists that celebrates the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people. In the four-episode second season, Satterfield travels across the United States to uncover how African-American cuisine has fueled social justice movements, transformed communities and awakened cultural creativity in America in powerful and lasting ways.

Gamers can enjoy Nailed It! Baking Bash. This is a wacky, physics-based baking game for the whole family. Baking challenges take you around the world in themed bakes where you can aspire to confectionery greatness despite your apparent lack of baking skills.

Christmas Came Early At Netflix

The streamer has three great holiday movies to get you in the mood for the happiest time of the year! Two are oldies but goodies, and one is brand new.

In The Christmas Chronicles, a pair of siblings crash Santa’s (Kurt Russell) Christmas Eve plans and are in for an epic adventure. Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) plan to catch Santa Claus on camera, but things do not go as planned. After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, causing it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa and his loyal Elves to save Christmas before it’s too late. If you love this film, you can catch the sequel, The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two.

Kick off your Christmas romance early with Heather Graham, Brandy Norwood, Jason Biggs and Matt Cedeño in Best.Christmas.Ever! When old friends reconnect days before Christmas, they realize their lives aren’t exactly how they seem. Jackie (Norwood) sends a boastful holiday newsletter every Christmas that makes her old college friend Charlotte (Graham) feel like a lump of coal. When a twist of fate lands Charlotte and her family on Jackie’s snowy doorstep just days before Christmas, she seizes the opportunity to prove her old friend’s life can’t possibly be that perfect.

And for those in the mood for an old holiday classic, Love Actually is streaming on Netflix. The movie is celebrating its 20th anniversary. First released in November 2003, the film has a devoted following, with many believing it to be required viewing each year. The story follows the lives of eight very different couples dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.


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