In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving Day broadcast of parades and football games — and, of course, the “National Dog Show” — this year brings more than a week of Turkey Day-themed shows.
We get special Thanksgiving Day episodes of lots of sitcoms and dramas, a new original Thanksgiving movie, a “Saturday Night Live” clip show, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving classic and a little Food Network inspiration.
And when the big day rolls around, we have the parade and football schedule ready, so you can pass out on the sofa and stare at a screen while your pumpkin pie digests.
Some programming descriptions are provided by networks.
Thursday, Nov. 21
“The Unicorn” • Wade and the girls tackle hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for friends and extended family, and Ben attempts to fry a turkey. (7:30 p.m., CBS)
Friday, Nov. 22
“Dynasty” • As the family prepares for Thanksgiving, Blake asks that Adam and Cristal put an end to their constant bickering. The Carringtons are just like us! (8 p.m., the CW)
Saturday, Nov. 23
“Turkey Drop” • In this new original movie, a college girl (Olivia Holt) returns home for Thanksgiving break and suspects she is about to get dumped by her high school sweetheart. The movie also stars Cheryl Hines, Ben Levin and Tyler Perez. (8 p.m., Freeform)
Sunday, Nov. 24
“Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge” • In the season finale, Giada De Laurentiis challenges the three final chefs to make a dish that represents the person they are most thankful for, and they each have to incorporate a different type of squash. (8 p.m., Food Network)
Monday, Nov. 25
“Bluff City Law” • Emerson plans a Thanksgiving surprise for Elijah. (9 p.m., NBC)
Wednesday, Nov. 27
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” • The Peanuts gang gathers around Charlie Brown’s pingpong table for an unusual Thanksgiving feast of popcorn and toast. There’s a bonus cartoon: “This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyage.” (7 p.m., ABC)
“A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving” • A collection of the show’s most hilarious Thanksgiving-themed sketches from various seasons, including “A Thanksgiving Miracle,” “The Bird Family,” Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song,” “Back Home Ballers” and more. (8 p.m., NBC)
Thursday, Nov. 28
“The 93rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade” • A live broadcast of the annual parade that travels from Central Park to the Macy’s store at Herald Square in New York. There are iconic 50-foot balloons, marching bands and performances by celebrities and Broadway troupes. This will repeat at 1 p.m., following the “National Dog Show.” (8 a.m., NBC)
“The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS” • “Entertainment Tonight” correspondents Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight also anchor Macy’s annual parade. (8 a.m., CBS)
“ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade” • This is ABC’s broadcast of Philadelphia’s big parade, the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country. Expect giant floats and balloons, marching bands, choirs, dance groups and Santa. Special guests include Macy Gray and Carson Kressley. (8 a.m., ABC)
“National Dog Show” • This will repeat at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network. (11 a.m., NBC)
“Turkey Drop” • In a repeat of this new original movie, a college girl (Olivia Holt) returns home for Thanksgiving break and suspects she is about to get dumped by her high school sweetheart. The movie also stars Cheryl Hines, Ben Levin and Tyler Perez. (10 a.m., Freeform)
“Vetsgiving” • A series of all-day marathons of veterinarian shows such as “The Incredible Dr. Pol,” “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER,” “Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet” and “Dr. T: Lone Star Vet” kicks off and runs through Dec. 1. (2 p.m., Nat Geo Wild)
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” • Performers Sting, Shaggy, Pentatonix, Ally Brooke and others celebrate the holidays at Disney. (7 p.m., ABC)
“Thanksgiving True Crime” • The ID channel has some special Thanksgiving true crime programming: “Mom’s Last Thanksgiving” at 7, “The Night Before Thanksgiving” at 8 and “The Thanksgiving Axe Murderer” at 9 p.m. (7 p.m., Investigation Discovery)