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10 things — series, specials and movies — to watch inside your Thanksgiving 2020 bubble

By Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Entertainment News

Health experts are urging that you skip big gatherings and stay inside your bubble this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

But that doesn't mean you can't have a traditional feast, both at the dinner table and by bingeing small-screen TV and streaming content. A cornucopia of holiday specials and new movies await, plus a few shows to discover before your post-turkey nap.

Here are 10 suggestions for what to watch, from nostalgic comfort food for the eyes to the finest in current filmmaking. And don't forget the best viewing option of all, a virtual visit through FaceTime, Skype or Zoom with absent family members and friends.

'A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special'

Two hours of sketches chosen from the past 46 seasons of "SNL" should help chase away 2020 malaise, at least for a while. Let's hope it includes the one about the politically divided family that comes together by lip-syncing Adele's "Hello" and, of course, Adam Sandler's Thanksgiving song. "Turkey for me, turkey for you, let's eat turkey in a big brown shoe." (9 p.m. Wednesday, NBC).

'Between the World and Me'

 

For those who don't subscribe to HBO Max, the streaming platform will show this adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' best-selling book "Between the World and Me" for free during Thanksgiving week. Featuring an all-star cast — Mahershala Ali, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Joe Morton, Yarah Shahidi and more — it's a moving film that amplifies the words Coates wrote on racism in the United States in the format of letter to his son. (Free streaming Wednesday through Monday on HBO Max and HBO.com).

'Happiest Season'

The reviews are glowing for this gentle rom-com about two women in love (Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis) whose trip home for the holidays gets complicated when one admits to the other that she's never come out to her family. The all-star cast also boasts Victor Barger, Mary Steenburgen, Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and, in the best gift of all, Dan Levy of "Schitt's Creek". (Premieres Wednesday on Hulu).

'Saved By The Bell'

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