I’m a Thanksgiving fan. It’s my second-favorite holiday behind Christmas. However, it basically gets subsumed by Christmas culturally. We hop from Halloween to Christmas ads and Thanksgiving gets short shrift. This is lame. There aren’t many Thanksgiving movies, or TV episodes about Thanksgiving, at least compared to Christmas. There is one beacon of hope, though. There is one place you can go to get your Thanksgiving fix. I speak of Food Network.
This tracks logically. Thanksgiving is a food-forward holiday. What do we do on Thanksgiving? You probably watch football. I certainly do. I’m from Detroit, so watching the Lions lose is an annual tradition. Maybe you watch a parade? In the end, you eat. You eat a bunch of food. Maybe some turkey if you aren’t vegetarian. Some pumpkin pie perhaps? Cranberry sauce from a can? Since Thanksgiving is so much about food, naturally Food Network goes all in.
While other channels are focused on Christmas already, it’s nice to turn on the Food Network and see a little turkey logo on the corner of the screen. They have actual Thanksgiving programming on already. Food Network loves its competition shows, and they have a Thanksgiving challenge show going on right now. There will be Thanksgiving-focused episodes of their regular shows. I believe I heard they are showing a Thanksgiving-related Good Eats. I am waiting for the Thanksgiving episode of Chopped, plus the reruns of prior Thanksgiving episodes of Chopped.