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Free Thanksgiving Movies and Shows: 'Pieces of April,' 'The Gilmore Girls' and More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 25th 2010 9:00AM
'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' is one of the holiday selections being offered at SlashcontrolNow that the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, it's time to delve into world of SlashControl to find any and all material related to the weekend of overeating and overspending. Here are a few gems that we discovered.

'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' -- While many folks believe the upcoming 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is the quintessential Peanuts holiday special, my personal tastes tend towards 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.' If only for the fact that a Thanksgiving dinner comprised of popcorn and toast piqued my childhood interest.

In the 1973 classic, Peppermint Patty decides to invite herself over to Charlie Brown's house for Thanksgiving dinner, despite the fact that Charles is going to his grandmother's house. Things snowball, and Chuck is soon serving up pretzel sticks and jelly beans to a turkey-craving crowd. When all is nearly lost, Linus saves the day with a heartfelt prayer on the true meaning of the day.

'Pieces of April'
-- This 2003 theatrical comedy-drama stars Katie Holmes as April, the daughter of a dysfunctional family whom she invites to Thanksgiving dinner at her tiny New York City apartment. The movie chronicles a number of separate journeys, including the family's trip to from the suburbs to the city, mom Joy's losing battle with breast cancer and April's failed attempt to fix a Thanksgiving dinner. 'Pieces of April' also stars Oliver Platt, Patricia Clarkson and Sean Hayes.

'Planet Sheen' -- Only a few months after spinning off from 'Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius' to his own series, Sheen Estevez already has his own holiday special. Titled 'Thanksgetting,' this episode of 'Planet Sheen' is a little bit Thanksgiving and a little bit Christmas, with Sheen portraying an intergalactic Santa of sorts.

'Gilmore Girls' -- Recall the glory days of the fast-talking comedy drama with this early season episode of 'Gilmore Girls.' In 'A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving,' Lorelai and Rory are forcibly pushed invited to Richard and Emily's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Along the way they end up celebrating with Lane, Luke and Sookie. All that, and Rory's boyfriends of the season almost come to fisticuffs.

'The Bob Newhart Show' -- We go back to the early 70s for this episode of the classic 'The Bob Newhart Show.' In 'An American Family,' from the show's 3rd season, Bob's parents settle down for a pleasant holiday with their son, only to be interrupted by Emily's brash and outgoing parents. Needless to say, tensions arise. But, being 'The Bob Newhart Show' it's all for laughs.

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