Thanksgiving weekend, the last long weekend of the year, is here. The denouement of 2020 is soap opera-esque at best and full-blown apocalyptic at worst — and there is literally no indication of how the last two months of the year will pan out. Because of this, it’s imperative that we find glimmers of joy wherever we can. And despite the troubling origin story of this holiday weekend, the idea of eating excessively with our biological and chosen families sparks serious joy.
The uptick in Canadian cases of COVID-19 means that Thanksgiving weekend might look different this year. To assuage this year’s inevitably pared-down celebrations, you'll need some fresh content to pass the time. I’m currently in the midst of a Gilmore Girls rewatch and believe me when I say that Stars Hollow is the whitest fictional town on the face of the fictional earth. The show is still a joy to watch, but the lack of diversity is extremely off-putting. And yes, I’m aware that the Kims, Michel, and Cesar exist, but my point still stands. It also probably wouldn’t fly if it were to air today. (Big emphasis on probably. Emily In Paris just came out on Netflix and it suffers from the same problem.) In spite of this, Gilmore Girls’ American Thanksgiving episode, "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving," is classic. The same goes for Friends; some of the show’s most funny and beloved moments happened on their Thanksgiving episodes despite its appalling lack of characters of colour.
If you’re wondering what to watch in between helpings of turkey or tofurkey this weekend, we’ve compiled the best new, new-ish, and just plain good things to watch on Netflix Canada.