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The Best Shows and Movies to Watch This Week: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, La Brea Season Finale

Plus, Gossip Girl is back!

Sorry, Fourth of July — Thanksgiving is the most American of all holidays. We gorge ourselves on carbs and protein, stumble and spill wine, argue about things that matter, argue harder about things that don't matter, and watch as much TV as we can while we wallow in food comas. That last bit is the easiest part thanks to the cornucopia of television options over Thanksgiving break, including the return of HBO Max's Gossip Girl, the final season of Netflix's F Is for Family, and a new season of HBO's How to With John Wilson. Hopefully all the TV digests better than those mashed potatoes do in time for the following week, which features more gorge-able shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and PEN15. Now that's something to be thankful for.

Our list of editors' picks for the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 5 is below, but if that's not enough and you're looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, sign up for our free, spam-free Watch This Now newsletter that delivers the best TV show picks straight to your inbox. You can also look at our massive collection of recommendations, as well as our list of suggestions of what to watch next based on shows you already like.

THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK

The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back

Apple Corps Ltd.

The Beatles: Get Back

Part 1 premieres Thursday on Disney+ (parts 2 and 3 premiere Friday and Saturday)
Get back to where you once belonged and get into the studio with The Beatles. This three-part docuseries from Peter Jackson was originally intended to be a feature film, but when you have enough material for six hours of Beatles content, you might as well use it. The series focuses on the making of The Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be, using restored footage that was captured for the original 1970 documentary of the album. That documentary, by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, put the spotlight on tensions in the band, but Jackson's series finds more room for lighter moments. The Beatles' final concert, an impromptu performance on the roof of their headquarters in 1969, is also shown in its entirety here for the first time. Talk about access. -Kelly Connolly [TRAILER]

F Is for Family

F Is for Family

Netflix

F Is for Family

Season 5 premieres Thursday on Netflix
In this case, F is not just for "family" or Frank's favorite word; F is also for "final season," as one of Netflix's better animated adult shows calls it a series after five seasons of cursing, screaming, and broken dreams. Frank Murphy (Bill Burr) is a man whose life didn't quite turn out as he had hoped, and as he strives to be a different father to his kids than his strict dad was with him, he finds himself becoming more like his old man than he's comfortable with. There's a lot of Northeast, blue-collar, mid-'70s energy in F Is for Family — it's amazing Frank hasn't committed homicides or had one too many arteries explode — but that just makes the well-earned heartfelt moments hit that much harder. Say goodbye to one of the best opening credits sequences out there. -Tim Surette [TRAILER]

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

Karolina Wojtasik/HBO Max

Gossip Girl

Part 2 premieres Thursday on HBO Max
Spotted: the next generation of Manhattan's uber-wealthy queen bees, back in their panopticon. The HBO Max revival about kids behaving badly and teachers behaving badder returns for the second half of Season 1 on Thanksgiving, an iconic holiday in Gossip Girl history — and yes, there is a Thanksgiving feast on the menu. There's also an homage to a certain chocolate fountain scene from the original series. But the new episodes also have some new tricks up their designer sleeves as the scandal gets dialed up a notch at Constance Billard. XOXO. -Kelly Connolly [TRAILER]

Super Crooks

Super Crooks

Netflix

Super Crooks

Series premieres Thursday on Netflix
If you're still bummed that Netflix canceled the superhero series Jupiter's Legacy, this animeis here to ease some of your pain. Super Crooks is based on another comic series by Mark Millar, whose company Millarworld is owned by Netflix. The heist action series follows a team of small-time supervillains assembled by human lightning generator Johnny Bolt as they plot to rob Matts, aka the Bastard, the fearsome leader of a supervillain cabal who has the extremely unchill power of being able to remotely detonate people's heads. Will they be able to pull it off? Or will their supervillainous traits of greed, paranoia, and wanton cruelty lead them to turn on each other? You'll find yourself rooting for them to pull it off in spite of yourself, while marveling at the detailed San Francisco backdrop. The 13-episode, Japanese-language series was produced by anime studio Bones, and is one of two Super Crooks series in the works at Netflix; the other is a live-action adaptation set in the world of Jupiter's Legacy that's still in development. We'll see if that one manages to be as engaging as this one is, thanks to its zippy and bold ~25-minute episodes. -Liam Mathews [TRAILER]

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's Inc.

The 95th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (all time zones) on NBC and Peacock 
It's not really Thanksgiving until a giant turkey waves over the streets of New York City, and it's not really the Christmas season until Santa does the same (despite what Hallmark's movie schedule says). By our calculations, that leaves us with three hours for Thanksgiving, and Macy's would be happy if you spend all of it watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will once again feature real crowds of possibly freezing tourists. Celebrity performers this year include Darren Criss, Kristin Chenoweth, Jordan Fisher, Kelly Rowland, Kim Petras, Nelly, K-pop group Aespa, rock band Foreigner, and Girls5eva, of the show Girls5eva. -Kelly Connolly

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Thanksgiving Football

Thursday 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox, 4:30 p.m. on CBS, and 8:20 p.m. on NBC
Turkey tastes better with a side of high-impact, injury-prone contact sports, so as is tradition, get ready to start screaming at the TV just after noon on Thanksgiving Day (or even earlier on the West Coast!). Fox hosts the early game, in which the Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears in a matchup of teams that have evaded wins this season. The best game is on CBS, featuring America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, facing off against America's outlaws, the Las Vegas Raiders. In the nightcap, the Buffalo Bills head to New Orleans to play the Saints, but by the time the Bills' Josh Allen throws his third touchdown, you might already be asleep. -Tim Surette

DMX: Don't Try to Understand

DMX: Don't Try to Understand

HBO

DMX: Don't Try to Understand

Thursday at 8/7c on HBO, HBO Max
It's easy to be skeptical of documentaries about deceased celebrities, especially ones who were as beloved and influential as Earl "DMX" Simmons, but this one stands apart for the fact that the late rapper was actually involved. It follows a year in DMX's life, beginning in early 2019 as he rebuilds his life and career after serving a 12-month sentence in prison. The film contains interviews with DMX and gives a look into his private life, all while examining the impact he had on culture. There's no way to watch a film like this without mourning the artist at its center who died too soon, but it's a must-watch for anyone who wants to learn more about the person DMX was behind the music. -Allison Picurro [TRAILER]

Cary Elwes and Brooke Shields, A Castle for Christmas

Cary Elwes and Brooke Shields, A Castle for Christmas

Mark Mainz/Netflix

A Castle for Christmas

Friday on Netflix
Netflix's latest Hallmark-style Christmas movie has a premise genre fans should find as familiar and comfortable as a Scotsman's favorite kilt. After flopping and getting canceled, a famous author (Brooke Shields) decides to shake her life up and buy a castle in Scotland that has personal significance to her family. But there's a catch: The castle's current owner, the stuck-up Duke of Dunbar (Cary Elwes, doing his best burr), will continue to live in the castle alongside her until the escrow period ends on Christmas. He's planning to make her so miserable she leaves, after which point he'll keep her deposit and the castle. Of course, they develop real feelings for each other during their forced cohabitation. And of course, there are complications before the inevitable happy ending. Because if there's one thing Cary Elwes knows about, it's true love! (Yes, that's a Princess Bride reference.) -Liam Mathews [TRAILER]

Jeremy Morris, 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas

Jeremy Morris, 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas

Apple TV+

'Twas the Fight Before Christmas

Friday on Apple TV+
Not to be too hyperbolic or anything, but it's safe to say that 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas has what is easily the best trailer I've seen all year. (If you knew how many trailers I watch per week, you'd get what a big deal that is. Just trust me.) This is a documentary about Jeremy Morris, a man who is more obsessed with Christmas than you, your mom, or Mariah Carey herself. He took his obsession to the next level when he decided to throw an enormous, out-of-control holiday extravaganza in his suburban Idaho neighborhood, much to the unhappiness of his neighbors. Even after they all joined forces to send him a letter telling him his event was unauthorized, he went ahead with the festivities anyway, and what followed was an all-out war. There are dramatic lawsuits! There are so many Christmas lights! There are camels! Add this to your holiday season viewing if you need to inject some chaos into it. -Allison Picurro [TRAILER]

Cusp

Cusp

Showtime

Cusp

Friday at 9/8c on Showtime
Take a break from all the superhero movies and discourse about superhero movies with something more true to life: this documentary about how three ordinary teenage girls in small-town Texas spend their summer. The movie, directed by first-time filmmakers Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt, follows three teens — Brittney, Aaloni and Autumn — through what looks like a carefree time, but what becomes apparent is how much their lives have already been shaped by a culture that gives men power over them, and that ultimately enables sexual assault. It's an intimate, candid coming-of-age story about how girlhood really feels today. -Kelly Connolly [TRAILER]

How to With John Wilson

How to With John Wilson

Thomas Wilson/HBO

How to With John Wilson

Season 2 premieres Friday at 10/9c on HBO, HBO Max
I don't know anyone who watched the first season of How to With John Wilson last year and didn't immediately fall in love with its particular brand of simple observational humor. (That's why we named it one of the 100 best shows on TV right now, in case you haven't heard.) It remains the only show (so far) to have a compelling take on COVID-19, as we got to watch those scary, harrowing early days of the virus unfold in New York behind Wilson's camera lens. I have no doubt Season 2 will be just as funny and weird and compelling. This show rules. -Allison Picurro [TRAILER]

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Kelsey Bennett/Courtesy of Interscope Records

One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Sunday at 8/7c on CBS and Paramount+
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett, who's 95 years old and living with Alzheimer's disease, announced earlier this year that he's retiring from performing live. Before he finally started collecting Social Security, he and Lady Gaga performed two sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall celebrating his birthday and their decade-long musical partnership. This special came out of those August concerts. Bennett and Gaga perform jazz classics together and solo, including "New York, New York," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and "The Lady Is a Tramp." It's a living tribute to Bennett's remarkable 70-year career that will put a tear in your eye and a song in your heart. -Liam Mathews


THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH NEXT WEEK

Jen Shah, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City

Jen Shah, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City

Andrew Peterson/Bravo

The Housewife & the Shah Shocker

Monday on Hulu
Whether or not you're a Real Housewives fan, you've probably at least seen the headlines about Jen Shah, a cast member on the franchise's Salt Lake City chapter. While filming the show's second season back in March, Shah was arrested for her alleged involvement in a years-long telemarketing scam that defrauded senior citizens. She's since plead not guilty, and her trial is set for 2022, but this special promises a deeper dive into the case. It'll feature interviews with journalists, Shah's friends and employees, and most notably, some of the alleged victims. Shah is the second Housewife this year to get the Hulu/ABC News documentary treatment: The first, called The Housewife and the Hustler, centered around the legal troubles plaguing Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Erika Jayne and her estranged husband Tom Girardi. -Allison Picurro [TRAILER]

Natalie Zea and Nicholas Gonzalez, La Brea

Natalie Zea and Nicholas Gonzalez, La Brea

Sarah Enticknap/NBC

La Brea

Season 1 finale Tuesday at 9/8c on NBC, Wednesday on Hulu
La Brea is, without a doubt, a stupid show, but it's also the highest-rated of the new stupid shows. If you haven't been following, La Brea is about a group of Los Angelenos who fall into a sinkhole and pop out the other side in 10,000 B.C., while the people back in 2021 try to get them home. There are giant sloths, saber-toothed tigers, and inane bickering and arguing between survivors. The series has been renewed for a second season, meaning you can watch the finale knowing you will get answers to whatever ridiculous cliffhanger ends the season. -Tim Surette [TRAILER]

Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, and Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadephia

Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, and Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadephia

Prashant Gupta/FXX

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Season 15 premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on FXX, available next day on Hulu
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I hope It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia outlives us all. Somehow, I never get bored of the increasingly deranged misadventures of the morally bankrupt Paddy's Pub gang, so I'm very delighted about it going into Season 15, which finds them all taking a group vacation to Ireland. Mac (Rob McElhenney) decides to become a Catholic priest, Charlie (Charlie Day) finds his Irish doppelgänger, and Frank (Danny DeVito) reveals he was buddies with Jeffrey Epstein. Yeah, that all checks out to me. Make yourself some milk steak and settle in. -Allison Picurro

Benedict Cumberbatch, Power of the Dog

Benedict Cumberbatch, Power of the Dog

Kristy Griffin/Netflix

The Power of the Dog

Wednesday on Netflix
Jane Campion directs this acclaimed Western that reeks of toxic machismo wafting from the method acting of a top-form Benedict Cumberbatch. Word is Benny, who plays a rancher in the 1920s who's upset when his brother (Jesse Plemons) returns with a new wife (Kirsten Dunst), stayed in character on set, refusing to speak to other actors like Dunst because his character hates them. The result is a gorgeous film about manliness and boiling points. -Tim Surette [TRAILER]

Taraji P. Henson, Tituss Burgess, Nicole Scherzinger, Celina Smith, and Harry Connick, Jr., Annie Live

Taraji P. Henson, Tituss Burgess, Nicole Scherzinger, Celina Smith, and Harry Connick, Jr., Annie Live

Paul Gilmore/NBC

Annie Live!

Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8/7c on NBC
Live television events are really the only upper hand that broadcast networks have over streaming services now, so NBC is going ahead with a live musical production of Annie. Newcomer Celina Smith plays the famed orphan who is adopted by the wealthy Daddy Warbucks (Harry Connick Jr.), much to the dismay of orphanage owner Miss Hannigan (Taraji P. Henson). Maybe someone will fart on TV; it's live television, baby! -Tim Surette [TRAILER]

Kenny G, Listening to Kenny G

Kenny G, Listening to Kenny G

HBO

Listening to Kenny G

Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8/7c on HBO, HBO Max
Maybe the words "Kenny" and "G" send chills down your spine, unearthing deep-seated trauma from that time you got stuck in an elevator. That notion isn't ignored in this fun documentary about the curly-locked saxophonist, which not only looks at the legend himself, but also his polarizing position among musicians and normal folk alike. Director Penny Lane uses Kenny G as a jumping-off point for questions about taste, making this more than just a typical music documentary. -Tim Surette

Jaime Lorente, Belen Cuesta, and Ursula Corbero, Money Heist

Jaime Lorente, Belen Cuesta, and Ursula Corbero, Money Heist

Tamara Arranz/Netflix

Money Heist

Final episodes premiere Friday, Dec. 3 on Netflix
Netflix's most popular international show not called Squid Game comes to a close this week, with an explosive conclusion that will have you on the edge of your seat to the bitter end. The final five episodes of the Spanish crime drama pick up after the death of a beloved character (don't watch the trailer if you're not caught up and don't want to be spoiled), as the team tries to fight their way out of the Bank of Spain while the army closes in on them. Not everyone will make it out alive. -Liam Mathews [TRAILER]

Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine, PEN15

Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine, PEN15

Hulu

PEN15

Season 2, Part 2 premieres Friday, Dec. 3 on Hulu
Stock up on glitter gel pens for the most anticipated TV return of all time, at least for millennials who still have stress dreams about being late to class: PEN15 is finally back to finish up Season 2. More than a year after the stellar first half of the season was released on Hulu, co-creators and stars Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine are digging up even more embarrassing middle school memories and forcing us all to face them together. The new batch of episodes might be their cringiest yet, putting Anna and Maya through big life changes — like dating older boys, losing loved ones, and navigating the fallout from Anna's parents' divorce — on top of all the usual edge-of-13 milestones. It's bat mitzvah season, baby! This show is awful — on opposite day. -Kelly Connolly [TRAILER]


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Henry Lawfull, A Boy Called Christmas

Henry Lawfull, A Boy Called Christmas

Netflix

A Boy Called Christmas

Now on Netflix
The Santa Claus origin story you've been looking for is right here! The Netflix original Christmas fantasy film adapts the 2015 book and tells the story of young Nikolas, who travels to the North Pole in search of his father and comes across a town of elves and other Christmas goodies. It's a family-friendly affair, as evidenced by the adorable CGI mouse that accompanies young Nik. Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, and Henry Lawfull star. -Tim Surette [TRAILER]

Hailee Steinfeld, Hawkeye

Hailee Steinfeld, Hawkeye

Disney+

Hawkeye

Now on Disney+
Disney+'s quest to give each and every Marvel character their own show has reached Hawkeye, the Avengers' ace archer played by Jeremy Renner. In this series, Clint Barton's Hawkeye, as Ronin, partners up with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) to take out enemies from his past. And because this takes place around Christmastime, it will forever be at the center of debates about whether or not it's an actual Christmas TV show or not. -Tim Surette [TRAILER]

Amy Schumer, The Humans

Amy Schumer, The Humans

Wilson Webb/Courtesy of A24/SHOWTIME

The Humans

Now on Showtime
Showtime gets on the same-day-as-theaters bandwagon with the at-home release of the A24 film The Humans, a very talky family drama praised by critics at the Toronto Film Festival in September. In a refreshing twist, it's set at Thanksgiving rather than Christmas, and lets the conversations between a family set the drama that is sometimes compared to a horror film, despite the absence of monsters and murder. No, the horror is about the human condition and familial relationships! Truly scary, indeed. Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, and Amy Schumer star. -Tim Surette [TRAILER]

Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saved by the Bell

Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saved by the Bell

Trae Patton/Peacock

Saved by the Bell

Season 2 now on Peacock
Peacock's very self-aware continuation of the 1990s teen comedy returns maybe even more aware than it was in the first season. This time, Bayside High battles its valley rivals in a spirit contest, while also continuing the battle between the privileged students and the bussed-in woke kids that made up most of Season 1. And yes, most of the original cast returns. -Tim Surette [TRAILER]