Aug 02, 2020
The Best Thanksgiving Movies on Netflix That Will Help Cure Your Food Coma
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For many, Thanksgiving Day is all about the food—your all-time favorite mashed potato recipe, the absolute best roast turkey recipe, and the best Thanksgiving pies (oh, the pies!).After you’ve stuffed yourself with all your seasonal favorites, it’s all about family time, which usually—let’s face it—involves gathering around the TV.
That’s where this list of best Thanksgiving movies on Netflix comes in. With so many tastes and age groups to please—from grandparents to impossible-to-please teens to little ones—we’ve made the tough call of “what should we watch?” the easiest decision you’ll make all turkey day long. Some of these movies have a Thanksgiving theme, some don’t, but all have a feel-good spirit making them ideal choices for your whole crew.
Because Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season for many families, we’ve included some Christmas-themed options to stream, as well as some action and adventure tales, Black Thanksgiving movies, and a few animated films for the youngsters (although we predict the whole fam will enjoy them too!).
Now we’re not saying that these Thanksgiving movies on Netflix or other family Thanksgiving movies will fill your heart more than spending much-needed quality time with your friends and family, but you’ll definitely find yourself feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
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The best prison shows on Netflix
- From dramatizing and documenting the real-life stories of women in prison, to exploring the systemic failures of the criminal justice system, Netflix’s prison library has something for everyone.
- Netflix now boasts a slew of great prison shows, from original documentaries like Making a Murderer to reruns of Breaking Bad.
- If you’re more interested in what happens after the heist—or prison’s inter-workings beyond a form of entertainment—Netflix has plenty of prison content for you.
- Netflix plans start at just $8.99 a month.
One of the most groundbreaking prison shows on Netflix ended in July 2019. If you’re new to it, though, there are seven seasons waiting for you. Starting off as the story of a PR exec who is sent to jail for a drug offense in her past, Orange Is the New Black quickly became its own beast. While Piper Chapman remains at its core, the show’s ensemble quickly earned a place in viewers’ hearts. Telling women-focused stories, including one of the TV’s most nuanced portrayals of a trans woman, OITNB sets itself apart from standard prison shows. Just get some tissues. You’ll need them.
- Read the Daily Dot’s review of Orange Is The New Black season 2
Docuseries about prisons can be incredibly thought-provoking and challenging in the right hands. Or, sometimes it’s just soapy reality TV, such as in the case of Netflix’s Jailbirds. Following a group of female inmates in the Sacramento County Jail, Jailbirds avoids introspection to focus on gossip and personal drama. Daily Dot’s reviewer called it Real World: Sacramento County Jail, and it fits. This is easily the most morally questionable entry on our list, but for some viewers it will be riveting.
- Read the Daily Dot’s review of Jailbirds
While the American justice system as a lot of work to do, Paul Connelly’s Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons shows us how it could be worse—and, in a few rare cases, how it could be better. From the strict brutality of Costa Rica to Colombia’s oppressive home for drug dealers, Inside… shows the raw side of rehabilitation. But viewers might be most surprised by Norway, where arts programs and a lack of bars go to serve proper rehabilitation above punishment. Take a trip around the world to see the best, and worst, of international prisons.Netflix Locked Up
In this Spanish crime drama, a young woman finds herself stuck in jail after being tricked into an embezzlement scam by her boyfriend. Gritty, violent, and surprisingly intense, Locked Up is much darker than Orange is the New Black. However, it’s just as acclaimed, with the entire cast winning a Ondas Award for Best Actress in 2015.Netflix First and Last
Netflix original First and Last shows inmates on the best and worst days of prison. Through interviews with inmates entering and exiting Georgia’s Gwinnett County Jail, viewers see polar opposite experiences of jail. How have these prison stays impacted the inmates leaving, and what do the new arrivals expect? You’ll be surprised by the answers First and Last provides.Netflix Wentworth
The critically acclaimed Wentworth might be written off as an Australian Orange is the New Black, but don’t be fooled. Wentworth offers a much darker take on prison life. It’s also won tons of awards in Australia, including Best TV Drama and Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama. The series focuses on Bea Smith, a woman awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband. Soon prison life catches up with her, forcing Bea to choose between behaving and surviving. The series is easy to pick up and compelling enough to inspire your next binge.Netflix Girls Incarcerated
This docuseries follows the lives of a group of teenage girls incarcerated at the Madison Correctional Facility in Indiana as they struggle with the consequences of drug use and violence—and strive to become better young women. At its best, Girls Incarcerated is an emotional, impactful, and at times overwhelming look into what compels a teenager to act out and walk down the wrong path—and how these young women are working with all kinds of odds against them to forge a new path toward a brighter future. —Tess Cagle
- Read the Daily Dot’s review of Girls Incarcerated
Remember 2007’s viral Thriller flash mob made by 1,500 inmates in a Philippine prison? In this 2019 docuseries, Happy Jail follows the people of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Cebu, Philippines, nearly a decade later (the five-part limited series was filmed in 2016). Controversy strikes as the facility comes under the management of an ex-convict, previously handed a life sentence but now out on an appeal and calling the shots. Sure, the series follows issues within the CPDRC—overcrowding and gang violence. But it also shows the ways in which CPDRC’s renewed commitment to choreographed performance art is helping inmates cope as they await the outcomes of their trials, and humanizes detainees as they become a part of something larger than themselves. —Samantha GrassoNetflix/YouTube Time: The Kalief Browder Story
American history is full of horrific tales of injustice, but Kalief Browder’s is one of the worst in modern time. Accused of stealing a backpack in 2010, the then-16-year-old spent the next three years jailed on Rikers Island awaiting trial. He spent nearly two of those three years in solitary confinement. Time explains the legal nightmare that robbed Browder of his youth and the compounded tragedy that followed him out of jail. For true crime fans, it’s an obvious indictment the criminal justice system’s failures—or, depending on your perspective, how the system works exactly as created.Netflix Daily Dot Netflix Guides
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