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Best New Shows and Movies on Netflix This Week: Virgin River Season 2, Christmas Specials Up the Wazoo

Annette O'Toole, Virgin River | Photo Credits: Netflix

Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? You've come to the right place. Here are the best new shows and movies releasing on Netflix the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2020.

I know Netflix hasn't been good about adhering to the rule of staying away from Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but it turns out that even with the dozens of holiday specials already released over the last few weeks, it was being pretty good about the rule. That's because this week's new releases, which start the day after Thanksgiving, are stuffed with so many holiday movies, shows, and specials that you'll be sick of it all by Nov. 28. It's like as soon as the mashed potatoes go into Tupperware, all rules are off and the dam holding back winter holiday content bursts open. After you're done with your Thanksgiving meal, prepare to gorge on wintery specials.

All titles debut on Friday, Nov. 27 unless otherwise noted. Here's what came out on Netflix last week.

If you're looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, If you'd like to see the best of what's coming out on Netflix in November, here are our Editors' Picks for Netflix's November releases and everything that's coming to the service in the month

The Biggest Release

Virgin River, Season 2
The book-you-buy-at-an-airport-come-to-life-as-a-TV-show returns for its second season, with cliffhangers to resolve and build anew. Mel returns to Virgin River after a quick retreat to Los Angeles, and of course when she gets there, Jack is waiting for her... with a whole new set of complications that serve as obstacles for their romance, including that pregnant ex. But you didn't come to Virgin River to watch things go easy for Mel, right?

The Holiday Deluge

Dance Dreams Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
This Shonda Rhimes-produced documentary details the Debbie Allen Dance Academy's annual tradition of putting on its own version of the holiday ballet classic The Nutcracker, which features much less symphony orchestra and much more fun. 

A Toot Toot Cory Carson Christmas
Even cars deserve to celebrate Christmas. The British animated series about a young auto gets the yuletide treatment. Was Cory naughty (didn't use turn signals) or nice (allowed others to zipper merge)? [Trailer]

Over Christmas
If you thought silly Christmas movies were just for Americans, then you haven't seen the damaging influence of American pop culture infect the rest of the world. This German Christmas movie follows a musician currently in a string of terrible luck who, oh, I don't know, maybe finally finds some things work out for him over the holidays. Maybe! [Trailer]

Sugar Rush: Christmas, Season 2
The baking competition show is back to unwrap another season of Christmas-themed cakes, cookies, and other things that you'll regret eating. [Trailer]

Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday!
Wonderoos is like the Sasquatch of Netflix animated programs for kids. Apparently it is real, but there are no trailers and it's hard to find on Netflix (a search takes you to the front page). Does it really exist? Do I need to set up a motion-activated camera in the forest somewhere to find it? [No trailer, no evidence / Sunday, Nov. 29]

Angela's Christmas Wish
In the sequel to the Irish animated special, Angela tries to reunite her family when her dad has to go on a business trip to Australia during the holidays. Better start digging, Angela. [Trailer / Tuesday, Dec. 1]

The Holiday Movies That Made Us
If you can't decide which holiday movie to watch, just turn this special about holiday movies on and avoid decisiveness, you wishy-washy flip-flopper. [Trailer / Tuesday, Dec. 1]

Just Another Christmas
Apparently foreign countries are still in that phase where it's cool to be like, "Ugh, I do not care for Christmas!" In this comedy film from Brazil, some dude HATES Christmas because it's also his birthday. Also he has amnesia. Also he's stuck in a time loop where it's Christmas Eve everyday. Also he gets hit in the nuts several times. I wasn't sold until the testicular abuse, but now I'm all in. [Trailer / Wednesday, Dec. 2]

Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday
The monkey with a tool belt gets ready for Blunderberry Day, which is not a real holiday. [Trailer / Thursday, Dec. 4]

Everything Else

Alien Worlds
A bunch of stoned scientists get together and imagine what life is like on other planets by combining a few Earth animals into one hideous creature and computer-animating it. It's like the video game No Man's Sky, except you just watch it. [Wednesday, Dec. 2]

The Beast
An unstable special forces veteran goes to extreme lengths to save his daughter from kidnappers in this Italian film that's essentially Taken. [Trailer]

The Call
Imagine if you had a phone that could call someone who lived in the same house as you 20 years ago! You'd just return that phone and say it's broken right? Not in this Korean movie. The two women chat with each other to change history, including what happens to a serial killer. [Trailer]

The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, Season 1
A reality series that is exactly what it sounds like. [Trailer]

The Uncanny Counter, Season 1
Employees of a noodle shop use their super powers to hunt demons at night in this totally normal sounding Korean drama. [Trailer / Saturday, Nov. 28]

Finding Agnes
A Filipino movie about a successful entrepreneur who reestablishes his relationship with his estranged mother and meets her adopted daughter. [Trailer / Monday, Nov. 30]

A contestant on a singing competition show tries to win the love of her father... who is a judge on the show! Wow! You better like Polish pop songs, cuz it's Polish movie. [Trailer / Wednesday, Dec. 2]  

Do you like French movies? Do you like movies about dancing? Do you like sensitive b-boys? If you answered "yes" to all three questions, then watch this. [Trailer / Thursday, Dec. 3]

Stop searching, start watching! TV Guide's Watch This Now! page has even more TV recommendations. And check out our picks for the best Netflix shows and movies to watch in November.

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Where To Watch The Best TV and Movie Marathons on Thanksgiving

Courteney Cox, Friends | Photo Credits: NBC/Netflix

Staying safe at home is a top priority this holiday season because COVID-19 cases are on the rise all over the country. Even the most famous holiday tradition, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, will look different this year. So if you need some distraction, an escape, or just something comforting to keep on in the background throughout the day, allow us to help you out by directing you toward the best TV and movie marathons to watch on Nov. 26. 

If you're not spending the day with your own family, there are plenty of fictional families to choose from: BBC's all day Godfather trilogy marathon, Comedy Central's Schitt's Creek marathon, or MTV's Jersey Shore Family Vacation marathon, because naturally. TBS is also airing all those classic Thanksgiving episodes of Friends, while TNT is airing a bunch of DC Universe movies, like Wonder Woman and Aquaman. And if you're just in the mood for something completely different, E! is playing a couple of movies from the Fast and Furious franchise. Why not? Who cares? Go wild if you feel like it. Watch whatever you want. Just do it safely!

Here's a rundown of all the marathons you'll be able to catch this Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. (All times Eastern.) 

Thanksgiving marathons by network:

The Godfather (11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
The Godfather, Part II (3:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
The Godfather, Part III (8 p.m. - 12 a.m.)

Top Chef (6:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Comedy Central:
The Office (9:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Schitt's Creek (8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (4 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.)
Fast and Furious (6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Food Network:
Holiday Baking Championship (1 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Home Alone (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (8:30 - 11 p.m.)

The Simpsons (6 p.m. - 12 a.m.)

Jersey Shore Family Vacation (11 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Friends (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Man of Steel (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
Wonder Woman (5 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Aquaman (8 p.m. - 11 p.m.)

TV Land:
M*A*S*H (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (11:53 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (3:20 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.)

Thanksgiving marathons by airtime:

Top Chef (6:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bravo)
M*A*S*H (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
The Office (9:00 a.m. - 8 p.m., Comedy Central) 
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Jersey Shore Family Vacation (11 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
The Godfather (11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., BBC)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (11:53 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.)
Friends (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
Holiday Baking Championship (1 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Man of Steel (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (3:20 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
The Godfather, Part II (3:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., BBC)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (4 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.)
Wonder Woman (5 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Home Alone (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
The Simpsons (6 p.m. - 12 a.m.)
Fast and Furious (6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Aquaman (8 p.m. - 11 p.m.)
Schitt's Creek (8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
The Godfather, Part III (8 p.m. - 12 a.m., BBC)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (8:30 - 11 p.m.)

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How to Watch The 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade 2020 | Photo Credits: Getty Images

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a lot of changes to our daily lives in the year 2020, some traditions will remain intact. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is happening today, Thursday, Nov. 26. The event will look different this year as there will not be the traditional 2.5-mile parade route in order to avoid drawing large crowds and observing social distancing guidelines. The event will be broadcast-only so that everyone can enjoy the floats and performances from the comfort of their own homes. 

The parade will air on NBC beginning at 9 a.m. in all time zones and run for three hours. An encore will air from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time. It will also air on For streamers, check out Verizon's YouTube channel to watch a livestream of the event.

TODAY hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker will host the event this year with Adamari Lopez, Jessica Carrillo, Rodner Figueroa and Nastassja Bolivar hosting the Telemundo simulcast presentation. The Broadway performances this year will come from the casts of Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill, and Mean Girls. Plus, the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes will bring their Christmas magic to the festivities. 

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Fan-favorite balloons like Astronaut Snoopy, Spongebob & Gary, Pikachu, and more will be joined by new Boss Baby and Red Titan from Ryan's World balloons. Instead of the usual 80-100 handlers for the new crop of balloons, the inflatables will take an innovative, specially rigged approach of five specialty vehicles to keep them in the air without forcing too many people in the same vicinity. 

To keep everyone safe, performers will wear masks and be staged six-feet apart. The majority of the parade participants are from the New York tri-state area and previously selected regional high school and college band performances have been pushed to be part of the 2021 parade. 

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade may look very different this year, but there are still a lot of people working hard to bring some traditional holiday cheer to the festivities in this unprecedented year.

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