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22nd Dec 2015

Netflix Have Advised The Best Turkey Cooking Times – And What to Watch While You Wait

Netflix and roast...

Laura Holland

Netflix and roast…

If you’re in charge of cooking the turkey this Christmas, then you’ll know it’s all about timing. Depending on the size of your bird, the amount of time it needs in the over can vary.

Once it’s in the oven you’ll play the waiting game, usually spent opening gifts or preparing the vegetables. Why not kick your feet up and put on Netflix? There is nothing worse than when you’re in the middle of a great movie or TV show and you have to leave it to tend to that turkey.

Well, the clever folks over in Netflix have come up with the perfect shows to watch, according to their time, while you wait for your turkey to roast.

They’ve even broken it down for guys, girls and families.

For the guys:


Stuff yourself with comedies & action movies on Christmas Day but don’t forget to hit pause when basting!

6-8lb Turkey  (Cooking Time 2.5hours – 3 hours)  

Aziz Ansari Live @ Madison Square Garden +  A Russell Peters Christmas  + Louis CK Live @ The Beacon Theatre

8-12lb Turkey (Cooking time 3-4 Hours)  

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues + 22 Jump Street

12 – 16lb Turkey (Cooking time 4-5 Hours) 

The Ridiculous 6  + Men In Black 3  + Knowing Me Knowing Yule + Bojack Horseman Christmas Special

16 – 20lb Turkey (Cooking Time 5 -5.5 hours) 

Expendables 3  + The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies  + Trailer Park Boys Xmas Special

For the girls:


Put your feet up with a little glass of bubbles and enjoy a couple of Christmas RomComs or your favourite TV Shows!

6-8lbs Turkey (Cooking Time 2.5hours – 3 hours) 

Aloha  + Happy Christmas

8-12lbs Turkey (Cooking Time 3-4 Hours)            

Noel + Fitzgerald Family Christmas + A Very Murray Christmas

12 – 16lbs Turkey (Cooking time 4-5 Hours)

It’s a Wonderful Life + Chelsea Handler : Uganda Be Kidding Me Live + Hurricane of Fun : The Making of Wet Hot

16 – 20lbs Turkey (Cooking time 5 -5.5 hours)

Binge your way through all 13 Episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Family fix:

home alone

Cosy up with these family friendly films while waiting for the aunties & uncles to arrive for dinner!

6-8lb Turkey  (Cooking time 2.5hours – 3hours)  

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure + Jingle All The Way

8-12lb Turkey (Cooking time 3-4 Hours) 

Home Alone + Scrooged + Dreamworks Holiday Classics

12 – 16lbs Turkey (Cooking time 4-5 Hours)

Arthur Christmas +  A Christmas Carol + Despicable Me 2

16 – 20lb Turkey (Cooking time 5 -5.5 hours)

An All Dogs Christmas Carol + The Santa Clause + Saving Mr Banks

All these suggestions also some with a warning from Netflix, “When cooking any poultry, always double check that the turkey is properly cooked before serving.

Your turkey should be piping hot all the way through with no pink meat left and the juices should run clear when the thickest part of the thigh and breast are pierced with a clean fork or skewer.”