The TVLine-Up: Your Guide to 88 Thanksgiving Marathons and Specials

Martha Stewart Show (Hallmark, check local listings) | It’s never too late for a feast! Get some last-minute recipes that will still impress even if you don’t have a big bird on the table.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Chiller, 6 am – 4 pm) | This marathon of the uneven Season 7 includes the can’t-miss “Storyteller” episode, at 9 am.

Cake Boss (TLC, 6 am – 8:30 pm) | This marathon is followed by eight episodes of Cake Boss: Next Great Baker.

Supernanny (Style, 6 am – Friday, 3 am) | Loud, bratty kids running around this holiday? Put the fear of Jo into them.

Top 30 Family Videos for Thanksgiving (CMT, 6 – 9 am) | CMT counts down the Top 30 family-friendly music videos– meaning, basically anything without Ke$ha in it.

Roseanne (Oxygen, 7 am – 7 pm) | Remember the dysfunctional families we mentioned in our intro…?

The Andy Griffith Show (TV Land, 8 am – 7:22 pm) | For those who prefer their TV families a little more wholesome.

The First 48 (A&E, 8 am – Friday, 4:02 am) | Think your life is hard? Try solving a murder in 48 hours.

IRT Deadliest Roads (History, 8 am – 8 pm) | The Ice Road Truckers show you the most treacherous trails.

James Bond (Syfy, 8 am – Friday, 5:30 am) | Double-OMG! Celebrate Thanksgiving with a martini – shaken, not stirred – via this marathon, which features Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Die Another Day, License to Kill and The Spy Who Loved Me. (Six more Bond films air Friday starting at 8:30 am.)

My Wife and Kids (BET, 8 am – 5 pm) | BET airs a marathon of Damon Wayans’ ABC family comedy.

Star Trek: The Next Generation (BBC America, 8 am – Friday, 5 am) | Capt. Picard will safely guide you through the holiday.

American Guns (Discovery, 9 am – 8 pm) | Follow the adventures of the Wyatt family at Gunsmoke, the family business where they buy, sell, trade and make guns.

How It’s Made (Science, 9 am – 6:30 pm) | The perfect show for inquisitive kids.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC, 9 am – 12 pm) | The annual special will feature Rodney Atkins, the Big Apple Circus, Neil Diamond, Cee Lo Green (of course), Avril Lavigne, The Muppets cast and (duck!) Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS, 9 am – 12 pm) | CBS presents its own highlights of the Macy’s Parade, including performances from John Fogerty and the Broadway casts of Anything Goes and Memphis.

Bones (TNT, 10 am – 8 pm) | Miss the will-they/won’t-they tension? Cue up episodes from Seasons 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Braxton Family Values (WEtv, 10 am – 10 pm) | Celebrate Turkey Day with the musically talented family.

NCIS (USA Network, 10 am – 8 pm) | It wouldn’t be USA on a holiday without an NCIS marathon. (A “Gibbs That Keeps On Giving” marathon also airs Sunday, 9 am –Monday, 4 am.)

Thanksgiving With Your Godfather (AMC, 11:30 am – 8 pm) | As a reminder that your family could always be worse, here’s The Godfather Parts 1 and 2.

The National Dog Show (NBC, 12 – 2 pm) | John O’Hurley hosts the competition to be named Best in Show.

Designing Women (TV Guide Network, 3 pm – 8 pm) | A mini-marathon starring some funny ladies you may have heard of: Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts and Jean Smart.

Brothers & Sisters (SOAPnet, 5 pm – Friday, 1 am) | Pour a glass of wine. Or five. After all, nothing says Thanksgiving family dysfunction like the Walker brood.

Reed Between the Lines (BET, 5 pm – midnight) | Missing Malcolm Jamal-Warner on Community? Give his BET sitcom a shot.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC, 8 – 9 pm) | The Peanuts annual this year features the bonus cartoon, This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (Fox, 8 – 8:30 pm ) | Get a head start on next month’s holiday as the lovable film characters celebrate Christmas on the small screen. (Watch video preview.)

Punkin Chunkin 2011 (Science & Discovery Channel, 8 – 10 pm) | Man meets his match as MythBusters‘ Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci host a competition to see who can throw a pumpkin the farthest.

The Real Story of Thanksgiving (History, 8 – 9 pm) | Spoiler Alert: It all ends with us getting stuffed many, many years later.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Fox, 8:30 – 9:30 pm) | Watch out, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, you have some competition from Fox as the Peanuts gang try to help Linus part with his security blanket.

Swampsgiving (History, 9 – 10 pm) | AKA how the Swamp People celebrate Thanksgiving.

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (ABC, 9:30 – 11 pm) | Lady Gaga will not be dressing up as a turkey – as far as we know – but she will open up to Katie Couric and sing eight songs for her close friends and family.

The 85th Anniversary of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC, 10 – 11 pm) | If you’re not sick of parades and floats yet, NBC offers a look back at some favorites from the past 85 years.

This Is It (VH1, 10 pm – Friday, 12:30 am) | VH1 rebroadcasts the documentary about MJ’s O2 Arena tour.

The Comedy Central Roast (Comedy Central, 10:34 pm – Friday, 1:37 am) | Watch Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump get skewered, and then give it back. And unlike your turkey, these roastings don’t take six hours.


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  1. Templar says:

    So, there’s nothing on then? Huh!

  2. katya says:

    You missed Arrested Development on IFC Thursday.

  3. Evan says:

    Take note guys:

    Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is a brand new never before aired Peanuts Special. It was released on DVD/Blu a few months ago. The fact that Fox is airing it against the traditional Charlie Brown Thanksgiving takes guts (Then again, the fact that FOX is airing new Peanuts over ABC who always airs them now is shocking enough).

    As for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you should add the addendum: Try to watch a parade on NBC where its more important to run commercials every 5 seconds and barely show the parade, period.

    Seriously, one year I’d just love to see them do a commercial free airing of the parade from start to finish! Just start with everything coming in at the end so we don’t miss any of those Broadway musical numbers and celebrity singers doing the worst lip syncing ever.

    • GraceRolek says:

      I’m glad to see that FOX is running Happiness is a Warm Blanket. I just hope that everyone tuning in to watch a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on ABC know to change the channel half way through. I can honestly say they won’t be disappointed. And I’m not just saying that because I’m the voice of Lucy. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  4. Daveedtjr says:

    What about FX channel. By any chance a SOA S3 MARATHON????

  5. kevin says:

    Nothing on the list but I’m planning to watch big time Football on Thanksgiving Day when the Green Bay Packers looking to remain undefeated against the Detroit Lions which handed their first loss to the San Francisco 49ers whom I assumed they would eventually lock horns against an Aaron Rodgers squad maybe for the NFC Championship.

  6. ant says:

    The blonde woman in that picture is gonna give me nightmares

  7. Carrie says:

    Why is Chiller airing a marathon of “Buffy’s” Season 7 episodes?? There was a terrific Thanksgiving episode in the 4th season.

    • Ash says:

      I may be in the minority but season 7 was my all time favorite. I don’t know why it is called uneven. My favorite episode of Buffy ever is “Lies My Parents Told Me”. I agree about the season 4 Thanksgiving episode! “You made a bear! UNDO IT! UNDO IT!”

  8. S says:

    An uneven Buffy Season 7? DISAGREE.

    • Jonathan says:

      I do agree. season 7 was uneven by far. it started off well, but it turned horrible towards the end of the run.

      but it depends on the fan. to some, it was bad, to others is was awesome. to me, season 7 was bad. but season 6 was worse.

      • Dalia says:

        While season 6 is not my favorite, it was needed to set up season 7, which I loved! I don’t know what people didn’t like about season 7! Big war, fighty fighty, Spike goes out in a blaze of glory, the hellmouth closes for business, Xander loses an eye (sad face), Willow finds her true power, Buffy finds her role, Giles is still British. GREAT season.

        • Jonathan says:

          Rather than go through the specifics, it basically boils down to spike. i know a ton of people who hated how spike performed the last few seasons. some people loved him, and some people didn’t. again, i can go into specifics, but i won’t. i’ll just leave with saying spike either was loved or loathed. to me, i loathed him. he started off awesome as a big bad in the early seasons, and commical during the chipped years. but when the show moved to upn, he just did a big nose dive in my opinion.

  9. Carrie says:

    It bums me out whenever you guys cover these marathons because it feels like there’s always a Buffy marathon on Chiller, which we, with Comcast, don’t have. Granted I have all the seasons on DVD and they’re all available on Netflix instant streaming, but it’s still fun to catch random episodes on TV.

  10. televisionplus says:

    Uneven Season 7 of buffy? It was their best one ever? U on some type of drug ?

  11. Jenn says:

    What about The Odd Couple on Thanksgiving Day from 11AM-5PM???

  12. Steve says:

    For a complete list/schedule check out

    THANKSGIVING WEEKEND ON TV: 425 TV Series & Movie Marathons, Holiday Specials & Episodes for November 23-27, 2011


  13. Emily says:

    How can SCI devote a day to Firefly and stop four episodes short of showing the entire, too-short series? I was hoping to capture the whole series on my DVR for easy viewing (loaned my DVD set to a friend long ago & haven’t gotten it back).

  14. tahina says:

    Hmm, nothing appeals to me other than maybe James Bond’s movies. I remember by this time we used to have X-Files marathon for almost 48 hrs! Also House comes to mind, yep, the old classic House marathon..those were happy days, sigh**. Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Danielle says:

    I can’t wait for the Awkward marathon!!!

  16. Templar says:

    Enjoying the dog show on NBC.