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