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Thanksgiving TV Lineup: The Best Holiday Marathons And Specials

Posted: 11/23/11 09:00 AM ET

Ah, Thanksgiving. That time of year when you get to savor family conversation, good cheer and a whole lot of food. But Turkey Day is also when you can finally, finally get in some quality TV time. We've mapped out the most effective who-should-watch-what so no one in the family will miss a beat. Check out our round up of the best marathons, movies and reality shows for the Holiday. It'll keep you thankful no matter who you're sharing the couch with.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24: THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving Fanatic
You have waited an entire year for this holiday. And now you're going to enjoy it. Every last bit of it.

Top 30 Family Videos for Thanksgiving (CMT, 6-9 am)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC, 9 am-12 pm)
The Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS, 9 am-12 pm)
NCIS (USA Network, 10 am-8 pm)
The Real Story of Thanksgiving (History, 8-9 pm)
Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Fox, 8:30-9:30 pm)
Punkin Chunkin 2011 (Science & Discovery Channel, 8-10 pm)
Swampsgiving (History, 9-10 pm)
A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (ABC, 9:30-11 pm)
The 85th Anniversary of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC, 10-11 pm)

Classic Choice
For perfect marathon watching -- every time.

James Bond (Syfy, 8 am-Friday, 5:30 am) Featuring: "Thunderball," "Diamonds Are Forever," "Goldfinger," "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace," "Die Another Day," "License to Kill" and "The Spy Who Loved Me."
Godfather Parts 1 and 2 (AMC, 11:30 am-8 pm)
The National Dog Show (NBC, 12-2 pm)
The Comedy Central Roast: Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump (Comedy Central, 10:34 pm-Friday, 1:37 am)

A Gentleman And A Scholar
It's a time for learning, too!

The First 48 (A&E, 8 am-Friday, 4:02 am)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (BBC America, 8 am-Friday, 5 am)
IRT Deadliest Roads (History, 8 am-8 pm)
American Guns (Discovery, 9 am-8 pm)

Remember That Time...:
Television shows of yore.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Chiller, 6 am-4 pm)
Roseanne (Oxygen, 7 am-7 pm)
The Andy Griffith Show (TV Land, 8 am-7:22 pm)

Everything But The Kitchen Sink...
I'll watch whatever. I'm super agreeable!

Cake Boss (TLC, 6 am-8:30 pm)
Supernanny (Style, 6 am-Friday, 3 am)
My Wife and Kids (BET, 8 am-5 pm)
Braxton Family Values (WEtv, 10 am-10 pm)
This Is It (VH1, 10 pm-Friday, 12:30 am)
Brothers & Sisters (SOAPnet, 5 pm-Friday, 1 am)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Christmas Fanatic
Thanksgiving's over. A MONTH TILL CHRISTMAS!
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (The CW, 8-9 pm)
Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas (CBS, 8-8:30 pm)
The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story (CBS, 8:30-9 pm)
Olive, the Other Reindeer (The CW, 9-10 pm)

Classic Choice
For perfect marathon watching -- every time.
Top Gear (BBC America, 8 am-Saturday, 6 am)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Encore, 8 pm-Saturday, 5:30 am)
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert (VH1, 10 pm-midnight)

A Gentleman And A Scholar
It's a time for learning, too!
American Restoration (History, 8 am-10 pm)
Auction Hunters (Spike, 9 am-9 pm )
Rocket City Rednecks (National Geographic, 3 pm-Saturday, 3 am)
Paranormal State (The Biography Channel, 6 pm-Saturday, 4 am)

Everything But The Kitchen Sink...
I'll watch whatever. I'm super agreeable!
Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, 6 am-1 pm)
SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, 7 am-9 pm)
Storage Wars (A&E, 7 am-Saturday, 4:02 am)
The Parkers (BET, 8 am-midnight)
Project Runway (Style, 8 am-10 pm)
The Glee Project (Oxygen, 10 am-8 pm)
Awkward (MTV, 11 am-5 pm)
The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo, 11 am-Saturday, 4 am)
General Hospital (SOAPNet, 7 pm-midnight)

And if TV's not your bag, check out our list of the most autumnal flicks to watch on a whim.

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