Thanksgiving 2012: A Complete Viewing Guide for the Holiday Week (GALLERY)
Gobble Gobble! It’s Thanksgiving week and you know what that means!
Holiday episodes and TV marathons galore all over the small screen as Americans get to cooking, eating and sleeping.
There's a bountiful feast of fantastic options on TV this week as you contemplate whether or not to have that second serving of turkey and potatoes (go ahead!). And, of course, there's always football. Many broadcast shows will also be celebrating the holiday with special episodes.
ABC’s Happy Endings is showing how the gang met on an un-aired season of The Real World while FOX’s New Girl is introducing Jess’ (Zooey Deschanel) parents played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner.
But, go ahead and take a look at the full list of special episodes and marathons in the gallery above or below to make your pick. There really is something for everyone (all times ET unless otherwise noted).
Monday, Nov. 19
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 8 PM; special holiday episode)
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Raising Hope (FOX, 8 PM) Miracle on 34th Street (ABC Family, 8:30 PM) Ben & Kate (FOX, 8:30 PM) Happy Endings (ABC, 9 PM) New Girl (FOX, 9 PM) Go On (NBC, 9 PM) Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 (ABC, 9:30 PM) The Mindy Project (FOX, 9:30 PM) The New Normal (NBC, 9:30 PM) Fringe (Science, 8 PM to 11 PM; includes Series pilot and first regular episode)Wednesday, Nov. 21
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC, 8 PM) Michael Jackson: Bad 25 (ABC, 9:30 PM; a documentary by Spike Lee) Top Chef: Seattle (Bravo, 10 PM) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (ABC Family, 6 PM) NCIS (USA, 6am-11pm; includes the Best of Season 3) “Gone With the Wednesday” Marathon (AMC, 11/21 10 AM to 11/22 6AM; Four airings of Gone With the Wind) Duck Dynasty (A&E, 6 PM to Thursday 4 AM) Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC, 6 PM to Thursday 6 AM)Thursday, Nov. 22
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC, 9 AM) The Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS, 9 AM) The National Dog Show (NBC, 12 PM) NFL Football: Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans (CBS, 12:30 PM) NFL Football: Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys (FOX, 4:15 PM) NFL Football: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (NBC, 8:20 PM) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC, 8 PM) The Blind Side (ABC Family, 8 PM) James Bond Movie Marathon (Syfy,12AM to Saturday at 5:30 AM; includes Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Dr. No and more – will break for WWE Smackdown on Friday night at 8 PM) How It’s Made (Science, 6AM to 6:30PM – Nov. 22 from 6am-6:30pm; and Nov. 25 from 6am-7:30pm on Science. Cake Boss (TLC, 6AM to 11AM) NCIS (USA, 6 AM to Friday at 6AM) Thanksgiving Movie Marathon, (FX 8AM to Friday at 2AM; includes Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Kung Fu Panda and 14 straight hours of Shrek Forever After) Swamp People (History, 8AM to 2 PM) Finding Bigfoot (Animal Planet, 9 AM to 7 PM) Wicked Tuna (National Geographic, 9 AM to 6 PM) Tattoo Nightmares/Ink Master (Spike, 9 AM to 8 PM; six episodes of Tattoo Nightmares followed by eight episodes of Ink Master) Restaurant Impossible (Food Network, 10 AM to 4 PM) Castle (TNT, 10 AM to 11 PM) Mary Mary (WEtv, 10 AM to 5 PM) Friends (TBS, 11 AM to 6 PM) Breaking Amish (TLC, 11 AM to 9 PM) The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (AMC, 11:30 Am to Friday at 4:30 AM; includes two consecutive airings) Star Trek: The Next Generation (BBC America, 12 PM to Friday AM; includes Season 7) Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles (Bravo,12 PM to 6 PM) Friday Night Lights (ESPN Classic, 1 PM to 8 PM) Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Oxygen, 2 PM to Friday at 2 AM) The First 48 Marathon (A&E, 3 PM to Friday at 4 AM) Hatfields & McCoys (History, 6 PM to Friday at 4 AM) ALF (The Hub, 6 PM to Friday at 6 AM) Tamar & Vince (WEtv, 6 PM to Friday at 2 AM) General Hospital (SOAPnet, 7PM to 12 AM; includes Thanksgiving-related episodes featuring the Quartermaine clan.) Fangsgiving Day (Chiller, 6 AM to Saturday 5 PM; a vampire centric Thanksgiving - includes Dark Shadows, movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer)Friday, Nov. 23
Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (FOX, 8:30 PM) Frosty The Snowman (CBS, 8 PM) Frosty Returns (CBS, 8:30 PM) Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas (CBS, 9 PM) It’s a Spongebob Christmas (CBS, 9:30 PM) Nanny McPhee/Nanny McPhee Returns (ABC Family 6:30 PM) The National Dog Show (NBC, 8 PM, an encore presentation) House Hunters/House Hunters International (HGTV, 6:30 AM to Saturday at 3 AM) Four Weddings (TLC, 7 AM to 12 PM) Storage Wars Texas (A&E, 8 AM to 3 PM) The Parkers (BET, 8 AM to 5:30 PM) America’s Next Top Model (Oxygen, 8 AM to 8:15 PM) Awkward Marathon (MTV, 9 AM to 10 PM) SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, 9 AM to 5 PM) Band of Brothers (Spike, 9 AM to 4:45 PM; includes Episodes 6 through 10) Action Friday Marathon (AMC, 9:30 AM to 10 PM; all action movies including Top Gun,Terminator 2: Judgment Day and more) Fringe (Science, 10 AM to Saturday at 3 PM) The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo, 12 PM to 2:30 AM) Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Marathon (Food Network, 12 PM to 10 PM) Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, 12 PM to 8 PM) Big Rich Texas (Style, 2 PM to 8 PM; followed by the premiere of Big Rich Texas Accessorized at 8 PM) Duck Dynasty (A&E; 3 PM to Saturday at 4 AM) Black Friday Movie Marathon (The Hub, 4 PM to Saturday 4AM; includes Cats & Dogs; Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore; and Monster House) Star Wars Marathon (Spike, 7 PM to Saturday 1:55 AM; includes Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Episode II - Attack of the Clones) Beverly Hills 90210 (SOAPnet, 8 PM to Saturday 1 AM; includes Kelly Taylor/Dylan McKay episodes)Saturday, Nov. 24
Home Alone (ABC Family, 8 PM) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (NBC, 8 PM) Giuliana & Bill (Style, 9 AM to 6 PM) My Fair Wedding (WEtv, 10 AM to Sunday 1 AM) The Steve Harvey Show (BET, 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM) Locked Up Abroad (National Geographic, 12 PM to 7 PM) Law & Order: SVU (USA, 1 PM to Sunday 2 AM) The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo, 1 PM to 7 PM) Tia & Tamera (Style, 6 PM – 12 AM) Fringe (Science, 10 AM to Sunday at 3 AM; includes Season 1) Star Wars Marathon (Spike, 9 AM to 12:56 AM; includes Episodes I- The Phantom Menace, II - Attack of the Clones, III - Revenge of the Sith, and IV - A New Hope)Sunday, Nov. 25
The Steve Harvey Show (BET, 10:30 AM to 2 PM) Star Wars Marathon (Spike, 12:45 PM to 10:50 PM; includes Episodes III - Revenge of the Sith, IV - A New Hope and V - The Empire Strikes Back) Shahs of Sunset (Bravo, 7 AM to 1 PM) NCIS (USA, 9 AM to 11 PM) The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, 1 PM to 8 PM; a new episode airs at 9 PM) Extreme Couponing (TLC, 2 PM to 8 PM) Storage Wars (A&E; 4 PM to Sunday 4 AM) Sex and the City (Style, 5 PM to Monday at 2 AM) Pawn Stars (History, 7 PM to 11 PM) How It’s Made (Science, 6AM to 7:30PM)
Monday, Nov. 26
Star Wars Marathon (Spike, 2 PM to 11:30 PM; includes Episodes V - The Empire Strikes Back and VI - Return of the Jedi)
Tuesday, Nov. 27 Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC, 8 PM) Shrek The Halls (ABC, 8:30 PM)Wednesday, Nov. 28
A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC, 8 PM) Christmas in Rockefeller Plaza (NBC, 8 PM; includes Trace Adkins, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green, Victoria Justice, Chris Mann, Rod Stewart and Il Volo; also special appearances by Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) Wall-E (ABC Family, 7 PM) SNL Christmas (NBC, 9 PM; a compilation of the best Saturday Night Live holiday sketches)
Thursday, Nov. 29
Glee (FOX, 9 PM) Last Resort (ABC, 8 PM) Aladdin (ABC Family, 6:30 PM) 30 Rock (NBC, 8 PM; the wedding of Liz and Chris!)
Monday, Dec. 3
Gossip Girl (The CW, 9 PM)
What will you be watching this week?! Let us know in the comments below!