Thanksgiving TV: 86 (Count 'Em!) Series Marathons This Weekend

Sarah Michelle Gellar as 'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer' (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Sarah Michelle Gellar as 'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer' (Photo: Warner Bros.)

From cable channels’ signature reality shows and cartoons for the kiddies to classic movie series like “The Godfather” and “Lord of the Rings” to more dysfunctional sitcom families than you can shake a turkey leg at, TV networks have once again packed the Thanksgiving weekend with, well, a marathon of marathons.

Here, 86 worthy of your precious Turkey Day weekend couch and channel-surfin’ time:


Arrested Development,” 6 a.m.-6 a.m. Friday, IFC. Snag the comfiest spot in front of the TV and make them bring the turkey and trimmings to you during this delicious 24-hour marathon of all things Bluth.

Beef,” 6 a.m.-6 a.m. Friday, Fuse. Yes, it’s a whole series about feuding celebs. Better them than your Thanksgiving Day co-celebrants, right?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” 6 a.m.-4 p.m., Chiller.

Cake Boss” and “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker,” 6 a.m.-11 p.m., TLC.

Supernanny,” 6 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday, Style.

Cool Tools,” 7 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday, DIY Network.

Roseanne,” 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Oxygen.

The Andy Griffith Show,” 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., TV Land.

Deal or No Deal,” 8 a.m.-midnight, Game Show Network.

The First 48,” 8 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday, A&E.

How the States Got Their Shapes,” 8 a.m.-8 p.m., H2 (formerly History International network).

IRT Deadliest Roads,” 8 a.m.-8 p.m., History Channel.

007 marathon (including “Thunderball,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Goldfinger,” “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Die Another Day,” “License to Kill” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”), 8 a.m.-5:30 a.m. Friday, Syfy.

Star Trek: The Next Generation,” 8 a.m.-5 a.m. Friday, BBC America.

Hillbilly Handfishin’,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Animal Planet. It’s exactly what it sounds like: people catch fish by jamming their hands into holes in the water. Congressman Paul Ryan is a hand-fisherman, or a fan of “noodling,” as the sport is also called.

How It’s Made,” 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Science Channel.

Man V. Food” and “Man V. Food Nation,” 9 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Travel Channel.

Bones,” 10 a.m.-8 p.m., TNT.

Braxton Family Values,” 10 a.m.-1 a.m., WE.

NCIS,” 10 a.m.-8 p.m., USA.

World War II in Color,” 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday, Military Channel.

Lockup,” 11 a.m.-5 a.m. Friday, MSNBC.

Pregnant” series marathon (includes episodes of “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” I’m Pregnant and …” and “Secretly Pregnant), 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Discovery Fit & Health.

The Godfather” marathon, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m., AMC. In that 17-hour stretch, the network plays “Godfather I” and “Godfather II” twice each, and that’s something to be thankful for: everyone, it seems, wants to pretend “Godfather III” doesn’t exist.

Speed Racer: The Next Generation,” noon-9:30 p.m., Nicktoons.

The Waltons,” noon-11 p.m., GMC network.

Muppets movies marathon (“Muppet Treasure Island,” “Muppets From Space” and “The Muppet Christmas Carol”), 1-7 p.m., The Hub.

Deadly Women,” 2 p.m.-2 a.m., ID.

Designing Woman,” 3-8 p.m., TV Guide Network.

Martin,” 3-9 p.m., MTV2.

Mall Cops: Mall of America,” 4 p.m.-3 a.m., Planet Green. What better way to prepare for the mall madness of Black Friday?

Brothers & Sisters,” 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, SOAPnet.

Chopped,” 6-10 p.m., Food Network. Still one of the most addictive shows on the Food Net.

Friends,” 9 p.m.-5:30 a.m. Friday, Nick at Nite. The marathon includes all the gang’s Thanksgiving classic episodes, including “The One with the Rumor” (12:30 a.m.), featuring a guest appearance by then Mr. Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt.

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Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman,” 6 a.m.-noon, Science Channel.

SpongeBob SquarePants,” 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Nickelodeon.

Storage Wars,” 7 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, A&E.

American Restoration,” 8 a.m.-10 p.m., History Channel.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Game Show Network.

The Parkers,” 8 a.m.-midnight, BET.

Project Runway,” 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Style. It’s a marathon of the show’s fantastic fourth season, a.k.a. the season that unleashed Christian Siriano and Chris March on the fashion world.

Top Gear,” 8 a.m.-6 a.m. Saturday, BBC America.

Auction Hunters,” 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Spike.

Full Throttle Saloon,” 9 a.m.-6 p.m., truTV.

Girlfriends,” 9 a.m.-6 a.m. Saturday, Centric.

I Shouldn’t Be Alive,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Animal Planet.

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Stephen King’s The Stand” miniseries, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Chiller network.

Tyler Perry marathon (includes “House of Payne,” “Meet the Browns,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Madea Goes to Jail” and “For Better or Worse”), 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m., TBS.

Awkward,” 11 a.m.-5 p.m., MTV. “Jersey Shore” still gets all the attention, but this sweet, funny teen dramedy is the one of the best things to hit MTV since the network stopped playing music videos.

The Little Couple,” 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Discovery Fit & Health.

The Millionaire Matchmaker,” 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, Bravo.

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” noon-1 a.m. Saturday, GMC network.

Restaurant: Impossible,” noon-11 p.m., Food Network.

House Hunters” and “House Hunters International,” 1 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, HGTV.

Rocket City Rednecks,” 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, National Geographic Channel.

Criminal Minds,” 4 p.m.-3 a.m., ION network.

Malcolm in the Middle,” 6-10 p.m., IFC. Remind yourself what a comedy genius Bryan Cranston was before he became a three-time drama Emmy winner on “Breaking Bad.”

Paranormal State,” 6 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, Bio Channel.

General Hospital,” 7 p.m.-midnight, SOAPnet, five Lucky-themed episodes, which is timely since long-time Lucky portrayer Jonathan Jackson will leave the daytime soap in December.

007 marathon (including “For Your Eyes Only,” “A View to a Kill,” “Octopussy” and “Die Another Day”), 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Syfy.

Lord of the Rings” 10th anniversary marathon, including all three movies, which will be played repeatedly through Sunday evening. The marathon begins at 8 p.m. on Encore.

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The A-List: New York,” 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Logo. This reality drama revolving around a group of gay men in NYC — including “The Amazing Race” alum and Lance Bass ex Reichen Lehmkuhl — is nicknamed “Real Housewives … With Balls,” and it is the most fun a “Real Housewives” fan can have outside Bravo.

Battlestar Galactica,” 6 a.m.-9 p.m., BBC America.

Law & Order: SVU,” 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Cloo.

Wicked Attraction,” 8 a.m.-2 p.m., ID.

Everybody Hates Chris,” 9 a.m.-7 p.m., BET. A must-see episode of this underrated sitcom about Chris Rock’s childhood: “Everybody Hates the Guidance Counselor” (2:30 p.m.), in which Rock guest stars as the guidance counselor of his teenage self.

Firefly,” 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Science Channel.

Hot in Cleveland,” 9 a.m.-9 p.m., TV Land.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Bravo. Given the show’s real-life tragedy, Thanksgiving weekend seems like a strange time to watch a marathon’s worth of episodes, but then again, when is a good time to watch a family, and a man’s life, destruct?

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Ghost Whisperer,” 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, WE.

Deadliest Catch,” 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Discovery Channel.

Navy SEALs: Untold Stories,” 1-8 p.m., Military Channel.

Storage Wars,” 7 p.m.-4 a.m., A&E.

Tosh.0,” 7-11 p.m., Comedy Central.

Unwrapped,” 7-11 p.m., Food Network. The other most addictive show on the Food Net.

Psych,” 9 p.m.-3 a.m., ION network.

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Kitchen Nightmares,” 6 a.m.-5 a.m. Monday, BBC America.

American Pickers,” 8 a.m.-9 p.m., History Channel.

NCIS,” 9 a.m.-4 a.m. Monday, USA.

Star Wars” movie marathon (including “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”), 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, Spike.

The Bernie Mac Show,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m., BET.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Bravo.

Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” 2-7 p.m., E!. Catch up with season one, before season two — which documents the rapid downward spiral of Kimmy’s short-lived marriage — debuts at 10 p.m.

Sister Wives,” 2-8 p.m., TLC.

The Walking Dead,” 2:30-9 p.m., AMC. The marathon of season two episodes leads into the mid-season finale at 9 p.m., an episode that is not to be missed.

My Fair Wedding,” 4-10 p.m., WE.

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