Thanksgiving TV Marathons: What to Watch After You’ve Eaten Your Turkey

2012HolidayBackButton651.jpgALTYou’ve finished eating your Thanksgiving turkey, you’re rocking a massive tryptophan high, and now you’ve planted yourself on the couch to begin your long digestion. You could take this time to contemplate your gluttony, or you could flip on the TV and partake in any number of the Thanksgiving Day marathons cable TV offers up to aid and abet your slothfulness. After all, to paraphrase Bobby Moynihan’s Guy Fieri when talking about reading, watching TV is like eating for your eyes. But what to watch? Basically, there’s enough to satisfy fans of The Godfather, Star Trek, Friends, Bond, and, yes, even Fieri himself, who can take you to Flavortown in a marathon of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives starting Friday.

Here’s a handy guide to all the viewing possibilities that await you. But, you know, do consider physical activity sometime.


Bond Movie Marathon (SYFY) – Nov. 22 at 12am-Nov. 24 at 5:30am—Most of the films in the franchise will be broadcast, starting with the 007 caper that started them all, 1962’s Dr. No and ending with Daniel Craig’s first two turns in the tux, 2006’s Casino Royale and 2008’s Quantum of Solace.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 Marathon (BBC AMERICA) – Nov. 22 at 12pm-Nov. 23 at 6am, While maybe not representative of the show at its height, Season 7 has its share of classic episodes including “Genesis,” “Parallels,” “The Pegasus,” and a the series finale that’s one of the best eps of any Trek ever, “All Good Things…”

Friends Marathon (TBS) – Nov. 22 from 11am-6pm. Hope your family gathering is as fun as spending time with Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and company. If not, here ya go!

“Thanksgiving With Your Godfather” Marathon (AMC) – Nov. 22 at 11:30am-Nov. 23 at 4:30am. AMC’s offering up two consecutive broadcasts of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. Wise choice to leave out Part III on Thanksgiving Day, considering how that movie has been known to ruin appetites.

Swamp People Marathon (HISTORY) – Nov. 22 from 8am-2pm.

Hatfields & McCoys (HISTORY) – Nov. 22 at 6pm-Nov. 23 at 4am. The unexpected miniseries smash starring Kevin Costner and Bill Pullman will be replayed in full.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Marathon (OXYGEN) – Nov. 22 at 2pm-Nov. 23 at 2am.

Duck Dynasty Marathon (A&E) – Nov. 21 at 6pm-Nov. 22 at 4am. If you haven’t already gorged enough on turkey.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Marathon (TLC) – Nov. 21 at 6pm-Nov. 22 at 6am.

Cake Boss Marathon (TLC) – Nov. 22 from 6am-11am

Breaking Amish Marathon (TLC) – Nov. 22 from 11am-9pm.

Castle Marathon (TNT) – Nov. 22 from 10am-11pm.

Friday Night Lights Marathon (ESPN CLASSIC) – Nov. 22 from 1pm-8pm.

NCIS “Gibbs That Keeps On Giving” Marathon (USA NETWORK) – Nov. 22 at 6am-Nov. 23 at 6am. Tomorrow’s celebration of the venerable CBS procedural follows a marathon today highlighting the best episodes from season three.

Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles Marathon (BRAVO) – Nov. 22 from 12pm-6pm.

Finding Bigfoot Marathon (ANIMAL PLANET) – Nov. 22 from 9am-7pm.

Wicked Tuna Marathon (NATGEO) – Nov. 22 from 9am-6pm.

Tattoo Nightmares and Ink Master Marathons (SPIKE) – Nov. 22 from 9am-8pm. Six episodes of Tattoo Nightmares, then eight episodes of Ink Master.

Restaurant Impossible Marathon (FOOD NETWORK) – Nov. 22 from 10am-4pm.


Band of Brothers Marathon (SPIKE) – Nov. 23 from 9am-4:45pm. Oddly enough, Spike has decided only to air the second half of the acclaimed 2001 miniseres about U.S. soldiers fighting their way across Nazi-occupied Europe in World War II. Why? They need to save as much time as they can for…

Star Wars Marathon (SPIKE) – Nov. 23 from 7pm-1:55am; Nov. 24 from 9am-12:56am; Nov. 25 from 12:45pm-10:50pm; Nov. 26 from 2pm-11:30pm. Spike trots out a Star Wars marathon every time there’s a holiday. You might want to wait until Saturday, to switch over, though. They’re not going to get to A New Hope until then, with The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi not airing until Sunday.

The Millionaire Matchmaker Marathon (BRAVO) – Nov. 23 at 12pm-Nov. 24 at 2:30am.

Doomsday Preppers Bugged Out Marathon (NATGEO) – Nov. 23 at 9am-Nov. 24 at 3am. Hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving, if you really think it’s going to be your last!

Fringe Marathon (SCIENCE) – Nov. 23 at 10am-Nov. 24 at 3am; and Nov. 24 at 10am-Nov. 25 at 3am.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Marathon (FOOD NETWORK) – Nov. 23 from 12pm-10pm.


Law & Order: SVU Marathon (USA NETWORK) – Nov. 24 at 1pm-Nov. 25 at 2am.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Marathon (BRAVO) – Nov. 24 from 1pm-7pm.

What will you be watching?

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