Aside from leftovers, the best post-Thanksgiving dinner gift is the variety of marathons networks are running.
Inthe late '90s, my roommates and I would hit REC button on the VCR,leave our place, and six hours later, we'd have a full tape of X-Files episodes waiting. Other Hall of Fame-worthy marathons include Arrested Development, and the Star Wars and Godfather trilogies. Channel Guide has done a great job in compiling a list of this year's Thanksgiving marathons.
Here are some highlights (all times ET):
Syfy: James Bond (Nov. 22, midnight- Nov. 24, 5:30 a.m.)
TBS:Friends (Nov. 22, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
BBC America:Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 (Nov. 22, noon - Nov. 23, 6 a.m.)
ESPN Classic:Friday Night Lights (Nov. 22, 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Spike:Band of Brothers (Nov. 23, 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
Anyof these marathons are DVR worthy. Still, it's hard not to playarmchair TV exec in these situations. Ideally, a good marathon lineuphas the right mixture of heft (see Band of Brothers, Friday Night Lights) and cheese (The Hub has an Alf marathon starting 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving). With that, here's a marathon list I'd love to see:
AMC:Breaking Bad. Viewer-selected list of 12 episodes
Food Network:Iron Chef (original Japanese version). Focusing on the most challenging "battle" ingredients
Fox:The Simpsons (Seasons 4-7)
Cartoon Network:Cowboy Bebop
Comedy Central:Mystery Science Theater 3000. Viewer-selected list of six episodes
HUB:G.I. Joe and Transformers. Viewer-selected list of episodes
PBS:Austin City Limits. Viewer-selected list of 12 episodes
VH-1:Behind The Music. Featuring the most debauchery (Mötley Crüe) or most bitter band members (Styx)
What about you, readers? What are some marathons that would complete your Thanksgiving?