This morning I got up and prepared a post about Thanksgiving Television. I used a TV guide article as my basis. Then I discovered I used a TV Guide story from 2011. Sorry about that. I try again using 2014.
Television is as much a part of Thanksgiving as Turkey and giving thanks. You know the television will come on at some time. Why not watch the “best?” Here are my recommendations. Sometimes tongue in cheek. Times are central. Just for you.
Today’s Thanksgiving-themed episodes/Specials/Movies:
Friends “The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks” (11:30 p.m., TV Land) If you are up at this time, you could use some friends.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (7 p.m., ABC) Charlie’s a classic
Saturday Night Live “Thanksgiving” (8 p.m., NBC)
Thanksgiving Day Parade (8 a.m.-11 a.m., CBS) Turn it on while cooking. That way you really don’t have to watch and it’s a tradition.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (8 a.m.-11a.m., NBC) See if you can make cheesier comments than the hosts.
Football: This year the classic match ups and the new ones are all good football. Try to identify any teams the Saints have beaten this year.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (1:30 1.m., CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (3:30 p.m., Fox) Try to stay awake. The chemical in turkey that makes you sleepy will be kicking in by now.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (7:30 p.m., NBC)
Dora the Explorer “Dora’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” (7 a.m., Nickelodeon) Turn this on for the kids while you wake up with coffee.
The Big Bang Theory “The Thanksgiving Decoupling” (7 p.m., CBS) Turkeys and nerds. It doesn’t get better than this.
The Middle (6-8:30 a.m., ABC Family) I discovered this series late. I love it.
Swamp People (6 a.m.-3 p.m., History) For Cajun what to be’s
Friends (9 a.m.-4 p.m., TBS) For my daughter.
Modern Family (9 a.m.- 11 p.m., USA) I love this show.
The Andy Griffith Show (11- 2 p.m., TV Land) Who doesn’t love Barney.
The Brady Bunch (3:30-8p.m., TV Land) I won’t watch this, but it is a classic.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (7 p.m., The CW)
Frosty the Snowman (8 p.m., CBS)
Kung Fu Panda Holiday (8 p.m., The CW)
Merry Madagascar (8:30 p.m., The CW)
Yes, Virginia (8:30 p.m., CBS)
At some point, turn off the television. Tell everybody in the room you are thankful for them. Grab a plate of left overs, and thank God for the food and every good thing in your life.