Thanksgiving TV Marathons: Binge on ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Friends’ and More

Thanksgiving weekend is most notably a holiday reserved for amazing food, quality family time and, for some, manic Black Friday shopping, but it’s also an extended weekend during which many cherish the opportunity to relax. Indulge in our Thanksgiving TV marathon suggestions to maximize your holiday enjoyment this weekend.

“That ’70s Show”
IFC (Thursday, Nov. 26, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

Join Kelso, Fez, Donna and the rest of the eclectic gang in Red’s basement for a (literally) all-day marathon of “That 70’s Show.”

“James Bond”
Syfy (Thursday, Nov. 26, 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

We all know that the secret recipe to a memorable Thanksgiving is delicious food, undercover agents, top-secret missions and sexy decoys.

“The Facts of Life”

TV Land (Thursday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

This Thanksgiving weekend you can count on the wisdom of motherly Mrs. Garrett to commemorate the trials and tribulations of your adolescence.

“The Godfather”
AMC (Thursday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. – 6 a.m.)

While you’re watching the plotline of this unpredictable, highly acclaimed mob drama trilogy unfold, be thankful that your familial lineage doesn’t entitle you to the acquisition of a criminal empire.

“Friends”
TBS (Thursday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Succumb to a six-hour marathon of all your favorite “Friends”giving episodes, which will likely feature a Thanksgiving feast hosted at Monica’s, a dramatic confrontation and celebrity guest appearances.

“Modern Family”
USA Network (Thursday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.)

Your family may not be as entertaining or hilarious as that of Phil, Claire and co., but you can get your dose of family-induced craziness for seven straight hours on Thanksgiving evening.

“The Simpsons”
FXX (Thursday, Nov. 26 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

Dare yourself to compare the functionality of your family to that of the always-crude Simpson clan while you settle in for a six-hour marathon of the long-running comedy’s best holiday episodes.

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
BET (Friday, Nov. 27, 3 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Follow Will Smith’s comical shenanigans (and don’t forget to take meal breaks) during this 16-hour marathon.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street”
IFC (Friday, Nov. 27, 7 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.)

If concluding a day of thankfulness with hours of pure terror is your thing, then the first five films in the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” series will be at your early-morning television disposal on Friday.

The Leftovers
HBO 2 (Friday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

The plot of this post-apocalyptic drama has reportedly improved with age, so if you lost interest after season one, swap seven hours of Black Friday shopping madness for a binge viewing of the second season.

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”
Food Network (Friday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

There’s nothing like following-up a Thanksgiving dinner-induced food coma with a morning after-like marathon of Guy Fieri introducing you to the country’s most delectable feasting locales.

“Rocky”
Spike (Saturday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. – 4 a.m.)

If indulging in Spike’s mid-Thanksgiving weekend presentation of the first five “Rocky” films doesn’t motivate you to burn off the calories from your Thanksgiving Day binge, it’ll hopefully get you amped for “Creed,” the seventh installment in the franchise.

“Law & Order”
TNT (Sunday, Nov. 29, 3 a.m. – noon)

Virtual crime solving alongside New York’s greatest legal team is an optimal way to digest a weekend’s worth of Thanksgiving meals.

“NCIS”
USA Network (Sunday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

Consider this 12-hour “NCIS” marathon as your official Thanksgiving weekend detox- Monday morning is lurking.

The Walking Dead
AMC (Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

Zombie apocalypse, gory altercations, a quest for survival — succumbing to nine hours of this post-apocalyptic drama is a great way to conclude your Thanksgiving weekend. The marathon leads into the midseason finale, which is sure to be a bloodbath.

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