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Thanksgiving TV shows: What to watch with your turkey

Ed Asner in character on ABC's

Ed Asner in character on ABC's "Roots." Credit: AP, 1976

You flip the channels and still say there's nothing worth watching? You say wrong. Thanksgiving is a TV feast, too.

The entire epic miniseries "Roots" (9 a.m.-midnight, Centric) offers timely comparison with the big screen's new "12 Years a Slave." On a lighter note is the ongoing 27-hour marathon of '60s silly-com "I Dream of Jeannie" (all day through 3:30 a.m., Antenna. Animation fans get eight straight hours of current fave "Adventure Time" (2-10 p.m., Cartoon). And sports fans overdosed on football can shift to baseball nostalgia with 1964-1988 editions of "Mets Yearbook" (2:30-10 p.m., SNY). And, of course, the meeting of pop culture icons is why we'll be watching "Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular" (9:30 p.m., ABC/7). Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and RuPaul also perform.

That mad mix is just the start.

THANKFUL EPISODES Spend a decade of Thanksgivings with "Friends" (10 a.m. today-6 a.m. Friday, Nick at Nite; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., TBS). Other turkey day outings include "Roseanne" (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., WE, 2-4:30 a.m., TV Land), "How I Met Your Mother" (7 a.m.-7 p.m., FXX), "Boy Meets World" (2-7 p.m., MTV2), "Living Single" (11 a.m.-5 p.m., TV One), "Two and a Half Men" (7-8 p.m., WPIX/11), "Martin" (7-8 p.m., TV One), "The Cosby Show" (8-9 p.m., TV Land), "Everybody Loves Raymond" (9-11:48 p.m., TV Land), "The King of Queens" (11:48 p.m.-2 a.m., TV Land; midnight, WWOR/9), "The Middle" (midnight-1 a.m., WLNY/10/55), and "The League" (midnight tomorrow, FXX). Animated holidays include "Regular Show" (1:30p.m., Cartoon), "The Simpsons" (8-10 p.m., WWOR/9), "Family Guy" (8p.m., TBS; 1:30 a.m., WPIX/11) and, of course, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (8 p.m., ABC/7).

HANUKKAH HAPPENING There's another holiday in progress, and Adam Sandler has it covered. His adult animated musical, "Eight Crazy Nights" (7 and 9 p.m., MTV2), tracks a troublemaker doing community service to stay out of jail and, just maybe, reform himself. With Rob Schneider, Norm Crosby.

SERIES MARATHONS Multiple episodes arrive from "White Collar" (6 a.m.-6 a.m., Cloo), "How I Met Your Mother" (7 a.m.-7 p.m., FXX), "The Three Stooges" (7:20 a.m.-5:30 p.m., IFC), "Modern Family" (9:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m., USA), "Castle" (10 a.m.-11 p.m., TNT), "The Andy Griffith Show" (1:12-8 p.m., TV Land), and "Boy Meets World" (2-7 p.m., MTV2).

MOVIE MARATHONS Family films air all day on Turner Classic Movies, topped by the musicals "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (6 p.m.), "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (8 p.m.) and "Doctor Dolittle" (10p.m.). Among the day's animation titles on Starz Kids are "Brave" (11:15 a.m., 9:50p.m.), "Wreck-It Ralph" (12:50 p.m., 8 p.m.), and "Finding Nemo" (2:40 p.m.). Syfy starts two days of James Bond with "Dr. No" and "Thunderball" (8 and 10:30 a.m.).

TOMORROW -- TUBE TIME CONTINUES Friday's TV marathons include the wonders of "Planet Earth" (8 a.m.- 6a.m., BBC America), the high school life of "Awkward" (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., MTV) and the city sitcom "Taxi" (9 a.m.- 9p.m., WLNY/10/55). Films Friday include Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," "Rear Window," "Psycho" and "The Birds" (9 a.m.-8 p.m., AMC). Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes star in the miniseries "The Kennedys" (10 a.m.-6 p.m., Reelz), while Halle Berry goes 19th century as "Queen" (11:30a.m.-8 p.m., Centric).

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