What to watch on Thanksgiving Day - A guide for geeks
by Mike Moody, posted Nov 25th 2008 11:09AM
Care more about tribbles than touchdowns? Don't sweat it. From sci-fi favorites to Batman biographies, there's tons of geeky stuff to watch on TV before and after you've had your turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Check out these suggestions (SciFi Channel's James Bond marathon was excluded due to its unhealthy amount of Pierce Brosnan).
Update: Check out Bob's list for more Thanksgiving Day viewing options.
6:15 a.m. (Eastern), Solaris (IFC) – I only recommend watching Andrei Tarkovsky's meditative sci-fi classic this early if you've stayed up all night basting a bird. It's sure to put you right to sleep and give you some crazy dreams.
6:30 a.m., Planet of the Apes (FMC) – Prepare for Turkey Day by watching Charlton Heston give evolution (that cruel joker) a one-two punch in the face. Followed by a documentary about the POTA movies and several episodes of the 1974 TV series.
7 a.m., Angel "Offspring" (TNT) – Darla shows up preggers on Angel's doorstep in this tense season three ep, written by co-creator David Greenwalt.
8 a.m., Biography: Batman (Biography Channel) – Adam West and Burt Ward guide you through a look back at the 60s Batman TV show. Followed by Adam West: Behind the Cowl and bios of Catwoman and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter. Holy awesomeness, Batman!
9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Monty Python's Flying Circus (BBC) – A gift for the comedy geek – two hours of classic sketches from Cleese and crew.
12 p.m., X-Men: The Last Stand (FX) – There's still some stuff to like about Brett Ratner's mostly crappy entry into the X-franchise. Professor X's intense death scene comes to mind.
12 p.m., Flight of the Navigator (Hallmark) – Got a kid at home? The holidays are the perfect time to introduce a new generation to this fun 80s sci-fi adventure.
1 p.m., The Last Dragon (TMCe) – Catch producer Berry Gordy's insane 1985 martial arts flick before its remade with Samuel L. Jackson.
3 p.m., The Simpsons Movie (Cinemax) – One word: Spider-Pig. Wait, is that two words?
8 p.m., The Incredibles (NBC) – The best superhero movie not involving a radioactive spider, a batpod, a dude with adamantium claws or Christopher Reeve.