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What to watch on Thanksgiving Day - A guide for geeks

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 25th 2008 11:09AM
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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.

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You SHOULD include James Bond on the Sci Fi channel. They're supposed to be showing sneak peaks of the the new season of BSG during the marathon. I know a lot of fans will be watching just for the new 4.5 clips. :)

November 25 2008 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jen's comment

Indeedy. But I just can't sit through those Brosnan pics. I'll catch those BSG clips online.

November 25 2008 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Or you could just stop fighting it and watch football! Hehe..

November 25 2008 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Andrew's comment

Never give up! Never surrender!

November 25 2008 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Solaris does feel like a post turkey movie...nice, slow and just a little bit greasy.

November 25 2008 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love your writing!! Thanks a bunch for such great evaluations...

November 25 2008 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Biography of Batman! Can NOT WAIT!

November 25 2008 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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