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Thanksgiving TV marathons, new streaming options, movies and more

Spend the long weekend with the Gilmores.

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A "Gilmore Girls" marathon is airing all week long for Thanksgiving. Photo Credit: Netflix

Expect to spend most of Thanksgiving weekend on the couch.

If you’re not into football, there are still plenty of marathons, movies, TV specials and more to watch on cable. And if you’re a cord cutter, you’ll stay occupied with new options from Netflix and other streaming services.

So, go ahead and stuff your face with turkey and all the savory fillings and binge on TV’s best Thanksgiving offerings. 

Marathons:

“Gilmore Girls”

Are 153 hours with the Gilmores even enough? Escape to Stars Hollow with UPtv’s seven-day marathon hosted by your favorite diner owner, Luke Danes (Scott Patterson). A few Gilmore-style tips to get you through the weekend: caffeinate, skip the dinner rolls and pack in plenty of chocolate turkeys.
When: Through Sunday at midnight
Where: UPtv; Netflix

“Law & Order”

If spending time with the fam isn’t for you, consider burying yourself in some of New York’s crime and legal drama instead.
When: 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday
Where: Sundance

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” 

If you’re not officially turned off at the sight of food after Thursday’s feast, follow Guy Fieri around the country in his search for the best sandwiches, small bites, burgers and more. 
When: 2 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday 
Where: Food Network

“The Walking Dead” 

Behind on “The Walking Dead”? Catch up on the series’ eighth and ninth seasons with a two-day marathon. It all leads up to two hours of new episodes, “Evolution” at 9 p.m. and the after-show at 10 p.m.
When: 6:45 p.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. Sunday
Where: AMC

“The Office”

“Friends” is to Thanksgiving as “The Office” is to Christmas. Watch the best holiday party episodes airing all day long. 
When: 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday 
Where: Comedy Central; Netflix 

"The Santa Clause"

The 1994 Tim Allen holiday flick rounds out your weekend. It'll be followed by "The Santa Clause" 3," where Jack Frost (Martin Short) tries to ruin Christmas.
When: 7:45 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. Sunday
Where: Freeform

Specials:

Christmas on Lifetime

Lifetime is breaking out the cheesy holiday romance flicks all day long. The Christmas marathon is flooded with original movies, and there are a few new ones in the mix, like "The Christmas Contract."

New streaming options:

“Sabrina”

Netflix's "Chilling Adventures" are dark, evil and perfect for a post-family wind-down. It's all based on the original "Sabrina" story you know, only much, much darker.  

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

The second season of Amazon’s series from Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino comes to the streaming service Dec. 5, but a Thursday afternoon off is a good opportunity to stream the premiere season (now on Amazon Prime) ahead of the release.

"The Princess Switch" 

Netflix's latest Christmas flick is one part "High School Musical," one part "Christmas Switch" and two parts "Parent Trap." Vanessa Hudgens switches places with a duchess who looks exactly like her, and it's only a matter of time before someone falls in love.  

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