Top Five: Turkey-Day TV

Nothing says Thanksgiving like peanuts. Charles M. Schulz-roasted Peanuts, that is. Since 1973, the sounds of Vince Guaradi's ivory-tickling and the lessons of friendship and togetherness displayed among Charlie and co. have made A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving a delightful tradition.

The feast of popcorn, toast and pretzels prepared by a resourceful beagle was first broadcast on CBS. This year, however, you can tune in to ABC at 7 p.m. to see it.

This cast of overly expressive children is not the only Thanksgiving programming we fight our tryptophan-overdose to watch. Before and after enduring the awkwardness of an annual, extended-family meal-eating obligation, we can all agree to enjoy each others company by watching these five programs, year in and year out:

5. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC may be flat-lining in the ratings when it comes to non-sports-related programming, but it can still boast to having some of the greatest shows currently (and ever) on the tube. They also have bragging rights to the mother of all parades. Those not sleeping in to prepare for the frugal capatalism frenzy will be treated to a procession of streets-of-New York merriment. The floats and balloons at the 86-year-old event are always a highly anticipated attraction. Do they take suggestions?

4. National Dog Show

Dobermans, poodles and assorted terriers--oh my! National Broadcast Cavalcade? Following the Macy's Parade is this pageantry of pooches that was the source material for one of our

favorite comedies ever

. There's no shame in watching the competition with your own canine. Or while

dressing your canine up like a turkey

. No judgment.

3. Football Tryptophan and testosterone go hand and hand like George W. Bush and tax cuts for the wealthy.

This year, those with a predilection towards yelling at television screens for men who earn salaries equal to the GDPs of some small countries to clobber other battle-minded men have three games to look forward to: - Continuing their 76-year, Thanksgiving Day tradition, the Detroit Lions (Gryffindor!) will play the New England Patriots in the Motor City. (11:30 a.m. on CBS) - The all-around-super New Orleans Saints will be marching into Dallas to play the Cowboys. (3:15 p.m. on FOX) - Cincinnati Bengals will bring their "eternal flame" of a 2-7 record to the tarmac of East Rutherford, N.J to play the New York Jets.

2. The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy said it best: "There's no place like home." And there's no place like home to relive this sensory smorgasbord of fantasy and imagination. Although the 1939 classic has been broadcast in homes countless times since 1956, it became a fixture of Thanksgiving transmission in 1991. The Ted Turner-owned channels have taken turns showing it on or during the week of Thanksgiving since 1999. See it on TBS on November 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. with your red (

or pink

) ruby slippers on.

1. Marathons

Taking advantage of your biological sidelining, many cable channels will dedicate the vast majority of their programming to one particular show/film series. Need your 12-hour duty of


injections? Have a hankering to watch all four

Home Alone

flicks? Today is your day. Those who don't buy into DVDs and Netflix can expect to digest these programs that go the distance: - Most Appropriate:

Man Vs. Food

(8 a.m., Travel) - Most Twitch-Inducing:

I Dream of Jeannie



(7 a.m. TV Land) - Most Buzz-killing:


(8 a.m., Discovery) - Most Celebrity-Worshiping, yet Interesting:


Marathon (7 a.m., Bio Channel) - Most Expected: James Bond Movie Marathon (7 a.m., SyFy)

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