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What to Watch: Week of November 21 - November 27

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

By Kaili Markley on 11/20/2011
In observance of the holiday several of our favorite shows will be taking a brief hiatus this week; but there's still plenty of new stuff on to watch, plus TONS of holiday marathons. 

Monday

Terra Nova - "Vs" (FOX 9PM EST)
  • "Taylor searches for the 'Sixer' spy that Mira sent into Terra Nova. Jim investigates an old murder of which Taylor might be guilty."
 
Bored To Death - "Forget the Herring" (HBO 9:30PM EST)
  • "Rose Hiney (Isla Fisher) connects with Jonathan on some new leads. George and Ray attempt to right their unrightable wrongs."

Tuesday

Sons of Anarchy - "Burnt and Purged Away" (FX 10PM EST)
  • "SAMCRO negotiates with the Irish Kings to secure the future of the club."

Wednesday

Modern Family - "Punkin Chunkin" (ABC 9PM EST)
  • "A former neighborhood resident, now rich and successful, returns for a visit; Jay thinks Manny needs constructive criticism; Mitchell questions the authenticity of Cameron's colorful childhood stories."
Happy Endings - "Full Court Dress" (ABC 9:30PM EST)
  • "Alex offers to design Jane a dress for her charity event; Penny helps Max babysit; Dave and Brad realize their new friendship with the mailman isn't all it was cracked up to be."
American Horror Story - "Rubber Man" (FX 10PM EST)
  • The identity of the man in the rubber suit is at last revealed."

Thursday

The Real Story of Thanksgiving (History Channel 8PM EST)
  • "The story of Thanksgiving, with its costumed Pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkin pie, zigzags through American history with some surprising twists. At the iconic Thanksgiving feast of 1621, no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce was served, and that event was wiped from the history books for 200 years! In the 19th Century, some southern states thought Thanksgiving was an abolitionist plot and refused to celebrate it...Thanksgiving didn't become an annual national American holiday until WWII! What started as a sombre Puritan day of prayer is now about football and food. Join us as we serve up the Real Story of Thanksgiving."

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC 8PM EST)
  • The classic 1973 Peanuts Thanksgiving animated special....

85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC 10PM EST)
  • "Host Matt Lauer looks back at 85 years of Macy's popular Thanksgiving procession. The Turkey Day retrospective is stuffed with the grand gala's famed floats, balloons and performances."

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon (Chiller TV 6AM-4PM EST)

Friday

Stephen King's The Stand Complete Miniseries (Chiller 9AM - 5PM EST)
  • "After the world is devastated by a man-made plague, a battle of literally Biblical proportions ensues between the survivors."

Black Friday Black Hole Marathon (Science 7PM - 3AM EST)
  • (7pm: THE HAWKING PARADOX; 8pm: THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN "The Riddle of Black Holes"; 9pm: SEEING BLACK HOLES; 10pm: SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES; 11pm: THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN "The Riddle of Black Holes"; Midnight: SEEING BLACK HOLES; 1am: SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES; 2am: THE HAWKING PARADOX)

The Onion News Network
- "Sex in America"
(IFC 10PM EST)
  • "It's 'Sex in America' week on the FactZone. We will be covering the most important sex-related stories of the moment including a robot that warns you when someone's about to walk in on you masturbating, NASA asks the Russian Space Agency to stop shooting adult films in the International Space Station, and our First Responders debate whether employers should be able to factor your online porn presence in when deciding whether to hire you."

Indie Sex - "Censored" (Sundance 10:30PM EST)
  • "Centers on the debate of what is considered to be too sexually graphic in film & TV, featuring Dita Von Teese, Peter Sarsgaard and more."

Saturday

Star Wars Movies Marathon (Spike TV 9AM - 2:40AM)
  • (9am: STAR WARS - EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE; 12:30pm: STAR WARS - EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES; 4pm: STAR WARS - EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH; 7:30pm: STAR WARS - EPISODE II - ATTACH OF THE CLONES; 11:05pm: STAR WARS - EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH)

Sunday

Dexter - "Get Gellar" (SHO 9PM EST)
  • "Dexter receives help from an unexpected source while hunting for the Doomsday Killers and trying to stay a step ahead of the Homicide Division. Meanwhile, Debra's visits to her therapist uncover something surprising."

The Walking Dead - "Pretty Much Dead Already" (AMC 9PM EST)
  • "A grave threat rears its head from a surprise source; Rick and Hershel work together to avoid a dire situation; and Dale has it out with Shane."

Boardwalk Empire - "Georgia Peaches" (HBO 9PM EST)
  • "Nucky shows he still has a few tricks up his sleeve by finding another source for booze, so Jimmy and his partners look for a new moneymaker in Atlantic City. Meanwhile, striking workers create a dilemma for the powers-that-be at the height of tourist season; Nucky finds new legal representation; Margaret deals with a guilty conscience; and Manny Horvitz feels slighted by a debt payment."

Hell On Wheels - "Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai" (AMC 10PM EST) 
  • "Cullen's search for the sergeant nears its end; Durant keeps to his hidden agenda while assisting in Lily's recuperation."  
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Forbidden404 on January 09, 2012
I need to see Walking Dead again ):
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McGill93 on November 23, 2011
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Hahaha, I just got into watching Buffy about a month ago on Netflix. I'm completely addicted. Anyway, I probably wont watch many of these except Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Not that into many new TV shows but I'll turn on the TV for Snoopy.
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quantifier on November 21, 2011
Just some curious thoughts I had about these articles.
- Do you actually get a chance to watch all of them or is this just a list of shows that are said to be good?
- Of all of these shows, which ones do you like? I see your reviews of Always Sunny and The Office, and they seem to be...underwhelming.

On a side note, Crazy Turkey Marathons Batman!
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Entropic on November 23, 2011
Great questions quantifier!

While we don't get a chance to watch every show on this list each week, we have seen at least one episode and make recommendations from those experiences.

As far as preferences, it largely depends on what genres you're into, or what you're in the mood for. Generally speaking though, Dexter is one of the best TV series of all time (my personal favorite alongside Breaking Bad). In fact, most any of the shows airing on Sunday are noteworthy. Boardwalk Empire and Hell on Wheels are both great period pieces (but will likely turn off those who aren't fans of the period).

Aside from Sundays on AMC and ShoTime, American Horror Story is a very well done (and frankly damn scary - to me at least) show that just got picked up for a second season, so it's definitely worth investing in.

For comedies, I would recommend The Office (even though this is not a great season, it still has its moments), Parks and Rec, New Girl (surprisingly hilarious at times), Happy Endings (a bit more "mushy" but also can be very funny), and Always Sunny (crazy funny, if you can handle the at times super vulgarity).

Also, Chuck (airing Wednesdays) is one another one of my all time favorite shows. However, if you haven't seen it to this point, I would recommend starting with season 1. It's hilarious, very well written and acted, features Yvonne Stahovsky (reason enough to watch), and a frequently incorporates geek humor into the show. I highly recommend Chuck :)

Probably more than you cared to know, but that's my TV synopsis for the time being. Let us know if you have any other questions or suggestions!
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