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Thanksgiving Day TV Schedule: How to Plan Thru Macy's Parade, NFL Games

Pop Quiz: Which is the oldest - the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Detroit Lions' traditional Thanksgiving Day home game?

The big day is nearly here and you've handled it before - but this year you want to know what time the parade is or what time the football games are, in real-world Redlands and Loma Linda time.

Here's the 411 - a brief Thanksgiving Day television schedule that may help you plan you and your family's day. All times Pacific.

Please note this list is far from complete. There is such a thing as too much television.

8 a.m. Top Chef Thanksgiving on Bravo - Contestants prepare for Thanksgiving, according to Bravo. For further inspiration see THANKSGIVING RECIPES: How to Cook a Turkey Five Different Ways and Thanksgiving Recipes: How to Make Stuffing and Other Favorite Side Dishes.

9 a.m. The 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC - The parade starts in real time at 6 a.m. Pacific in New York City, according to event organizers. But it will be broadcast in California on a three-hour delay, according to NBC. So expect to find the parade on television from 9 a.m. Pacific to noon.

9 a.m. 'Twilight Zone' Marathon on KTLA - This tradition started in 1980 and this year's marathon will run through 6 p.m., according to KTLA.

9:30 a.m. Houston Texans at Detroit Lions on CBS - The first of three NFL games this Thanksgiving Day. The Texans are 9-1 and the Lions are 4-6 so far in 2012. Detroit started hosting games on Thanksgiving in 1934 and the Lions have a Turkey Day record of 33-37-2, according to the NFL.

Pop Quiz: Which is the oldest - the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Detroit Lions' traditional Thanksgiving Day home game? Answer is below.

1:15 p.m. Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys on FOX - The Redskins are 4-6 and the Cowboys are 5-5. Dallas started hosting Thanksgiving Day games in 1966 and the Cowboys are 28-15-1 on Turkey Day, according to the NFL.

4 p.m. A Family Thanksgiving on Hallmark - This movie features an attorney striving to become partner at her New York law firm, according to Hallmark. She bumps her head and wakes up as a wife and mother of two. With Daphne Zuniga and Faye Dunaway.

4:30 p.m. Texas Christian University at Texas on ESPN - The Horned Forgs are 6-4 and the Longhorns are 8-2, according to the NCAA.

5:20 p.m. New England Patriots at New York Jets on NBC - The Patriots are 7-3 and the Jets are 4-6. In previous Thanksgiving Day games, the Jets are 4-3 and the Patriots are 2-2, according to the NFL.

8 p.m. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on ABC - This holiday special first aired in 1973, according to ABC.

9:30 p.m. Bad 25 on ABC - Filmmaker Spike Lee examines the legacy of Michael Jackson's 1987 album Bad, according to ABC.

Pop Quiz Answer: The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was in 1924, a decade before the Detroit Lions began hosting Thanksgiving Day football games.

Ok if that's not enough television for Thanksgiving you can always rent a video. Enjoy the day - and the leftovers.

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Avivah Kravitz November 21, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Good to know
Shane Garnenez November 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Thanks for the info, very informative. Just relaxing here on the Navajo Reservation enjoying the deliciously roasted turkey. Have a fabulous Tday.....

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