Thanksgiving reality TV marathons

It’s Thanksgiving, and there is an alternative to Thursday’s orgy of calories and Friday’s orgy of consumerism: television. And along with day-long marathons of scripted shows, there are plenty of reality TV shows are here to provide comfort and fulfillment.

This year, that includes a rerun of the entire Glee Project, the summer’s sleeper competition hit, and the Mythbusters-hosted Punkin Chunkin 2011, both of which will definitely be more entertaining than fighting with someone over the last $9 VCR. And you can shop online instead.

Here’s a rundown of marathons over the next few days. Times are eastern, because that’s the best timezone. Have a great Thanksgiving.


  • Extreme Couponing [TLC, Wednesday at 3 p.m. to Thursday at 3 a.m.]
  • Mythbusters [Discovery, Wednesday at 9 a.m. to Thursday at 3 a.m.]
  • Top Chef [Bravo, 6 a.m. to noon]
  • Supernanny [Style, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.]
  • Cake Boss [TLC, 6 a.m. to noon
  • America’s Next Top Model [Oxygen, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.]
  • Swamp People [History Channel, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • The First 48 [A&E, 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.]
  • American Guns [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]
  • Braxton Family Values [WEtv, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • Cake Boss: Next Great Baker [TLC, noon to 8:30 p.m.]
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills [Bravo, noon to 6 p.m.]
  • Sons of Guns [Discovery, 2 to 6:30 p.m.]
  • Punkin Chunkin 2011 [Discovery, 6:30 to 10 p.m.]


  • Say Yes to the Dress [TLC, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.]
  • Storage Wars [A&E, 7 a.m. to 4 a.m.]
  • American Restoration [History Channel, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • Project Runway 4 [Style, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • Top Gear [BBC America, 8 a.m. to Saturday at 6 a.m.
  • Gold Rush [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • Auction Hunters [Spike, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
  • The Glee Project [Oxygen, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.]
  • Millionaire Matchmaker [Bravo, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.]
  • Rocket City Rednecks [National Geographic Channel, 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.]
  • Paranormal State [Bio, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.]

Saturday and Sunday

  • Pawn Stars [History Channel, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.]
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills [Bravo, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.]
  • America’s Next Top Model [Oxygen, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.]
  • Deadliest Catch [Discovery, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
  • I Survived [Bio, Saturday, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.]
  • Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares [BBC America, Sunday, 6 a.m. to Monday at 6 a.m.
  • American Pickers [History Channel, Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
  • Kourtney and Kim Take New York [E!, Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m.]
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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 37, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.