Thanksgiving Week TV: 8 Best Bets!
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (Monday, Nov. 23)
The gang celebrates Slapsgiving 2, and we couldn't be more excited if it were Chrismukkah all over again. After all, the original Slapsgiving episode back in 2007 marked a high point for the consistently good series, bringing together the best of its ingredients — touching moments and farcical humor — in a delicious holiday casserole. Then, of course, there's that dash of slapstick — literally — as the great Slap Bet of season 2 once again returns this Thanksgiving to haunt Barney. Marshall, who still has two slaps of his five-slap payment remaining, bequeaths one to Robin and Ted this time around. And with Chris Elliot also guesting as Lily's estranged father, it sounds like the recipe for another great HIMYM. CBS, 8 p.m. —Jennifer Armstrong
PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2009 (Nov. 26)
Rather than hurling Mom's pumpkin pie at your sis (and you know you want to), have the whole family dig into the Science Channel's annual coverage of the Delaware-based World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition. What's Punkin Chunkin, you ask? Using growing techniques, physics, aerodynamics, and mechanics to figure out how best to catapult a pumpkin and then, as the title says, chunkin' it as far as you can. Science, 8 p.m. —Aubrey D'Arminio
Gossip Girl (Monday, Nov. 30)
It's Thanksgiving GG-style, so expect things to be a little different than a traditional turkey dinner. In lieu of sides like cranberry sauce and green bean casserole, look for healthy amounts of bitchery, eye-liner, and Serena's cleavage. In fact, a major part of the episode concerns the burgeoning relationship between S. and Nate's cousin, Tripp. The CW, 9 p.m. —Tim Stack
COUGAR TOWN (Wednesday, Nov. 25)
If I tell you that this very special Thanksgiving edition contains moments of actual warmth, will you still believe me when I say it's also loaded with the genial vulgarity we've grown to love, that Courteney Cox's Jules continues to evolve into more than just one of TV's most likable horny ditzes, that sex comes to Travis (oh, Dan Byrd, he's such a good actor), that Bobby's nickname for Grayson is kinda sweet (''G-string''), that Andy and Ellie can make heartburn seem erotic, and that Laurie likes to order a glass of wine ''half red, half white''? Ah, good. ABC, 9:30 p.m. —Ken Tucker
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING (Thursday, Nov. 26)
In the 1973 Peanuts classic, the self-proclaimed ''brusque'' Peppermint Patty invites herself, Marcy, and Franklin to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving dinner, because why would they spend the holiday with their families? Bemused as uzh, Top Chef-in-training Chuck whips up the only meal he can master: buttered toast and popcorn. (They clearly should have crashed Snoopy's afterparty instead.) In our esteemed editorial opinion, the best moment is when ice cream sundaes appear on the kids' table...out of nowhere! ABC, 8 p.m. —Annie Barrett
BEYONCE: I AM ... YOURS (Thursday, Nov. 26)
Pass the stuffing to the left, to the left, then settle in for this one-hour concert doc, which blends footage from a summer 2009 performance at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas with backstage interviews and home movies from the singer's early years. ABC, 9 p.m.
PAUL MCCARTNEY: GOOD EVENING NEW YORK CITY (Thursday, Nov. 26)
Forty-four years after the Beatles' legendary gig at the now-demolished Shea Stadium, Paul McCartney returned to inaugurate its next-door replacement, Citi Field, with three marathon shows this past July. Those who attended can tell you that he's absolutely still got it at age 67. See for yourself in this special featuring highlights from the concerts ('65 and '09) as well as new interview segments with Macca. ABC, 10 p.m. —Simon Vozick-Levinson
THE MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE (Thursday, Nov. 26)
Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, and Al Roker host this annual Turkey Day tradition of bringing together ginormous balloons (Spidey will join the Pillsbury Doughboy and Mickey Mouse) and the most random collection of stars (Andrea Bocelli, Kermit the Frog, Alan Cumming, Gloria Gaynor, and Bello) this side of Celebrity Rehab. NBC, 9 a.m.