LEAVE ME ALONE: BULLYING
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Though going to school sucks for any number of reasons — lunchroom food, gym, the bus — one of the things that can make it genuinely traumatic for some youngsters is bullying. Long thought of as a kind of unpreventable and mostly harmless facet of school life, bullying-fueled school shootings in recent years have caused psychologists and educators to look at bullies in a whole new light. Here, AETN looks at the problem, calling on psychologists, administrators and other experts to try and help parents and their kids through this most difficult — and unnecessary — part of going to school.
THE OXBOW INCIDENT (1943)
6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
American Movie Classics (Comcast Ch. 31)
Early risers on Saturday are in for a little treat: William Wellman’s classic Western “The Oxbow Incident,” one of the best films the genre ever produced. Henry Fonda and Harry Morgan play cowboys who ride into a jerkwater town just in time to see a lynch mob form. After arresting three men who swear they are innocent, the posse proceeds with a terrible kind of anti-justice, one that soon divides the group and exposes the strengths, failures and ulterior motives of all. Much more than a standard Western yarn, “Oxbow” succeeds in transcending its story to become a riff on the tyranny of the majority and how good men can end up crushed by the arrogance of others. Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 1943, it’s a beautiful film, and a must-see.
THE HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING
6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)
Though we always thought Thanksgiving was invented in a smoky back room somewhere by Betty Crocker, Jenny Craig, and a shadowy cabal of turkey and cranberry industry executives, the truth is it really did start with the Pilgrims. It was celebrated sporadically until the carnage of the Civil War — and an 1863 declaration by Abraham Lincoln making it an official holiday. Since then, Americans have annually gathered at the groaning board for this most thankful of holidays. Here, the History Channel dishes up a double helping of Thanksgiving history. Settle into the easy chair,