Archive for the ‘Marathon’ Category

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means Christmas is just a few weeks away. For many, this time is about family, food and good times, but if some of those dinners are more than a little awkward, or you’re looking to escape some family you’d like to avoid, there’s always television as an escape.

For those lucky enough to get time off at Thanksgiving and Christmas and/or New Years, there’s time to watch some longer series that are compelling stories, or even just a little fun, here are some of my favorite series that always make me smile.

The West Wing

The West Wing – In a fictitious United States, we meet the staff of Josiah “Jed” Bartlett’s White House, who are only slightly dysfunctional as they work for the betterment of this US. The show mixes both the political and the personal, and if everything of the last few weeks has you sour, this political look might restore some of your faith in humanity.

Currently you can watch all seven seasons on Netflix steaming, or buy the DVDs.

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica – There are two versions of this show, but that one that I finally watched was from 2005. Again, there are political undertones, but it’s rooted in science fiction. Who doesn’t want to watch a battle between humans and robots with people who are far from perfect?

The 2005 series is only available on DVD, though the 1978 version can be streamed on Netflix.



Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel – Joss Whedon’s first two genre shows, filled with all manner of things that go bump in the night and want to kill you. So one Slayer to kill all the Vampires, a Vampire with a Soul and friends who try to make the time bearable. At times silly, at times heartbreaking, but usually somewhere in between, the shows try to understand humanity, life and the challenges of being in high school and college when the world rests on your shoulders.

Also, maybe Cleveland isn’t where you want to go in the end?

Both series are available on Netflix streaming and DVD.


Daria – This one is from my early adolescence, but it shaped me in ways that I still find today. A misanthropic high schooler struggles with life surrounded by people she can’t stand sounds boring, but her classmates are mostly clueless that it feels as if she’s always speaking to someone about some false ideal of high school (be it romance, academics, cliques).

The show is the high of ‘90s MTV animation, but even years later the show’s truth shines through.

The Complete Series is available on DVD, and includes two movies that aired between seasons.


Firefly – Another Joss Whedon show, but this one is perfect for the person with limited time on their lands. One season of a space western with our heroes battling against an oppressive government might not sound appealing, but the show pulls you in and makes you care about the state of Serenity and her crew.

The show is available on DVD and streaming on Netflix (in its preferred order).


Leverage – Con men are the good guys in this series where a team works each week to bring down someone who wants to harm “the little guy”. Part heist show and part social commentary on the haves vs the have nots, this show makes you care about people who are doing the wrong thing for the right reasons.

The show is available on DVD and streams on Netflix.

Of course this isn’t in any way a complete list. Mostly these are some of my comfort shows in times of crisis.

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It’s time for another holiday weekend marathon and thanks to the folks over at TV Guide, the following list is just some of the marathons that will take place over this weekend:

Saturday, May 24:

Being Mary Jane (12 p.m.-10 p.m., BET)

Criminal Minds (4 p.m.-Midnight, A&E)

Law & Order: SVU (10 a.m.-11 p.m., USA)

Longmire (10 a.m.- 4 p.m., A&E)

Star Trek: The Next Generation (Midnight-6 a.m., 4 p.m.-9 p.m., BBC America)

Sunday, May 25:

CSI: Miami (4 p.m.-Midnight, WEtv)

Hit the Floor (10 a.m.-8 p.m., VH1)

Law & Order: SVU (5 a.m.-2 p.m., TNT)

NCIS (9 a.m.-11 p.m., USA)

Monday, May 26:

Criminal Minds (9 a.m.-Midnight, A&E)

CSI: Miami (Midnight-5 a.m., WEtv)

Defiance (11 a.m.-9 p.m., Syfy)

Falling Skies (10 a.m.-8 p.m., TNT)

The Haves and the Have Nots (1 p.m.-Midnight)

NCIS: Los Angeles (6 a.m.-8 p.m., USA)

Persons Unknown (12 p.m.-5 a.m., Tuesday, Chiller)

Mark your calendars and enjoy the long holiday weekend!

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Veronica Mars Movie Poster

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you know about the Kickstarter campaign that made Veronica Mars the Movie a possibility. And, you know that this is the big week for the movie’s premiere, a reunion panel at the annual Paley Fest in Hollywood, California and the official opening of the film at the box office.

But that’s not all!

The folks over at the cable network Pivot – where episodes of Veronica Mars (the TV series) have been reairing – is planning a 23-hour marathon of the acclaimed series. It will start tomorrow, Wednesday, March 12 at 1 AM (Eastern Time)/10 PM (Pacific Time) and it will run through Thursday, March 13 at 12 AM (Eastern Time)/9 PM (Pacific Time).

Included in this Veronica Mars marathon will be the series pilot, the last two episodes of season two and the entire season three, including the series finale. Throughout the marathon will be original interviews with the cast, producers, scholars and some of the the show’s biggest fans who share their favorite moments and talk about the lasting impact the show made on them and the television landscape.

Please make sure to check your local listings to make sure you receive Pivot and if you do, check your local listings for exact air times.


PS: Make sure to see Veronica Mars the Movie in theatres starting this Friday, March 14!!

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The holiday marathons are coming, the holiday marathons are coming. Want to know about some of the cool marathons that are being planned for the upcoming Labor Day weekend?

Well, here is a short list of the scripted TV and/or movies that will be airing as marathons over the soon-to-be-here holiday weekend.

Doctor Who will air the “Best of the Doctor” marathon on BBC America from 8 AM on Friday through to Saturday at 10 PM, concluding with the season premiere of season 7 of the classic series.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be on Chiller from late Sunday at midnight through Tuesday at 6 AM featuring Sarah Michelle Gellar’s favorite episodes.

Longmire will air most of the episodes from its debut season on A&E from 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

The Style Network will air episodes from the first season of Gossip Girl from 9 AM to 3 AM on Labor Day.

Relive all of Torchwood: Miracle Day on Labor Day from 10 AM to 8 PM on Starz in Black.

HBO Signature will reair all of season 2 of Boardwalk Empire from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight on Labor Day.

The mini-series Hatfields and McCoys will air in its entirety on A&E starting on Saturday at 6 PM through 12 midnight.

Mark your calendars!

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According to a report over at TV Line, the cable network Logo will air the top 10 favorite episodes of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer series creator Joss Whedon this coming Saturday, May 19 starting at 10 AM (check your local listings for actual airtimes).

The episodes that will air are “Innocence“, “Once More With Feeling“, “Hush“, “The Body“, “Becoming Part II“, “Prophecy Girl“, “Doppelgangland“, “The Wish“, “Restless” and “Conversations with Dead People“.

You will need to check your local listings for the actual order of when each of these episodes will air, though.

Mark your calendars!

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Thanks to the folks over at TV Line, the following is a condensed list of TV marathons that folks can choose to watch over the long holiday weekend:


Star Trek: The Next Generation (Syfy, 8 am – 8 pm) – The all-day affair features 12 episodes selected via a viewer poll.

Criminal Minds (A&E, 5 pm – Saturday, 4 am)

Battlestar Galactica (BBC America, 9 pm – Saturday, 6 pm)


Little House on the Prairie (Hallmark Channel, 6 am – Sunday, 6 am)

The Unit (CLOO, 6 am – 1 pm)

The Twilight Zone (Chiller, 8 am – 2 pm)

Burn Notice (CLOO, 1 pm – Sunday, 6 am)

Ghost Whisperer (Wetv, 1 pm – 1 am)

Lonesome Dove (AMC, 4 pm – 4 am) – See the 1989 Emmy-nominated mini-series in its entirety.


Law & Order: Criminal Intent (CLOO, 6 am – Monday, 6 am)

The Waltons (Hallmark Channel, 6 am – Monday, 6 am)

Awkward (MTV, 11:30 am – 3 pm) – Get caught up on MTV’s best new series with all of the previously aired episodes of this charming, funny teen comedy.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Chiller, 12 am – 8 pm)

Law & Order: SVU (CLOO, 6 am – 11 pm)

NCIS (USA Network, 6 am – 9 pm) – An “on location”-themed marathon.

Criminal Minds (A&E, 8 am – 10 pm)

Degrassi (TeenNick, 9 am – Midnight)

My So-Called Life (Sundance, 11 am – 7 pm)

One Tree Hill (SOAPnet, 11 am – 8 pm ) – This is a special Lucas and Peyton-themed marathon, starting with the series’ second episode and closing with Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton’s last episode.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 11 am – 9 pm)

The Closer (TNT, 1 – 10 pm)

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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The folks over at Oxygen are hosting its second annual “Gleekend” this Saturday, May 21 in anticipation of the premiere of The Glee Project, which is set to debut on June 12.

The “Gleekend” will run from 10 am to 11 PM and will include the following episodes of Glee:

“Special Education”
“The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle”
“Silly Love Songs”
“Blame it on the Alcohol”
“Original Song”
“A Night of Neglect”
“Born This Way”
“Prom Queen”

During the marathon, Oxygen will premiere The Glee Project’s first music video – Katy Perry’s “Firework” and viewers will have a chance to get to know the 12 contenders of The Glee Project, all competing for a role on season three of Glee.

Tune in!

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