What's On TV During the Super Bowl? Marathons & Movies Because Not Everyone Has to Be a Football Fan
I have a confession to make… I absolutely cannot stand watching football. It’s not even so much that I dislike the game, but rather simply lack the attention span for it. I try and I try, but it’s impossible to stay focused on what’s going on. Not to mention that I only just learned a few months ago that the yellow line of scrimmage we see on TV is actually a computerized image and not in fact a permanent mark on the field. (The more you know!) Suffice to say, this sport just really isn’t my thing. So while many of you are making plans to tune into Sunday night’s big game, I've found myself busy wondering what else there is to watch on TV besides the Super Bowl. And, as it turns out, there’s quite a bit!
So if you’re like me and would rather forego touchdowns and kickoffs for movies and TV marathons, I’ve provided a nifty schedule of some other options that are programmed to air throughout the day. (Feel free to mix and match however you’d like.) Because you don’t need to be a football fan to enjoy a fantastic Super Bowl Sunday. Ready… set… hike!
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Will & Grace Marathon (WE)
Honestly, I can't think of a better way to spend one's Sunday than by curling up on the couch and watching the hilarious antics of these four fabulous friends. Granted, you can always migrate to other channels during this rather lengthy span of time, but it's a good go-to option if you find nothing else really strikes your fancy. I mean, anything involving Karen Walker is pretty much bound to be a good time.
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: What To Expect When You’re Expecting (ABC Family)
You don't have to be pregnant in order to enjoy everything this light-hearted film as to offer. This all-star cast is guaranteed to deliver (get it?) non-stop fun and allow you to escape the confines of this sports-infested day. No one will be expecting you to watch it.
3 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Puppy Bowl XI (ANIMAL)
Of course, there are other ways to enjoy football, especially if it involves cute and furry star players. This annual Puppy Bowl playfully pits adorable puppies against each other in what has to be the cutest sports competition in the world. There will also be a halftime performance by Katty Furry, goat cheerleaders, and an aerial show with hamsters in a biplane. (So basically, the greatest things to ever occur.) Don't miss it!
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.: The Blind Side (ABC Family)
Then again, I'm not completely against the idea of watching football… as long as it comes in a movie or TV series form. (I was a huge Friday Night Lights fan, after all. #TeamRiggins4Eves) So tuning into this football-centric film (based on a true story BTW) is the perfect way to help get your sports fill of the day without actually having to watch live football. Now I call that a win-win.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Shrek (TBS)
Granted, there are a lot of other options available to you during this time frame, but when in doubt, it never hurts to go with a classic. And with Shrek, you're bound to experience more than just a few laughs.
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Back to the Future (ABC Family)
Who needs a DeLorean when all it takes to journey backward (and sometimes forward) in time are a few clicks of your remote. ABC Family has Marty and Doc at it again with 1.21 gigawatts worth of fun at their disposal. And as an added bonus, Back to the Future Part II airs immediately afterward at 9:30 p.m. Great Scott, indeed!
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Ghost (E!)
Sure, the film can be a bit of a downer, especially in light of Patrick Swayze's actual death, but it's still such an incredible movie that I almost never pass up an opportunity to watch. (Also, remember when President Fitz was a complete jerk? Good times.)
9 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Downton Abbey (PBS)
Because it just isn't a proper Sunday evening without the presence of the Dowager Countess.