These New Year's Weekend TV Marathons Will Help You Ring In 2017 The Right Way
For those who traditionally get off of work on New Year's Day, it might be a bit of a bummer that it falls on a Sunday this year. Even if the holiday is feeling just like a regular weekend, the TV marathons during New Year's weekend prove this is no ordinary Saturday and Sunday. So while you might not be getting a special day off from work (unless you're lucky enough to get Monday off), that doesn't mean you shouldn't make the most of this holiday. And by "make the most of," I obviously mean chilling on the couch and watching the best TV marathons in honor of the New Year.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that 2016 was a rough year. Yet, there's nothing quite as soothing as a day spent watching television to take your mind off of the world's troubles. Whether you partied hard on New Year's Eve or had a low-key night in, you've earned the choice to celebrate New Year's watching TV in your pajamas all day. Starting on Friday, Dec. 30 and lasting well until the New Year, these marathons over the New Year's Eve weekend will help make that cuddly dream a reality and give you some comfort before whatever 2017 has in store.
Note: All times listed are ET and schedule is subject to change.
'Chrisley Knows Best'
Does Todd Chrisley really know best? You can be the judge after starting the New Year by watching this reality TV series.
Chrisley Knows Best, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 6:00 a.m. to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 12:00 a.m., USA
You've made it to the future by getting to 2017, so Comedy Central has a marathon of the appropriately-themed animated show.
Futurama, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 12:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Comedy Central
'Ghostbusters' & 'Ghostbusters II'
No two movies can put you in a better mood for the New Year than the original 1984 Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II.
Ghostbusters movie marathon, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11:00 a.m. to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 2:00 a.m., BBC America
The Harry Potter Movies
There's nothing like ringing in the New Year with the world's favorite boy wizard. Unfortunately, you won't see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix either day of this two-day movie marathon, but if you stick around the first night, you can see the special Tom Felton Meets the Superfans.
Harry Potter movie marathon, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7:00 a.m. to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 12:30 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 1 at 7:00 a.m. to Monday, Jan. 2 at 1:00 a.m. (with an hour break for the premiere of Beyond), Freeform
Hitchcock Happy New Year
The year 2016 was scary enough, but if you're still in for chills and thrills in 2017, put on TCM for an Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon, which includes his films Psycho, The Birds, and Rear Window.
Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 6:00 a.m. to Monday, Jan. 2 at 6:15 a.m., TCM
'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
Every day feels like a Law & Order marathon day, but this New Year's one is the real deal. Olivia Benson would approve.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., USA
Lifetime Original Movies
Get campy for 2017 with two marathons of Lifetime original movies. It all leads up to the premiere of Mommy, I Didn't Do It, which is a sequel to The Wrong Woman, on Jan. 1.
Lifetime original movie marathon, Friday, Dec. 30 at 8:00 a.m. to Saturday, Dec. 31 at 4:04 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 1 at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, Jan. 2 at 4:04 a.m., Lifetime
The Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit Movies
In the words of Meat Loaf, two out of three ain't bad. So you'll have to accept the fact that The Fellowship of the Ring is missing from The Lord of the Rings marathon and that The Battle of the Five Armies is missing from The Hobbit marathon.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 4:22 p.m. to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 12:30 a.m., TNT
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1:18 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., TNT
Carrie Brownstein Fred Armisen are still up to their antics in Portland, Oregon and they make for great New Year's companions.
Portlandia, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7:45 a.m. to 6:03 p.m., IFC
'The Real Housewives'
Bravo thinks the more Real Housewives, the better since there are marathons for the entire weekend. Atlanta proves to be victorious with two days dedicated to that version of the reality show.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: The Social Edition, Friday, Dec. 30 at 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bravo
The Real Housewives of New York City, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Bravo
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Bravo
Watch celebs join Rob, Chanel, and Sterling for some games and — of course — ridiculous viral videos for a marathon of Ridiculousness.
Ridiculousness, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 8:00 a.m., MTV
'Sex And The City'
E! is always good for Sex and the City blocks and this marathon starts with the Season 5 finale, runs up through the series finale, and then goes into the first movie.
Sex and the City, Friday, Dec. 30 at 8:00 a.m. to Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1:00 a.m., E!
If you missed the Every Simpsons Ever marathon last month, consider this New Year's marathon your consolation prize.
The Simpsons, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 6:00 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 2 at 12:00 a.m., FXX
'Smokey And The Bandit'
For movie lovers, this Smokey and the Bandit marathon may be more your speed. It includes the 1977 film with Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, Smokey and the Bandit II, Smokey and the Bandit Part 3, and The Bandit, which is a documentary about the making of the original movie.
Smokey and the Bandit movie marathon, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., CMT
Although you may have been watching Star Trek on BBC America before the New Year (there are ample opportunities to do so), this marathon of Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes will lead you into the future and beyond.
Star Trek, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 5:00 a.m. to Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 9:00 a.m., BBC America
'The Three Stooges' On IFC
These classic buffoons always make an appearance for the New Year.
The Three Stooges, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 6:03 p.m. to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 3:15 p.m., IFC
'The Three Stooges' On SundanceTV
Did you really think there would only be one New Year's Day marathon featuring Moe, Larry, and Curly? This mini-ish marathon has you covered if the episodes over on IFC aren't doing it for you.
The Three Stooges, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10:00 p.m. to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 6:00 a.m., SundanceTV
'The Twilight Zone'
My personal favorite marathon for the New Year is Syfy's The Twilight Zone one. Buckle up since this one lasts for days and kicks off with 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie before jumping into episodes of the freaky TV show.
The Twilight Zone, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 6:00 a.m. to Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 4:00 a.m., Syfy
'The Walking Dead'
You won't get the entire series, but this The Walking Dead marathon should quench your thirst for blood and guts since it starts at Season 4, Episode 9 and leads all the way to the most recent episode.
The Walking Dead, Friday, Dec. 30 at 11 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 2 at 2:40 a.m., AMC
'Will & Grace'
Hope that at some point during this two-day marathon that you see Grace's mom — portrayed by Debbie Reynolds, who recently passed — so that you can pay your respects.
Will & Grace, Friday, Dec. 30 at 10:00 a.m. to 7:50 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WE tv
No matter what you watch during the New Year's Eve weekend, make sure you do it in style — aka in sweatpants and a hoodie. And Happy New Year, fellow TV watchers!