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What To Watch On TV If You’re Staying In This Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day! If you have today off, you may or may not already have plans. Maybe you’re going to a barbecue or seven (never enough ribs, am I right?), or maybe you plan to sit alone in the back of an air-conditioned movie theater eating smuggled-in snacks and watching Blended. No judgment. (Okay, a little judgment.) If, however, you plan to just stay in all day, you might be at a loss for how to pass the time once the Internet has started to bore you. That’s where your old pal TV comes in.

As usually happens on a holiday weekend, there are more than a few marathons to enjoy on TV throughout the day. Whether you’re in the mood for a themed movie day or just non-stop episodes of a show you like, there’s something for everybody. So we went ahead and rounded up a bunch of the best-looking choices for various tastes. And if none of these tickle your fancy, there’s always Netflix. Or books. (Ew, gross.)

All times here are Eastern.

1. AMC – War Movies (All Day)

This holiday is about remembering our fallen soldiers, after all. You can catch movies like Windtalkers, We Were Soldiers, and Pearl Harbor all day on AMC.

2. TNT - Falling Skies (10 AM – 8 PM)

If you missed any episodes from the third season of this sci-fi series, you can catch up with this helpful marathon. Even if you haven’t watched before, maybe you want to tune in to see what the heck is up with those aliens.

3. TV Guide – Growing Pains Movies (12 PM – 4 PM)

You know you won’t be able to resist. Start with 2000′s The Growing Pains Movie and then continue with 2004′s Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers. You may not use TV Guide Network for actual guide purposes anymore, but at least they show the classics.

4. A&E – Criminal Minds (All Day)

This is one of those shows I always hear about but couldn’t tell you a single thing about. But hey, if you’re into it, settle in on your couch and enjoy all the crimes… and the minds that do the crimes. (Was I close?)

5. USA – NCIS: Los Angeles (6 AM – 8 PM)

If you’re into shows with acronyms for names, go forth and enjoy!

6. Lifetime – Rom-Coms (until 7 PM)

Tonight the network is premiering Petals on the Wind, the sequel to Flowers in the Attic (which you can catch at 7 PM), but before that you can enjoy mindless rom-coms like The Ugly Truth, The Holiday, Fool’s Gold, and 27 Dresses.

7. ABC Family – Classic Kids’ Movies (11 AM – 8 PM)

Remember Casper? Or 101 Dalmations? Or The Sandlot? ABC Family’s showing those all day. And in the middle they’re showing The Karate Kid with Jaden Smith, but we’ll just ignore that.

8. E! – Keeping Up With the Kardashians (9 AM – 4 PM)

Celebrate Kimye wedding weekend by watching everyone’s favorite/least favorite family get up to all kinds of shenanigans you already read about on the gossip blogs. It’s what a true Amurican would do.

9. TLC – 19 Kids and Counting (7 AM – 3 PM)

Are you a fan of the Duggars? Or have you just read a million Crushable posts about them and are curious what in the world their deal is? Either way, you can spend the day catching up with all of them.

10. IFC – Malcolm in the Middle (6 AM – 6 PM)

Nothing like marathoning a classic sitcom on a holiday weekend.

11. SyFy – Defiance (8 AM – 9 PM)

SyFy is more than just cheesy movies about sharknadoes, okay? They also have original dramatic series, and you can catch up on this one all day.

12. Esquire - American Ninja Warrior (all day)

If you’re desperate to catch up on this show before the season premiere tonight on NBC, then this is your lucky day, and you can thank Esquire. Hallelujah!

13. BET – The Game (8 AM – 7 PM)

This show, which is a spin-off of Girlfriends, is showing recent episodes for most of the day, so get watching.

14. Comedy Central – Tosh.0 (11 AM – 11 PM)

I’m not so into Daniel Tosh’s brand of humor myself, but if it’s your style, you can indulge in it all day long.

15. TCM – World War II Movies (all day)

Once again, if you’re in the mood to commemorate what this holiday is all about, check out the classic World War II themed movies TCM is showing. That includes titles like The Fighting Sullivans, Twelve O’Clock High, and the Best Picture winner Best Years of Our Lives.

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  • itpainsme2say

    Just finished white cliffs of dover and it was depressing thanks tcm

  • Nbl

    I highly recommend watching The Best Years of Lives. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s no actually war scenes in it. It’s about three soldiers coming back from WWII and trying to adjust. The guy who plays Homer is an actual vet who lost his hands in the war. Plus it has Myrna Loy and Frederick March in it. Two of the most underrated actors of the classic Hollywood age. After talking about with my grandmothers, it’s an accurate depiction of soldiers coming back from war (WWII and Korean respectively). Watch it now, thank me later.

    • Ria

      I love this film! One of the best.