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The Best TV Marathons To Watch This Fourth Of July Weekend

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Happy 4th of July weekend, Amurrica! Everyone celebrates being an American in their own way, so if for you that involves firing up the grill and watching fireworks, then that’s cool. But if you’d rather spend the holiday weekend partaking in America’s favorite pastime — watching TV — you should be allowed to do that too. And lucky for you there are plenty of options this weekend.

TV networks are airing marathons of shows and movies all over the place the next few days, so you never have to leave the house. We rounded up some of the most promising marathons on the schedule so you can take a gander and settle in for some binge-watching. Or, if you still want to do that whole “socializing and going outside” thing, you can set your DVR and watch the episodes later. And if none of these marathons appeal to you, there’s always your trusty friend Netflix.

All times here are Eastern.

1. The Walking Dead on AMC – All weekend, starting at 9 AM Friday

What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than to watch people kill a bunch of zombies all weekend? If that sounds like an awesome plan to you, then luckily AMC is airing the entire series of The Walking Dead so far, concluding with a season five preview special Sunday night at 9 PM.

2. The Twilight Zone on Syfy – Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM

Syfy is known for their Twilight Zone marathons on New Year’s, and this year they’re giving you a chance to watch it on Independence Day too. Go get your black and white creepiness on. For America.

3. Sex and the City on E! – Friday, 2 PM to midnight

I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d ever be able to get up off the couch after I started watching Sex and the City on July 4th. E!’s airing episodes of the show followed by the movie, so you can have a super fashionable holiday.

4. John Adams on HBO 2 – Friday, 11 AM to 8 PM

Paul Giamatti starred as founding father and second president John Adams in this miniseries from 2008. You can watch it all day today, if you’re into celebrating the founding of your country by watching stuff about the founding of your country. Weird.

5. America the Story of Us on History – Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM

Speaking of history and stuff, the channel devoted to it is taking a break from aliens and pawn shops today to actually tell you about America’s past. Just for today, though, I’m sure.

6. Masters of Sex on Showtime – Friday and Saturday, 6 PM to midnight

If you missed the first season of this show starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, you can catch up all night. Allllll night. Wink wink.

7. Patriotic Movies on TCM – Friday, All Day

You can always count on TCM for a great themed classic movie marathon, and today is no exception. They’re showing movies like Yankee Doodle Dandy (4:15 PM) and Sergeant York (8 PM). I suggest watching or recording 1776 at 1:30 PM, if you like the two M’s — musicals and Merica.

8. Kids and Counting on TLC – Friday, 6 AM to 8 PM

They started with 17 kids and now they’re up to 19. Watch the marathon, learn all the Duggars’ names, and feel really bad about yourself at the end of the day. What could be more American than that?

9. Awkward on MTV – Friday, 11:34 AM to 6 PM

If you’re feeling a little awkward not having anything fun to do for July 4th weekend, then it’s the perfect time to watch a TV marathon themed around that emotion.

10. Batman on IFC – All weekend, off and on

I’m not talking about the Batman movies. You won’t be watching The Dark Knight. I’m talking about the original series from the 1960s. You know you won’t be able to resist watching at least one episode.

11. Star Trek: The Next Generation on BBC America – All weekend, off and on

Even the network devoted to feeding Americans’ obsession with all things British is airing a marathon to celebrate Independence Day. So go ahead and spend your weekend with Patrick Stewart.

12. Will & Grace on WeTV – Saturday, 10 AM to 8 PM

Nothing like a little comfort food in the form of a canceled sitcom.

13. Heroes on G4 – Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM

Save the cheerleader, save the world. Save yourself from being bored by watching this marathon.

14. Ray Donovan on Showtime – Sunday, 12 PM to midnight

Yet another first-season show, this one starring Liev Schreiber, that you can catch up on this weekend. Everyone will be so impressed with your taste in cable shows when you go back to work Monday.

15. I Love the 2000s on VH1 – Sunday, 12:40 PM to 11 PM

I can’t be the only one who’s seen these I Love the… episodes at least three times each. And I’m probably going to enjoy them a fourth time when this marathon airs.

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