If ever a day was made for lying around in your jammies binge-watching your favorite shows, its Christmas. The pressure is over, the stores are closed, and its time to catch up with or revisit some TV gems.
A Christmas Story (Tuesday-Wednesday), TBS: The cult classic comedy set in the 1940s about the family life of young Ralphie as Christmas approaches has a loose plot that makes it easy to check in at any point, watch a scene or two that you like, then go back to getting the pies out of the oven. This year marks the marathons 17th run, and it remains one of the most popular bits of holiday programming events on cable, drawing more than 50 million viewers at some point in the marathon.
Breaking Bad (Friday-Sunday), AMC: What? You didnt get the $300 collectors edition package for Christmas? Invest some time instead as AMC airs all five seasons of the masterful Emmy-winning drama, the last time you can see the whole series for free. Tread lightly. Starting at noon each day, the episodes will run Dec. 27-30.
The Walking Dead (Dec. 31-Jan. 2), AMC: And you thought you had nothing to do New Years Eve. Spend it with zombies. The two-day marathon starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 31. Episodes will air back-to-back until 5 a.m. on Jan. 2. New episodes return on Feb. 9 .
Happy Endings (Dec. 31-Jan. 1), VH1: The lovable comedy (canceled by ABC this year) will be back on the air, first with a marathon of all 57 episodes starting on New Years Eve at 8 p.m. and running through New Years Day. Reruns will settle into their new time slot on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Jan. 8 on VH1.
Elf (Tuesday-Wednesday), Starz: You cotton-headed, ninny muggins cant get enough of Buddy the elf, so the Starz channel will show 24 hours of Elf starting at noon Tuesday.
Bad Santa (noon to 6 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday), Starz Comedy: For those who landed on the naughty list this year, Starz Comedy is showing 24 hours of the oh-so-wrong comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton. It starts at noon Tuesday.
Doctor Who (Tuesday-Wednesday), BBC America: The Doctor Who Christmas special will premiere in the U.S. with the final regular appearance of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and the first regular appearance of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor following his brief cameo in The Day of the Doctor. It premieres at 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, but not before an all-day marathon of Season 6 episodes beginning at 4 a.m. Christmas Eve, followed by Christmas specials, including a Doctor version of A Christmas Carol and The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, a Narnia-themed special that is a fan favorite. Then its Season 7 episodes, Day of the Doctor at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day followed by a farewell to Matt Smith in an hourlong retrospective documentary. The Christmas special airs at 9 p.m., in which the Doctor must sacrifice everything to save a town called Christmas from the Time Lords greatest enemies.
Brain Games Nat Geo (Wednesday): This highly rated show on National Geographic Channel aims to make synapses and dendrites more accessible through a series of fun interactive experiments. Catch up with an all-day marathon starting at 9 a.m. Christmas Day through 2 a.m. the next day.
Roots BET (Tuesday-Wednesday): The original miniseries gets a full run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m Tuesday on BET. Then on Christmas Day, its Alex Haleys Queen, the 1993 miniseries series starring Halle Berry as Haleys paternal grandmother from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Man v. Food Travel Channel (Wednesday): After youve stuffed yourself on Christmas candy, you can relive the horrific dining experiences of Adam Richman from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Day.
Glee Oxygen (Wednesday): A treat starting at 7 a.m. of specials, including A Very Glee Christmas and Glee, Actually followed by a series of beloved chick flicks starting with When Harry Met Sally and Splash.
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