Memorial Day TVLine-Up: Your Guide to the Best Holiday Weekend Marathons

The fact that it’s Memorial Day doesn’t mean that you have to hightail it to the beach. On the contrary, you may want to stay home and kick back, spend some quality time with your significant other. By which I mean of course your remote. And if that’s the case, you (and it) will no doubt be particularly interested in this list of TV marathons being run over the weekend.

Saturday, May 28th
Doctor Who
(BBC America, 6 am – Sunday, 6 am) | Tide yourself over until the next new episode (June 4) with a 24-hour marathon of all the episodes featuring new Doc, Matt Smith.

Deadliest Catch (Discovery, 9 am — Sunday, 3 am)

Star Trek movies (Syfy, 10:30 am – Sunday, 4 am) | Syfy pays tribute to a sci-fi classic with a marathon of five Star Trek films.

Sunday, May 29th
Top Gear
(BBC America, 6 am – Monday, 6 am) | Don’t feel like getting stuck in Memorial Day weekend traffic? Just watch the Top Gear guys race cars from the safety of your couch.

In Plain Sight (Sleuth, 6 am – 12 am) | A day spent with Marshall Marshall (Frederick Weller) from the USA Network series is not a bad way to spend a Sunday.

Firefly (Science, starting at 8 am) | Throw on a brown coat and settle in with this complete revisiting of this short-lived Joss Whedon sci-fi serial, kicking off with its big-screen follow-up Serenity.

American Chopper (Discovery, 9 am — 10 pm)

Star Trek movies (Syfy, 11 am – Monday, 2 am) | Missed Saturday’s marathon of Trek movies I, II, III, IV and VIII? Catch installments IV through VIII and X today.

Monday, May 30th
Royal Pains
(Sleuth, 6 am – Tuesday, 6 am) | Just a month away from the show’s third season premiere (June 29 on USA Network), Sleuth offers a trip to the Hamptons-set concierge medicine series.

Cake Boss (TLC, 6 am – 10 pm) | Start the morning off with a sugar coma courtesy of a 16-hour marathon of TLC’s cake-making reality series.

NCIS (USA Network, 6 am – 8 pm) | Settle in for 14 episodes of the CBS series in what USA Network has dubbed a “Boys of Summer Marathon” because “nothing’s cooler than hot guys solving crimes.”

Criminal Minds (A&E, 7 am – 10 pm) | Further proof that there’s no shortage of bad guys in this crazy world, this marathon of the CBS series goes on for 15 hours.

Top Gear (BBC America, 8 am – Tuesday, 5 am) | Not sick of Top Gear yet?

Stephen King TV Movies (Chiller, 8 am – 12 am) | The horror network airs three Stephen King based TV minis – The Langoliers, The Tommyknockers and The Stand.

Jersey Shore (MTV, 9 am – 10 pm) | For those who prefer their TV marathons with gratuitous fighting and an unnaturally orange people, MTV has you covered.

True Jackson, VP (TeenNick, 9 am – 4 pm) | Put the kids down in front of tube for seven hours of this TeenNick series starring Keke Palmer as the surprisingly young VP of a fashion empire.

Futurama (Comedy Central, 9:15 am – 12:45 pm) | The mini-marathon includes all four installments of the straight to DVD movie, Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder.

Law & Order (TNT, 10 am – 10 pm) | What would Memorial Day be without a Law & Order marathon? Thanks to the good people over at TNT, we’ll never have to find out.

Grill It! with Bobby Flay (Food Network, 11 am – 3 pm) | Memorial Day barbeque turning into a disaster? Grill master and Iron Chef Bobby Flay has some suggestions in this eight-episode sprint.

Two and a Half Men (FX, 12 pm – 12 am) | Remember when Charlie Sheen was the star of this show?

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  1. Alyssa says:

    There’s also a Firefly marathon Sunday on Science.

  2. Sourabh says:

    I just did a Doctor Who marathon. In fact, I just got done with the latest episode less than half an hour back.

  3. Kim says:

    Theres also a deadliest catch marathon on discovery channel

  4. Steve says:

    Found a more complete list- 275 TV Specials, Sporting Events, Movies & Marathons for Memorial Day Weekend:

  5. Clarissa says:

    Going with NCIS on USA. Haven’t watched a NCIS marathon since yesterday!

  6. Katie says:

    How could you leave off Jem and the Holograms on the Hub? It’s Jem’s first time back on TV since the very early 90s!
    Welcome back marathon airs starting at 2pm ET on Saturday on the Hub!!

  7. Alice says:

    If you don’t want to wait two weeks until the next episode of Dr. Who, the internet fairies now offer a live stream of the BBC1 during the UK airing. It is at They usually have the link up in the hour before the episode airs in Britain.

  8. fernando says:

    ABC should do a Charlie’s Angel marathon

  9. jo says:

    hey where is my law and order SVU marathon ?!?!

  10. Jo says:

    Network cheap trick to call 3 hours of anything a marathon. 3 hours is not a marathon!

  11. Michelle R says:

    Take my love, take my land,
    Take me where I cannot stand.
    I don’t care, I’m still free,
    You can’t take the sky from me!

    Ah, Captain, my captain.

  12. BuddyG says:

    I love it when everyone is a Firefly fan. TVLine could have used any image to promote the weekend marathons, but they used Firefly. TVLine staff are Browncoats!!!!!

  13. QMAN says:

    OMG I’m already having a Firefly marathon in my room as I write this. God I miss that show.

  14. Steven says:

    Arrested Development marathon on IFC! 8am-6pm. I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow.

  15. Kris says:

    Not that it matters now, but the Firefly marathon kicked off with the two-hour “Serenity” TV episode, Joss Whedon’s intended pilot episode. Not the “big screen follow-up” movie, also entitled “Serenity.” It is too bad that the marathon will not be showing the movie at all. It was a much better ending to the series than the bounty hunter episode.