The TVLine-Up: Your Guide to the Best July 4th Weekend Marathons

The July 4th holiday weekend typically means BBQs, cold drinks, friends and family. But for TV fans, it’s also a time for marathons. To guide you through the abundant  offerings, TVLine compiled a list of the best cram sessions. There’s something here for everyone, from procedural junkies (so much law and order and crime!) to reality-TV magnets (mob wives, housewives and cake bosses!) to those who like their TV a bit retro (we’ll always love Lucy). Pick your favorites and get comfy on the couch.

FRIDAY, JULY 1
Star Trek: The Next Generation (BBC America, 8 am – Saturday, 7 am) | Make it a sci-fi day with 23 hours of adventures aboard starship Enterprise.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy, 8 am – 8 pm) | Catch up on Season 2 before the third cycle premieres on July 11.

Eureka (Syfy, 11 pm – Saturday, 5 am) | If you’re an insomniac, you can watch the first half of Season 4 here. The back end premieres July 11.

SATURDAY, JULY 2
Bond Marathon (Sleuth, 6 am – Tuesday, 5:30 am) | Irony alert: James Bond celebrates our Independence Day with a three-day marathon.

Ax Men (History, 7 am – 8 pm) | If Bond’s not man enough for you, consider this docu-series about logging crews.

Battlestar Galactica (BBC America, 7 am – 9 pm) | Try not to get too down about the future of the planet during this marathon, which includes the two-part miniseries Night.

American Ninja Warrior (G4, 9 am – 7 pm) | We didn’t realize this was a thing, but color us now intrigued.

College Hill (BET, 9 am – 4 pm) | It’s like The Real World, but if they stayed in college.

Swamp Loggers (Discovery, 9 am – midnight) | For those who find Ax Men too clean and easy.

Frasier (Hallmark Channel, 11 am – Sunday, 1 am) | Remember when spinoffs weren’t just Show Name: Insert New City?

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (TLC, noon – 7 pm) | Royal wedding? Easy peasy.

The Voice (E!, noon – 8 pm) | E! and NBC are corporate siblings now, which means you can catch the final episodes of the reality competition, including the reveal of the first winner, on the cable net. (Also airs Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm.)

Mob Wives (VH1, 2 pm – midnight) | Don’t get on these ladies’ bad side. Really, don’t.

NCIS (USA Network, 3 pm – 11 pm) | Settle in for a comfortable marathon of crime-solving and bad guys getting what’s coming their way.

Teen Mom (MTV, 4 pm – Sunday, 12:30 am) | MTV airs a marathon of its popular reality series/PSA against teen pregnancy. (Also airs Sunday 8 am – 9 pm.)

SUNDAY, JULY 3
50 Star Stand-up Weekend (Comedy Central, 8 am – Monday, 5 am) | Horrible Bosses‘ Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis host a weekend of laughs with stand-up spiels from Wyatt Cenac, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Iglesias, Nick Kroll, George Lopez, Patrice O’Neal and others.

America’s Next Top Model: Cycle Six (Oxygen, 8 am – 7 pm) | Before Top Model got serious about its prizes, and before the show became a CW staple, this was the last cycle to air on UPN. But some things never change. There’s still a trip to the ER and plenty of catfighting.

Pawn Stars (History, 8 am – 8 pm) | Discover the treasures and characters at Las Vegas’ Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.

Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, 9 am – 1 pm) | Watch ladies try on wedding dresses until they find the one that makes them want to sing, “I feel pretty! Oh so pretty!”

The Twilight Zone (Syfy, 9 am – Monday, 5 am) | A Syfy tradition continues with a 40-hour marathon of the classic TV series, continuing Monday at 8 am through Tuesday 4 am.

Deadliest Catch (Discovery, 10 am – midnight) | Forget Ax Men and Swamp Loggers. This is the most grueling job.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime, 10 am – 11 pm) | A replay of Season 2 concludes with the first two episodes of the current third season. It also features at least two musical numbers. (Take that, Glee.)

I Love Lucy (Hallmark Channel, 11 am – Monday, 1 am) | If you enjoy the Hollywood episodes and Lucy’s adventures abroad, settle in.

Arrested Development (IFC, 11:45 am – 3:15 pm) | Warning: Watching this marathon of the brilliant, but canceled, Fox series may cause despair and rage come 3:16 pm.

The Glades (A&E, noon – 5 pm) | Get a crash course in the A&E original series with a marathon of the show’s first two episodes, the Season 1 finale and two episodes from the second season.

Law & Order: SVU (USA Network, 2 pm – 11 pm) | See Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay in action… while you still have the chance. Tear.

The Judds (OWN, 2 pm – 8 pm) | Whatever your family drama this holiday weekend, we’re betting these ladies have you beat.

Real Housewives of… (Bravo, 4:30 pm – Monday, 2 am) | Let the ladies of New Jersey and New York entertain you this holiday weekend. (Also airs Monday, 10 am – Tuesday, 1 am.)

MONDAY, JULY 4
Cake Boss (TLC, 6 am – 10 pm) | If you’re not feeling full after your July 4th BBQ, you will after watching this sweetsfest.

Project Runway: Season 3 (Style, 6 am – 8 pm) | I’m still not over the fact that Michael Knight didn’t win for that coffee filter dress during this season.

Roseanne (Oxygen, 6 am – 6 pm) | Still hilarious. Still one of the best sitcoms ever.

Royal Pains (USA Network, 6 am – 6 pm) | The award for best title goes to USA for this “Catch-Up & Mustard Marathon,” which concludes with last week’s season premiere.

Hoarders (A&E, 7 am – 10 pm) | Fifteen hours of this show should make you feel better about yourself.

Firefly (Science Channel, 8 am – Tuesday, 2 am) | This Firefly marathon, which begins with the film Serenity, features a naked Nathan Fillion, a pre-Mad Men Christina Hendricks, a pre-Nikita Melinda Clarke, and a kick-ass Summer Glau. What more can you ask for?

How the States Got Their Shapes (History, 8 am – 8 pm) | For those in the mood for something educational and actually related to the Independence Day that is being celebrated.

Top Gear (BBC America, 8 am – Tuesday, 5am) | Buckle your seat belts. Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are taking you for a ride.

50 Star Stand-up Weekend (Comedy Central, 9 am – 9 pm) | And…. the weekend stand-up marathon continues.

American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (Discovery, 9 am – midnight) | The series chronicles the rivalry between Paul Teutul, Sr.’s Orange County Choppers and his son’s Paul Jr. Designs. Can’t we all just get along?

Cheaters (G4, 9 am – Tuesday, 4 am) | That’s more cheaters than you’ll find in a Bachelorette cast.

Paula’s Home Cooking and Paula’s Best Dishes (Food Network, 10 am – 4 pm) | Butter, butter and more butter!

Harper’s Island (Chiller, 11 am – Tuesday, 6am) | If scares are more your thing, check out this horror-thriller starring plenty of familiar TV faces like Chris Gorham (now of Covert Affairs), Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl), Matt Barr (Hellcats) and Jim Beaver (Supernatural).

One Tree Hill (SoapNet, 11 am – 6 pm) | SoapNet airs seven of the CW series’ best party episodes. You know what that means, right? Lots of drama, singing and drunken make-outs!

Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (OWN, 11 am – 6 pm) | Relieve Oprah’s final season via the best – and super addictive! – program on OWN.

Bewitched (TV Land, 11:21 am – 8 pm) | Totally imagining a Samantha/Bonnie Bennett meet-up right now.

Law & Order (TNT, noon – 10 pm) | You didn’t think TNT was going to let USA have all the Law & Order fun, did you?

Single Ladies (VH1, 3 pm – 10 pm) | Marvel at Stacey Dash’s eternal youth in this Queen Latifah-produced relationship comedy.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family, 3 pm – 7 pm) | Here’s your chance to check out ABC Family’s newest hit with a marathon of all of the show’s previously aired episodes.

The Golden Girls (Hallmark Channel, 3 pm – Tuesday, 2 am) | Are you a Blanche, Rose or Dorothy?

My So-Called Life (Sundance, 6 pm – midnight) | Can’t-miss episode: “Life of Brian” at 11 pm, penned by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood).

“United States of Sunny” (Comedy Central, 9 pm – midnight) | FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia cracks the Liberty Bell during a patriotic mini-marathon.

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31 Comments
  1. t.t says:

    isn’t falling skies airing this sunday? my tvforecast seems to think so :S

    • Mike says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it is but since this column is about “Holiday Weekend Marathons” I don’t think they would mention that here.

    • EdTV says:

      Networks usually don’t like to air new episodes on holiday weekends when viewership is usually down, BUT it seems TNT is running new episodes of Leverage and Falling Skies this Sunday.

    • lorna says:

      Love the Glades, Harper’s Island was awesome, and OTH was great for the first 5 seasons. I tweet with CMM :)

  2. Linda says:

    Yeah, like TNT doesn’t air enough Law and Order.

  3. TheHey says:

    You forgot Firefly on Sci Channel on Monday.

  4. Steve says:

    There’s a really big list of 265 TV Marathons, Specials, Movies & Sports Events for July 4th weekend at:

    http://www.tvtango.com/news/detail/id/356/

  5. Jordan says:

    The miniseries pilot for Battlestar Galactica is not titled “Night.” The BSG Wiki lists it as “Miniseries, Night 1″ and “Miniseries, Night 2″ because it aired in two parts on two nights.

    • Kris says:

      Also, Vlada, the Firefly marathon starts with the epidsode “Serenity”, which is not the same thing as the movie “Serenity.” The “Serenity” episode was Joss Whedon’s choice of pilot, although it was not the first episode aired by Fox. Please change your blurb. Thanks.

  6. Just Jules says:

    OR how about a little netflix marathon of Eli Stone… well worth it!

  7. Kate says:

    I read the tagline, scanned the accompanying pics…and when I saw Lucy I grinned from ear to ear. THAT is star power!!!

  8. Amy says:

    You can also do marathons of BSG, Arrested Development, and Firefly on Netflix. And I have just this past weekend of BSG. Now it might have to be on to Arrested Development.

  9. Heather says:

    why is chris gorham’s face in the picture? am i missing something obvious?

  10. Templar says:

    Doesn’t USA have a NCIS marathon most days?

  11. fan says:

    why would the firefly marathon start with the movie? Thats messed up…

    • Kris says:

      It starts with the episode called ‘Serenity’, not the movie. The movie won’t even be aired in the marathon.

  12. raubdragon says:

    So where is A Band of Brothers? Best mini-series EVER!

  13. me says:

    You didn’t know American Ninja Warrior was a thing? Sad. I can say I knew of Alison Haislip before that silly voice thing and think her being on it is doubleplusungood for her future on G4, which is where I’d prefer her.

    And yeah, Firefly rocks. I’ve been a Browncoat since the very beginning.

  14. Nerd Alert says:

    Everything I want to watch, I already own except for Star Trek: TNG. But I am at work today and I am not that big of a nerd to take a vacation day for THAT.

  15. Stephanie says:

    No Buffy? That makes me feel a little dead inside.

  16. Neildo says:

    Where is my Monday dose of L&O CI..??. Ill be having withdrawal.

  17. Doug in SF says:

    There’s the “Murder, She Wrote” marathon July 4 on the Hallmark Movie Channel!

  18. Shampa1 says:

    What about a columbo marathon? Anybody showing columbo

  19. Michele says:

    NCIS…hands down

  20. TJ says:

    Firefly, by far.

  21. Adam Higgins says:

    Want to see you favorite Golden Girls characters made into Barbie dolls?

    http://www.gay.net/boys-love-barbie-too/2011/08/vote-who-should-be-next-barbies-tv

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