The TVLine-Up: Your Guide to 81 Christmas Marathons and Specials

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This Christmas, Santa isn’t just stuffing stockings, he’s filling DVRs — with more TV specials and marathons than you can shake a candy cane at! Among the offerings you’ll be able to tune into starting Friday are a full dose of Doctor Whos, a plethora of Season 1 catch-ups (Being Human, Awkward, Downton Abbey) and even a Chrismukkah miracle (or two or three or… ). Where should you start? TVLine’s handy roundup may be of some assistance. 

MONDAY, DEC. 26
Hoarding: Buried Alive (TLC, 6 am – 4 pm) | As if Hoarding wasn’t bad enough, they’ve now added Buried Alive.

Top Gear (BBC America, 8 am – Tuesday, 5 am) | Get plenty of fuel (treats) for this lengthy road trip.

Wife Swap (Lifetime, 8 am – 9 pm) | Nothing like checking out the other side to make you appreciate your own crazy family. And just a glass or two of eggnog too late…

Band of Brothers (Spike TV, 9 am – Tuesday, 1:12 am) | Already missing Homeland? Check out Damian Lewis in this HBO mini from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, which features a who’s who of top-notch actors: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Neal McDonough, Donnie Wahlberg, Kirk Acevedo, Colin Hanks… The list goes on and on.

Southern Fried Stings (truTV, 9 am – 3 pm) | Sadly, it’s about stings, not French fry strings.

Being Human (Syfy, noon – Tuesday, 1 am) | Before Season 2 of the US remake premieres Jan. 17, catch up on the first season.

Bad Girls Club (Oxygen, 1 pm – midnight) | The marathon also includes Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too and a Season 8 preview. What it does not include is a shot of penicillin.

Awkward (MTV, 5 – 11 pm) | We’ve talked about this funny and heartfelt teen comedy before, so you better have a really good excuse for not watching this Season 1 marathon.

Little Dorrit (TCM, 8 pm – Tuesday, 2:15 am) | Celebrate Charles Dickens’ bicentennial with parts one and two of the 1988 film.

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (ABC, 8 – 9 pm) | ABC airs the classic Rankin/Boss stop-motion animated special featuring the voice of Red Skelton as Father Time.

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Comments (28)

  • So, pretty much no reason to even turn the TV on then. With the exceptions of Downton Abbey and Little Dorrit, there isn’t much for me to DVR. Leaving for London tonight, so will set the DVR for those two shows.

    Comment by Templar – December 22, 2011 06:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Disney Parade is 12-2 on the East coast. ABC

    Comment by Chelsea – December 22, 2011 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doesn’t look like there’s any good marathons on Christmas Day. Bummer.

    Comment by David – December 22, 2011 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everyone should watch Awkward, seriously.

    Comment by Juliana – December 22, 2011 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I already own Awkward season one that’s my reason. Amazing comedy.

      Comment by Jenny – December 22, 2011 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You’re forgiven! But everyone else, JUST WATCH IT!

        Comment by Juliana – December 22, 2011 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • i saw the last marathon that MTV did and it was hilarious, I also told my girlfriends to watch it and she loved it too. great show

          Comment by juan – December 22, 2011 11:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree. The best show ever. Season 2 needs to start soon & be more than 12 episodes.

      Comment by Danielle – December 26, 2011 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Buffy this holiday?? WTH?! :(

    Comment by Epicurious Erin – December 22, 2011 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, where’s Buffy? Not very Christmas(y) but still…

      Comment by Lisa – December 22, 2011 09:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll have to watch Buffy I taped on LOGO this morning. Will catch the Doctor Who Christmas, Firefly and Merlin marathons.

    Comment by Lisa – December 22, 2011 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doctor Who, The Nerdist special and The OC i will be catching and maybe some Firefly

    Comment by ggny – December 22, 2011 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • btw people that dont know The Nerdist special after Doctor Who Christmas special will have Will Weaton,Nathan Fillion,Simon Pegg and David Tennant as special guest…So if you a nerd like me you should probably check it out

    Comment by ggny – December 22, 2011 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • whatever happened to james bond films being played all month. i miss that.

    Comment by TJCrinc – December 22, 2011 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m all over that “Noah’s Arc” marathon on logo. Love that show so much. It’s one of those that got cancelled way too soon.

    Comment by Amber – December 22, 2011 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Any news of a Sons of Ararchy, Justified and Vampire Diaries marathons?

    Comment by Bad Breaker – December 22, 2011 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “anarchy”, sorry

      Comment by Bad Breaker – December 22, 2011 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Being Human premieres on 1/16…not 1/17.

    Comment by Sheila – December 22, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and The Nerdist…that’s a must. With some Top Gear on the side.

    Comment by Ali – December 22, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is TBS not doing the 24 Hours of A Christmas Story like they have for the last decade? I didn’t see it on the list. That would really suck.

    Comment by Red Rider – December 22, 2011 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This list is correct the best OC Christmas episodes were Season’s 1 and 4

    Comment by Mike – December 22, 2011 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Science Channel it is.

    Comment by Tia – December 22, 2011 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes TBS is doing 24 hours of A Christmas Story from 8 pm on Christmas Eve to 8 pm on Christmas night. It has been doing that for 14 years now.

    Comment by david – December 22, 2011 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There has to be a Criminal Minds marathon SOMEWHERE!

    Comment by dee – December 22, 2011 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For a more complete list check out this huge schedule/viewing guide
    of CHRISTMAS ON TV: 2,320 Specials, Episodes, Movies & Marathons for December 2011.

    http://www.tvtango.com/news/detail/id/411

    Happy Holidays!

    Comment by Steve – December 22, 2011 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FIREFLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Caitlin – December 25, 2011 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One Christmas marathon that I absolutely hate is A Christmas Story. Never cared for the movie and think 24 hours of it is a waste of TV time. I would suggest that if they want to have a Christmas marathon that they assemble as many versions of A Christmas Carol as will fit in 24 and run that.

    Comment by John F. C. Taylor – December 26, 2011 04:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • UGH I WANT TO WATCH BAND OF BROTHERS SO BADLY. But I’m overseas with no DVRing capabilities or anything. Grrrrr I have been wanting to see that for ages. :(

    Comment by Dole – December 26, 2011 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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