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

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25
Bleach (Cartoon Network, 12 – 6 am) | If you like anime with your unwrapping, Cartoon Network has you covered.

Best of I Love The… (VH1, 3 – 8 am) | Didn’t get that time machine you wanted? No worries. You can still relive the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Doctor Who (BBC America, 5 am – 9 pm) | Amy and Rory may be departing soon, but you can still catch them during this Season 6 marathon.

House (Cloo, 6 am – Monday, 6 am) | You probably don’t have that guest star’s disease, but we can’t be positive…

The Outer Limits (Chiller, 6 am – Monday, 6 am) | Play “Hey, it’s that guy from… !” during this 24-hour marathon of the sci-fi anthology series.

Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo, 6 am – 2 pm) | Among those being subject to the Proust Questionnaire are James Franco, Betty White, Charlie Sheen, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston and the cast of Modern Family.

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (ABC, 9 – 11 am PT/Noon – 2 pm ET) | Hosts Nick Cannon, Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos take you inside the happiest place on Earth on the happiest day of the year, with performances from Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber and Christina Aguilera.

Firefly (Science Channel, 9 am – Monday, 6 am) | So you don’t drive a sleigh — big deal! Take me away, anyway, Captain Mal!

Ghost Hunters (Syfy, 9 am – 3 pm) | Grant and Jason go hunting for ghosts in this Season 7 marathon. Which is obviously very different from what they would have done in a Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 marathon.

A Gospel Christmas (CBS, 9 – 10 am) | Kenny Lattimore, Chanté Moore, Howard Hewett, Sounds of Blackness, Shirley Murdoch, Shanice and many more perform.

My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (WE tv, 10 am – Monday, 4 am) | The celebrity wedding planner attempts to get regular gals hitched like a Kardashian. Though hopefully with longer-lasting results.

The Oprah Winfrey Show (OWN, 10 am – 8 pm) | Missing Oprah? She’s still here for you.

Mythbusters (Discovery, 11 am – Monday, 3 am) | The team bursts some bubbles beginning with a holiday special that tackles Christmas hype.

Caillou Movie Marathon (Sprout, noon – 6 pm) | It’s really just the same holiday movie over and over, but don’t tell the kids.

Malcolm in the Middle (IFC, noon – 8:30 pm) | Before he was cooking up meth on Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was just trying to survive his crazy brood.

Man v. Food Nation (Travel Channel, noon – 4 pm) | Host Adam Richman travels to Nashville, the Florida Keys and beyond. Hopefully, at the end of his journey, we’ll get to find out if he can fit down a chimney. Or through a door. Or… (Also airs Sunday, 8 pm – Monday, 4 am.)

NFL Holiday Spectacular (CBS, noon – 1 pm) | Apparently, historic and memorable NFL moments can capture the holiday spirit, too. Who knew?

The Real Housewives of… (Bravo, noon – Monday, 4 am) | The ladies — and heaven knows we use the term loosely — of Beverly Hills and Atlanta remind us why they’ll always be on Santa’s naughty list. (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills also airs Monday, 6 pm – Tuesday, 4 am.)

1,000 Ways to Die (Spike TV, 1 pm – Monday, 4 am) | Maybe don’t watch this if you’re feeling the holiday blues.

Drake & Josh (TeenNick, 1 – 9 pm) | Alert the tweens!

Snapped (Oxygen, 1 pm – Monday, 3 am) | What you will be if the family doesn’t leave on time.

Face Off (Syfy, 3 – 11 pm) | A group of prosthetic makeup artists compete for the $100,000 prize by trying to camouflage a certain reindeer’s neon-red nose. OK, we made up that last part.

The O.C. (SoapNet, 3 – 7 pm) | Celebrate “Chrismukkah-time in the O.C.” with all four of the teen soap’s holiday mash-up episodes. Our favorites: the Season 1 classic that started it all and the “It’s a Wonderful Life”-esque, Bizarro World of Season 4′s “Chrismukk-huh?”

Hardcore Pawn (truTV, 4 – 11 pm) | Spend some time at American Jewelry and Loan, a family-owned pawn shop. Trust us, the lines are shorter than the ones you’ll stand in at Macy’s when you try to exchange that juicer.

Brain Games (National Geographic, 5 pm – Monday, 3 am) | Hey, just because it’s the holidays and everyone is off work doesn’t mean you should let your gray matter waste away. Use that noodle!

General Hospital (SoapNet, 7 pm – Monday, 6 am) | Catch the beloved sudser on SoapNet while it and the network still exist.

Christmas by Leo McCarey (TCM, 8 – Monday, 6:30 am) | TCM unwraps six of the director’s films, including Duck Soup and Once Upon a Honeymoon.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC, 8 – 8:30 pm) | Boris Karloff narrates this 1966 animated special that was so perfect in its execution that it needed no further adaptation. Not that that stopped Jim Carrey, whose 2000 movie version airs at 8:30 pm.

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (BBC America, 9 – 10:20 pm) | This year’s Christmas special journeys back to World War II as a struggling mother of two learns that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.

Downton Abbey (PBS, 9 pm – Monday, 1:30 am) | Want to know what all the fuss is about? Here’s your chance to check out Season 1.

Merlin (Syfy, 11 pm – Monday, 5 am) | Catch up on the last six episodes of Season 3 before Season 4 debuts Jan. 6.

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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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