What to Watch Sunday: Super Bowl Showdown, Elementary's Own Big Game, Downton and More

Super BowlOn TV this Sunday: The Super Bowl hits the Big Easy, then hands off to Elementary. Also, happiness is a warm Puppy Bowl and Downton Abbey acts right stroppy indeed. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

9 am-3 am Golden Girls marathon (Hallmark Channel) | You can say “Thank you for being a friend” over and over again with this run of Sophia/Rose/Dorothy/Blanche adventures. Now who’s bringing the cheesecake?

3 pm Puppy Bowl IX (Animal Planet) | Even if you don’t care much for gridiron glory, what’s not to love about puppies tussling about on a fake football field, with hedgehog cheerleaders and a kitten halftime show? (New this year: the slow-mo “Cute Cam.” I die.)

4 pm-Midnight Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon (BBC America) | Super Bowl resistance may be futile, but give it a shot anyway with these Season 5 and 6 episodes, beginning with “I, Borg” and ending with “Relics.”

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6:25 pm Super Bowl XLVII (CBS) | The Baltimore Ravens go up against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, with Beyoncé rocking the live halftime show. Who do you like? Hey, poll!

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9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Robert and Cora aren’t speaking, the servants shun Matthew’s mother Isobel and Matthew and Robert have fallen out. Oh dear…

9 pm Live From New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live (NBC) | This repeat two-hour special chronicles the Not Ready for Primetime Players’ beginnings.

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10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Sherlock pursues an unpredictable criminal (played by Oz‘s Terry Kinney) alongside a FBI profiler (Covert Affairs‘ Kari Matchett) who literally wrote the book on the felon. Meanwhile, Watson faces eviction.

10 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Back-to-back Repeats to Revisit: Lily’s first day at school ends with Cam in a standoff with a lesbian mom, and Phil (“Not a Real Man”) makes plans to have a vasectomy.

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11:35 pm The Craig Ferguson Super Bowl Special (CBS) | Steve Carell (The Office), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Julie Chen (The Talk), Nikki Reed (Twilight) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees join Ferguson’s post-Bowl bash in New Orleans.

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  1. Elementary (regardless of the Super Bowl!)

  2. Kim R says:

    Sigh. :( Looks like a movie night for me.

  3. Dan says:

    For those NOT watching the Super Bowl or any shows airing tonight if you have Netflix I recommend watching ‘House of Cards’ (starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara) I’m only a few episodes in but it’s been amazing so far.

    • Martina says:

      Agreed, I’ve watched 5 episodes so far, I think its fantastic

    • LynneD says:

      I did a marathon, and watched all episodes…fantastic show, want more….

      • Mel says:

        I have heard House of Cards is good. My daughter was an extra in the campaign office, so you’d think I would have watched it by now, but there’s just too much going on this weekend! Can hardly wait to see it.

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      So it’s that good then? I’m curious about it. It’s directed by David Fincher, I think, which is what intrigues me. Netflix’s new format of releasing all episodes at once is an interesting one for sure. I’m wondering if the Emmys will take this new format of television seriously when casting their nominations this summer.

  4. Tubbs says:

    Puppy bowl! Been waiting all week for this.

  5. Holly says:

    Super Bowl – Go Ravens!

  6. lynn says:

    Is lost girl on tonight ??

  7. Tran says:

    Super Bowl – I’m rootin’ for the 49ers to win and the post Super Bowl episode of Elementary. On Demand: Downton Abbey.

  8. mia says:

    Puppy bowl!!!

  9. LynnH says:

    Puppy Bowl!!

  10. tahina says:

    Elementary! Don’t care who wins but will watch the commercials. Beyonce..no thanks.

  11. James says:

    I’m super exited for the Beyonce concert tonight

  12. mrspeel2 says:

    Super Bowl til 9, then DowntonAbbey, and then I’m hoping the SB will run over it’s allotted
    time, so I can switch back to catch the end of the game!

  13. Babybop says:

    I’ll have the Superbowl on in the background while I finish all my homework.

  14. Andy says:

    Elementary and Puppy Bowl!

  15. Chris says:

    Walking Dead Marathon starting at 3 pm fyi

  16. Liana in San Diego says:

    No SuperBowl, just Elementary and other shows I’ve already got on the DVR. Downton Abbey, possibly. Getting bored with their ridiculous antics.

  17. madbengalsfan85 says:

    Super Bowl!!

  18. Alienate says:

    Isn’t episode two of Amerika on tonite? I loved Ep One.

  19. Deena says:

    Since I’m not invested in either team this year, it’s all about the PUPPY BOWL! Craig Ferguson should be great too.

  20. ollie says:

    super bowl!!

  21. Whatever says:

    Super Bowl, Go Ravens !
    DVR Downton Abbey and the Puppy Bowl.

  22. D says:

    Elementary for me, don’t care about the Super Bowl

  23. HeatherC says:

    Puppy Bowl for sure and I’m going to a Superbowl party later tonight but we’re mainly watching for the commercials, LOL ;)

  24. mima says:

    Elementary!!!! Second time this week! Can`t wait :)

  25. Mel says:

    Go Ravens!

  26. DreamRose311 says:

    Craig Ferguson!!

  27. Polly says:

    GP and the Fergs duh!

  28. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Puppy Bowl, Puppy Bowl, Puppy Bowl. I assume Girls and Shameless are on tonight too, no? I have a newfound respect for Lena Dunham. (Not that I didn’t respect her before, cuz I did.) Last night she became the first ever female director ever to win a Director’s Guild Award for directing a comedy. She’s become historic! And it’s totally deserved. And I imagine all her haters are foaming at the mouth over it right now. Ha. I was hoping TVLine would mention her historic win in an article about the DGAs, but I didn’t see one. Maybe I just missed it. Congrats to you, Miss Dunham. You’ve accomplished so much at your young age of 26.