What to Watch: Your Guide to 35 Memorial Day Weekend Marathons and Specials!
When you just can’t stomach another hot dog and the sun refuses to cooperate this Memorial Day weekend, TVLine has you covered. We’ve culled the best of the holiday weekend’s marathons and specials, including reality shows we can’t quit (I Found the Gown), a check-in with a teenage P.I. whose return can’t happen quickly enough and must-see catch-up sessions with Da Vinci and the Bluths. Enjoy!
FRIDAY, MAY 24
4 – 11 pm Law & Order: SVU (USA Network) | Olivia’s fate may be up in the air, but one thing is certain: She’s still busting perps and radioing for buses in a Law & Order marathon (which continues Saturday at 10 am and runs until 2 am Sunday).
6 pm – 3 am Saturday I Found the Gown (TLC) | This show > Say Yes to the Dress.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
5 am – 5:05 am Sunday Elvis Marathon (Encore) | The King shakes his hips with an all-day marathon of classics like Viva Las Vegas, Jailhouse Rock and more.
6 am – 8:30 pm Sunday Arrested Development (IFC) | By Gob, are you not ready for the Bluths’ Netflix debut?! Catch all 53 episodes from the Fox run.
6 am – 8 pm Sex and the City (Style) | As you watch, put on your casting caps: Who should play Carrie Diaries‘ young Samantha?
10 am – 8 pm Iyanla, Fix My Life (OWN) | One episode’s title: “Fix My Reality Star Life.” Solution: Stop going on reality shows.
11 am – 7 pm Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) | For those looking for a laugh fix. (Also airs Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm.)
1 pm – 3 am Sunday Undercover Boss (TLC) | The CBS reality series goes to White Castle at 10 pm. Sadly, Neil Patrick Harris is not involved.
2 pm – 4 am Sunday Longmire (A&E) | Just in time for Monday’s Season 2 premiere, faves Katee Sackhoff and Cassidy Freeman get their western on in this run-through of the freshman season.
4 – 11 pm Defiance (Syfy) | The series was recently renewed, so don’t be scared to get invested in a marathon of previously aired episodes.
9 pm — Midnight Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz Edge) | Get to know the man behind the Mona Lisa as the cable channel starts re-airing the entire first season (so far) tonight and continues tomorrow in the same time slot.
SUNDAY, MAY 26
9 am – 9 pm Face Off (G4) | We propose a spin-off: Take Your Face Off, about the process of removing all that heavy-duty movie makeup.
9 am – 5 pm Monday Paranormal Witness (Syfy) | Re-energize your ghost-hunting skills before Season 3 premieres on June 5.
10 am – 5 pm Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) | Betty White saying saucy things never gets old.
10 am – 11 pm NCIS (USA Network) | Some of the crew may have resigned during the recent season finale, but they’re still at work here. (Also airs Monday, 6 am – 8 pm.)
Noon – 11 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | Watch some old episodes and then brush up on the various time lords with five Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited specials.
12:30 – 3 pm Jem and the Holograms (The Hub) | Sorry, Elena Gilbert. Jem did pink hair in the ’80s, and she did it brilliantly.
1 – 7 pm Extreme Couponing (TLC) | Sharpen your scissors.
1:30 – 10 pm Mad Men (AMC) | This season may be getting mixed reviews, but guest stars James Wolk (Lone Star) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) are reason enough to catch up before a new episode at 10 pm.
2:51 – 9 pm Futurama (Comedy Central) | You can’t take the sky from Bender!
4 pm – 5 am Monday CSI: Miami (WE tv) | Admit it — you miss David Caruso and his dramatic sunglasses.
6 pm – Midnight Hatfields & McCoys (History) | Find out why Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton riding horses captured a nation.
10 pm D-Day in 3D (Discovery) | Something I didn’t learn in history class: 3D photography was the key to D-Day’s success. Who knew?!
8 pm – 5 am Monday Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) | Travel with the chef to Myanmar, Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Colombia, Canada, Morocco/Tangier and Libya.
MONDAY, MAY 27
8 am – 7 pm M*A*S*H (TV Land) | This marathon includes “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” the two-and-a-half hour TV movie that closed out the series and delivered record ratings.
8 am – 9 pm Pawn Stars (History) | What would you pawn? And what are the chances Rick would give you the price you’re seeking for it?
8 am – 4 am Tuesday Roger Corman Movie Marathon (Syfy) | Put extra
cheese butter on the popcorn for a showing of the Corman flicks Sharktopus, Piranhaconda, Dinoshark, Supergator and Dinocroc vs. Supergator.
9 am – 9 pm Criminal Minds (A&E) | While you’re recovering from this week’s Season 8 finale, bask in the past.
10 am – 8 pm Falling Skies (TNT) | Prepare for the upcoming Season 3 alien invasion on June 9 with a marathon of the first season. (Season 2 will air in its entirety next Saturday, June 1.)
10 am – 7 pm Veronica Mars (SoapNet) | Catch Veronica’s humble beginnings – and future big name guest stars Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain, Melissa Leo and Jane Lynch – during the series’ first nine episodes.
10:55 am – 11 pm South Park (Comedy Central) | Holy crap, this show is going into Season 17?!
Noon – 10 pm Cake Boss (TLC) | A new episode at 9 pm finds the crew baking in the dark after Hurricane Sandy.
2 – 7 pm Baby Daddy (ABC Family) | Prep for new baby duty – Season 2 premieres May 29 – by reliving the gang’s first year of trying to take care of a tot.
8 pm National Memorial Day Concert (PBS) | Criminal Minds‘ Joe Mantegna and former CSI: NYer Gary Sinise gather on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the troops with the National Symphony Orchestra and American Idol champ Candice Glover.
8 pm Memorial Day (The CW) | James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Veronica Mars) star in this 2011 movie about a grandfather and grandson who connect over wartime stories. P.S. — Bring back Casey for Neptune High’s 10-Year Reunion!
Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.Follow @VladaGelman