What to Watch: Your Guide to 35 Memorial Day Weekend Marathons and Specials!

Memorial Day Weekend MarathonWhen 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.

Memorial Day Marathon4 – 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.)

Memorial Day Marathon10 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.

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26 Comments
  1. Caitlin says:

    Wasn’t Casey a year older than the others? I’m all for him being in the movie, but not sure how that’d work. I don’t really see him marrying one of the girls from Veronica’s class…

    • Josee says:

      He could be Veronica’s mystery boyfriend. We don’t know if he’s an existing character or someone new so anything’s possible.

  2. Mike R. says:

    I know I’ll be watching all 15 episodes of AD on Sunday, probably watch 2 or 3 at midnight on Sunday.

  3. Linda says:

    Veronica Mars!

  4. Ava says:

    JEM [And The Holograms] I can’t wait till Sunday! :D

  5. Mufsin says:

    don’t forget about the last two episodes of Smash!

  6. Meg says:

    So basically USA will be having their regular weekend programming?

  7. cjeffery7 says:

    sunday’ll be Falling Skies and maybe Baby Daddy if i’m looking to change things up.

  8. Lorena says:

    USA TV! Benson and Stabler, and Gibss and Dinozzo all weeekend!!!

  9. Reblogged this on thehiltonburnellfiles and commented:
    Falling Skies and Law & Order: SVU is on me for Memorial Day!!!

  10. Renee says:

    National Memorial Day Concert for me and I’ll record the Longmire marathon so I can get caught up.

  11. DavidSask says:

    Why are marathons necessary to Americans?, Download, stream or buy the DVDs its a cheap way of not programming a long weekend and needs to stop!!!

    • suzi says:

      You watch your way and I’ll watch mine, thanks.

    • Meg says:

      Memorial Day weekend is usually spent at picnics or barbecues. In my area it’s traditionally the weekend when swimming pools are opened for the season and boating starts (although that may be delayed with the rainy weather happening). Why would networks put a lot of effort in scheduling on weekends when few people will be watching?

  12. Andy says:

    Setting the DVR to record some Hot in Cleveland I missed from this last season and some Veronica Mars too.

  13. Lisa says:

    Why no mention of the SMASH series finale? Is NBC paying you to play it down? They’ve moved it all over the schedule, hired the world’s worst showrunner in Josh Safran and even had network executives bad mouth it and yet the fans still care – TVLine could at least do the same!

  14. kirads09 says:

    Going to give myself my own mini Marathon re-watching the aired Defiance episodes. Love that show and it is what I am in the mood for. Possibly re-watch aired Hannibal if time.

    Sat – Orphan black is NEW people. I am 100% there.

  15. Mike Connor says:

    How come you DON’t report on the “NEW” Soaps like All My Children (and the new writers?)

  16. Ali says:

    Bring on Doctor Who. Can’t wait to see Ten’s take on the Fifth Doctor. Any episode can be watched multiple times.

  17. Jay says:

    What channel are the Roger Corman movies on? I think this is the first time you ever left that part out!

  18. lyn says:

    Cher marathon going on here. Our dog is having her puppies and the weather is crap, so, we’re running Suspect, Moonstruck, Burlesque, and Witches of Eastwick.

  19. Pete says:

    Happy 106th Birthday John Wayne on Sunday May 26th, Encore Westerns is showing 12hrs of his movies

  20. bobbie says:

    Veronica! Logan! Yes!

  21. Amber says:

    Okay, I DO admit it. I miss David Caruso and his sunglasses. I hoped a couple years ago they would save Miami over New York. At least now New York is gone. Time for the original to breathe its last as well.

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