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

MemorialDayWTWPostPicOpt2When you’re tuckered out from the parade and stuffed full of barbecue this Memorial Day weekend, plop down on the couch and let TVLine take care of the rest. We’ve singled out some noteworthy marathons and specials, including clone-filled original programming, an SVU nostalgia session and a trip down Criminal Minds‘ memory lane.

FRIDAY, MAY 23

2 pm – 1 am Rocky Marathon (CMT) | It’ll take the eye of the tiger to keep watching as Rocky successfully takes on Apollo Creed, Mr. T Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago. See if you can resist the urge to scream “Adriannn!!!”

8 pm Labyrinth (The CW) | In Part 2 of the miniseries, Alaïs and those closest to her must battle to protect the secret of the true Grail held inside three hidden books. In the present day, Alice races against time to put together the strangely familiar pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that represents her long-buried history.

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10 pm Hannibal (NBC) | Season finale: Hannibal - Season 2Loyalties are tested as Will ties up loose ends, unsure if he will survive the trap he has set for Hannibal. (Yep, renewed.)

10 pm Continuum (Syfy) | Julian exposes a corporation’s dirty deeds; Kiera is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths while working with Dillon.

SATURDAY, MAY 24 

10 am – 11 pm Law & Order: SVU (USA Network) | If Munch’s return this week has you reminiscing about everyone’s favorite conspiracy theorist with a badge, then you’re in luck! It’s not a real holiday weekend unless you hear that familiar “chung chung.”

10 am – 7:30 pm Will & Grace (We TV) | Sean Hayes may not have been able to save the world, but he was great as just Jack!

10 am – 4 pm Longmire (A&E) | The sheriff’s almost back in town! With the June 2 Season 3 premiere fast approaching, brush up on what Walt was up to in the first half of last season.

2:50 pm – 1 am South Park (Comedy Central) | There really is no limit to how many times you can kill Kenny.

4 pm – 4 am CSI: Miami (We TV) | Take your sunglasses off and watch David Caruso put his on. Every. Single. Time.

4 – 8pm Star Trek: The Next Generation (BBC America) | Set your phasers to relax while you sit back and enjoy the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.

5 pm – 4 am Criminal Minds (A&E) | Before she became Scandal‘s FLOTUS, Bellamy Young was the love interest of a certain Agent Hotchner. Bonus: A guest appearance by Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon as Garcia’s boyfriend Kevin Lynch. (Does that mean the BAU is the new Scooby Gang?)

8 pm – Midnight Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) | Exorcise that DVR backlog by catching up with the last four episodes of everyone’s favorite Renaissance man — just OrphanBlackmemdayin time for next week’s season finale.

9 pm Orphan Black (BBC America) | Sarah joins forces with an unlikely, untrustworthy ally, following a trail of clues that she hopes will lead her to the origins of the clone experiment. Suits star/OB superfan Patrick J. Adams guest-stars.

SUNDAY, MAY 25

5 am – 2 pm Law & Order (TNT) | In the television criminal justice system, crime-solving has been portrayed by three separate but equally good series of Law & Order. This was the first.

7:30 – 10:30 am Awkward. (MTV) | After a dark last semester, get to know Jenna 2.0 in a marathon of Season 4 (so far).

10 am – 11 pm NCIS (USA Network) | Lots and lots (and lots) of Gibbs and the gang.

11 am – 1:30 pm Faking It (MTV) | Get the sitch on these BFFs-turned-fake-lesbians in the first five episodes of this season.

1:30 – 9 pm Turn (AMC) | There may be no headless horseman, but there is plenty of (really) old school spying to be done during the Revolutionary War. Catch up on every episode aired to date.

2 pm – 2 am (Monday) COPS Reloaded (CMT) | Half a day’s worth of episodes, featuring some of the show’s craziest moments.

8 pm National Memorial Day Concert (PBS) | Criminal Minds’ Joe Mantegna and CSI: NY boss Gary Sinise celebrate the troops. The evening features performances from Voice Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery and Smash alum Megan Hilty.

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9 pm The Normal Heart (HBO) | Set normal heartduring the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, this Ryan Murphy-directed adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony award-winning play follows gay activists and their allies in the medical community as they fight to expose the truth about the epidemic.  (Watch the trailer.)

9 pm Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (Animal Planet) | The minds that gave us Sharknado have now chosen to terrorize a small town with bloodthirsty, eel-like fish. The cast includes Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills, 90210), Jason Brooks (Star Trek) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).

9 pm Believe (NBC) | Bo has a vision of a tragic event in the New York City subway, leading to a confrontation with Agent Ferrell that turns perilous.

9 pm Nurse Jackie (Showtime) | Antoinette makes a harrowing confession when she confronts Jackie about her addiction and it has a sobering affect on Jackie.

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10 pm Crisis (NBC) | A parent mission could lead to war between the U.S. and China. Elsewhere, Ian discovers a secret entrance at the mansion, bearing witness to an unthinkable sight.

madmen_roger_memday10 pm Mad Men (AMC) | Midseason finale: Don is troubled by a letter, while Peggy may seek a new future on a risky venture and Roger receives a phone call. Also, Pete and Cutler butt heads.

10 pm Devious Maids (Lifetime) | Marisol discovers more secrets about Opal; Rosie tries to help Lucinda, but it leads to further strife in the Miller family.

10 pm Salem (WGN America) | Alden and Cotton come face-to-face with a real witch while Mary comes up with a solution to the discord within the coven.

10 pm Penny Dreadful (Showtime) | Dr. Frankenstein is confronted by his past. Vanessa has a vision of Mina.

MONDAY, MAY 26

6 am – 3 am MemROARial Day Godzilla-thon  (EPIX) | Jurassic Park yourself on the couch and get reacquainted with the grandfather of all movie monsters.

6 am – 3 am American Ninja Warrior (Esquire) | Consider this the perfect motivation to get back to the gym after eating all those hot dogs.FallingSkiesmemday

10 am – 7 pm Falling Skies (TNT) | With the Season 4 premiere just a month away, brush up on Season 3 here. (Watch the official trailer.)

3 – 6 pm Baby Daddy (ABC Family) | Check in with Wheeler & Co. during this marathon of Season 2-to-date.

8 pm Memorial Day (The CW) | Aaron Samuels is all grown up! Josh Bennet (Mean Girls) plays a grandson connecting with his grandfather (AHS: Asylum’s James Cromwell) over his World War II memorabilia, only to use what he learns during his tour in Iraq.

9 pm The World Wars (History) | Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) narrates this three-night event series, which tells the story three decades of war through the eyes of Roosevelt, Hitler and other significant historical figures. (Watch a sneak preview.)

9 pm Petals on the Wind (Lifetime) | This sequel to Flowers in the Attic skips ahead 10 years into the future as it follows siblings Cathy (Once Upon A Time’s Rose McIver) and Chris (Pretty Little Liars’ Wyatt Nash) as they return home to confront their grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and seek revenge on their mother (Heather Graham) – all while resisting their forbidden feelings for one another.

Which of the above is a must-see for you? Hit the comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions. -- Megan Spinelli and Nivea Serrao

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35 Comments
  1. SK says:

    Hannibal – can’t wait to see what happens.

  2. Justin says:

    Continuum

  3. Coal says:

    Crisis

  4. C says:

    I enjoyed flowers in the attic!!!! Looking forward to petals on the wind will also be watching Salem devious maids and penny dreadful

  5. nikki says:

    How could you say that the BAU is the new Scoobies?

  6. Erin says:

    Also, there’s a marathon of “The Good Wife” on the Hallmark movie channel on Monday from 9AM ET – 11:00PM ET for anyone interested.

  7. DM says:

    I am so sick to death of TNT and Law and Order whatever. They have other shows to marathon. It’s not like it’s never on. Same goes for NCIS. Would it hurt to have a Suits or a Royal Pains or a White Collar marathon?

    • Jason says:

      Yes. Sunday is just basically the regular USA lineup. They pretty much do an NCIS marathon every week-end. Would love to see some of their original programming (especially White Collar). TNT could do 5-0 or Mentalist to change things up.

  8. Steve says:

    Friday:
    Continuum
    Labyrinth
    Hannibal

    Saturday:
    Orphan Black
    In The Flesh

    Sunday:
    Turn
    Penny Dreadful
    Salem
    Believe
    Crisis

  9. Joey Padron says:

    Orphan Black cause Patrick J. Adams from Suits will be in it, Believe, Mad Men, Salem, I’ll watch Falling Skies season 3 marathon on Monday.

  10. Ron says:

    Friday, it’s all about Hannibal! So excited.
    Saturday, it’s all about Orphan Black! Again, so excited. (I usually check out The Graham Norton Show a little later on Saturday on BBC just for some ridiculous fun.)

  11. Jasmine Smith says:

    Gave up on Devious Maids. What a waste of time it has become. No Thrones this week? boooo! Orphan Black and maybe Penny Dreadful.

  12. Tran says:

    Saturday: Blackhawks vs. Kings Game Three. Sunday: Total Divas, Mad Men (mid-season finale) and Crisis (the wait is finally over).

  13. I’m hoping Hannibal ends with Hannibal under arrest. Next season doesn’t have to be Red Dragon, they can do a 13 episode arc with him in custody that leads up to that.

  14. CourtTV says:

    I recorded Labyrinth last night. Is it worth watching?

  15. J says:

    Orphan Black
    Hit the Floor(S2 Premiere)
    Devious Maids
    Salem

  16. Alyse says:

    Love these what to watch marathon articles! Thanks, Team TVLine!!!!

  17. Babybop says:

    Hannibal!! So happy that it’s renewed. <3

  18. Miller says:

    Hannibal! Hannibal! Hannibal!! :)

  19. Mikael says:

    I’m so excited that Hannibal will be back next year! Season 2 has been amazing! The “face scene” from last week made me physically cringe, but in a good way. You’d never know this great show was on a network like NBC. It feels like it should be on cable!

  20. proofer says:

    renewal link on hannibal needs to be updated, going to da vinci demons

  21. Pat says:

    I have a lot of shows to catch up on and thank goodness, they are on my DVR. The only show on the list that will be new for me is Salem. Cannot wait for June to start, because shows that I like and also some new ones will be starting up. Have a Very Safe Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

  22. Gaara says:

    Hannibal
    Penny Dreadful
    and then The World Wars mainly for Jeremy Renner

  23. Roni says:

    Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy finally airs here in the U.S. Monday night on Reelz.

  24. N says:

    Hannibal!

  25. Tom Hodges says:

    I can’t wait for babay day

  26. wrstlgirl says:

    Banshee marathon Sun/Mon on Cinemax :-) Also Hannibal, Continuum, Labyrinth, Petals, Believe, Crisis, Turn and of course 24 Monday night

  27. DL says:

    Don’t forget Salem’s catch-up marathon on Saturday! I was iffy about the pilot but since then it’s just gotten better and better.

  28. The Bluelady says:

    been waiting sooo long for Defiance and Longmire to return. Great idea to have marathons!

  29. Jason says:

    What is epix???

  30. ladyluck527 says:

    I will be watching Orphan Black. On Sunday : Salem, Devious Maids.

  31. JM says:

    Labyrinth was a snore. Orphan Black is fantastic. As far as Salem goes, you have to like horror shows to get into it. But it is quite intriguing if you give it a chance to grow on you.

  32. Mary says:

    Buffy Binge on Pivot. Started at 10am et/9am ct.

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