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

This Christmas, Santa isn’t just stuffing stockings, he’s filling DVRs — with more TV specials and marathons than you can shake a candy cane at! Among the offerings you’ll be able to tune into starting Friday are a full dose of Doctor Whos, a plethora of Season 1 catch-ups (Being Human, Awkward, Downton Abbey) and even a Chrismukkah miracle (or two or three or… ). Where should you start? TVLine’s handy roundup may be of some assistance. 

Hoarding: Buried Alive (TLC, 6 am – 4 pm) | As if Hoarding wasn’t bad enough, they’ve now added Buried Alive.

Top Gear (BBC America, 8 am – Tuesday, 5 am) | Get plenty of fuel (treats) for this lengthy road trip.

Wife Swap (Lifetime, 8 am – 9 pm) | Nothing like checking out the other side to make you appreciate your own crazy family. And just a glass or two of eggnog too late…

Band of Brothers (Spike TV, 9 am – Tuesday, 1:12 am) | Already missing Homeland? Check out Damian Lewis in this HBO mini from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, which features a who’s who of top-notch actors: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Neal McDonough, Donnie Wahlberg, Kirk Acevedo, Colin Hanks… The list goes on and on.

Southern Fried Stings (truTV, 9 am – 3 pm) | Sadly, it’s about stings, not French fry strings.

Being Human (Syfy, noon – Tuesday, 1 am) | Before Season 2 of the US remake premieres Jan. 17, catch up on the first season.

Bad Girls Club (Oxygen, 1 pm – midnight) | The marathon also includes Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too and a Season 8 preview. What it does not include is a shot of penicillin.

Awkward (MTV, 5 – 11 pm) | We’ve talked about this funny and heartfelt teen comedy before, so you better have a really good excuse for not watching this Season 1 marathon.

Little Dorrit (TCM, 8 pm – Tuesday, 2:15 am) | Celebrate Charles Dickens’ bicentennial with parts one and two of the 1988 film.

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (ABC, 8 – 9 pm) | ABC airs the classic Rankin/Boss stop-motion animated special featuring the voice of Red Skelton as Father Time.


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