What to Watch: Your Guide to 30 Fourth of July Weekend Marathons and Specials!

fourth-of-july-marathons-300If you need to escape the sun, your third cheeseburger or embarrassing childhood stories this Fourth of July weekend, TVLine has you covered. We’ve gathered the best of the holiday weekend’s marathons and specials, including old-school classics (Beverly Hills, 90210), catch-ups on current faves and some guilty pleasures (Pregnant & Dating, anyone?) Enjoy!

6 am – 1:30 pm Cake Boss (TLC) | Buddy Valastro’s masterpieces include cakes inspired by the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and Radio City Music Hall.

6 am – 12 am Lifetime Movie Network’s “Perfect” Marathon (LMN) | A two-day marathon of “flawless” movie titles (continuing Friday at 8am), including the premiere of “The Perfect Boyfriend” at 8 pm on Friday.

6 am – 4 am Friday NCIS (USA Network) | While you wait for the CBS drama’s Sept. 24 return, relive the best of Seasons 7, 8 and 9.

8 am – 6 am Friday Star Trek: The Next Generation (BBC America) | Get your Kling-on with this two-day marathon, continuing Friday from 8 am to 9 pm.

8 am – 6 am Friday The Twilight Zone (Syfy) | Get creeped out by your favorite episodes.

8:30 am – 4:30 pm I’m Having Their Baby (Oxygen) | Catch up with the young birth mothers struggling to give their children up for adoption.

9 am – 8 pm Castle (TNT) | While we wait on Kate’s answer, immerse yourself in classic Caskett goodness.

9 am – 8 pm The First 48 (A&E) | Includes crime-scene investigations in Miami, Cincinnati and Memphis.

10 am – 7 pm Beverly Hills, 90210 (SOAPnet) | Class is back in session at West Beverly High School during this nostalgia trip.

the-price-is-right-july-411 am – 3 am Friday Gidget (Antenna) | Arguably Sally Field’s most captivating role, no?

11 am The Price Is Right (CBS) | Men and women of the armed forces, accompanied by family members, compete for cash and prizes.

1 – 8 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Need a little zombie in your life? Catch up with the first three seasons, starting with Season 1 at 1 pm Thursday. Season 2 arrives 1 pm Friday, while Season 3 runs Saturday (1 pm – 12:30 am Sunday) and Sunday (1 – 9 pm).

4 pm – 4 am Friday Pawn Stars (History) | Because nothing says “independence” like Chumlee practicing his battle moves in the storeroom.

6 pm – 6 am Friday Ridiculousness (MTV) | For those in need of a good laugh… at the expense of others’ embarrassing YouTube moments.

8 pm A Capitol Fourth (PBS) | Dancing With the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron hosts a celebration of the nation’s independence. Barry Manilow, Idol champ Scotty McCreery, Darren Criss (Glee) and Megan Hilty (Smash) are among those scheduled to perform.

8 pm Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) | Actor/comedian Nick Cannon hosts the annual festivities, with performers including pop queen Mariah Carey and country crooners Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.

5 am – 5 pm Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (Science) | Tackles your usual daily musings, such as  “How do aliens think?” and “What is nothing?”

6 am – 1 am Saturday Law & Order: SVU (USA Network) | Revel in your independence (and Mariska Hargitay’s Season 15 return) with a two-day marathon, which will continue on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.

6:30 am – 2:30 pm America’s Next Top Model (Oxygen) | Practice your runway walk along with the Cycle 11 contestants.

warehouse-13-july-47 am – 2 am Saturday Untold Stories of the ER (Discovery Fit & Health) | Perhaps this should air before the entire country plays with fireworks…? Just a thought.

8 am – 5 pm Warehouse 13 (Syfy) | Revisit the second half of Season 4 before its finale airs on Monday. Plus, did you hear who’s stopping by in the final season?

9 am – 4 am Saturday Storage Wars (A&E) | Original episodes plus installments from Texas and New York.

11 am – 4 pm Pregnant & Dating (WEtv) | For those who want to see some real fireworks.

2 – 8 pm I Found the Gown (TLC) | Because Say Yes to the Dress is so last season.

6:30 – 10 pm Life’s Too Short (HBO Signature) | Season 1 of the Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant mockumentary unspools anew, leading up to a new hour-long finale special on HBO at 10 pm.

9 pm – 12 am Magic City (Starz) | Rewatch the first three episodes of Season 2 before the show’s run resumes July 12.

10 pm King (Reelz) | Series premiere: Detective Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis, Life Unexpected) is the new lead investigator of Toronto’s Major Crimes Task Force, though her crime-solving methods aren’t always appreciated. In the premiere episode, King goes searching for a missing girl while balancing her new job.

10 am – 4 pm Boy Meets World (MTV2) | Getting antsy for Girl Meets World? Six hours with Cory Matthews & Co. should tide you over.

11 am – 4 pm Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) | Memorable guest stars include actor/mountain man Zach Galifianakis (Bored to Death), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men).

1 – 8 pm Top of the Lake (Sundance) | Peggy Olson, you sound so different! Watch all seven episodes of Jane Campion’s riveting mini.

2 – 8 pm Married… with Children (VH1 Classic) | A day of Al Bundy’s woes will make your family’s Fourth of July visit pale in comparison.

4 pm – 3 am Sunday Monk (ION) | When Monk’s OCD starts to rub off on you, it’s time to go to bed.

7 – 11 pm The Big Bang Theory (TBS) | Cap off the weekend with Leonard, Sheldon and (we hope) a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.

9 pm Brooklyn DA (CBS) | Season finale: Prosecutors say a man who has been in prison for 23 years is innocent.

Which of the above is a must-see for you? Also, hit the comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.

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  1. kevin shaffer says:

    Walking Dead,Big Bang Theory

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    I’m gonna watch as much of The Walking Dead as I can. I’ve been dying for a marathon for weeks :-)

  3. Lorena says:

    NCIS and SVU!

  4. D'Arcy says:

    I recommend skipping all these shows and watching Orphan Black.

  5. Ash says:

    TWD! Can’t wait for the on set footage, too!

  6. So happy about this list!! Looking forward to Beverly Hills 90210, Boy Meets World and SVU!!!

  7. cjeffery7 says:

    this would be the the perfect weekend for an orphan black marathon. come on BBC America!

  8. Missing Castle on TNT 9 am to 7 pm US CT on July 4

  9. GeoDiva says:

    What?!?! No Law & Order marathon on TNT?

  10. B McD says:

    NCIS, ST: TNG, SVU and Big Band Theory!!

  11. Melissa says:

    You forgot the Terra Nova marathon Sunday on Science channel.

  12. Lyn says:

    How could you leave out the “Top of the Lake” miniseries being rerun on Sundance?! (Avidly awaiting this, as my watching was rudely interrupted, but now I have Sundance again.) Superb acting by Elisabeth Moss and others. Episodes running here and there, but running IN ORDER starting 1 p.m. Saturday.

  13. Marie says:

    Please ABC bring back Body Of Proof – Any information on Ziva return on NCIS?

  14. Mindy says:

    Really wish USA would marathon their own shows instead of the boring NCIS and tired SVU. Would love to see White Collar or Covert Affairs instead. Or early season Burn Notice.

  15. Cindy says:

    How better to celebrate the Fourth of July than to watch the marvelous musical 1776, which tells the story of the writing of the Declaration of Independence . On TCM if you can get it. Superb cast, wonderful songs and lots of humor.

  16. Bobbi says:

    Watched all of “Top Of The Lake” yesterday on Netflix. Fantastic show. Some of the accents were a bit difficult to understand and one actor, in particular, mumbled terribly, but a fascinating show. For Elisabeth Moss, about as far from Peggy Olson as she could get. She was riveting in this. Quite a few outstanding performances. Well worth the time!

  17. Diane ferrin says:

    Will they come back soon??? Marathon would be better

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