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15 TV Show Marathons To Watch Over New Year’s

Whether you’re looking for an excuse to stay in on New Year’s Eve, or something to distract you from your New Year’s Day hangover, here are 15 TV marathons to indulge in over the holiday.

1. The Walking Dead

AMC

Channel: AMC
Begins: Dec. 31, 9 a.m.
Ends: Jan. 2, 5 a.m.

Maybe 2014 will be the year of the zombie apocalypse. Maybe it won’t. Either way, what better way to celebrate the end of the year than with a series about the end of humanity?

2. The Mindy Project

FOX

Channel: Bravo
Begins: Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m.
Ends: Dec. 31, 5 p.m.

In case you’ve missed any of The Mindy Project’s stellar second season, Bravo is airing every episode thus far. And it ends at 5, so you still have time to go out if you have New Year’s Eve plans. It’s also fine if you don’t.

3. Futurama

Comedy Central

Channel: Comedy Central
Begins: Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.
Ends: Jan. 1, 12 a.m.
Begins again: Jan. 1, 11:26 a.m.
Ends: Jan. 1, 6 p.m.

Doesn’t 2014 feel weirdly futuristic? For a (slightly exaggerated) look at what that future might look like, check out Comedy Central’s Futurama marathon, which even gives you a chunk of time in the middle to sleep for 11 hours and 26 minutes.

4. Home Improvement

ABC

Channel: Hallmark Channel
Begins: Jan. 1, 4 p.m.
Ends: Jan. 2, 6 a.m.

You’re not handy with tools, but you’re great at watching Home Improvement. Good, you’ll need a considerable set of skills to make it through this marathon, which runs for over 12 hours.

5. Dance Moms

Lifetime

Channel: Lifetime
Begins: Jan. 1, 8 a.m.
Ends: Jan. 1, 10 p.m.

Remember, it’s never too early in the year to lose your faith in humanity. Get sucked into the questionable morality of Dance Moms with an all-day marathon that will surely cure your New Year’s Day hangover.

6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

NBC

Channel: USA
Begins: Dec. 31, 1 a.m.
Ends: Dec. 31, 5 p.m.

They say, “There’s literally always a marathon of SVU on.” And that sounds about right. New Year’s Eve is no exception, with this collection of SVU reruns you can start watching in the middle of the night.

7. The Twilight Zone

CBS

Channel: SyFy
Begins: Dec. 31, 8 a.m.
Ends: Jan. 2, 5 a.m.

SyFy has been airing Twilight Zone reruns since back when it spelled its name properly. But no matter how many times you’ve seen these episodes, you’ll still appreciate these brilliant genre fables.

8. House Hunters

HGTV

Channel: HGTV
Begins: Dec. 31, 6:30 a.m.
Ends: Jan. 1, 4 a.m.

Who needs New Year’s Eve plans when you have House Hunters? There is nothing more satisfying than watching a wealthy couple complain about relatively minor details while searching for a house you could never afford. Fun!

9. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

TLC

Channel: TLC
Begins: Dec. 31, 4 p.m.
Ends: Jan. 1, 3 a.m.

You can ring in the new year with Honey Boo Boo, and don’t be surprised if you feel jealous of her family’s closeness. Also, if you’re gonna tune in for the whole marathon, make sure you have a barrel of cheese puffs at your side.

10. The Tudors

Showtime

Channel: BBC America
Begins: Jan. 1, 10 a.m.
Ends: Jan. 2, 6 a.m.

For those who want to learn about history with really hot guys, you’re in luck! Historical accuracy aside, The Tudors is smutty fun and exactly the kind of aesthetically pleasing diversion you can use to bypass the New Year’s Eve festivities.

11. Cops

FOX

Channel: Spike
Begins: Dec. 31, 12 p.m.
Ends: Jan. 1, 12:30 a.m.

Need another reason to not go out on New Year’s Eve? Drunk drivers. Watch them get pulled over along with other disorderly individuals in this marathon of the long-running reality series about “bad boys, bad boys.”

12. NCIS

CBS

Channel: USA
Begins: Jan. 1, 3 a.m.
Ends: Jan. 1, 11 p.m.

If you’re more NCIS than SVU, USA is also doing a marathon of the other absurdly popular procedural the day after its SVU marathon. Actually, why choose? You can easily watch both.

13. Restaurant: Impossible

Food Network

Channel: Food Network
Begins: Jan. 1, 4 p.m.
Ends: Jan. 1, 11 p.m.

As stressful as Restaurant: Impossible can be, it’s ultimately a story of redemption. Watch these hapless restaurateurs turn their establishments around as you ease into 2014. It will give you hope for the new year.

14. Malcolm in the Middle

FOX

Channel: IFC
Begins: Dec. 31, 6:15 a.m.
Ends: Dec. 31, 4:45 p.m.

The great Malcolm in the Middle has been off the air for far too long, but you can relive some of the moments of its quiet greatness with this IFC marathon before New Year’s Eve festivities commence.

15. Happy Endings

ABC

Channel: VH1
Begins: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
Ends: Jan. 2, 12:30 a.m.

Another gone-too-soon comedy, Happy Endings is a fresher wound. You’ll laugh because it’s hilarious and cry because it’s over — all while never changing out of your pajamas, because who does that? And this sixsome wouldn’t want you to anyway.

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