Want to check out some of the best television marathons that are happening on Christmas Eve? Then consider this article the perfect source! We’ve got a number of the most-notable marathons that are happening for you across television here, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that a lot of them are fairly lighthearted in nature.
Let’s try to frame the marathons through the following lens — it’s the day before Christmas and odds are, you’re just looking for something lighthearted and fun. If you aren’t scouting out something super-serious on TV, then we think that many of these shows should be right up your alley.
Note that all of the times listed below (via TV Guide) are Eastern; be sure to adjust accordingly depending on where you are located.
Charmed (3-10 a.m., TNT)
Doctor Who (3 a.m.-midnight, BBC America)
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (3 a.m.-midnight, ID)
Fast ‘N Loud (4 a.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Discovery)
Say Yes to the Dress (4 a.m.-noon, TLC)
Chrisley Knows Best (6-11 a.m., USA Network)
The Zoo (6 a.m.-1 p.m., Animal Planet)
Parks and Recreation (6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m, E!)
Expedition Unknown (7 a.m.-10 p.m., Travel Channel)
Impractical Jokers (7:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday, TruTV)
Friends (8 a.m.-1 p.m., TBS)
Ancient Aliens (8 a.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, History)
The First 48 (8 a.m.-2 p.m., A&E)
The Office (9 a.m.-midnight, Comedy Central)
The Andy Griffith Show (9 a.m.-4 p.m., TV Land)
Modern Family (11 a.m.-8 p.m., USA Network)
Tanked (1 p.m.-6 a.m., Animal Planet)
Love It or List It (2 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, HGTV)
Homicide for the Holidays (3 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Oxygen)
Extreme Couponing (4 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, TLC)
M*A*S*H (4-8 p.m., TV Land)
Love & Hip Hop (4-10 p.m., VH1)
The Simpsons (6 p.m.-midnight, FXX)
So why are so many series aired in marathons on Christmas Eve? It’s mostly networks throwing their hands into the air and realizing that they really don’t have any hope of generating big ratings for original shows. With that, they best thing that they can possibly hope for is that these shows manage to at least get them viewership from people who may be wrapping some last-minute Christmas gifts or just want to put something on TV while they do some other things at home with friends.
One thing that we will especially note about the list here is that it’s nice that BBC America is remembering to give us a good bit of Doctor Who related content now — there is no Christmas Special happening this year, so it’s clear that we are going to have to get some of our show-related entertainment somewhere else.
What are some of your current viewing habits for Christmas Day? Be sure to share some of your thoughts in the attached comments. (Photo: BBC.)