EW's Christmas day TV marathon guide: Our top six picks

Image Credit: BBC Worldwide

Image Credit: BBC Worldwide

Well, the bread has been broken, the wine has been spilled, and the gifts have been exchanged, so now what? It’s time for a full day of TV marathons! You still have the option of watching Christmas specials so we’ll tell you what’s available for your viewing pleasure, but for those of you interested in some non-festive programming, here are our top six picks.

Doctor Who — 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow on BBC America
The British sci-fi hit is still timeless after 49 years on the air. So situate the kids behind the couch — where they’re bound to end up — and get ready for a full day of time and space travel (with interruptions from The Graham Norton Show at 10:20 p.m., 1:20 a.m., and 4:20 a.m.). The marathon will lead up to the show’s Christmas special at 9 p.m. The Doctor and his new companion Clara fight to save Christmas from Doctor Simeon and his army of evil snowmen (pictured above). It’s going to be a chilly night …

Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) — 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on IFC
Yes, yes, more Brits. The legendary comedy troupe reunited for the final time in this documentary about the Python phenomenon. The six-part series features interviews with the surviving group members, along with archive clips of the late Graham Chapman. The documentary includes commentary from the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Hugh Hefner, Eddie Izzard, Dan Aykroyd, and Seth Green. Now this is the holy grail!

Fringe — 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Science
Catch up with the series before the sci-fi saga comes to a close on Jan. 18. Return to William Bell’s parallel universe with Olivia in the season two opener before a time when our heroes-in-love Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Josh Jackson) were an official item.

Roots: The Next Generations — 8 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. on BET
After watching yesterday’s Roots marathon, it’s only fitting that you watch The Next Generations seven-part miniseries today. But be warned, watching Roots immediately after Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained may lead to an inaccurate recollection of both of the two distinct movies.

Man v. Food — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Travel Channel
Relive your horrific dining experiences with Adam Richman all day long (with a break from 3 to 6 p.m. for Man v. Food Nation). And you thought that Christmas ham was too enormous to eat!

America’s Next Top Model — 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oxygen
If this season’s social media-filled college edition of ANTM wasn’t your cup of tea, take a trip down memory lane to Cycle 13 with Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, and Jay Manuel.

Honorable mentions:
Rizzoli & Isles from 12 to 10 p.m. on TNT (the season finale airs at 9 p.m.)

House Hunters (and all its spinoffs: including Houseboat, RV, Coast to Coast, and International) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on HGTV

Tia & Tamara from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Style

All Worked Up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by Hardcore Pawn from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (with a new episode at 9:30 p.m.) on truTV

Storage Wars from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. on A&E

Shahs of Sunset from 1 to 5 p.m. on Bravo

NBA “basketball marathon”:
12 p.m.: Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets on ESPN
3 p.m.: New York Knicks at L.A. Lakers on ABC
5:30 p.m.: Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat on ABC
8 p.m.: Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls on ESPN
10:30 p.m.: Denver Nuggets at L.A. Clippers on ESPN

Christmas movie marathons:
Lifetime from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(including new movies The March Sisters at Christmas, Love at the Christmas Table, The Christmas Consultant, and Merry-In-Laws)

Hallmark from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. tomorrow (including new movies The Christmas Heart, The Wishing Tree, Matchmaker Santa, and Hitched for the Holidays)

ABC Family from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. tomorrow (including The Santa Clause trilogy, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Home Alone, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)

TBS A Christmas Story (24-hour marathon continues)

Read more:
‘Rudolph,’ ‘Charlie Brown,’ and ‘The Grinch': Will the great American trilogy of Christmas specials work on a newcomer?
EW’s Holiday Playlist — Christmas Cheers and Tears: Stream it here
12 must-see holiday TV specials: Your viewing guide for the season


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