Showing posts with label Marathon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marathon. Show all posts

The Honeymooners and Twilight Zone Marathons, Binge Watching, and Streaming in 2021

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy and The Honeymooners marathon on WPIX-11 have become annual fixtures on New Year's Eve in my household.  What better way to close out the year than watching some classic television on a quiet evening at home?  If you throw in some Chinese food, my wife and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the end of one year and the new beginnings of the next!

We'll comb through the schedule and set the DVR to record our favorites and then watch as many as we can.  The binge-watching gets pushed aside momentarily for about 5 minutes when the ball drops in Times Square, but then it's immediately back to the Honeymooners until we fall asleep.  We'll spend the next few days combing through the DVR to watch the episodes we love before our annual viewings of Breaking Bad and The Sopranos begin.  Hey, we're creatures of habit.  


For many, these annual marathons have become a yearly tradition.  Why are these kinds of marathons so beloved?  

I for sure enjoy a good marathon, but why do so many of us feel nostalgic about them?  Why do so many of us still go out of our way to watch all or parts of them?

AMC's FearFest 2021 Schedule

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

AMC is home to some of the best holiday movies, and this year's FearFest is sure to be a set of Halloween's cinema classics!  

Check back here frequently to make sure you don't miss any of your favorite movies.  Also, please use the links on the right side of the home page to find other marathons and Halloween programming blocks!

Remember, the schedule is subject to change.  AMC is known for changing its schedule frequently from the original postings so double check your DVR.  

Times are Eastern.

Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween FULL SCHEDULE

Long-time readers of this site know that I love a good television marathon or themed programming block.  FreeForm is quickly becoming the holiday destination for themed programming and with their annual Halloween-themed block of programming, the "31 Nights of Halloween," this year is no exception!

This year's lineup has some great Halloween themed movies, although I'll admit I'm not sure why Mrs. Doubtfire is even on the list, let alone so many times.  A few of the movies are a bit of a stretch, but I suppose the mutants in X-Men are "monsters"...

Last year, one of my favorite Halloween movies, Beetlejuice was a staple of this marathon but this year you can find it on CMT and several streaming services.  I'll try to add a list of other Halloween staples found elsewhere in another post but no promises.

Check out the schedule below and use the link I've added on the right side of the home page to keep checking back during the month of October.  
Schedule subject to change, of course.

Retro Repost - My Top 5 Favorite The Honeymooner's Episodes

Thursday, December 31, 2020

 Let's finish the year off strong with another Retro Repost! 
 
Last year I wrote about my Top 5 favorite "The Honeymooner's" episodes, and as we approach the WPIX New Year's Eve "The Honeymooner's" marathon, I'd like to share this with those that may have missed it last year or would like to read it again to get in the mood!  

If you get WPIX, or can find it online, check out this year's marathon starting at 11:00PM Eastern on December 31st!  

My Top 10 Twilight Zone Episodes NYE Marathon

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Every year on New Year's Eve, Lauren and I look forward to a nice quiet evening together.  We don't go out (anymore), and we don't have a bash at the house.  It's just the two of us, enjoying each other's company, some Chinese food, and television.  The past few years, we've gone to bed shortly after midnight, and honestly, I think the latest I've ever stayed up on New Year's was about 2am.
  
One of our many "rules" and traditions that we have is that we binge-watch as much as we can during the vacation week between Christmas and New Year's.  Now that we have a baby, it's a bit difficult, but... that will fix itself in the coming years as she grows up.  We often try to squeeze in Breaking Bad and The Sopranos, and this year (2020), we've already started on Breaking Bad.  Of course, on New Year's Eve, there's also "The Honeymooner's" marathon on WPIX here in New York that starts at midnight.  


However, one of the things I look forward to the most is SyFy's "The Twilight Zone" Marathon.  Every year I scour the guide and look for my favorite episodes to record, and so I've decided to put together a "Top 10" list of my favorite episodes, plus a few extras, which I hope you'll enjoy.  I'll even include the times these episodes will air this year if you're so inclined to check them out.

Just know, off the bat, this list will not include the episodes "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," "The Bewitchin' Pool," or "The Masks."  I cannot change the channel fast enough when I see these episodes.  I just wanted to document it here that I absolutely HATE these three episodes.  "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" is up there, too.

This year, the marathon begins on SyFy at 6:00AM (Eastern) on Thursday, December 31st, and will end at 5:30AM on Saturday, January 2nd. So, in honor of this great holiday marathon, I present to you my Top 10 Twilight Zone Episodes list.  

Nick at Nite's Block Party Summer

Friday, June 26, 2020

In honor of Nick at Nite's 35th Anniversary, I wanted to be sure to include an article about my all-time favorite television event, The Nick at Nite Block Party Summer.  This programming block on Nick at Nite was arguably the network's most popular and beloved stunt in network history and hooked a lot of 90s kids on classic television.

As a kid, I had a really early bedtime.  I remember being so upset when my parents sent me to bed while it was still light outside, and my next-door neighbor, the kid who got every toy on the shelf and everything else, was still out playing.  However, during the summer, when "Lucy Tuesdays" and the rest of the Nick at Nite Block Party Summer was on, I can still remember the sheer joy of staying up late and watching the whole night's programming with Dad.  Other than times when I was sick, and my parents let me sleep on the couch in front of the tv, this was one of the few times I remember being allowed to stay up late.  And of course, it involved classic television.


Launching in 1994, the Block Party Summer ran during July and August every summer through 2000.  After 2000, it faced a few different iterations before being discarded by the network in 2006 for weekly marathons.  In what some people call the original "Netflix binge-watching," The Block Party Summer would air three-hour mini-marathons of a different sitcom every night.  Each night was given its own branding and advertising, such as "Mary Mondays" or Lucy Tuesdays."

My Top 5 New Year's Honeymooners Marathon Episodes

Friday, December 27, 2019

With Christmas now in the rear view, it's time to look ahead to the next holiday... New Year's Eve!  Not quite the barn burner in my house, it's often a quiet night my wife and I look forward to eating Chinese take out and watching marathons on TV... and often going to bed at about 12:05AM.

One such marathon here in New York is the Jackie Gleason classic "The Honeymooners" on famed New York network WPIX (Channel 11).



WPIX will routinely air episodes late at night that I'll catch if I happen to be awake at 2 or 3 in the morning.  Sometimes they will also air mini-marathons on other holidays such as Thanksgiving.  However, as my wife said this past Thanksgiving... "The Honeymooners is for New Years."