If you haven’t made New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day plans yet, you’d better do it soon before you literally run out of time. Even if the worst happens and you have to spend the last few minutes of 2013 sitting in your favorite chair in front of the TV, you’ll have plenty of options to keep you entertained. A bunch of cable networks have marathon episodes of your favorite shows planned for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to help you ring in the New Year without having to squeeze into a crowded bar full of drunk people who even more full of self-loathing and regret. [Image via HerryLawford/Flickr]
The Twilight Zone on SyFy
Every year on New Year’s Eve, SyFy reminds everyone that they’re a science-fiction network by airing back to back episodes of the greatest sci-fi anthology series of all time. You’ll be able to watch nothing but Rod Serling’s black and white series of morality tales and horror stories on Dec. 31 and into the wee morning hours of Jan. 1–featuring early, classic performances by younger versions of William Shatner, Lee Marvin, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Charles Bronson, and Earl Holliman.
The Walking Dead on AMC
Robert Kirkman’s groundbreaking zombie comic book series has made some interesting leaps and strides since AMC turned it into a television show. Its first season got off to a very rocky start with one of the weirdest series finales in TV history but it’s picked up since then by giving the show some villains besides the shambles hordes of the undead like the cold and ruthless Governor. If you haven’t been watching, you’ll be able to get caught up on Tuesday with a complete recap of the entire series.
The Hangover and The Big Bang Theory on TBS
If you’re actually going out on New Year’s Eve, chances are you’ll wake up on New Year’s Day with a hangover big enough to put down a bull elephant. There are few better ways to endure the pain than by laughing through the funniest of the last three Hangover movies followed by the antics of network TV’s favorite nerds, dweebs and geeks.
Doctor Who on BBC America
This past season of Britain’s longest running sci-fi series saw another changeover for the great Time Lord from the 11th to the 12th doctor and if you missed it, you’ll be able to watch the transformation and all the events that led up to Peter Capaldi’s introduction to the series. BBC America will air four of this past season’s specials including the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor featuring an epic doctor crossover between Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as the “War Doctor” along with informational specials such as The Companions, Tales from the TARDIS, Doctor Who Explains and A Farewell to Matt Smith.
Modern Family on USA
USA may have been holding a never-ending marathon of ABC’s critically lauded family series since they picked up the syndication rights but it will get an official one right through New Year’s Eve with back to back episodes. If watching a sitcom about families struggling survive in a changing landscape doesn’t sound like an inviting way to spend your New Year’s Eve, don’t forget that it also stars Sofia Vergara. You’re welcome.
NCIS on USA
USA will follow their New Year’s Eve marathon of Modern Family with a day long marathon of the long running CBS crime investigation series that doesn’t have CSI in the first half of the title. And once again if watching another series that USA has rerun endlessly to make the most of those very expensive syndication rights, just remember that it’s also the show with that hot goth chick who wears her naughty schoolgirl outfit from Halloween year round.
House of Lies on Showtime
Don Cheadle’s dark comedy about a cutthroat management firm has been a welcome replacement since Dexter brought its Showtime run to an end. You’ll be able to catch up on the second season with a day-long marathon on New Year’s Day.