Friday, July 1, 2011

Pick Your Sci Fi Marathon This Holiday Weekend

by Sara N.

I am not a creature of the sun. I'm a pale-skinned, frequently dewy lass who scuttles from air-conditioned building to air-conditioned building when the temperature exceeds 85 degrees.

Why don't those of you who are similarly inclined join me in couch-lounging and TV-watching this Independence Day weekend? We have a handful of genre show marathons to entertain us while our more weather-tolerant friends and loved ones "grill out" and "picnic" and "enjoy the summertime like grown-ups."

So what should you be watching? Read on!

All times are EST; check local listings. 


How Starbuck celebrates most holidays.
Battlestar Galactica, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., BBC America Watch the colonial fleet fight for their independence from the dastardly Cylons. I suggest eating toast while you watch.

American Ninja Warrior, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., G4 OK, not technically science fiction or fantasy, but there's nothing better than stretching out on the couch while watching limber young men perform astounding feats of strength and flexibility while occasionally falling into filthy water underneath overly complicated apparatuses.


Back to the Future I, II and III; Beetlejuice, 7 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., ABC Family – When's the last time you watched these gems? They're part of a run of movies airing on Sunday on ABC Family. (Confession: I've never seen the third Back to the Future. Is this the year I rectify that?)

You're humming the theme song now, aren't you?
The Twilight Zone, 9 a.m. - 6 a.m. Monday, Syfy There's a reason this show is a classic. At 30 minutes a pop, these are bite-sized servings of some of the most witty, gripping, funny, terrifying, thought-provoking sci fi tales around. Sunday's episodes include the timeless "Time Enough at Last," "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "It's a Good Life." If you've never seen The Twilight Zone before, do yourself a favor and drop in on this marathon. You will be entertained.

Drop Dead Diva, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Lifetime – This charming show is a frothy femme-centric delight, following the travails of an aspiring model who dies and is sent back to Earth in the zaftig body of an attorney. Brooke Elliott as lawyer Jane absolutely makes the show with her breezy manner and snappy courtroom delivery, with strong assists from her delightfully dizzy roommate Stacy and her guardian angel Fred. If you're looking for a combination of legalese, romance and guardian angel politics – and I mean that in the best way possible –look no further.

Captain Tightpants and crew

Firefly, 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. Tuesday, Science Channel – Sure, you've seen it before. In fact, you've probably seen it more than a few times. But you really ought to see it one more time, don't you think?

Bewitched, 11:21 a.m. - 8 p.m., TV Land – Set your noses to crinkle!

Happy birthday, America! And happy TV watching, one and all!
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1 comment:

  1. Ha! With no input from me and without having read this post, my husband just tuned in to American Ninja Warrior. There's a reason we're married.