Super Bowl XLIX is this Sunday, and there are so many people who are getting excited, making their picks, and getting gameday food together. On the other hand, there are those who couldn’t care less about the Super Bowl or even the commercials. That’s why there are plenty of Super Bowl alternatives this year, including the “Zombie Bowl,” “Kitten Bowl,” and “Puppy Bowl XI.”
When the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks kick things off on Sunday, February 1, many will be changing the channel. Numerous networks have alternative program options for those who couldn’t care less about football.
If you’re looking to avoid all of the football hoopla, then the following list is for you and will give you options other than Super Bowl XLIX.
AMC once again presents The Walking Dead Zombie Bowl, a marathon of Season 1 and 2 in their entirety. Everything begins at 10AM/9c on the morning of Sunday, February 1, with episode 101, “Days Gone Bye.” The last episode of the marathon will be “Beside the Dying Fire,” which is the finale of Season 2.
Animal Planet has passed a decade of puppies duking it out for dominance and return with Puppy Bowl XI. Last year, more than 13.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the canines fight for toy footballs, drink some water during timeouts, and decide to randomly take naps at the 50-yard line. It all begins at 3 p.m. EST on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Hallmark Channel knew that last year was a success, and that’s why this year they are hosting Kitten Bowl II. Beginning at 12/11c on Sunday, watch all the kittens do their thing on the football field with spokesperson Beth Stern hosting and John Sterling, voice of the New York Yankees, doing the play-by-play.
The Fish Bowl II — yes, the Fish Bowl — will air on Nat Geo from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. EST, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Goldie (the goldfish) and her friends will swim around in fish bowls strategically placed around a farm.
New this year from TLC and Discovery Life is the Enfagrow Toddler Bowl, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. It only lasts half an hour and airs at noon EST, but it will include about 30 kids romping around in a room.
There are some other Super Bowl alternatives on Sunday, and they don’t include the word “bowl” in them. Here is what else you can watch instead of football.
- Swamp People marathon – All day Sunday on the History Channel
- Criminal Minds marathon – All day Sunday on A&E
- CSI: Miami marathon – All day Sunday on WE
- COPS marathon – All day Sunday on SpikeTV
- Law & Order: SVU marathon – All day Sunday on USA
- Downton Abbey – New episode at 9 p.m. EST on PBS
If you’re not into football or high-priced commercials, then you’ve got plenty of options and Super Bowl XLIX alternatives. Maybe the “Zombie Bowl,” “Kitten Bowl, and “Puppy Bowl XI” aren’t your ideal choices, but there are a lot of other things to choose from.
[Images via Animal Planet/Hallmark/AMC/TLC]