Labor Day Equals TV Marathons: Here’s What To Watch

For TV junkies, Labor Day equals TV marathons and special events. Hours upon hours of old classics and newer shows are available all over the dial. TV marathons are a chance to relax, turn off your brain, and enjoy a multitude of shows without having to choose. Forget scrolling through Netflix and Hulu. Here’s what to watch if you’re stuck in front of the tube for the long weekend.


The classic 90s sitcom Friends will be featured in a marathon on the TBS network. It starts Labor Day Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern and runs to 5 p.m. Episodes will be from throughout the series, from Season 1 through Season 10.

Adult Swim

Adult Swim’s weekend overnight anime block, Toonami, will be featuring a marathon of episodes from the first season of the action/comedy One Punch Man. It will be starting Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time and run until 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Comedy Central

Comedy Central will feature a lengthy South Park marathon, starting Sunday at Noon Eastern, and running until 11 p.m. that night. Labor Day Monday will feature the premiere of The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, airing that night at 10 p.m. Eastern.

History Channel

The History Channel will be providing long blocks of several popular shows, including Ancient Aliens (12 hours from Friday morning to Friday night), Ice Road Truckers (Saturday afternoon), The World Wars (Sunday from 10 a.m. Eastern to 4 p.m.), American Pickers (Sunday from 4 p.m. Eastern to 10 p.m. that night), and Pawn Stars (Labor Day Monday from 1 p.m. Eastern to 4 p.m.).

BBC America

The popular sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation will be featured in a marathon on BBC America, starting Friday morning at 6 a.m. Eastern and running through 8 p.m. that night. Three films in the Underworld movie series will be featured on Sunday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern and running until 1 a.m.


The USA network will be airing a marathon of the reality show Chrisley Knows Best. The show is based around the life of real estate millionaire Todd Chrisley. It will air on Labor Day Monday, starting at 6 a.m. Eastern and running through 8 p.m. that night.


SyFy has an event they are calling “Shark Movie Weekend.” It’s a shark movie marathon, featuring all four Sharknado movies, among other shark-related films. It begins Saturday at 9 a.m. Eastern and runs through early Monday morning. Then, a marathon of Z Nation (a SyFy original series) takes over for the rest of Labor Day Monday, running all the way into early Tuesday.

A web promo for SyFy’s ‘Shark Movie Weekend,’ one of several TV marathons this Labor Day weekend. [Image via SyFy]


CNN will be running a marathon of its documentary series The Seventies, starting Friday night at 9 p.m. Eastern and running to 4 a.m. early Saturday morning. CNN will also be airing the new documentary Holy Hell, about a man’s 22-year experience inside a cult, on Saturday night. Additionally, two new specials on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will air Labor Day Monday night starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.


The Discovery Channel is doing a motorcycle-themed weekend. They will be featuring extra long blocks (eight hours or more) of the motorcycle restoration show Fast n’ Loud on Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. Monday will also be the premiere of the new special mini-series Harley and the Davidsons, which tells the history of the legendary motorcycle company and the people behind it. The first episode will air Monday night at 9 p.m. Eastern.


Another classic sitcom, That ’70s Show, will be marathoning on IFC Labor Day Monday. It begins at 6 p.m. Eastern and continues past the holiday until 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. The satiric mini-series Documentary Now! will be featured the day before, Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. Eastern and running to 11 a.m.


The American Heroes Channel, or AHC, will be airing a huge marathon of the series America: Facts vs. Fiction. It begins Labor Day Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern and runs all the way through 9 a.m. Tuesday morning!

Anything you think we missed? What shows would you love to see in a marathon on TV this weekend? Leave a comment below.

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