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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/26/2007

Friday List: Dream Show Marathon?

By Liz Kelly

'Ab Fab's' Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. (AP)

washingtonpost.com's new Channel This TV blog is my new go-to spot for post-show analysis of Celebritology-critical TV fare like "Dancing With the Stars," but sometimes the heart longs for the TV of seasons past. That's where EW's Mandi Bierly comes in. Earlier this week, Bierly asked EW readers to share picks for the ultimate dream show marathon.

Bierly opted for a non-stop dose of "America's Next Top Model" while commenters' choices were all over the dial -- from the obvious ("Lost") to the mystifying ("Head of the Class"). Today we build upon EW's list by adding our own recommendations (which may come in handy around D.C. this weekend if the rain keeps falling).

My picks, in no particular order:

- "My So-Called Life" (Angst. Growing pains. Teen romance. Perfection.)
- "Absolutely Fabulous" (Love it.)
- "Deadwood" (Who can get enough Al Swearingen?)
- "Dr. 90210" (Because I'm sick like that.)
- "Freaks and Geeks" (I'm currently marathoning this thanks to a pal.)

Share yours below...

By Liz Kelly  | October 26, 2007; 10:42 AM ET
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Bierly can already get her non-stop dose of ANTM on Saturdays and/or Sundays usually on MTV or VH1. I hate those marathons; they make me want to put down my bag of chips.

I'd like a non-stop marathon of The Office or Beverly Hills 90210.

Posted by: Melinda | October 26, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

my picks are all brit shows:

Ab Fab
Little Britian
The Office (original version)
Coupling

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Taxi
WKRP
SOAP

I like the 70's

Posted by: dmk | October 26, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

My list:
1. The Office (both Brit and U.S.)
2. Extras
3. ANTM
4. The Wire
5. Homicide (is there any channel that shows this unedited and syndicated?)

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

1. Beverly Hills 90210
2. Old School episodes of General Hospital
3. Any Law and Order (I am SO the person they made these holiday weekend marathons for!)
4. Judge Judy

Posted by: Betty | October 26, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The Young Ones
Arrested Development

Posted by: Sarabear | October 26, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Does running the A&E version of Pride & Prejudice on a continuous loop count? Mmmmmm Mr. Darcy.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

My List:

Farscape
Slings & Arrows
As Time Goes By
Homicide
Nothing Sacred
Shannon's Deal

Posted by: Pippin | October 26, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

All the Blackadders.

dmk has a good idea picking Taxi.

You're In The Picture - that Jackie Gleason game show that lasted (not even) one episode.

Canadian content:
Twitch City
Corner Gas
Made In Canada
The Newsroom

Posted by: byoolin | October 26, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Can we include shows of yesteryear? My list would include:

Get Smart (I'm 25 years old and I grew up on this)
The Cosby Show
ANTM
Cheers


Posted by: SCGirl | October 26, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Anything Whedonesque (i.e. - "Angel", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and/or "Firefly" w/a showing of "Serenity" thrown at the end)

"The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr."

The way ahead of it's time "Profit" (Adrian Pasdar...yum...)

"Coupling"

"Amazing Stories"

Posted by: Chasmosaur | October 26, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Vicar of Dibley
Chef!
Bob Newhart Show (psychologist one)
Andy Griffith

I don't have a TV and haven't had cable since 1993, so I am probably the only person on the planet who longs to watch Andy Griffith. I'll put DVDs on my amazon wish list right now and hope for the best!

Posted by: MaryB | October 26, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Ballykissangel
Homicide (I assume this is HLOTS?)
Keen Eddie (just when I learned about it & watched 2 episodes, it was canceled)
Damages (at a viewable time - I can't stay awake for it)

I'd add Vicar of Dibley & Arrested Dev't, but I've got all those.

Posted by: m.a.t. | October 26, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse


I love most of the suggestions and just want to add Twin Peaks

Posted by: MGC | October 26, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Nothing is better than a rainy weekend, bags of chesse curls, a seemingly endless supply of ginger ale, soup and:

Murder most horrid
Are you being served
Allo allo (haven't seen it in ages)
Coupling
Absolutely fabulous
Girlfriends
The game
Invasion
Homicide
Heros
Buffy the vampire slayer
Angel
Grey's anatomy
Seinfeld
Numbers

Someone suggested that I get 4400, when I find season 1 I'll check it out.

Posted by: petal | October 26, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's see -- I definitely agree with most of the choices on here. I'd go with:

1) AbFab
2) Brisco County
3) Twilight Zone (old and new -- loved them both)
4) Farscape
5) Wild Wild West (Artie's fabulous vests and Robert Conrad doing decent stuntwork in ridiculously tight pants)

And as an extra, the first four seasons of X-Files.

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | October 26, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

1) 90210
2) Homicide
3) Sex in the city
4) Project Runway

I'm surprised though I haven't seen anyone say Dallas

Posted by: LL from VA | October 26, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

My List:
Felicity
ER (The Clooney years)
Cheers
Frasier
Law & Order
Chris Rock Show
Daily Show
Entourage (I will be marathoning this weekend)

Posted by: Lisa1 | October 26, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Friends -- there should be an "all Friends all the time" channel

Three's Company
Girl's Next Door (guilty pleasure)
Arrested Development
The Muppets
Behind the Music

Posted by: Miss Penny Lane | October 26, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

How did I forget Twin Peaks!

But if you want a marathon, the new station "Chiller" has one occasionally (I don't know if it's on cable, but it is on DirecTV). I rewatched the episode when "Bob" was unmasked and had totally forgotten how scary that episode was....

Posted by: Chasmosaur | October 26, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

My list:
1) Homicide: Life on the Streets
2) Hill Street Blues
3) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
4) Will and Grace
5) Sisters

Posted by: lydacole | October 26, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Anything Whedonesque" - TOTALLY

And Ally McBeal season 2 (but only season 2)

Posted by: 23112 | October 26, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I thought I was the only one who watched Ballykissangel. Young Colin Farrell was yummy! Ok my list,

Ballykissangel
Beverly Hills 90210 (my guilty pleasure)
Project Runway (yes I do watch the marathons on Bravo)
Friends (can't help it)
Rock n Roll Jeopardy (pre-Survivor Jeff Probst anyone?)

Posted by: jes | October 26, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Saturday Night Live, from the beginning up until about 2000!

Posted by: DreA | October 26, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Curb Your Enthusiam (I could watch this for 3 days straight.
Law & Order (SVU or CI)
ANTM
The Game
Grey's Anatomy
A Different World

Posted by: Anonimis | October 26, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

MAD TV

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Friends!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

McGuyver
Murder She Wrote
Matlock
In the Heat of the Night

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"McGuyver
Murder She Wrote
Matlock
In the Heat of the Night"


Shows that will put you to sleep?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

From different eras:

Have Gun, Will Travel
One Step Beyond
Rockford Files
Simon & Simon
Forever Knight
Millennium
Buffy
Veronica Mars

Posted by: Outis | October 26, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

1. Abfab (broke up with a boyfriend while I had the stomach flu...the Abfab marathon on TV was the only thing that kept me "sane")
2. Family Guy
3. Mythbusters
4. Coupling
5. The Office (either one)

Posted by: DC | October 26, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Ahem! What is wrong with "Head of the Class?" I'd watch a day of that. Then again, I'd also choose "The Monkees."

Posted by: surlychick | October 26, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Prime Suspect & Inspector Lynley Mysteries
America's Test Kitchen
As Time Goes By
Monk
Arrested Development
30 Rock (gimme yur fingernails! lmao!)

Posted by: methinks | October 26, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Dateline

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

1. MSCL
2. Curb
3. L&O
4. The Justice League
5. Pop Up Videos
6. The Streets of San Francisco

Posted by: Oaktown357 | October 26, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

BRISCO!!!!!
Also, the old A & E mystery lineup, A Touch of Frost, Inspector Morse, Silent Witness, Dalziel and Pascoe, I'm missing one, the guy whose wife can't cook and the incredibly cute young sergeant. (can the English do murder mysteries or what?)
Firefly
Twilight Zone

Posted by: ep | October 26, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Taxicab Confessions
Emmanuelle
Midnight Love
Sex and the City
Baywatch
Stacked
Real Sex
Master Baiters

Posted by: byoolin | October 26, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The Office (British)
Arrested Development
Coupling (British obviously)
Green Wing
Homicide
Monty Python - sketches and movies

Posted by: LLL | October 26, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

i know it takes all kinds to make a world but a "Dateline" marathon?
ugh. you're kidding, right?

Posted by: methinks | October 26, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

slings and arrows
arrested development
dexter
the office (BBC)
mary tyler moore
weeds
rockford files

Posted by: henrythepenguin | October 26, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Twin Peaks.

Posted by: jill | October 26, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Twin Peaks.. yes definitely

Other top choices
Quantum Leap
Northern Exposure
Dark Shadows
American Gothic
Magnum P.I
Fantasy Island

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

How could I forget

Inspector Hercule Peirot
The A-team

Posted by: petal | October 26, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Golden Girls, hands down. Thankfully they are out on DVD now.

Posted by: DJ | October 26, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The Munsters
The Addams Family

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Prime Suspect
Second Sigt (Clive Owen, Yum!)
Waiting for God
As Time Goes By
Buffy
Firefly
Felicity
Dawson's Creek
Party of Five

I'm actually looking forward to the new book about the decline and fall of the WB.

Those few golden years when they had Buffy, Angel, Dawson's Creek & Felicity - They ruled the prime demographic target market. Then they let Buffy go and it all fell apart.

Posted by: pghbekka | October 26, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If you got Wild Wild West I'll add:

The Rat Patrol
and
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Moonlighting

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Hawaii Five-O

Streets of San Francisco (Douglas seasons only, none of that Richard Hatch crap.)

Crime Story (Chicago seasons only)

Saint Elsewhere

Frank's Place

Posted by: Zulu | October 26, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Star Trek (all of 'em)

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The Prisoner (the incredibly talented and under-appreciated Patrick McGoohan)
The Wild, Wild West (grew up watching it)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (great story-telling)
Robot Chicken (the best show on TV today)
The Man Show (delightfully low-brow and politically incorrect)

Posted by: Tim | October 26, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Farscape
Northern Exposure
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Weeds
Battlestar Galactica
Barney Miller
Golden Girls
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Mad About You
Extras
The Larry Sanders Show
Babylon 5
Sports Night

Posted by: CJB | October 26, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The Simpsons

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

and The Simpsons, too.

Posted by: Tim | October 26, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Firefly
Dead Like Me
The Muppet Show
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
My So-Called Life
Homicide: Life on the Streets
Red Dwarf

Also, as far as miniseries go, I have wasted whole weekends thanks to the History Channel running the entire Band of Brothers series every month or so. Once I start, I can't stop watching it!

Posted by: oregonchick | October 26, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Law & Order SVU
Monk
Hawaii Five-O
LA Law
NYPD Blue
Freaks & Geeks
What Not to Wear
How Do I Look
Simon & Simon
Magnum PI
Police Woman

Posted by: Kay | October 26, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Forgot these:

Roseanne (except the lottery year)
Designing Women
Scrubs
Picket Fences

Posted by: CJB | October 26, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and:

Murphy Brown

Posted by: CJB | October 26, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The unaired episodes of Viva Laughlin?

Posted by: Snark, Snark | October 26, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Love American Style!

Posted by: new delurker | October 26, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Glad I saw at least one other Northern Exposure vote!

Ditto on the Whedon, and West Wing, Ducktales and Darkwing Duck, Quantum Leap, Night Court, Xena

Posted by: Liz D | October 26, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

PS I chose shows that aren't really on anymore and don't have marathons much anymore. Pretty much anything on a cable channel will have its own marathon at least once a year.

Posted by: Liz D | October 26, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Party of Five
Sports Night
Scrubs
30 Rock
Knots Landing

Posted by: jcm | October 26, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Arrested Development
Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Newhart

and then I'd watch Arrested Development again.

Posted by: Steve | October 26, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Wonderfalls

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I see how Arrested Development got canceled.
I'm the only one rooting for them!

Posted by: ol | October 26, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

McGuyver
Murder She Wrote
Matlock
In the Heat of the Night"


What are you...70?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Taxicab Confessions
Emmanuelle
Midnight Love
Sex and the City
Baywatch
Stacked
Real Sex
Master Baiters

if this is in fact the real byoolin, you will need a lot of lotion and tissue for this marathon

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

LA Law
Felicity
Angel
Buffy
Living Color
Martin
Different World
General Hospital(Luke and Laura years)
Hill Street Blues
Law & Order
ER

Posted by: NYU | October 26, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

arrrrgh!!!! How could I forget Monty Python, I've had the complete set on my wish list for years.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Dirty Jobs
HLOTS....oh how I miss that show
Deadwood
Carnivale
ALF....yeah I'm a total 80s kid
Ghost Hunters
That Flip that House show on TLC....which they do have marthons of and I confess to watching them....so good

Finally, Lost would be a great marathon, but they need to make it into a marathon after the show ends its run so we can watch all the seasons back to back.

Posted by: VAtoLA | October 26, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I think reality shows work best in Marathon Format...like Average Joe! They should make a new season of that...and VH1 does Beauty and the Geek, which consistantly drags me in for at least 2 hours.

Posted by: E_Arlington | October 26, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ditto on Brisco, Buffy and Angel.

Also:

All in the Family
Columbo
MASH
Alias
X Files
Ice Road Truckers
Anne of Green Gables (what can i say, I an a sucker for it!)
The Nightstalker (the original with Darren McGavin)
Profiler
The Thorn Birds

Posted by: jl | October 26, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Remington Steele
Homicide: Life on the Street
Poirot (from PBS's Mystery)
Jeeves and Wooster, with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry
Twin Peaks
Northern Exposure

Posted by: Arlington | October 26, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Beavis & Butthead still speaks to me

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm the only one who'd watch marathons of Chappelle's Show and 24? Also,

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Buffy
Angel
Coupling
Entourage
Sex and the City
Felicity
Dawson's Creek
The Avengers
Are You Being Served?
Scrubs
Gossip Girl

Yes, Gossip Girl. I cannot get enough of this candy-coated, lip-glossed, Marc Jacobs-wearing show. Only been on a few episodes, and I'm shamelessly hooked.

Posted by: musicgeek | October 26, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

not that this is about Gossip Girl, but DITTO. It is the OC, only at school rather than on the beach.

Posted by: E_Arlington | October 26, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

SCTV
Red Dwarf
Dr. Who (except each episode is a marathon)
Star Trek: original, next gen, deep space9
Bosom Buddies
Mary Tyler Moore
old Bob Newharts
Laugh In

Posted by: POS | October 26, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Two words win by a mile:
1) Mr. Belvedere

Runners up:
2) Dr. Who (...I think I just outed myself as a nerd.)
3) Law & Order (Jerry Orbach's re-animated corpse for President, '08!)
4) G.I. Joe (A real American hero!)
5) Rubik, the Amazing Cube

Posted by: Pompous Magnus | October 26, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Six Feet Under

Posted by: PhillyGirl | October 26, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Forgot my reality show faves:

Sell This House
House Hunters
Designed to Sell
Moving Up
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
What Not to Wear
Work Out
Project Runway

Posted by: CJB | October 26, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I can't get enough of Friday Night Lights.
Had to force myself to take breaks as I went through Season One on DVD!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

And:

Little People, Big World

Posted by: CJB | October 26, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Forgot Good Eats and Nigella Bites.

Posted by: musicgeek | October 26, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The Dog Whisperer

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I've done the 'XFiles' - it was a good choice.
'Weeds' is good too
or 'The Wire' if you havent seen it
or 'Seirei no Moribito' if you speak japanese or will read the fansubs
though i think 'i claudius' is probably the must watch (not that i'm trying to make up for losing those 3 legions in the swamp or anything)

Posted by: Quintilus Varus | October 26, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I Love Lucy
Twilight Zone (the old ones)
Andy Griffith (b&w only)
Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place
...and anything with "Design" in the title

Posted by: JustMayaAndMe | October 26, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Sports Night
The West Wing
Northern Exposure
Twitch City
Hill Street Blues
Weeds
Mad About You
The Rockford Files
Six Feet Under

Posted by: niceFLguy | October 26, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, Police Squad! (in color)

Posted by: Sarabear | October 26, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Adam 12

Posted by: omni | October 26, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Barney Miller

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Batman and Robin
Rocky and Bullwinkle

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Homicide for sure
The Wire (what am I going to do till the fourth season comes out on DVD?)
Buffy (first six seasons -- the seventh was nearly unwatchable)
ER (only the Clooney years -- accept no substitutes)

Posted by: KLeewrite | October 26, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh, definitely Rocky and Bullwinkle. If you've watched this as a child but never as an adult the sub-text that went over your head will blow your mind

Posted by: omni | October 26, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Perfect Strangers.

Posted by: DC_k | October 26, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Friends
The Brady Bunch
Three's Company
Happy Days
Laverne & Shirley
The Wonder Years
MASH
All in the Family
Who's the Boss
Golden Girls

Posted by: Lulu | October 26, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse


1. Gilmore Girls (how has this no yet been mentioned?)
2. Friends
3. West Wing
4. Sex and the City
5. Law and Order
6. Lost

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, CJB -- are you my lost twin? I watch them all (except WO and PR)! LOL. I love LPBW. Such an inspiration.

Family Ties and The Wonder Years for me. Maybe even Valerie/Valerie's Family/Hogan Family, too.

And the many others people have mentioned -- Freaks and Geeks, Party of Five, Dallas, Dr. 90210 (Haley's getting on my nerves now though), Girls Next Door, Murphy Brown, Head of the Class, some of the "investigative shows" on Court TV and A and E, etc.

BTW, Golden Girls is on 4 - 5 on Lifetime (was on a biz trip last week and caught a few) and The Muppet Show is on DVD!

Posted by: WDC 21113 | October 26, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Perfect Strangers is on ION (the old Pax) now.

Posted by: Also... | October 26, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I can't believe how many I forgot...

Homicide, Life on the Street (best acting ever)
Monk
Little People Big World
This Old House
Magnum PI
Arrested Development
Sports Night
St. Elsewhere
Brisco
I Love Lucy

I'm beginning to think it's a good thing they don't show a lot of these marathons... On the other hand it would give time for that pesky carpel tunnel to heal.

Posted by: jes | October 26, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

" know it takes all kinds to make a world but a "Dateline" marathon?
ugh. you're kidding, right?"

What's wrong with Dateline. It's exciting. Especially the court TV exclusives!

I forgot to add "The Bachelor" and "Jeopardy"

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The Waltons
Hogan's Heroes

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Star Search
The Gong Show

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

30-something
LA Law
Family Ties
Ed

ditto:
Get smart
X Files
Mad About You
West Wing (the early days)

Posted by: SSMD | October 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Cop Rock" -- only 13 episodes, and I have 12 on VHS so I could actually HAVE my own marathon. Sure it was cheesy, sure Barbara Bosson was breaking out into song, but it was a great guilty pleasure.

"Class of '96" -- another short-lived show, but so poignant for the early 90s.

Posted by: td in baltimore | October 26, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and add me to the "Homicide" list -- CourtTV used to run marathons every holiday. I spent more New Year's Days and Labor Days watching that show. Brilliant!

Posted by: td in baltimore | October 26, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Thought of a couple more...Doogie Howser and The Facts of Life, especially in the beginning.

Posted by: WDC 21113 | October 26, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Philly Girl and NiceFLguy with:

Six Feet Under

Northern Exposure
30-Something
Once and Again

would also make my list.
So would

Big Love
Entourage
Carnivale (who else is miffed there are only two seasons!!)
Deadwood

I love the Gilmore Girls, but geeze, it's in syndication and I've seen just about every episode 12 times already.

Posted by: some repeated... | October 26, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The Muppet Show!
(the old ones!)
and, maybe even some vintage Seasame Street.

c'mon folks, those shows weren't just for kids!

Loony Tunes, too
(again, the older ones)

Posted by: I'd never guess this... | October 26, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Old SNL
Vicar of Dibley
Chef!
Blind date
Mythbusters
MASH
Late Show w/ Johnny Carson
STUDS (remember that show where they set up one meathead w/ three women? Awesomely bad)

Posted by: ex cap | October 26, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Stargate (both of them

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Fawlty Towers
Smothers Brothers
Hill Street Blues
St. Elsewhere
Soap
Northern Exposure
Picket Fences

Posted by: lafred | October 26, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

1. Rockford Files
2. Columbo
3. Twilight Zone
4. Twin Peaks
5. The Fugitive
6. Sealab 2021
7. St. Elsewhere
8. The Midnight Special
9. Route 66
10 Barney Miller

Posted by: Mike from Michigan | October 26, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Okay, need to quit school, get a dvd player and hibernate. So many I forgot and I want to see.

Add
Emergency

Along with a lot of things other people have mentioned.

Posted by: ep | October 26, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Arrested Development (I've watched the entire series straight through on DVD more times than I'd care to admit)
Freaks and Geeks (same)
Six Feet Under (that finale!)
Nip/Tuck
Weeds
The West Wing
Veronica Mars
Sports Night

This conversation is making me want to leave work early so I can go home and watch me some Logan and Veronica - Liz, I really hope that Veronica Mars is on your catch-up list after Freaks and Geeks. SWOON.

Posted by: Stef | October 26, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Buffy
Millenium
Animal Precinct
Blackadder
L&O CI
Mythbusters
Jeeves & Bertie
Forensic Files (although Forensic Fridays feels like a mini-marathon)
Forever Knight
Homicide, Life on the Streen
Whatever that show was on Fridays in the early 90's that starred Robey and was about the cursed antiques

Posted by: soso | October 26, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

oh, and I forgot Homefront.

Posted by: lafred | October 26, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh, how could I forget Northern Exposure. My college roommate's parents used to tape it for us in college, and near the end of our Senior year when we were bored with the partying, we would stay in and watch John Corbett....

Moonlighting was excellent as well - I miss that show.

Definitely "yes" to the Muppet Show...and Pee Wee's Playhouse. Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis!

Posted by: Chasmosaur | October 26, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I have awful taste...
Love Boat
Facts of Life

Posted by: gk | October 26, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Not that I'm not a Mythbusters fan (love it, love it, love it), but they have marathons of Mythbusters on all the time.

I work from home, and every once in a while, they have 8 hours of Mythbusters, or there will be a similar all-day Saturday or Sunday binge.

Posted by: Chasmosaur | October 26, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

BBC:
Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
Dr. Who (4th & 5th Doctors only, please)
Good Neighbors
AbFab

US:
The Phil Silvers Show (Sgt. Bilko)
Buffy
Star Trek:TNG

Posted by: WA2CHI | October 26, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Heh - funny about the I, Claudius mention. I've actually got it as background noise in the DVD player right now...

Posted by: Chasmosaur | October 26, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Just finished marathon of Freaks and Geeks myself...AWESOME wish there was more
Thank god for Netflix...

past favorite marathon was COUPLING, on the Q and looking forward to is FELICITY. WISHING and praying for a DVD release of the ENTIRE WONDER YEARS series, could watch that show for DAYS.

Posted by: NewB45 | October 26, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Hah! It was "Friday the 13th"! and it was the late 80's. Old, too old.

Posted by: soso | October 26, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Ah...The Love Boat. Total cheese. Love to watch it when it's on, though.

And takers for Little House on the Prairie?

Posted by: WDC 21113 | October 26, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The Man from U*N*C*L*E
Foyle's War
Upstairs Downstairs
Combat

And I strongly second the already nominated::

Fawlty Towers
Blackadder
The Love Boat
Dark Shadows (both the 1960s and 1990s versions!)

Posted by: Snarky Squirrel | October 26, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Northern Exposure
Designing Women
MASH
Upstairs Downstairs
Rocky and Bullwinkle

Posted by: nonny mouse | October 26, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Feeling kinda British and covert...

Secret Agent (aka Danger Man)
The Prisoner
MI:5

Posted by: bravado42 | October 26, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Ummm can I say how much i heart this topic?

West Wing Seasons 1-4
CSI Las Vegas and Las Vegas only
MacGuyver
The A Team
Jonny Quest
Psych
COPS
Jeporady

I would never go to my college classes again!

Posted by: Mandy | October 26, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

oops i forgot a couple:

Bones
Rescue 911
Reba

Posted by: Mandy | October 26, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Soso- YES! I watched that late nights before Outer Limits.

Gosh so many good ones I'm reminded of, totally with the Freaks and Geeks and Murphy Brown AND Good Eats.

And in the same vein as Firefly, I'd love Brimstone.

Posted by: Liz D | October 26, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

How could I forget American Gothic? Shaun Cassidy is a totally twisted writer & producer, Gary Cole as the devil incarnate, how can you go wrong? Now there's a show that was cancelled too soon.

Posted by: jes | October 26, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Now and Again -- Dennis Haysbert, Eric Close, for those who confuse it with Once and Again

The Forsyte Saga -- the original with Eric Porter, not the abortive remake.


Posted by: Mr. Natural | October 26, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I'd go for:

Newsradio
WKRP
Mary Tyler Moore

OR

Reno 911
The Thin Blue Line
Law & Order
The First 48

Posted by: InTheLou | October 26, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Forgotten TV classics:

My Favorite Martian
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Burns and Allen
Jack Benny

Posted by: Outis | October 26, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Checking WaPo Tv guide frantically for any marathons this weekend, or any showing of many of the listed shows. I have RCN basic, help a girl out here, please?

Posted by: ep | October 26, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Your Show of Shows (the mother of all comedy shows starring Sid Caesar)
Prime Suspect
Cracker
Inspector Morse
Meerkat Manor
Fawlty Towers
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Wire (just did a marathon of 1st 3 seasons it via DVD)
The Ed Sullivan Show

Posted by: b | October 26, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Just to relive my elementary school days:

The Cosby Show
Facts of Life
Growing Pains
Mr Belvedere
Different Strokes
and maybe even the Brady Bunch!

Posted by: LBH219 | October 26, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Freaks and Geeks
Ab Fab
Soap
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Undeclared
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
Action!

Posted by: GC | October 26, 2007 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I forgot the Deadliest Catch marathon! That's a great one one a winter day--even down here in Florida.

Posted by: LLL | October 27, 2007 12:41 AM | Report abuse

So many excellent suggestions! Some of my favorites:

Firefly
Chef! (I thought I was the only one who loved this show)
Nero Wolfe
Friends
Simon and Simon
A&E's mystery Tuesdays - Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Dalziel and Pascoe, etc
Sports Night
Homicide
Monk (the Sharona years)
The Avengers (with Emma Peel)
Perry Mason (original black and white episodes)

Posted by: TEL | October 27, 2007 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Test-1

Posted by: rachelt | October 28, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

¡ʇǝǝʍs uıddılɟ

Posted by: rachelt | October 28, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sterling

A short but great run...

Posted by: BDWESQTM | October 29, 2007 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Sports Night
Doctor Who (the 10th Doctor!)
Monty Python
EZ Streets
Due South
The Jake Effect
Arrested Development
The Prisoner
Life on Mars
Viva Blackpool
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Big Love
Little Britain
The Job (Denis Leary pre-Rescue Me)
The Monkees
Men Behaving Badly
SCTV
Life (yeah, it's new, but I really like it!)

Posted by: Doobrah | October 29, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

American Gothic is on Chiller -- Chiller rocks!

I forgot -- Police Squad (the series, not the movie)
Wire in the Blood
Midsomer Murders
Miss Marple (w/Joan Hixson)
Sherlock Holmes (w/Jeremy Brett)
Poirot (w/David Suchet)

Posted by: b | October 29, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Wings of the Luftwaffe
Wings of the Red Star
Sea Wings
Wings at War

Posted by: Maverick | November 2, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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