Appealing TV: Appealing TV: Say Goodbye to 2014 With The Help Of Marathons Of Shows From the Past

Happy new year! That means: Hangovers! Pretending for a precious few hours that the upcoming year is going to be any different than the past one! TV marathons! And for the shut-in in you, why would you want to leave on New Year’s Eve anyway? It’s for the birds, the amateurs, the, dare I say, basic. You have plenty of television to keep you company as your Xanax and sparkling wine gently lull you into the cold daylight of 2015. Maybe you can get it together enough to go to Pegasus Books’ annual calendar sale. Who knows, that could be a start.

Anyway, I’m no big city TV writer, but I’d love to share with you some of my favorite TV of 2014 (from someone who hasn’t started Transparent yet, because: embarrassment of riches)

The Americans (FX)
Fargo (FX)
Enlisted (FOX)
Rectify (Sundance)
Broad City (Comedy Central)
Review (Comedy Central)
The 100 (The CW)
Manhattan (WGN)
True Detective (HBO)
The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
You’re the Worst (FX)
Lucha Underground (El Rey)
Black-Ish (ABC)

So, what else is on?

Monday, December 29
It Takes a Choir (12pm, USA, series premiere)
The British import/adaptation featuring Gareth Malone going around recruiting people to help build a choir was supposed to debut last year but was pushed back, and now they are burning the entire season off on the last Monday of 2014.

Tuesday, December 30
The Walking Dead Marathon (9am, AMC)
I have a group of friends who have recently started watching The Walking Dead, and there is a part of me that just wants them to skip everything and start with this current season. Or maybe they need to go through Carl being in the house, and Andrea ACTING! ™ in order to appreciate the show in its current state? I also have been hearing that binging past seasons isn’t that bad, which feels like feint praise at best. Well, if anything, it’d be worth it to watch past seasons’ opening titles, as they are one of the best opening sequences in TV today.

The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (9pm, CBS)
Stephen Colbert (training for his upcoming The Late Show role, no doubt) hosts the annual award ceremony, celebrating Al Green, ballerina Patricia McBride, tantric sex enthusiast Sting, comedienne Lily Tomlin, and Storage Wars enthusiast, sometimes actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks. I hope Tom Hanks brought Jarrod and Brandi with him to accept his award. But it wouldn’t be an award show without performances from Usher, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, and Jennifer Hudson.

Wednesday, December 31
Khloe and Kourtney Take the Hamptons Marathon (7am, E!)
Watch the Kardashian sisters Khole and Kourtney execute their Kampaign of destruction, bad taste and scripted events in the Hamptons. Think of it like watching an old History Channel special about how the Allied forces eventually pushed from the beaches of Normandy to Berlin.

How I Met Your Mother Marathon (9am, Lifetime)
Ted Mosby is the ultimate thirsty fuck boy throughout the show, and might even be considered its antagonist (largely because everyone else around him was so much more interesting). Might be worth rewatching to see Ted’s Breaking Bad-esqe transformation from well-meaning sentimental type to ultimate thirst.

The Twilight Zone Marathon (8am, SyFy)
Hey, kids, with your texting and putting entire consciousness in the cloud, if you liked Black Mirror, you should take it upon yourself to watch the Rod Serling’s seminal science fiction anthology series.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest (8pm, ABC)
Leave it to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest to spoil 2015 for us on the West Coast. Well, that’s why they got Fergie to host things in the West, in an attempt to prevent a time paradox or something.

Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution ’14 (8pm, FOX)
For some reason FOX decided to break up Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution into parts one and two, as if it was a young adult movie adaptation sequel cash-grab. There will be none of that here, if you want to watch four hours of Pitbull and his cronies Fall Out Boy and Fifth Harmony revolt against 2014 and overthrow it with their leader 2015, that’s on you. (They are in Miami, just 90 miles outside of Cuba, after all). Trigger warning: Pitbull will speak Spanish phrases in between English sentences.

New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (10:00 p.m. NBC)
Don’t forget about Carson Daly! To the three of you who actually watch Last Call with Carson Daly, I am slightly hoping that his New Year’s Eve special is essentially just like his show, where it’s a camera that is plopped down and everybody is only marginally aware of it, and it’s just super chill (in a cool dad way). He’s bringing his friends in The Voice to help spice things up, along with a duet from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

New Year’s Live (11:30pm, KRON-4)
If you must keep it local, KRON’s annual New Year’s Eve show features the fireworks at the Embarcadero, and maybe a month’s worth of People Behaving Badly from Stanley Roberts. Who knows, maybe we’ll have another rich person drop the F bomb on live TV like last year?

Thursday, January 1
Portlandia Marathon (6am, IFC)
Once Portland annexes itself from the United States, calls itself Portlandia and installs Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen as leaders for life, Portlandia becomes a cautionary tale. Why didn’t we see this coming?

Futurama Marathon (9am, Comedy Central)
Relive this great show, as we hurtle one minute into the future.

Chopped Marathon (2pm, Food Network)
There have been 250 episodes of Chopped that have aired, which means one thousand appetizer dishes have been served (I’m not going to bother to go into how many items total have been sprung from the baskets, etc) but with this Chopped marathon you’re going to see a few of those thousand appetizer dishes, and a hell of a lot of undercooked food and failure.

Friday, January 2
Whale Wars (8pm, Animal Planet, season premiere)
Those darn Sea Shepherds are back at it again with their water hoses and stink bombs against Japanese fishing vessels, and if they weren’t trying to do it for the whales, Whale Wars would just be the longest, most protracted stunt on The Eric Andre Show ever.

Saturday, January 3
Rev. Run’s Renovation (10pm, DIY, season premiere)
Have some family hi-jinks, vaguely inspirational spiritual stuff, maybe something about hip-hop, along with your reality show about construction and home renovation.

Sunday, January 4
Galavant (8pm, ABC, series premiere)
Medieval times wasn’t all doom and gloom and sex and beheadings and plague. There was also room for musical fare, as Galavant wants to tell us. This miniseries from Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, ABC’s The Neighbors) will featuring all-singing! all-dancing! And guest appearances from John Stamos, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ricky Gervais (as Xanax the wizard), Rutger Hauer, and Anthony Stewart Head. Not to mention the main cast of Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones (!)

See you next Monday! Happy new year! See you in the future!

the author

Paolo Sambrano adores television theme songs. You can follow him on Twitter @paolo. He is the creator of the card game, No Benefits and the writer/performer of the solo show Bi-Poseur.

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