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New Years Marathons 539

So for those of us who don't go "Out" for holidays and prefer sitting on our asses, the extended TV theme Marathon is something of a tradition. Besides obvious choices like watching all the Star Wars movies, what sorts of marathon tv endurance tests are people planning? Buffy, Angel, Twin Peaks, Iron Chef? What are you gonna do?
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New Years Marathons

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  • The Prisoner (Score:3, Informative)

    by gbr ( 31010 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @11:52AM (#2767435) Homepage
    I'll be watching every episode of the classic 'The Prisoner'
  • Sci Fi (Score:4, Interesting)

    by option8 ( 16509 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @11:52AM (#2767436) Homepage
    godzilla ll day yesterday, and twilight zone all day today.

    nothing else on, as far as i'm concerned.
  • Baywatch! (Score:2, Funny)

    by silvaran ( 214334 )
    Baywatch is all day on TNN January 1st.
  • by musashi311 ( 160860 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @11:53AM (#2767440)
    I just hope to GOD that there isn't a Trading Spaces marathon, or I may have to get a divorce.
  • Music Marathon (Score:4, Informative)

    by jlower ( 174474 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @11:53AM (#2767443) Homepage
    971 songs loaded in the iPod, iPod plugged into the stereo, iPod set to 'random' play.

    Hot tub is hot, crank up the volume, break out the booze, unwrap the fireworks. 15 or so good friends show up & suddenly it's a party!
  • Gaming (Score:5, Funny)

    by jayhawk88 ( 160512 ) <> on Monday December 31, 2001 @11:54AM (#2767447)
    Let's just say some vodka, orange juice, Team Fortress Classic, and rcon rights on some of my favorite servers may make for some interesting gameplay come 11:30 or so...

    Oh, and just to save the trolls some time:

    - Yes, I am aware that makes me the biggest loser of all time.
    - No, I don't really care, either.
  • Offtopic (Score:3, Insightful)

    by gmplague ( 412185 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @11:55AM (#2767450) Homepage
    You know what marathon I want to see? A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Marathon. Now that's what I'm talking about.
    • For a while, I wondered why your subject was "Offtopic".

      Then I realized that anything mentioning TMNT within the last 8 or so years would HAVE to be offtopic.
  • There's an Iron Chef Marathon?!?!

    W00T!... gotta program my TiVo!

    Iron chef, vodka, friends, and a scolding hot wok means great times at my place :-)

    Someone's gonna be melted before 2002!
  • Go See Jupiter!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jeffy124 ( 453342 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @11:56AM (#2767464) Homepage Journal
    Jupiter will be very visible tonight with the naked eye. After dark, look just east of the moon for an unusually bright star. Doesnt matter what part of the world you're in, best viewing would be midnight +/- 1 hour in your local time zone. jupiter.ap/index.html []

    Tried submitting this to /. last night, got rejected (naturally).
    • Re:Go See Jupiter!! (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      And to stay within the "marathon" spirit:

      "In late April and early May 2002, during Mercury's best appearance of the year, all five naked-eye planets are visible simultaneously in the westernevening sky."

      Taken from some random astro calendar []. Some Googling should uncover other sources of information.
    • "Doesnt matter what part of the world you're in"

      Unless it's a cloudy part of the world !
    • I saw it last night, but it was just a rerun of last year's Jupiter. Let me know when they get some new planets up there...
  • FoodTV has a Unwrap marathon. Candies, drinks, ice cream and other sweet stuff. Not quite as cool as gozilla marathon, but it's an option when you get bored with gozilla.
  • Since I got TiVo (What? You *don't* have a PVR yet? TiVo, ReplayTV, home built...), marathons just fill up the hard disk a little faster, but I guess I miss out on the 18-hours-on-the-couch feeling :).

    And the first marathon I've watched was the Thanksgiving Junkyard Wars special (with the aid of TiVo - took me all weekend to get through all the episodes).
  • by mlknowle ( 175506 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:02PM (#2767494) Homepage Journal
    ...means that every day is sci-fi marathon day!
  • party tonight with friends. much anime will be watched, and many people will have their skulls bashed in during a drunken four way smash brothers melee brawl!

    im going to propose we marathon an anime series, but as to which one it will be, who knows?

    with any luck, itll be pingpong club.. that shit is insane :)

    when it comes to tv marathons. ill prolly hit up the iron chef one.. but the comic shop has a 30% off sale on the 1st, and theyve got simpsons figurines that ive been eyeballing :)
  • Alias (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Binestar ( 28861 )
    I'm planning on watching the Alias Marathon, that is if I can remember which channel it is on. They are doing all the episodes and I'm definately going to TiVo them.
  • by rlowe69 ( 74867 ) <ryanlowe_AThotmailDOTcom> on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:02PM (#2767498) Homepage
    I may not be going "out", but I'm still going to drink for 6 or 7 hours and get completely trashed with my friends. Now this may seem immature and silly, but it's sometimes good to get that out of your system once in a while and what better night than New Years Eve!

    Seriously though, some of us are just coming of horrendous exam schedules and need a good winding down before the next semester starts.

    ... and yes, I DO need alcohol for this. That's what it's in existence for. Well, winding down and getting nerds laid. LOL. Ok, some nerds. On occasion. Ok, rare occasion. Who? Oh, you know, my friend Joey ... Joe Joe .... yeah, Joey Joe Joe. He lives in Niagra Falls. ;)

  • by Tsar ( 536185 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:03PM (#2767500) Homepage Journal
    ...I'm planning a marathon viewing of the classic "Dark Screen."

    Leave the TV off for a day! How's that for a resolution? (And no, don't replace it with 24 hours of Slashdot.)

    Start a journal! Read a book! Volunteer! Pray for peace! Do something that you can feel good about. Trust me, a full day of Gilligan's Island won't do it.
    • "I'm planning a marathon viewing of the classic "Dark Screen.""

      I found the avant-garde nature of the show particularly intriguing at first, but it became obvious that the shows writers ran out of ideas after the first season. Still, it's amazing that they did that show on such a low budget.

    • Do something that you can feel good about. Trust me, a full day of Gilligan's Island won't do it.

      What are you talking about? Nothing reaffirms my life more than watching the misadventures of bunch of has been actors stuck on an island. Whenever I get depressed, I can only be glad that it wasn't me taking that 3 hour tour. You can always feel good about that.

  • Anime Fansubs... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Bonker ( 243350 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:03PM (#2767509)

    I've got a little over 400 hours of stuff I've downloaded off of usenet in Mpeg, ASF, or DivX format. Plug it into the good ol' TV out card, and let play.

    Assuming that I can tear my wife's ass away from what ever huggy-feely design crap they're showing on HGTV, I'll be watching the entirety of Noir, Sadamitsu the Destroyer, and Inu Yasha. (There are currently about 50 episodes od IY that have been subbed... so at 24 minutes a piece I may not finish, even if I skip sleeping)
    • Whoops, I thought you said

      I've got a little over 400 hours of snuff I've downloaded off of usenet

    • Re:Anime Fansubs... (Score:2, Interesting)

      by djik ( 547126 )
      I am going to spend all night watching anime stuff like Akira, Kenshin, Trigun and Outlaw Star while learning for the history exam I am going to have on friday. (yes, this is how I learnd history, and yes, I did take history in winter so I'd get an easier time).

      No, I am not going to watch history channel even though it might be helpful for my class that I feel that I am going to fail.
  • Same thing I do on with and care for kids, keep the house somewhat de-filthed. That my friends is a marathon with no end! I have a life, lame tho it may be, and don't have time or patience for an extended TV marathon. Those who do, enjoy.
  • by NonSequor ( 230139 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:07PM (#2767527) Journal
    Tonight I'm going to be setting off nearly a hundred dollars worth of overpriced fireworks. They may be overpriced, but I consider having fireworks on New Year's Eve and the 4th of July to be just as essential a need as food and shelter. A New Year's Eve without the smell of gun powder in the air is something that I shudder to even contemplate.
  • This is truely the best time of the year. Five games [] (Humanitarian, Sun, Silicon Valley Classic, Liberty, and Peach) on today, and eight more in the coming few days.
    • Three months ago, we had a large, multi-channel "let's see planes crashing into buildings" marathon and people jumping to their deaths" marathon.
    • For the last two months, we've had a large multi-channel "All things violent in Afghanistan" marathon."
    Frankly, I'm all marathoned out.
  • Kurosawa films (Score:2, Informative)

    by LT4Ryan ( 178006 )
    I'll be watching my collection of classic Akira Kurosawa films: Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, High and Low...and yes, The Magnificent Seven. While technically not a Kurosawa film, it is based on the Seven Samurai story, and come on, who can resist Charles Bronson and Yul Brenner kicking Mexican ass?

  • I believe i'll be going to the SuperBowl with the Patriots in NFL Fever 2002. Apparently the XBox can do something Robert Craft hasn't been able to do in over a decade.
  • by psych031337 ( 449156 ) <psych0 AT wtnet DOT de> on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:22PM (#2767589)
    Weed and shrooms, Futurama 1st and 2nd season in a row, some firecrackers at midnight and extreme hardcore powerchilling (tm) .

    Happy new year! (Who makes the FP in 2002?)
  • Please PLEASE PLEASE, dont sit on you asses and watch TV on newyears. That just too sad, way way way to sad. Please people, go out. Get drunk have fun , get laid even..
  • I've got a four foot hole in the downstairs wall where a fireplace is going to sit. And some very very cold air is currently being kept at bay by some masonite siding and buffalo board. So, I'll be having a construction marathon once I get home this afternoon. I hope I stay awake till midnight.



  • I was given the complete Monty Python series collection on DVD. What food would y'all recommend for the session? Coconuts?
    • Coconuts are best for watching The Holy Grail. For the Flying Circus series, I'd suggest Spam, Spam, Spam and eggs.
    • I recommend swallows. African swallows. They taste better.
    • ahh, beat me to it. i'm assembling the Ultimate Python Marathon(tm).

      currently, it consists of: (drumroll, please)

      every episode of flying circus (45 30-minute shows)
      holy grail (special ed. dvd) + special features
      life of brian (criterion dvd) + special features
      meaning of life (vhs, since there isn't a decent dvd release)
      live at hollywood bowl
      live at aspen (both from python! live dvd set)
      the two lost german episodes (from above & "life of python" set)

      then, the python documentaries/interviews:
      bbc on location (during holy grail filming)
      "the pythons" (on lob dvd)
      the 30-year anniversary bbc special
      probably some other misc. stuff

      then, if we haven't run out of coffee, we can tackle the non-python, but python-related stuff:
      fawlty towers (every episode on dvd + interviews)
      jabberwocky (new dvd rerelease + special features)
      john cleese's how to irritate people (dvd)

      THEN, if we haven't died:
      brazil (criterion 3-disc set)
      a fish called wanda
      fierce creatures

      total running time is approaching fifty hours. sheer lunacy.
  • I, unfortunately, will be travelling most of today and tomorrow, so I won't get to see the Twilight Zone marathon on Sci Fi. So all of you need to watch it in honor of me.

    What's cool is that instead of doing it strictly in order by episode, they're putting the "classics" on in prime time. Here are the lineups for both nights:

    The prime-time lineup: Monday, 8 p.m., "Will the Real Martians Please Stand Up?"; 8:33, "To Serve Man"; 9:05, "The Dummy"; 9:36, "Eye of the Beholder"; 10:09, "The Howling Man."

    Tuesday, 8 p.m., "A Penny for Your Thoughts"; 8:33, "The Masks"; 9:06, "The Hitch-Hiker"; 9:37, "It's a Good Life"; 10:09, "The Midnight Sun."

    Trivia: Two of the above-mentioned episodes were turned into Simpsons Treehouse of Horror segments - which ones? (Could be more than two, actually, but I know of two for sure.)
  • Going to meet up with friends and play network unreal tournament and wolfenstein while drinking beer & vodka. All as a scientific experiment to see how alcohol affects our ability to shoot things.
  • Yahoo has good TV listings. Amazing what they will marathon on New Years' Day:

    ESPN: World's Strongest Man competition
    TLC: Seeing is Believing
    Comedy Channel: Whose Line Is It, Anyway?
    A&E: Magnum PI until 8 p.m., then Law & Order until 4 a.m.
    Animal Channel: The Crocodile Hunter (starting at 5 p.m.)
    Sci-Fi Channel: The Twilight Zone
    History Channel: History's Lost & Found

    Since my ex has our son this New Years', and my other of unknown significance left town yesterday, I'll be at home on my a** looking for a good TV marathon.

    Alias would be a good one (since I missed most of the episodes), and so would Trading Spaces. I've already had Buffy DVD marathon, so no luck there. Failing these, I'll probably be continuing on the kitchen work that I've been procrastinating on -- touching-up, sanding, and priming drywall, then painting. Whoop-de-doo!
  • I, Claudius (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dr. Dew ( 219113 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:31PM (#2767629) Homepage
    I'm doing a marathon viewing of the BBC series I, Claudius. Great performance throughout by Derek Jacobi [], and I love Patrick Stewart's little wig [].

    It's not Mrs. Dew's favorite thing, but she tolerates "Clavdivs" once a year. See also this fact or fiction [] site.
  • TV? (Score:2, Flamebait)

    by rayd75 ( 258138 )
    Personally, I am going to leave the house, (gasp) go to a bar and get drunk with some friends. You see, I've learned something that the replies to this article would indicate that many here haven't... That hiding yourself from the rest of society (like staying home on New Years Eve) does far more to brand you as a geek than being seen out in your plastic-framed glasses talking about the latest kernal release. Life isn't high school; the cool guys won't pick on you anymore... Now they just ignore you which is fine by me.
    • Re:TV? (Score:3, Interesting)

      by jlower ( 174474 )
      True to a point but there's also something to be said for having the party at home.

      You can invite a bunch of friends & have a place for all to sit & drink w/o the crowd of NYE at a bar.

      You can get naked with said friends & have a big orgy.

      You can consume illegal substances at your own leisure w/o fear of LEO's ruining your evening.

      When it's all over, you can carpet the house with sleeping bags and no one has to risk driving whilst intoxicated.
    • by Byteme ( 6617 )
      Actually, it has very little to do with geekdom for some... I think it is a great idea to hide from society on this day only. I get out quite a bit every other day of the year that this event just seems way too crowded and over hyped. Plus, I do not want to share the highway with a bunch of drunk morons (I think it is very uncool to get behind the wheel intoxicated, very high-school indeed). I must admit that TV is not the best choice for an alternative. My wife and I are having a sex marathon after having a nice dinner and drinks at home.

      And if you are not into pickling your brain on this holiday, there are many other traditions [] that you can check out.

  • I for one will sleep because I work 3rd shift and could not get New Years (eve or day) off, so I'll be sleeping all day.

    Business as usual for the NOC crew.
    • Because hopefully the companies will start hiring again once they get their new budgets in January, and maybe I'll be able to find a job that sucks my left nut a little less than my current one. Though hitting, setting the search to all states and entering '"Doesn't Suck"' as a search phrase doesn't return any hits, which is too bad because that's exactly what I was looking for in a job. (Try "Hunter-killer robots" sometime too. The results are enlightening.)
  • At least looking through the TV program, it appears
    every station is offering an ad marathon only. ;)

    I'll run a vim+make+gcc marathon instead...
  • has a nice boxed set of DVDs out. It's got every episode of Flying Circus ever. EVER. We wont be watching it marathon style on New Years, or maybe ever. But it's good to have.
  • Get a life? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Tim Ward ( 514198 )
    No, sorry, forgot - this is slashdot.
  • Red Dwarf on UKTV (Score:4, Informative)

    by purplemonkeydan ( 214160 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:53PM (#2767702)
    UKTV [] in Australia are running a marathon of Red Dwarf. I imagine all the Foxtel []-equipped geeks would be watching that.

    Me ... I'm having a sleep marathon.
  • Every year needs to start with a good laugh. If you haven't seen Blazing Saddles, or Young Frankenstien, do yourself a favor.

    Watch The Producers, and when you have to be away from the tube in the kitchen, put 2000 year old man on the kitchen CD player.

    Spaceballs is not as funny as some of the other stuff, but you need to see it anyway.

  • Frank Herbert's Dune (Score:3, Informative)

    by fiziko ( 97143 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @12:56PM (#2767714) Homepage
    For Canadian residents, Space: The Imagination Station [] is running the ''Frank Herbert's Dune" miniseries on New Year's Day, starting at 1pm Eastern Time (10am Pacific).
  • I miss the TNT Godzillathons (and the clips they'd run over BOC before commercials), and especially the wretched "Hercathons" they would run around New Years--Edith Hamilton never told us about Hercules's trip to Peru (Hercules Versus the Sons of the Sun), now did she? :-)
  • by bjtuna ( 70129 ) <brian&intercarve,net> on Monday December 31, 2001 @01:31PM (#2767852) Homepage
    So let me get this straight: Taco is going to spend New Years sitting on his ass, doing nothing. How is this different from what Taco does during the rest of the year?
  • get dressed up, compliment my wonderful, gorgeous girlfriend on the fact that her low cut blue satin dress can turn my brain to butter, then go dancing into 2002.

    Yeah, I know, I've probably pissed off about a thousand lonely TV-watching nerds with that sentence. But cut me some slack: I'm a slashdotter too; do you really think this sort of thing happens to me often enough that I can afford not to brag when it does?
    • lucky, lucky bastard. :-)
    • Yeah, uh, me too! That's just what I'm going to be doing tonight.

      (God I'm so depressed)

      I've got several thousand lines of code that has to be completed before tomorrow morning to meet some client billing deadline. Geez.

      and look how I'm wasting my time reading /., as usual.

  • I will be haivng a View Askew []-a-thon ... Starting with Clerks [],then Mallrats [], a viewing of Chasing Amy [], and finally Dogma []. The marathon won't be complete because Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back [] won't be out until Feb. 12th.

    Basically I feel Kevin Smith has managed to make some of the funniest movies of all time and definantelly appeals to a ninche crowd. I personally own all the movies to date (Along with animated clerks, and a few View Askew comics), but I have yet to hit NJ to see the Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash [], where basically any View Askew fan woule be in heaven.

    There are fun things to do in all the titles as well (besides drink that is),

    1.) In every movie there is a reference to Star Wars
    2.) In every movie there is a reference to hockey
    3.) And in every movie Silent Bob talks at least once.

    Basically an all around wholesome time. Of course I've already synced the clock on my computer so I will know the INSTANT it is new years ... so that oughta be fun too :-)

    Happy New Years Everyone.

  • by CoreDump ( 1715 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @02:00PM (#2767968) Homepage Journal
    Animal Planet is showing 'Crocodile Hunter' marathon!

    Croc Hunter Drinking Game


    • A lot of Smirnoff Ice
    • Some friends ( inflatable ones if naught else )
    • Crocodile Hunter Marathon on AP ( check local listings )
    Rules (Everyone drinks when):
    • Someone gets bit.
    • The phrase "Croikey!" is uttered.
    • ( add your own! )
    This should have you good and fuzzy by the time Midnight rolls around. But don't worry, you've got all day tomorrow to sleep it off!

    Happy New Year to all!

  • I'm inviting friends over to watch Das Boot (director's cut, three hours long with subtitles instead of crap dubbing) and Run Lola Run (chickflick, yeah, but the chick insisted.) When this gets old, it's dreamcast time! Crazy Taxi, the Quake 1 port, the Doom port, some old Mame roms, who knows. I know a gamepad isn't the best way to play an FPS, but trust me, the big screen makes up for it.

    And of course, plenty of food. No booze, though - none of us is older than 18 :-(.
  • by weave ( 48069 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @02:15PM (#2768014) Journal
    The wife and I are going to be watching the "Sex in the City" marathon, since we've missed a lot of episodes over the past year.

    Hey, not my first choice, but you have to think of the wife at times like this. And who knows, it may be followed by an episode of "Sex in the Living Room" if i'm lucky...

  • TV? (Score:3, Funny)

    by BelDion ( 109503 ) on Monday December 31, 2001 @02:18PM (#2768024) Homepage Journal
    Television marathons? On new year's? Mwaha, I laugh at the thought when I could be out celebrating with friends, going to great parties filled with beautiful women...

    Ok, I'll be watching Transformers. Leave me alone!
  • On right now, all day and all night...
  • I'm going to sit back and watch the TV Guide channel to take in a taste of all channels. Why limit yourself to one stupid marathon?
  • I've been watching the Magnum PI Marathon on A&E all day. It goes until 8 tonight!
  • by Quinn ( 4474 )
    I recall Sci-Fi used to do Mystery Science Theatre 3000 marathons around Thanksgiving. I'd always be out of town during them, though.

    I wish they'd ran a marathon of all owned episodes (Comedy Central included) one last time before shutting down the franchise for good.
  • Hmm, I was going out, but I did just recently finish taping the entire first season of Sailor Moon, except for the first two or three. (DIC dubs, but they're okay.) Been looking for a good time to watch them all in succession.

  • A case of Guinness: Free (wife works for the company, aint it nice)

    Gran Turismo 3: $45.00

    Play Station 2: $299.00

    Drink Driving without fear of death, imprisonment, or loss of property


  • Let's not forget that the greatest threat to Free Software, indeed to the entire computer industry as an open industry, is the entertainment industry, as represented by the RIAA, the MPAA, and others.

    I don't watch much television anyway, but for New Years I'm making a point of leaving the damn thing off entirely. No movie rentals to put more money in the pockets of those who would like nothing more than to destroy my livlihood in order to protect their outdated cartel profit model. No TV period.

    Indeed, the only DVD I've purchased since the DeCSS fiasco is Sporty's IFR course for (private) pilots, mainly because of its interactive test questionairs. At least that way my 3 year old, multi-regional player will get some use, and as I doubt very seriously Sporty's is a member of the MPAA I feel I can make the purchase in good conscience.

    That having been said, I would encourage everyone to ignore slashdot's occasional promotion of Media Cartel Content (it still amazes me that the editors of slashdot either just don't get it, or just don't care), turn the TV off, go out, get drunk, maybe even meet a girl or two and wind up not sleeping alone. Remember, even if you're the quintissential nerd, she'll likely be too drunk to notice. Opportunity knocks.

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.