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Christmas Day TV schedule of movie marathons, more: What to watch, when

Michael J. Fox, left, is Marty McFly and

Michael J. Fox, left, is Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd plays eccentric Doc Brown in the 1985 time-traveling comedy "Back to the Future." Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

TV wants you to watch this Christmas Day, so lineups are loaded with marathons and program blocks. Some shows may be holiday-themed, but most feature something else entirely. Killer doll Chucky, anyone?

Among the options (all times on Friday, unless noted):

Movie marathons

SHIRLEY TEMPLE MOVIES (Movies!/5.2, 6:05 a.m.-Saturday 3 a.m. The ’30s moppet struts her stuff in musicals and fairy tale films, including “The Blue Bird” (8 p.m.).

ANIMATED FAMILY FUN (FX, 7 a.m.- Saturday 5 a.m.) Titles include “The Croods” (3 p.m.) and “Turbo” (7 p.m.).

JOHN WAYNE (AMC, 9 a.m.-Saturday 5:30 a.m.) The Duke rides in “Rooster Cogburn” (9 a.m.), “The Cowboys” (4 p.m.), “Rio Bravo” (7 p.m.), more.

BEETHOVEN (Encore Family, 9:20 a.m.-4:35 a.m.). The St. Bernard powers family fun in seven titles, from 1992’s “Beethoven” to 2011’s “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure.”

BACK TO THE FUTURE (Spike, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.). All three Michael J. Fox films.

TYLER PERRY TITLES (BET, noon- Saturday 3 a.m.). From “Madea’sTough Love” (noon) to “Good Deeds” (12:30 a.m.).

CHUCKY THRILLERS (Chiller, 5-11 p.m.). “Child’sPlay” is followed by fellow deadly-doll flicks “Seed of Chucky” and “Curse of Chucky.”

ORPHAN TALES (Turner Classic Movies, 8 p.m.- Saturday 6 a.m.). 1982 musical “Annie” kicks off a slate of seven stories, including Shirley Temple musical “Curly Top” (2 a.m.) and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” (3:30 a.m.).

Series marathons

Dramas include “MacGyver” (Cloo, continues 6 a.m.-2 p.m.); “NCIS” (USA, 6 a.m.-Saturday 6 a.m.); “Twilight Zone” (Decades/2.2, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 3:30-7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-Saturday 1 a.m.); “Power” (Starz, noon-10 p.m.); “House” (Cloo, 2 p.m.-next Friday).

Comedies include “That ’70s Show” (IFC, 6 a.m.-Saturday 9 a.m.); “Family Matters” (Centric, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.).

Infotainment fave “MythBusters” (Science, continues 6 a.m.) gets a full-series marathon that started Wednesday and runs through Jan. 3. Other docuseries spotlight Christian artifacts in “Finding Jesus:Faith, Fact, Forgery” (CNN, 4 p.m.-4 a.m.), and world spirituality in Oprah Winfrey’s “Belief” (OWN, 4-11 p.m.).


“A Christmas Story” (TBS, continues every two even hours through 6 p.m. start; TNT, continues every two odd hours through 5 p.m. start); 1947’s “Miracle on 34th Street” (Sundance, 6 a.m., 11 a.m.); “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Starz Kids, continues 7 a.m.- 7:50 p.m., restarting every hour and 50 minutes); Bing Crosby’s “WhiteChristmas” (Sundance, 7:36 a.m.); 1970 musical “Scrooge” (8:45 a.m., TCM); Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (12:30 p.m., ABC Family); Laurel and Hardy perennial “March of the Wooden Soldiers” (WPIX/11, 1 p.m.); Alastair Sim’s 1951 “A Christmas Carol” (FXM, 1:30, 5, 7, 9, 11 p.m., 1 a.m.); “Bad Santa” (VH1, every two hours 5 p.m.-1 a.m.); “Elf” (5 p.m., ABC Family).


Marathons on Hallmark (continues all day); UP (7 a.m.-3 a.m.); TV One (11 a.m.-3 p.m., 7 p.m.-1 a.m.); Lifetime (8 a.m.-4 a.m.); Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (restarts 5 p.m.).


Cozi/4.2 (6 a.m.-7 p.m., later 1-5 a.m., includes “Lassie,” “Knight Rider,”“Ozzie & Harriet”); MeTV (8 a.m.-3 p.m., includes “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza”); Antenna/11.2 (10 a.m.-5 a.m., includes “Father Knows Best,” “All in the Family,” “Wings”); Laff/7.3 (3-9 p.m., includes “Spin City,” “Bernie Mac”); WPIX/11 (3-5 p.m., includes “Flying Nun,” “Monkees,” “Bewitched”).


Festive fireplace (continues through 5 p.m., HMM; 5-9 a.m., WLNY/10/55; 6-10 a.m., Antenna TV/11.2; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., WPIX/11).


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