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installLSC
04-28-2015, 10:30 PM
I found out that a retro network will air 20 straight hours of "One Day at a Time" for Mother's Day. (http://blog.sitcomsonline.com/2015/04/antenna-tv-celebrates-mothers-day-with.html) Although I enjoyed the show, no way I'd ever watch more than a couple of hours of any program. Has anyone out there watched a single program for an incredibly long period of time, whether it be breaking news/entire telethon/rerun marathon or something else?

Really Not All That Bright
04-28-2015, 11:09 PM
I don't know if it counts as a "single program" but I've watched Super Bowl pregame shows from sunup until the game starts before.

Max the Immortal
04-28-2015, 11:53 PM
I once watched the entire 7th season of Buffy the Vampire slayer that aired as a marathon. I had discovered the show a year or two earlier and had watched the first six seasons on DVD, so the timing worked out fairly well.

journeyman_southpaw
04-29-2015, 12:32 AM
Back in the days before YouTube and when 24-hour music stations actually played videos, I watched entire 12-hour loops of programming a few times. Usually it was a "theme weekend" of some kind that I was interested in.

Grrr!
04-29-2015, 12:44 AM
I watched a ST: NG marathon on New Years day (24hrs).

Although, I admit, I was way too hung over to actually want to look for, and pay attention to, any good programing that might have been on at the time.

I just wanted to stare at the TV and not have to use my brain and think about what's going on with the plot line.

ST: NG fit that bill nicely as I've already seen every episode a hundred times. Plus it was also nice to be able to take a nap on the couch, wake up mid episode, and know exactly what was going on.

Ranchoth
04-29-2015, 03:48 AM
A few marathons, over the years. Aside from the ones that were largely "background noise" (like during holidays), or that I was mostly just recording (on VHS, usually. Ah, memories...), I think the longest stretch of actually sitting down and watching every minute was for AMC's Godzilla marathon, back in 1999, which was 12+ hours, including (IIRC) the broadcast premieres of the Heisei-series movies.

Granted, I was also doing it as part of my MST3K group's chat room regular "Home Game," where we were riffing as it aired. There were only three of us left, at the end.

After that...probably Olympic opening/closing ceremonies. Ever since 1994, although I recorded but never actually found the time to watch most of London's. :(

RealityChuck
04-29-2015, 07:13 AM
No more than three hours and I'm not sure I even did that. I'll watch all episodes of a show, but the only show I've ever binge watched was Weeds -- because we had to get the DVD back.

salinqmind
04-29-2015, 07:31 AM
I will have The Walking Dead marathon on AMC on all day and all night. They usually have one before the season premiere each year. I will also watch Mad Men marathons. Harry Potter weekend on ABC family channel? I'm there, and Lord of the Rings weekend, too. I don't sit and watch, slack jawed, from start to finish, but it's on as background, and I usually get to see my favorite parts.

ThelmaLou
04-29-2015, 07:33 AM
I watched the entire second season of Homeland during a "free HBO" weekend. It was 10 or 12 hours or something.

It was so good that I actually subscribed to HBO. But the next (and subsequent) seasons didn't even come close. That second season ended on an intensely climactic high point that for story reasons, could never be reached again. They kept trying to top it, but the show just got weird after that.

The guy, whose name I forget-- the returnee, the one whose loyalty was in question-- wore a suicide vest into the bunker with all the gummint VIPs and was just about to detonate it and blow up Capitol Hill when his cell phone rang and it was his daughter calling. That snapped him out of it. It was one of THE most intense TV moments I've ever experienced, and there was no way to top it. The series should have ended right there.

GuanoLad
04-29-2015, 07:40 AM
When the Olympics are on I will usually leave the TV on that channel for extended periods, and last time (London) I happened to be quite unwell with a lung infection so it was a welcome distraction in the middle of the night whenever I woke from a feverish dream to a bout of coughing.

Having said that, I also watched DVDs in between boring bits, when it seemed to be 72 hours of diving, so it probably doesn't really count within the OP's rules.

Quartz
04-29-2015, 07:52 AM
I found out that a retro network will air 20 straight hours of "One Day at a Time" for Mother's Day. (http://blog.sitcomsonline.com/2015/04/antenna-tv-celebrates-mothers-day-with.html) Although I enjoyed the show, no way I'd ever watch more than a couple of hours of any program. Has anyone out there watched a single program for an incredibly long period of time, whether it be breaking news/entire telethon/rerun marathon or something else?

Do general elections count? I've had the TV on from before the close of polls until the morning. And I'll be doing so again this time.

Shoeless
04-29-2015, 08:03 AM
Our cable box will automatically turn itself off after 8 hours of inactivity. I know there have been a few times, either a football Sunday or during the NCAA basketball tournament, where the box has turned itself off while I was watching because I hadn't changed the channel all day. But I wasn't necessarily watching the same program the whole time.

Labdad
04-29-2015, 09:18 AM
My mother made me watch JFK's State Funeral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_funeral_of_John_F._Kennedy) in its entirety - November 25th, 1963. I'm sure it was on NBC, because that was the channel that gave us the best reception.

kenobi 65
04-29-2015, 10:44 AM
We watched a marathon of the original "Iron Chef" on Food Network, on New Year's Day one year (maybe around 2000). I think that was around 16 hours or so.

johnpost
04-29-2015, 11:00 AM
by watching A Christmas Story for 24 hours you can look for all the details.

Balance
04-29-2015, 11:09 AM
Not necessarily a station, since I mostly watch things online or from my video library, but I'm an archive binger. If I'm watching a series, I tend to watch it straight through, rather than switching around, so I'm usually watching the same thing for however long I watch. Five or six hours is probably the longest I've ever watched at a stretch with my full attention, and that's only when I have a new series to plow through.

When I'm sick or hurt enough to be strictly resting, I tend to put on a "comfort" show--something I've seen already and like and don't have to think about much, like Shakes' ST:NG marathon--and leave it running as I drift in and out. I think the longest I've ever done that at a stretch was a couple of days, but I obviously wasn't really watching it continuously for that long.

Little Nemo
04-29-2015, 11:21 AM
I was hospitalized and I didn't have anything to read or my computer. So the TV was my only entertainment. I watched more TV in a month than I normally watch in a year.

At one point, a cable channel was running a marathon of Hogan's Heroes, which isn't even a particular favorite of mine. But I watched seven episodes in a row.

scabpicker
04-29-2015, 11:29 AM
FXX when they were showing the Simpsons marathon. The station wasn't changed for days.

kunilou
04-29-2015, 11:44 AM
No one here watched for long stretches on 9/11? The Moon landing?

SUZ MAC
04-29-2015, 11:58 AM
I did a marathon of Dexter for many, many hours. I had some pretty gnarly dreams that night. :eek:

Quimby
04-29-2015, 01:35 PM
Not sure if this counts but I have done Star Wars Marathons were we watch all 6 movies. I did it successfully twice. Last time we tried it we had had enough after empire and bailed on Jedi. after that I didn't try to do them all in one day.

I did successful marathons of the original trilogy many many times though.

Moonlitherial
04-29-2015, 01:35 PM
No one here watched for long stretches on 9/11? The Moon landing?

During 9/11 I was compulsively channel hopping hoping that someone somewhere had actual information.

For the OP, most years we kept the fireplace channel on over a few days for Christmas.

This year I just turned on the fireplace instead.

koeeoaddi
04-29-2015, 02:14 PM
MST3K Turkey Day, all day long (early 90s).

9/11 on CNN, for what seemed like forever.

JohnT
04-29-2015, 03:13 PM
Weather channel during Hugo.

CNN during opening bombing of Gulf War

Done plenty of the "turn on Headline News while doing a marathon stint of Civilization" many, many times. Up to the reader if that counts. :)

Richey84
04-29-2015, 03:56 PM
When I was in grade school, MTV would run Daria marathons on weekends and I would find myself sitting there for a good 6-8 hours without realizing it.

Iggy
04-29-2015, 03:59 PM
I still refer to it as My Night from Hell™.

I was behind on my analytical chemistry lab book and pulling an all nighter in the dorm's lounge to catch up. The cable didn't work and the only channel the TV could receive was some weird UHF channel that played videos upon request. You made your request my dialing some 1-900 pay number...

And some heartless bastard apparently wanted an all night marathon of Lisa Stansfield's All Around the World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVuuatjHGnY). The same video. On repeat. ALL NIGHT LONG. We stopped counting after 70+ repeats.

Sadly, we needed the noise to keep us awake. And it worked. And I still can't stand that song.

ZipperJJ
04-29-2015, 06:25 PM
When my business partner and I first started our company we would watch TVLand most of the day. When the second airing of Golden Girls came on in the wee hours of the morning, we'd crash for a few hours then get up and do it again.

stillownedbysetters
04-29-2015, 06:46 PM
I had just been released from the hospital after an appendectomy when Katrina hit. Being stuckon the couch for a couple days, I turned on the news and never turned it off for about 2 days. The whole thing was so incredibly overwhelming, and just when you thought you'd seen everything, more unsettling pictures would come in.

gigi
04-29-2015, 10:42 PM
The Twilight Zone marathon on New Year's Day. (But I would still change the channel during commercials.)

Quimby
04-30-2015, 08:36 AM
When my business partner and I first started our company we would watch TVLand most of the day. When the second airing of Golden Girls came on in the wee hours of the morning, we'd crash for a few hours then get up and do it again.

Now that's a Business model I can do! :)

Soylent Juicy
04-30-2015, 08:45 AM
Back in the days before YouTube and when 24-hour music stations actually played videos, I watched entire 12-hour loops of programming a few times.

Hah, I did that once. I think I was 13 (so 1986-7) and I decided to watch 24 hours straight of MuchMusic. I was so disappointed to discover that it wasn't 24 hours of original programming but an 8 hour(?) loop.

A few years ago a truck crashed into a hydro pole near my work and knocked the power out so we all got to stay home. I spent the entire day on the couch cuddling my kitten and watching a CSI marathon on Spike. (The Las Vegas CSI, back in the Grissom days.) Best day off ever.

Elemenopy
04-30-2015, 08:55 AM
I remember watching most of the Planet of the Apes series as a marathon at least three times when I was a kid. On TBS, maybe? I used to also watch the "Bible movie" marathons, usually around Easter.

I also used to have the Olympics on non-stop when they would have things like gymnastics or ice dancing all day.

And there was a brief period of time in which I fancied myself a day-trader and would have Bloomberg on all morning...

TBG
04-30-2015, 09:20 PM
When FXX was running every Simpsons ever last summer, I pretty much had my TV tuned to that nonstop except for a few hours here and there where I had something I needed to watch. I forget how long that was, but I know it was over a week.

GoodOldKJ
04-30-2015, 10:27 PM
Anytime there's a major event like a hurricane or war bombings or whatever I find myself locked onto CNN just to see what's going on and get every little bit of detail that I can.
STAR WARS!!!
I have watched 8 + hours in a row of professional wrestling
On any given Saturday college football comes on my TV at noon and ends at 2 in the morning or later
I may have some issues!

TBG
05-01-2015, 07:21 PM
I have watched 8 + hours in a row of professional wrestling

In 2000, the WWF started the pre-Wrestlemania stuff at noon, and didn't end with the post-show stuff until around midnight, so I got you beat there.

Of course back in the era of the Monday Night Wars, I'd regularly be watching 5+ hours of wrestling every Monday, but that wasn't all on the same channel.

Wesley Clark
05-01-2015, 07:59 PM
A couple days, about 15 years ago there were twilight zone marathons on some channel, maybe sci, over new years eve. Now with netflix it isn't necessary but I would watch those.

Dr. Girlfriend
05-01-2015, 08:06 PM
When the Olympics are on I will usually leave the TV on that channel for extended periods, and last time (London) I happened to be quite unwell with a lung infection so it was a welcome distraction in the middle of the night whenever I woke from a feverish dream to a bout of coughing.


I had the flu during the Beijing Olympics and I couldn't get off the couch for a couple of days. I think I had the games on the whole time. I developed an appreciation for water polo.

Elemenopy
05-02-2015, 01:22 AM
I was too drugged up to remember if it was the same station, but the last time I was in the hospital for awhile, I somehow ended up watching a lot of Lawrence Welk show. It was not all that unpleasant. :D

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