The 9 Best TV Shows to Marathon Instead of Watching the Olympics

The 9 Best TV Shows to Marathon Instead of Watching the Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off last night and while that’s great news for fans of multi-national competition, it’s not so great for fans of currently airing TV shows. New TV episodes have been scarce at best since the holidays, but the ratings juggernaut of the Olympics means they will be completely nonexistent until the end of the month.

But not everyone is interested in tuning into the Olympics. Maybe you are abstaining as a protest to Russia’s polarizing treatment of the LGBT and stray dog communities alike or maybe you just don’t give a shit about the two-man luge.

Whatever your reasons, have no fear. I’ve compiled a list of great shows to catch up on with all your newfound free time. I’ve even provided Netflix links so you don’t even have to get out of your chair. You’re welcome.


Yes, each episode is basically a movie, but that’s actually one more reason to watch it. The others being that its ridiculously charming, endlessly entertaining and Benedict Cumerbatch’s coat.

Orphan Black*

Seriously, trust me on this one. Its one of those stories where you think you know what its about and then it completely turns and blindsides you. Every. Single. Episode.

*Orphan Black is not available on Netflix streaming, but is on BBC On Demand.

House of Cards

The new season premieres Feb. 14 so this is the perfect time to catch up.

All on the Line

The perfect antidote for the stale formula of Project Runway, or whatever it’s calling itself these days.


Scandal has been absent the longest of any currently airing shows (at least it feels that way. I don’t actually know that to be a fact, though) so why not pop some popcorn, grab a bottle of wine and get your Pope fix.


This show was made to be marathoned.

The Wonder Years

Because you’ve probably forgotten how wonderful it is and we should never forget.

Murder She Wrote

I’m pretty sure its law that at least one cold, wintry day a year must be spent with a Murder She Wrote marathon.

The L Word

The ultimate protest.


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