Super Bowl 2017 Programming Alternatives: What to Watch if You Don't Want to Watch the Big Game

From 'The Walking Dead' to 'Friends' to 'Harry Potter,' the choices vary for those opting to skip the Patriots-Falcons matchup.
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'Kitten Bowl' on Hallmark Channel

On Sunday, America will indulge in barbecued food and cold beverages while watching the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons compete at Houston's NRG Stadium in this year’s Super Bowl.

While the big game often draws record-setting viewership numbers (2015's matchup averaged a best-ever 114.4 million viewers), not everyone wants to tune in to the action.

Not interested in touchdowns or field goals? Maybe you can make your day magical by watching a Harry Potter movie on Freeform. Or "Live Long and Prosper" watching the classic Star Trek on BBC. Or cry your eyes out during a showing of The Fault in Our Stars on FXX.

While you can still indulge in some chip-and-dip action, here are just some of Sunday’s counterprogramming options you can watch instead (all times PT). 


The Walking Dead marathon (8 a.m.- 4 a.m.)

Animal Planet

Puppy Bowl XIII (3:01-5:01 p.m.)


Star Trek marathon (9 a.m.-11 p.m.)


The Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon (3-9:45 p.m.)

Comedy Central

We’re the Millers (1:55-4:40 p.m.)

South Park marathon (4:40-10:30 p.m.)

Comet TV


Mystery Science Theater 3000 (marathon)


K.C. Undercover (2:35-4 p.m.)

Bunk'd (4-5:30 p.m.)


The Parent Trap (3-6 p.m.)


Parks and Recreation marathon (3 p.m. to 4 a.m.)


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (1:50-5:30 p.m.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (5:30-9 p.m.)


The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (1:30-4 p.m.)

The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (4-6:30 p.m.)

Fox Movie Channel

Les Misérables (2:30-5:43 p.m.)

The Vow (5:43-7:36 p.m.)


13 Going on 30 (3-5 p.m.)

The Fault in Our Stars (5-8 p.m.)


Kitten Bowl IV (3-5 p.m.)


Now You See Me 2 (3:15-5:30 p.m.)

Men in Black II (5:30-7 p.m.)

HBO Signature

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (3:45-5:40 p.m.)


The Omen (4-6:30 p.m.)

Silent Hill Revelation 3D (6:30-8:30 p.m.)


Ridiculousness marathon (2:30-6 p.m.)


Superstar Slime Showdown at Super Bowl (Noon-1 p.m.)

The Loud House (1-3 p.m.)

SpongeBob SquarePants (3-4 p.m.)


Undercover Boss marathon (2 p.m.-3 a.m.)


Love Actually (1:30-3:45 p.m.)


Black Sails (2:41 p.m.-3:43 p.m.)

The Haunting (3:43-5:38 p.m.)

Starz Encore

Jerry Maguire marathon (1:03-5:45 p.m.)

Sundance Channel

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1-3 p.m.)

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (3-5 p.m.)


Mission: Impossible III (4:30-7 p.m.)


Friends (5-6 p.m.)

Shrek (6-8 p.m.)


Casablanca (5-7 p.m.)


Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (6-8 p.m.)

TV Land

Golden Girls marathon (7:48 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Reba marathon (4-8:30 p.m.)

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