Super Bowl Sunday comes at us tomorrow, folks. I know that a lot of you out there are going to be tuned into the big game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. But I also know that some of you don’t want to watch or might have people in your household that don’t want to watch. So, what else is on television for them on Sunday?
I’m glad you asked.
We have a whole bunch of viable alternatives for you right here, whether they’re for you or for the non-football fan in your life. Plenty of channels are running some sort of themed alternative programming to the Super Bowl, and we’re going to try to bring you as many as we can.
The king of all of these, in my opinion, is Puppy Bowl XIII. The Puppy Bowl was started by Animal Planet over a decade ago as sort of a joke, but it really gained a very strong following and continues to go strong. If you’ve never seen the Puppy Bowl, it’s just what it sounds like. . .a bunch of adorable puppies frolicking around a football-themed play area, complete with touchdowns and penalties and everything else. It’s all done in the name of adoption awareness, as the participants are gathered from shelters across the country.
Puppy Bowl XIII gets underway on Sunday at 2 PM Central time on Animal Planet.
Here are some of your other alternatives.
Kitten Bowl IV - If you prefer cats to dogs, the Hallmark Channel has what you’re looking for with the Kitten Bowl. Things kick off at 5 PM Central.
Walking Dead marathon - Everyone’s favorite zombie fest will be running consecutive episodes starting at 7 AM Central on AMC.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon - This is, apparently, on something called Comet TV. I’ve never heard of it, but if you have it on your viewing apparatus of choice, you can watch a bunch of episodes starting at 9 AM Central.
Les Miserables - Personally, watching this rather than football would make me significantly more miserable, but that’s just me. This will be on FOX Movie Channel at 4:30 PM Central.
Friends marathon - I’ve never seen an entire episode of Friends, but there are a lot of people that like it. TBS will be showing all of Season 10 of the show starting at 10 AM Central.
The Omen (original and remake) and Silent Hill - If you’re into the scary movies, the Independent Film Channel has this triple play featuring the original Omen, the remake, and Silent Hill. This gets underway on IFC at 3:30 PM Central.
Madea Goes To Jail - Yep, TNT is showing one of the 206 Madea films if you’re interested. It starts at 8 PM Central.
The Fault In Our Stars - Because why wouldn’t you rather (possibly) cry than watch football? This one will be on FXX (which sounds dirty but it really isn’t) at 7 PM Central.
Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon - One of the numerous versions of the Real Housewives of Oh My God Please Please Please Make It Stop, but more relevant because Atlanta is in the Super Bowl, you see. This gets underway on Bravo at 5 PM Central.
Harry Potter movies - Something called Freeform. . .another channel I’ve never heard of. . .will be showing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 starting at 3:50 PM Central.
Golden Girls marathon - Picture it. . .you watching Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia while there’s football on. This starts at 9:48 AM Central time. . .very exact, for some reason. . .on the Hallmark Channel, right up to the start of Kitten Bowl IV.
Casablanca - Of all the movies on all the channels in the world, you can turn on Turner Classic Movies at 7 PM Central to watch one of the greatest films of all time.
Naked Gun movies - The Sundance Channel will be showing all three of the films back-to-back-to-back starting at 1 PM Central. Shame they’re not doing the short-lived TV series, too.
Parks and Recreation marathon - Ron Swanson and company will be all over the Esquire Channel starting at 5 PM Central.
South Park marathon - Hold on to your tree fiddy, because you can head on down to South Park for a string of episodes starting at 6:40 PM Central.
There are plenty of other shows that will be on various other channels during Super Bowl LI, but that should be more than enough to get the non-football fans in your life started.