The Fourth of July weekend (which seems to have started Thursday) has traditionally been a time when many TV programmers — presumably in cahoots with the manufacturers of DVRs — give over their schedules to “marathons.” That's a nice word to describe hours and hours of the same program.
Here's a selective guide to seven marathons that will fill the airwaves Friday.
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‘The Twilight Zone'
(original 1959-64 series)
When and where: All day Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday. Sci Fi,
Pick: “To Serve Man”: Visiting aliens promise to “serve” man (10 a.m.).
Alfred Hitchcock movies
When and where: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. TCM.
■ Psycho (1960): Anthony Perkins is positively chilling as the ultimate mama's boy. Janet Leigh and Vera Miles co-star. (11:30 a.m.)
■ The Birds (1963): Our fine-feathered friends go nuts. (3:45 p.m.)
‘Law and Order'
When and where: 8 a.m.-midnight Friday. TNT.
Pick: Exiled: A Law and Order Movie: This 1998 TV movie caught up with the demoted Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth), attempting to get off “exile” on Staten Island and return to Manhattan duty. (5 p.m.)
When and where: 9 a.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Discovery.
Pick: Host Mike Rowe makes gardening pots out of cow manure. (1 p.m.)
‘King of the Hill'
When and where: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. FX.
Pick: Hank re-enacts the battle at the Alamo. (4 p.m.)
‘I Love Lucy'
When and where: 2 to 7 p.m. TV Land.
■ Lucy does a TV commercial for Vitameatavegamin. Hilarity ensues. (3 p.m.)
■ Lucy and Ethel work on a candy factory's assembly line. (6:30 p.m.)
‘That '70s Show'
When and where: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday. ABC Family.
Pick: The show's pilot episode. Because back then no one knew who Ashton Kutcher was — or who he would become. (11 a.m.)