Labor Day TV Marathons: What to Watch When You’re Off on Monday

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Empire, Monday at Noon/11am c, FX

Binge on Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and the Lyon crew with the first season of Fox’s smash about an ex-con claiming her share of a massive hip-hop empire.

APPRECIATION: An Ode to Cookie Lyon

Ladies of London on Bravo
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Ladies of London, Monday at 6 am/5c, Bravo

Sixteen hours of British backstabbing from this across-the-pond take on Real Housewives, leading into Monday night's Season 2 premiere at 10/9c.
Z Nation Season 1
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Z Nation, Monday at 1/noon c, Syfy

Season 2 of this postapocalyptic zombie drama begins September 15, but first, meet the mismatched band of humans transporting the only person to survive a zombie bite from New York to California.

Friends Ross and Rachel

Friends, Monday at noon/11 am c, TBS

Watch 12 episodes about pregnancy and birth (Labor Day, get it?), including the ones where Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) delivers her brother’s triplets and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) has Ross’s baby.
Public Morals
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Public Morals, Saturday at noon through Monday, TNT On Demand, and mobile apps

The ’60s era cops-and-mobsters drama from TNT debuted August 25 but the full first season is available over Labor Day weekend via TNT’s online and mobile platforms as well as through participating TV providers’ platforms.

PREVIEW: Glitz Meets Grit on Public Morals

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The Librarians, Monday at noon/11 c, TNT

For something light-hearted, catch all 10 episodes of the first season, which sees the new Guardian (Rebecca Romijn) and three Librarians-in-training solve mysteries and save the world every week (while also having fun). Noah Wyle's original Librarian pops in every so often while John Larroquette provides dry humor as the Library annex's caretaker. Plus, look for a cameo by Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead) as Santa Claus.
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Hand of God, Streaming on Amazon Prime

In addition to scheduled television marathons, now’s the perfect time to dig into some new streaming offerings. In Amazon’s new streaming drama Hand of God, which debuted Friday, Sons of Anarchy‘s Ron Perlman plays Harris, a powerful man who doesn’t let ethics get in his way. After a family trauma, he has visions he believes are coming from God; having recently joined a suspicious church, he decides to take justice into his own hands.

PREVIEW: Ron Perlman Creates More Anarchy on Hand of God


Narcos, Streaming on Netflix

Netflix’s 10-episode crime drama about infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and his cocaine empire dropped its first season last weekend, so you won’t be far behind the early adopters if you marathon this one on Labor Day.

PREVIEW: Narcos Uncovers the Mind-Blowing True Crimes of the King of Cocaine

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Streaming Series You Missed This Summer

If you spent the last three months frolicking on the beach or otherwise away from the Internet, you might have missed the surprisingly strong collection of new and returning series from streaming sites. Here, our guide to the summer debuts you should double-back on, including Netflix’s comedic romp Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Amazon’s critical fave Catastrophe and Hulu’s deliciously biting Difficult People

Binge Guide
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More Marathon-Worthy Shows

We told you at the beginning of the summer to mainline these 16 series. What, you didn't get to it yet? Better hurry up before Bloodline, Fresh Off the Boat, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the rest return for their next seasons.

Bingeworthy Hall of Fame

If the all-new offerings don’t grab you, a marathon of these classics might: check out our guide to 11 shows we’ll always love, including Friday Night Lights, Fringe and Parks and Recreation, that you can stream online right now.

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