New Year’s Eve Watch Guide: How To Kill Time Before Midnight

If you're in need of something to watch before the big party, look no further.

New Year’s Eve is a super exciting day, but there’s still quite a few hours until you get to see the ball drop. (And MTV’s own “New Year’s Code” special doesn’t start until 10 p.m. ET.) So what will you do with all of that spare time?

Luckily there is a ton of stuff out there to watch, from marathons of some of TV’s best shows on cable, to new releases on streaming services and Blu-ray, or some of the movies Netflix is about to lose, possibly forever. If you’re in the mood to watch something, there’s a good chance you’ll find just the right TV show or movie from the list below.

“The Walking Dead”
If you’re the only one of your friends who hasn’t been watching AMC’s über-popular zombie series, the cable network is doing you a favor and airing “The Walking Dead” from the very beginning starting early on New Year’s Eve. If you watch from 9 a.m. ET, you’ll be able to ring in the New Year as a more in-touch TV viewer. Plus, you’ll be happy to celebrate a new beginning because you’ll have just watched a lot of people die.

Before the third season of the HBO comedy debuts on January 12, you could easily binge-watch every previous episode (20 total) in the hours before the ball drops. Each visit with Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna is only a half hour, so there’s no reason why you couldn’t knock out a marathon on HBO Go before the new episodes premiere and you’re inevitably left out of the conversation.

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