TiVo this! Can't-Miss Movies on TV

I scour the skeds so you don't have to, to find the hidden movie gems from all over the channelverse: from the HBO family of channels, Showtime and The Movie Channel, and Turner Classic Movies, which air films uncut and uninterrupted (and sometimes in letterbox). But ya gotta turn to The SciFi Channel once in a while, too, commercials and editing be damned -- there's nothing like geeking out in front of the tube with really bad movies featuring built-in breaks for munchie refills and snark attacks.

(All times are Eastern. Times between midnight and 5:59am actually refer to the previous date. In other words, 2am Saturday really means the overnight twilight zone between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Movies frequently air more than once over the course of the month, so if you miss something mentioned here, search listings for additional showings.)


Turner Classic Movies 6:00PM: Suspicion. Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock go together like a burger and fries.

Cinemax 8:00AM: Norma Rae. Union! Union!

HBO2 1:30PM: Fatal Attraction. Mmmm, bunny stew ....

FRIDAY 03.23

Turner Classic Movies 2:00AM: Night of the Living Dead. Romero's 1968 zombie-fest.

HBO Signature 2:25AM: Sixteen Candles. The uber '80s teen flick.


Turner Classic Movies 8:00PM: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The original Amazing Race, except this one is acknowledged to be fake.

Cinemax 8:30AM: Batman. Tim Burton's baroque take on the Dark Knight.

Cinemax 1:40AM: The Road Warrior. Think gas is expensive now? Just wait till after the carpocalypse.

SUNDAY 03.25

Turner Classic Movies 8:00PM: To Catch a Thief. Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock, like popcorn and butter.

SciFi 12:30PM: The Last Starfighter. Wouldn't it be cool if video games really were tests for joining alien star fleets?

MONDAY 03.26

Turner Classic Movies 5:30PM: The Pride of the Yankees. Gary Cooper plays baseball, gets sick.

Cinemax 11:30AM: Alien Nation: Body and Soul. Cops from outer space in Los Angeles.


Turner Classic Movies 12:00m: Chinatown. Private eye does bad stuff. What a shock.

Turner Classic Movies 2:15AM: Shaft. Check out this big black dick. What? I'm just talkin' 'bout Shaft ....

Cinemax 5:00AM: Videodrome. Mom always said TV was bad for your eyes.

SciFi 3:00AM: Fantastic Voyage. Journey to the center of the spleen.


Turner Classic Movies 8:45AM: Lord of the Flies. It's not about flies, apparently.

Cinemax 4:50AM: The Omega Man. Charlton Heston is the last man alive.


MaryAnn Johanson

author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride

minder of FlickFilosopher.com