Life in the Slow Lane

May 2, 2008

Up-all-night-dad’s overnight TV guide

Filed under: Parenting — pauljlane @ 4:59 pm

Having just completed the latest of my three-hour sleep nights, I have finely tuned my overnight television schedule (there’s not much else to do when your daughter refuses to sleep except for in your arms).

Following are my recommendations for my fellow parents and other night owls of what to watch (Penny generally lets me sleep at least a few hours, hence the 2 a.m. start).

2 a.m. – Sixty minutes of “Family Guy” run on the Cartoon Network, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better.

3 a.m. – ‘Robot Chicken” follows on Cartoon Network. The sketch comedy show feature all performances done by toys (Masters of the Universe figures, for example, reacting to He-Man’s death, or Mario and Luigi from “Mario Kart” driving into Vice City from “Grand Theft Auto”). The show is only 10 minutes long, but it’s frickin’ hilarious.

3:10 a.m. – “Sportscenter” is a solid choice here, but if you’re not the sporting type you can catch Nick at Nite with “George Lopez Show,” “Roseanne” or “Home Improvement” depending on the day.

4 a.m. – “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” wraps up the broadcasting day on the USA Network. You can never go wrong with “Law & Order.”

5 a.m. – “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is run on Nick at Nite and is one of the most underrated shows of the past 20 years. Even if you only remember it being corny, give it another chance.

6 a.m. – The History Channel’s broadcast day begins about this time, and you can usually find an interesting program here. Recent entries have included a show on Ben Franklin, a “Where are they now” featuring historical artifacts such as Hitler’s limousine and a special on global warming.

7 a.m. – Shower time, but TBS begins two hours of “Saved by the Bell” at this time for those whose days begin a bit later.\"Family Guy\" is a can\'t-miss late-night viewing option.


1 Comment »

  1. In the middle of the night, I always catch myself watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reruns. I’ve seen more episodes of that show on Nick-at-Nite than I ever did while it was on the air. If not Fresh Prince, there’s usually some Iron Chef reruns to help me get through nights marked by insomnia. Sometimes though, I’m left choosing between that dubious pastor on BET or an infomerical for Pro-Active or something. Sigh… not every infomerical can be of the caliber of the Magic Bullet one.

    Comment by Caitlin — May 18, 2008 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

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