It goes without saying that Super Bowl 50 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and poignant Super Bowls in decades… but if you’re not a football fan, this probably sounds about as exciting as Gigli finally making it to network television. For those immune to football fever, Super Bowl weekend is pretty much a television dead zone; especially if your family is keen on watching the big game.
But take heart, football non-fans, because there’s still plenty of television out there for this upcoming Super Bowl weekend; and best of all, the only thing you’ll need is an over-the-air TV antenna.
Quick Tip: If TV usage becomes a tug-of-war with a family member wants to watch the Super Bowl, you can remind them that CBS is offering a live stream of the game.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET: America’s Funniest Home Videos
Before there was YouTube, there was America’s Funniest Home Videos and believe it or not, it is still going strong. Noticeably absent from the show is iconic host Bob Saget, replaced in recent years by Hollywood Squares host Tom Bergeron. Not much has changed in the show’s 26+ year run, but with such a simple premise it doesn’t need to.
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET: Beyond the Tank
One of the things you rarely see on reality television is what happens AFTER the cameras stop rolling and everyone goes home. Beyond the Tank will take a look at some of the more memorable contestants on the hit show Shark Tank and find out what has happened since the Sharks took a bite.
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET: Shark Tank
If you liked Beyond the Tank, then keep watching because Shark Tank airs right after it. If you’re unfamiliar, Shark Tank is a fast-paced show where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to investment gurus; who then decide whether or not to invest. If you’ve got that entrepreneurial tick, it’s a great show to scratch that itch.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET: The Mysteries of Laura
Emmy Award-winner Debra Messing play NYPD Detective Laura Diamond, New York’s smartest homicide detective. While trying to solve New York’s toughest cases, Laura has to balance the challenges of raising two boys and fending off attempts from her ex-husband to get back together. Full of drama, suspense, and romance; The Mysteries of Laura is good for those that like cop shows with a bit of soap opera sprinkled in.
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET: Law & Order: SVU
Created by television legend Dick Wolf, Law & Order: SVU is one of the most successful spinoff TV shows of all time. With many of the storylines plucked from the headlines, SVU has been able to remain relevant and engaging for nearly two decades. As far as police procedurals go, this is the best it gets.
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET: Chicago PD
Another story from the mind of Dick Wolf, Chicago PD puts you on the frontlines of Chicago’s war on crime. Detective Sgt. Hank Voight is the head of the city’s elite Intelligence Unit and with his handpicked team of detectives they combat some of the city’s most terrible offenses; so expect more action in this drama than the other cop shows on our list.
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET: Bob’s Burgers
Noticeably less famous than The Simpsons, but still as hilarious, is Bob’s Burgers. Featuring the velvety smooth voice of Jon H. Benjamin, Bob’s Burgers is about a dysfunctional family trying to keep open their struggling burger shop. It may not have the long history that the Simpsons has, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET: The Simpsons
The Simpsons are back again, and once again it’s a Halloween episode; but not a Treehouse of Horror one. Instead, Homer and Lisa hide out in the attic while their house is being robbed. Hilarity, of course, ensues.
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET: Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life
Out of college and out of luck, the eponymous Cooper Barrett navigates the travails of young adult life while managing the eccentricities of his roommates. This week, Cooper and his roommates try to make some quick money off of a drug trial; only to have Paula Abdul change their plans.
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET: Family Guy
If the Simpsons are the first family in cartoon comedy, then the Griffins from Family Guy have to be the second. Follow the drunken antics of Peter Griffin and his equally eccentric family as they offend sensibilities as often as they make pop culture references. This week, Peter and Quagmire compete against each other to keep their new cooking show.
9:30 PM – 10:00 PM: Bordertown
Created by Family Guy writer Mark Hentemann and co-produced by Seth McFarlane, Bordertown is an irreverent comedy set in the fictitious border town of Mexifornia. The show centers on two families; one led by border agent Buck Buckwald and the other by ambitious immigrant Ernesto Gonzalez.
Now this one is tough to say because the CW doesn’t have any official programming lined up for Super Bowl Sunday. Or at least they don’t have it available online. However, if you want to know what’s on your local CW station during the big game, you can head on over to TV.Com and check out their listings. You can sort by channel, cable provider and Zip Code. It’s super convenient and a great resource for figuring out what’s on.
The Super Bowl may dominate the topic of conversation at work, the dinner table, and everywhere else for the next few days but rest assured that you are not forgotten. The other network broadcasters have got you covered this Super Bowl weekend; and as we’ve seen today, there’s a little something for everyone.
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