Xavier Smith: Marathons are made for me

I’m a sucker for marathons. I always have been.
Aug 27, 2014
Xavier Smith

I’m a sucker for marathons. I always have been. There’s something about the feeling that comes with spending a Saturday relaxing and watching numerous episodes or movies in continuation. I just need three things in order to have a successful marathon viewing: a Coke, pizza and my phone. I would go without my phone, but it’s almost impossible to disconnect from the world for a whole day nowadays. 

My favorite marathon of all time is the annual “24 Hours of a Christmas Story” which airs on TBS from Christmas Eve night until the following day. I watch that marathon in my red Ralphie Christmas Story pajama bottoms and do not care to be judged for it. 

Every Christmas you can find me in front of a television, hopefully with my granny’s boiled custard, watching the movie like it’s my very first time. I laugh at all the same parts every year and it never gets old. I have the movie on DVD (two copies) but nothing compares to the TV marathon.

The Harry Potter Weekend marathon that usually airs on ABC Family is second on my list. How can you not love Harry Potter? It’s a classic from The Sorcerer’s Stone to the Deathly Hallows. 

It’s almost like Christmas to wake up and see several titles of Harry Potter on the TV guide. You have to set the mood to watch the Harry Potter marathon. You need the least amount of lighting in the house as possible and a blanket that you can easily remove in order to use the bathroom during commercial breaks. 

My love for marathons is currently being driven by the FXX Every Simpsons Ever marathon. My childhood is revived when I watch the episodes and sometimes makes me think “The Simpsons” aren’t as morally wrong of a TV series as some currently airing.

I managed to catch the episode of the mystery of who shot Mr. Burns earlier this week, and Twitter was full of discussion about it. I thought to myself how much discussion would have been on social media if it was around when they episode originally aired. 

I’m a little upset I missed my chance to DVR the “Stark Raving Dad” episode. If you aren’t familiar with it, Michael Jackson plays a mentally disturbed man named Leon who believes he’s the King of Pop. “Lisa, It’s Your Birthday” is one of my favorite TV tunes of all time, although there is debate about if Jackson actually supplied the vocals for the song. 

The list of memorable Simpsons moments rekindled by the marathon could go on for days, but it made me think about some marathons I haven’t seen. I was born in 1991, so my list may be a little modern.

I would love to see a “Jamie Foxx Show,” “Family Matters,” “Golden Girls,” “Global Guts,” “Tiny Toons,” and “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” marathon.

Xavier Smith is a staff writer for The Lebanon Democrat. Email him at xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com or follow him on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr. 


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