We all know the alluring power of the TV marathon (see: my recent 13-hour first date with NCIS), and we all know that we’ll have plenty of suitors on New Year’s Day (see: the list below). I, however, believe the decision is simple: Go Bones. TNT is showing 16 episodes, from 8 a.m. to midnight. It’s the perfect opportunity to see why this Fox drama — starring David Boreanaz as goofy, gut-driven FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth and Emily Deschanel as his excessively literal and rational partner, forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan — made our 2008 list of the 10 shows you should be watching. This stretch of episodes, from Season 2’s “The Girl in Suite 2103” to Season 3’s “Mummy in the Maze” (pictured), is pretty killer. The ever-present sexual tension (hands-down some of TV’s best), makes every episode worthwhile. But if you’re only willing to give the show 120 minutes to win you over, tune in for “Aliens in a Spaceship” (11 a.m.), when two members of the team are buried alive by the Grave Digger, and the aforementioned “Mummy in the Maze” (11 p.m.), in which we learn that Brennan always dresses as Wonder Woman for Halloween and Booth is afraid of clowns. Suddenly, you’ll “get it.”
After the jump, a rundown of some of your other New Year’s Day TV marathon options, which you can flip to when Bones is at commercial.
A&E: The First 48 (8 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
Bravo: The Biggest Loser (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.) — Subtle!
Cartoon Network: Looney Tunes (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Discovery: MythBusters (9 a.m. to 3 a.m.)
GSN: Let’s Make a Deal (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
History: Ice Road Truckers (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Sci Fi: The Twilight Zone (started Dec. 31 at 8 a.m. and continues through 6 a.m. on Jan. 2)
SOAPnet: Private Practice (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Spike: CSI: NY (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Style: Ruby (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
TLC: Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust (6 a.m. to noon); Inside Brookhaven Obesity Clinic (noon to 6 p.m.) — Not so subtle!
TNT: Bones (8 a.m. to midnight) — Just reminding you.
Travel: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (3 p.m. to 3 a.m.)
TV Land: Leave It To Beaver (9 a.m. to noon); The Brady Bunch (noon to 6 p.m.); The Cosby Show (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
USA: Monk (6 a.m. to 6 a.m.) — Another veteran show worth giving a chance if you just haven’t.
VH1: New York Goes to Hollywood (7 a.m. to 11 a.m.); Hogan Knows Best(2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.); 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs (7 p.m to 11 p.m.)
WE: Momma’s Boys (3 p.m. to 1 a.m.) — Lame or genius? It’s just the first three episodes playing on repeat.
WGN: The Honeymooners (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
More on Bones:
David Boreanaz takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test
Bones wins Best Drama in EW’s first annual fan-voted EWwy Awards for the Emmy-snubbed
Ken Tucker’s Bones problem, not yours
PopWatch’s Bones coverage