Memorial Day 2016 TV programming

Memorial Day 2016 in America is Monday, May 30. The day, and the days leading up to it, will feature plenty of somber programming related to the true nature of the holiday — remembering those who died while serving in America’s armed forces — as well as lighter fare to help people enjoy the time off that they hopefully have. Here are some of the TV highlights this weekend.

A veteran and his daughter, as seen in the documentary “Of Men and War,” airing this weekend on PBS

Memorial Day 2016 TV Programming (All Times Eastern)

Monster Week 2016 — May 26-June 2 on Animal Planet. Animal Planet’s annual programming event about creepy crawlies. See more details here.

Syfy Memorial Day Movie Marathon — May 27 at 7am through May 30 at 9pm on Syfy. No Syfy Original Movies during this four-day marathon; it’s all feature films like The Fifth ElementG.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraStarship Troopers and lots more.

Alaskan Bush People Marathon — May 27 from 10am-10pm on Discovery Channel.

The 100th DCOM Celebration — May 27 beginning at 10am on Disney Channel. With the 100th Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting, debuting this summer, Disney Channel is celebrating with a several day marathon of the 51 most popular most popular DCOMs (as I guess these things are known), followed by encore presentations of these and every other DCOM ever made through June. The movies will be seen on Disney Channel, the Disney Channel app and VOD through summer. Favorites like Kim PossibleHalloweentownTwitches and more will be on hand over the Memorial Day weekend marathon.

Ancient Aliens Marathon — May 27 from 11am-4am on History.

The Matrix Marathon — May 27 beginning at 6pm on AMC. The Matrix trilogy airs back-to-back.

Ninjathon — May 27 at 7pm through May 30 at midnight on Esquire Network. This four-day marathon of Team Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior episodes features nearly all of Seasons 5, 6 and 7 of ANW, and all of Season 1 of TNW.

Factor Special: The Trump Phenomenon — May 27 at 8pm on Fox News Channel. Highlights a number of interviews Bill O’Reilly has done with Donald Trump, including the very first interview on the night Trump announced his candidacy. It will also focus on some of the most pressing issues and controversies of the campaign.

Memorial Day War Movie Marathon — May 27 at 8pm through May 31 at 5am on Turner Classic Movies. TCM offers several days’ worth of classic war films, from World War II epics like The Guns of Navarone (1961) to the civil war drama Glory (1989) and many more.

Megyn Kelly Presents — May 27 at 9pm on Fox News Channel. A replay of the FOX broadcast special that featured Megyn Kelly interviewing Donald Trump, Michael Douglas and Laverne Cox.

Hannity Special: Clinton vs. Trump — May 27 at 10pm on Fox News Channel. Takes a look at what a potential general election matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would look like in November.

Seriouslee Bruce Marathon — May 28 at 6am through May 31 at 3:45am on El Rey Network. This is El Rey’a second annual Bruce Lee movie marathon, featuring favorite works of the martial arts master, like Way of the DragonThe Game of DeathThe Big BossFist of Fury and Circle of Iron.

Fast N’ Loud Marathon — May 28 from 9am-12am on Discovery Channel.

Reba Marathon — May 28 from 10:48am-9pm on TV Land.

NCIS Memorial Day Marathon — May 28 from 12pm-11pm on USA Network.

James Bond-a-thon — May 28 beginning at 1pm on AMC. Five of 007’s big-screen adventures, including a 10th anniversary airing of Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale at 9:30pm.

Road to the Convention: A Justice Special — May 28 at 9pm on Fox News Channel. Judge Jeanine Pirro looks ahead to what will be a history making summer in politics and a general election that will likely be talked about for generations.  This special will take a look back at some of the Judge’s more memorable opening statements, as well as a few of her most entertaining interactions with everyday Americans in her weekly segment, Street Justice.  A political panel with analysts from both sides of the aisle will join the Judge for a look at how we got here and a preview of the likely general election match-up.

Monaco Grand Prix — May 29 live at 6:30am on NBC; pre-race at 6am.

Naked and Afraid Marathon — May 29 from 9am-12am on Discovery Channel.

American Pickers Marathon — May 29 from 9am-4am on History.

The Golden Girls Marathon — May 29 from 9am-5pm on TV Land.

Law & Order: SVU Memorial Day Marathon — May 29 from 11am-10pm on USA Network.

The 100th Indianapolis 500 — May 29 live at 12pm on ABC. The big, annual Memorial Day event is preceded at 11am by a pre-race program.

Ghost Asylum Marathon — May 29 from 4pm to 12am on Destination America.

National Memorial Day Concert 2016 — May 29 live at 8pm on PBS; replay at 9:30pm (check local listings). Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna return to co-host this annula broadcast that serves as a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform. Performers this year include Renee Fleming, The Beach Boys, Katharine McPhee, Trace Adkins and more.

Chrisley Knows Best Marathon — May 30 from 6am-8pm on USA Network.

Salute to Sacrifice Marathon — May 30 beginning at 7am on American Heroes Channel. AHC features a full day of programming focused on the key historical moments from the past century, and the heroes who shaped them. The day kicks off with an encore airing of Ultimate Warfare, followed by several hours of World War II in Color beginning at 8am. Beginning at 9pm, the two-part Storming Normandy, about the D-Day invasion during World War II, rounds out the day.

The Last Ship Marathon — May 30 from 7am-7:55pm on TNT. A day of episodes followed by a sneak peek at Season 3 at 7:55pm.

Memorial Movie Marathon — May 30 beginning at 9am on AMC. A day of classic war movies, kicking off with 1970’s Patton and also featuring The Green Berets (1968), the 40th anniversary of the 1976 film Midway and the 30th anniversary of 1986’s Heartbreak Ridge.

Street Outlaws Marathon — May 30 from 9am-1am on Discovery Channel.

River Monsters Marathon — May 30 from 10am-6pm on Animal Planet. 

MLB Baseball: Holiday Game — Chicago White Sox vs. New York Mets — May 30 live at 1pm on ESPN

BBQ Pitmasters Marathon — May 30 from 2pm-12am on Destination America.

The Detour Marathon — May 30 from 2pm-6pm on TBS.

MLB Baseball: Holiday Game — Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics — May 30 live at 4pm on ESPN.

OTR Special: Heroes in Blue — May 30 at 7pm on Fox News Channel. Greta Van Susteren pays tribute to law enforcement heroes who have made sacrifices, often the ultimate sacrifice, to keep us safe. 

The Kelly File: Donald Trump & 2016 — May 30 at 9pm on Fox News Channel. An expanded hour of The Kelly File with limited commercial breaks as she airs the full interview of her sit-down with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Roots — May 30 at 9pm on History. Based on Alex Haley’s novel and the acclaimed (and hugely popular) 1977 miniseries, this four-part adaptation, airing over consecutive nights, is a historical portrait of American slavery. It recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. In tonight’s premiere, young Kunta Kinte (exceptionally portrayed by Malachi Kirby) is taken from his African home in the late 18th century and thrust into the Atlantic slave trade, ending up on a Virginia plantation and subjected to incredible brutality, all while still trying to cling to his identity and humanity. Forest Whitaker costars as Fiddler.

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in History’s retelling of “Roots”

TED Talks: War & Peace — May 30 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). This special explores the impact of war through the eyes of those who have experienced its every aspect: soldiers, journalists, doctors, mothers and more. Featured are actor Adam Driver, journalist Sebastian Junger and more.

Scream — May 30 at 10pm on MTV. The new season of the thriller series kicks off tonight.

POV: “Of Men and War” — May 30 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings). Filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard provides a searing account of how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has affected veterans and their families. The film offers an unparalleled look at the enduring consequences of PTSD and the role treatment can play in helping soldiers reclaim their lives. The documentary was an Official Selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.


POV: “Of Men and War” — © Alice Films


  1. I am trying to find out the title of a History Channel presentation that aired on May 30, 2016 from 9:00am-10:00am Central Time.

  2. I am trying to find out the title of a History Channel presentation on World war II that aied on May 30, 2016 from 9:00am-10:00 am Central Time.

    • Hi, Bob. The show that aired on History Channel during that time was called “WW2 From Space,” a two-hour special.

      • Do you happen to know what documentary was playing from 8 to 9? It was the one that covered all the different wars he’s been in that since the Civil War actually confirmed illusionary war through the current topics that were in. He talked a lot about the wounded and how that are different through each conflict in the advances that help save lives it created a larger bodies of that but now had to live with injuries and post medic stress.

        • Hi, Christy. What day and channel was this show on that you are wondering about? That would help me narrow down what show it is. Thanks!

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