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July 4th: Movies, TV marathons and more for the holiday weekend

"The Walking Dead," Season 4. Photo Credit: AMC / Gene Page

Bang! Zoom! Pow!

That's not just fireworks this Fourth of July. It's the visual punctuation seen in Friday's daytime marathon of '60s TV's all-star pop art spoof smash "Batman" (6 a.m.-5:15 p.m., IFC). The Caped Crusader comic books came to campy life in color TV's early years, when comic-balloon graphics and crazy costumes added exclamation to star Adam West's deadpan dialogue.

Another big thrill: golden-age Hollywood guest villains. As IFC stacks up the series' first 22 episodes -- which swiftly vaulted this midseason entry to pop culture craze -- we get Cesar Romero (The Joker), Burgess Meredith (The Penguin), and George Sanders (Mr. Freeze), among others. There's also fabled impressionist Frank Gorshin playing the giddy Riddler. And slinky Julie Newmar creating the purr-fect Catwoman.

TV's "Batman" finally hits DVD this fall, after years of wrangling between character-owning Warner Bros. and production studio Fox. Watch to see if you want it. (Stay tuned Saturday-Sunday for more episodes. IFC starts a weekday run Monday.)

Other options this Independence Day:


"The Revolutionary War" (American Heroes). A marathon of the Charles Kuralt-narrated series began Thursday and continues through Saturday at 10 a.m. The entire six-episode cycle repeats at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, beginning with episode one, "Rebels and Redcoats."

Revolutionary movies (TCM, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.). Six features and three shorts dramatize independence/patriotism, including musicals "1776" (1:30 p.m.) and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (4:15 p.m.).

"Aerial America" (Smithsonian, 6 a.m.-Saturday 6 a.m.). It's 24 hours of flyover country; New York hour airs at 10 p.m., 1 a.m.

"America, The Story Of Us" (History, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.). See how the nation was invented, as all eight parts air.

"John Adams" (HBO2, 11:15 a.m.-8 p.m.). Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney star in 2008's seven-part bio-saga.


"Hopalong Cassidy" (Cozi, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 8 p.m.-midnight) is the white-horse Western hero made legendary by William Boyd's two-decade portrayal. TV episodes 7-8 a.m. are followed by nine earlier feature films and one final episode.

Also: "The Twilight Zone" (Syfy, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; 12:10 a.m.-4:10 a.m.); "I Love Lucy" (WLNY/10/55, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.); "The Andy Griffith Show" (TV Land, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.).


"The Walking Dead" (AMC, 9 a.m.-Saturday 9 p.m.) fills the holiday weekend with a full-series marathon. (New episodes resume this fall.)

Also: "NCIS" (USA, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.); "Monk" (UHD, 6 a.m.-6 a.m.); "The Game" (BET, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.); "CSI: NY" (Centric, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.); "Awkward" (MTV 11:34 a.m.-6 p.m.); "Sex and the City" (E!, 2-6 p.m., movie 6 and 9 p.m.); "Masters of Sex" (Showtime, 6 p.m.-midnight; continues Saturday 6 p.m.-midnight); "Power" (Starz, 9 p.m.-1:15 a.m.).


"MythBusters" (Science, 9 a.m.-3 a.m.) test it out with all-American skepticism and science. Get the truth behind the tales of the toilet bomb, exploding lighter, flying manhole cover, many more.

Also: "17/18/19 Kids and Counting" (TLC, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.); "Ancient Aliens" (H2, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.); "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" (WE, 10 a.m.-5 a.m.); "Hollywood Hillbillies" (Reelz, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.).


Rock concerts (VH1 Classic, 11 a.m.-midnight) spotlight Styx, The Doors, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss, Metallica, Mötley Crüe.

Also: "America's Game: Super Bowl Champions" 2000-2009 (NFL, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., again 9 p.m.-7 a.m.; Giants at 5 p.m., 4 a.m.); "Hot Dog Eating Contest" (ESPN2, 2 p.m.).

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