Here Are Your 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show Options
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
As of this writing, the NFL's NFC and AFC champions are facing each other in the Super Bowl. Millions of people across the United States will be tuning in to see which American football team will reign supreme on CBS. Additionally, the halftime show for the evening will be a performance from Maroon 5. But what if you don't want to watch that halftime show? What if you don't want to watch the Super Bowl at all? Luckily, there is some counter-programming which may be up your alley.
There was a time that networks planned counter-programming for the Super Bowl Halftime show, like when MTV hosted its Celebrity Deathmatch halftime specials. However, that's not so much the case anymore. Regardless, there are a few options to avoid having to see Maroon 5 play. Additionally, if football isn't your thing, there are a few networks hosting TV and movie marathons that might be up your alley.
Below, you'll find some halftime show options and some non-football options to watch on Super Bowl Sunday. Or you can figure out what is new to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video and avoid live TV altogether. We're kicking this off with three halftime show counter-programs.
WWE's Halftime Heat
Available on: WWE Network, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
Instead of watching Maroon 5 play during halftime, you could tune into WWE's programming and watch Halftime Heat, where Velveteen Dream, Ricochet, and Aleister Black will take on the team of Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, and Adam Cole. Before that happens, WWE will be hosting a marathon of the best NXT matches, which will start airing at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT at the aforementioned places.
Available on: Animal Planet
Can you believe this is the 15th year of the Puppy Bowl? For those who are unfamiliar, the Puppy Bowl is a whole slew of adorable dogs rolling around in a tiny stadium, playing with toys, and chasing each other around. And all of the pups in the event are available for adoption. This year's show kicks off at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT.
Available on: Hallmark Channel
If the concept of Puppy Bowl excites you, but you're more of a cat person, then you'll probably want to tune into the Hallmark Channel for the Kitten Bowl. It's the same concept as the Puppy Bowl but with kittens. And much like The Puppy Bowl, all the cats in the event will be available for adoption. The Kitten Bowl kicks off at 2 PM
Dr. Pimple Popper Marathon
Available on: TLC
Spend your afternoon and evening watching dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee pop people's pimples. Is it gross? I think so, but to each their own, right? This marathon kicks off at 5 PM ET / 2 PM PT and runs through the big game.
The Mummy Movie Marathon
Available on: A&E
There is one movie marathon of note, and it's on A&E. Beginning at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT are all the Mummy movies from the original trilogy, starting with The Mummy, followed by The Mummy Returns, and closing out with The Scorpion King.
Available on: E!
Over on E!, you can watch people with failed plastic surgery jobs get all fixed up on Botched. And this will be one long marathon. Apparently, E!'s programming gave up and decided to run this marathon for more than 24 hours, starting at 5 AM ET / 2 AM PT on February 3, running all the way to 12 PM ET / 10 AM PT on February 4.
Available on: MTV
Basically, the America's Funniest Home Videos for teenagers, Ridiculousness is a clip show which showcases videos of people falling, failing, and flipping. MTV is running a marathon of the series for the entirety of February 3.
Ancient Aliens Marathon
Available on: History Channel
We're all well aware that everything we can't explain with Earth's history was obviously created by aliens. If you don't believe this, then you should probably watch the Ancient Aliens marathon to learn the real truth. This all starts at 1 PM ET / 11 AM PT on History Channel.
Available on: Paramount Network
Finally, you can watch shirtless drunks from all over the United States get arrested by real police officers on Paramount Network, which starts at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT and runs the entirety of the day.