From “Friends” marathons to “Harry Potter” marathons, Labor Day TV


Labor Day is finally here, and if you’re spending the day at home, there are plenty of TV deals to check out.

From workplace comedies and space documentaries to classic summer slashers, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a selection of shows to watch as we unofficially wrap up the summer.

“Harry and Meghan: escape the palace”, for life, 8 p.m.

This is the third film in the Lifetime series featuring the relationship between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. There was “A Royal Romance” in 2018, “Becoming Royal” in 2019, and now the couple’s dramatic saga of moving to America and parting ways with the rest of the royal family is recounted here. Yes, it includes a fictional portrayal of the infamous Oprah interview and the sinister “Firm”. Sydney Morton plays Markle while Jordan Dean plays Harry.

Harry (Jordan Dean) and Meghan (Sydney Morton) in Lifetime’s “Harry and Meghan: Escape the Palace”.

“Friends”, TBS, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you want to chill out with Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and the gang, TBS is hosting a “Friends” Marathon on Labor Day. The selection covers the entire series and ends in the afternoon with the Season 10 two-part series finale, “The Last One”.

From right: Joey (Matt Le Blanc), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox) toasting drinks in "Friends."
From left to right: Joey (Matt Le Blanc), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox) in “Friends”.
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“Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space”, Netflix

This new special five-part documentary comes from the director of “The Last Dance” and is among the first Netflix documentaries to cover an event in near real time. It will go behind the scenes of the first civilian mission to space, following the four crew members raising funds and awareness for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital – from their selection to their preparation for the mission itself and its consequences.

“AP Bio”, peacock

With the release of Season 4 and all four seasons streaming, now is a good time to dive into this workplace comedy. Fittingly for Labor Day, “AP Bio” focuses on Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton, “It’s Always Nice in Philadelphia”), who has to adjust to his job as a high school biology teacher when his job at Harvard fails.

“Harry Potter”, HBO Max

The eight films about the famous wizard boy have changed streaming service several times, but since September they have all been available on HBO Max. If you want to do a movie marathon from the comfort of your sofa, accio this remote control.

Daniel Radcliffe holds an owl in "Harry Potter."
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter.
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“Slumdog Millionaire”, Hulu

Dev Patel has been making headlines lately with his new arthouse film “The Green Knight”, just like the game shows, thanks to the endless scandals surrounding the search for a new “Jeopardy!” host. So why not revisit this Oscar winner who launched Patel’s career and also dives into the world of game shows – not to mention the characters jostling each other.

Dev Patel in "Slumdog Millionaire" stands in a cheering crowd as confetti rains around him.
Dev Patel in “Slumdog Millionaire”.
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“I know what you did last summer”, Amazon

If it’s summer, there’s a slasher movie, so if you want to celebrate the end of the season, all three “I Know What You Did Last Summer” movies are available on Amazon. The 1997 original film is a Who’s Who of ’90s stars – Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Philippe, Freddie Prinze Jr. – starring a group of teenagers with a dark secret revealed when a mysterious killer seeks revenge. It’s also a good time to revisit this story, since there’s a new “I know what you did last summer” TV shows will be released on October 15 (also on Amazon).


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