Celebrate XFINITY Watchathon Week With Streampix Series

Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens in "Downton Abbey" (Courtesy of © Giles Keyte/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE)

There’s nothing like a good Thanksgiving dinner. You get an entire table covered with heaping helpings of every food imaginable, enough to satisfy every possible taste. For a limited time, you have the chance to indulge yourself with all your favorites in a way that you just can’t during the rest of the year. Which makes XFINITY’s Watchathon Week kind of like Thanksgiving for your eyes.


From March  25 through March 31, XFINITY On Demand is offering access to all the best shows on television, both past and present. From the swamps of “True Blood” to the drawing rooms of “Downton Abbey,” from the zombies of “The Walking Dead” to the somber ad execs of “Mad Men,” TV fans will be able to check out the hit programs that everyone is talking about. The shows will be available on your television, as well as online at xfinity.com/watchathon or on your tablet/smartphone with the XfinityTV Player App.

As part of the Watchathon Week promotion, series on XFINITY’s Streampix will also be available. That includes both current and classic shows worth feasting on, such as these tasty TV treats.

“Downton Abbey

There’s a very good reason this British series has become the most talked-about program on TV. It has something that can appeal to pretty much every viewer’s taste. This tale of a post-WWI English family and the staff that works with them at their country estate has plenty of soap opera plot twists, accompanied by a sly sense of humor and a seemingly endless supply of impossibly attractive men and women with problems anyone can understand and relate to. Sure the idea of a period piece full of costumes and accents makes “Downton” sound stuffy, yet fans of everyone from “Sense and Sensibility” to “Monday Night Football” will get into it.

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Even after five seasons, this show is still an undiscovered gem worth obsessing over. Based on the ‘80s Ron Howard movie of the same name, it began as a pretty standard TV drama about the ups and downs of all generations of a typical American family. Over time, it’s become one of the most humorous and heartfelt series ever about the joys and pains of coping with kids, parents, siblings and spouses. Whether it’s to escape from you family for a bit, or finding something you can all watch and understand together, “Parenthood” is the place to go.

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Speaking of things you can watch with your family, it’s not often a show that features a murder a week qualifies as classic viewing with your kids. However, “Psych” is far from being your standard series. This show about a fake psychic (James Roday) who forms a detective agency with his best buddy (Dule Hill) is as funny as anything on television, going light on the murderous mysteries and very heavy on a breezy attitude along the lines of “Rockford Files” and “Magnum P.I.” In an era when hour-long TV shows are trying to out-angst each other, “Psych” is like the class clown keeping everyone distracted when algebra gets exceptionally boring.

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“30 Rock

During its seven seasons on NBC, “30 Rock” accomplished something very important. Sure there were those Emmy and Golden Globe awards, but what really mattered was the way it destroyed many dreams of a career in show biz. Watching the insanity that ensues with Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and the staff of her network comedy show was enough to makes even life teaching a room full of kindergartners seem peaceful by comparison. Nevertheless, “30 Rock” made TV fun to watch if not join in with. The show’s no holds barred (and some new bars invented) approach to comedy still makes for one of the most relentlessly funny and inventive ever.

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“Battlestar Galactica

Suicide bombings. A military occuption that seemed without end. The ethics of torture. During the four seasons this series was on the air, “Battlestar Galactica” sometimes seemed more like the nightly news. If the nightly news was set in space, where a small group of humans fighting evil cyborg-type creatures known as Cylons desperately searched for a place called Earth while trying not to have their kind annihilated for good. This critically acclaimed show went off the air four years ago this month but before it went into hyperspace, it showed that sometimes, the best science fiction can involve facts.

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