If football’s a turnoff, there’s Mayberry and ‘Monk’

OK, I get it. You just don’t want to watch the Super Bowl, even though everyone — Coke, Pepsi, the Patriots, NBC — wants you to. So here are a few TV alternatives to the annual event seen by over 100 million viewers.

“The Puppy Bowl,” Animal Planet

The 14th annual cuteness contest is there for you, beginning at 3 p.m., assuming you need a few hours of innocent sweetness and not Tom Brady. The game — Team Fluff versus Team Ruff — will be split in two by the Kitty Halftime Show, and it will spotlight dogs from shelters in areas devastated by natural disasters.


“The Chi,” Showtime

If you’ve missed this multigenerational drama, created and written by Lena Waithe of “Master of None,” Showtime is re-airing the first four episodes beginning at 6 p.m. It’s about a large ensemble of Chicagoans who become sadly interconnected by a few local murders. There’s welcome comic relief, too, and a number of strong performances.

“The Andy Griffith Show” marathon, Sundance

From 11 a.m. on Sunday until 5 a.m. on Monday, Sundance is giving us an Andy marathon to school us in morality and how to do the right thing. Life in Mayberry is special, not least of all thanks to Aunt Bee, queen of the picnic basket. Added attractions: Goober AND Gomer.

“Monk” marathon, WEtv

I liked Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” a lot, not least of all because of Tony Shalhoub’s turn as a grumpy dad. From 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Monday, you can take a deep dive into his work as the brilliant, neurotic police consultant named Monk. He won three Emmys for the role. The show, which ran from 2002-09, is set in San Francisco, which is a definite plus.

“Worst Cooks in America” marathon, Food Network


At last, a reality show I’d feel at home on. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Food Network is airing episodes of this series about losers, I mean recruits, who go to boot camp and learn how to boil eggs and make toast.

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