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

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Labor Day is finally here and if you spend the day at home there are plenty of TV offerings to immerse yourself in.

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

“Harry & Meghan: Escape from the Palace”, lifetime, 8 pm

This is the third film in the Lifetime franchise to fictionalize 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 separating from the rest of the royal family is being recorded here. Yes, it contains a fictional representation of the infamous Oprah interview and the ominous “Firm”. Sydney Morton plays Markle while Jordan plays Dean Harry.

Harry (Jordan Dean) and Meghan (Sydney Morton) in Lifetimes “Harry and Meghan: Escape from the Palace”.

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

If you’d like to kick back with Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and the gang, TBS is hosting a “Friends” marathon on Labor Day. The selection includes the entire series and ends in the afternoon with the two-part series finale of the 10th season, “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) stand together and toast drinks in "Friends."
From left: 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 five-part documentary special comes from the director of The Last Dance and is one of the first Netflix documentaries to cover an event in near real time. It will go behind the scenes of the first civilian mission into space, following the four crew members who raise money and attention for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – from their selection to their preparation to the mission itself and its aftermath.

“AP Bio”, peacock

With season 4 re-released and all four seasons streaming, it’s a good time to dive into this workplace comedy. In keeping with Labor Day, “AP Bio” revolves around Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who has to get used to his job as a biology teacher in high school when his Harvard job fails.

“Harry Potter,” HBO Max

The eight films about the famous boy wizard switched streaming service a few times, but they’ve all been available on HBO Max since September. If you want to do a movie marathon from the comfort of your couch, 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 made headlines lately thanks to his new art house film “The Green Knight”, as has game shows thanks to the endless scandals surrounding the search for a new “Jeopardy!” Host. So why not revisit this current Oscar winner who started Patel’s career and also delves into the world of game shows – not to mention characters who hurry up.

Developer Patel in "Slumdog millionaire" stands in a cheering crowd while 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’re looking to celebrate the end of the season, all three “I Know What You Did Last Summer” strips are available on Amazon. The original 1997 film is a Who’s Who of ’90s stars – Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Philippe, Freddie Prinze Jr. – and plays a group of teenagers with a dark secret that comes to light as one mysterious murderer seeks revenge. It’s also a good time to reconsider this story as a new TV series, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” is coming out on October 15th (also on Amazon).


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