Let's face it: the weather is not cooperating in much of the country when it comes to barbecues and whatnot for Memorial Day 2013. So, obviously, you should do nothing but consume endless culture instead. And there's a lot out there! But, really, there's only so much time you have in a long weekend. We've clocked it for you.
You finish work and you immediately want something to divert your attention. Something mindless, but not totally despicable. You head to the multiplex and strap in for Fast & Furious 6. Sure, there are a lot of cars doing crazy things, but you can agree it looks pretty good nonetheless. (It's currently at 74 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.) That lasts two hours and ten minutes, so factoring in dinner, that should take you most of the evening. If if you're really giving in to this thing and your dinner consisted of popcorn and Paul Walker, maybe you catch up on Maron on IFC. That's at 10 p.m. Eastern. But you have a long weekend ahead of you. You want to pace yourself.
You wake up around 11 a.m. because it's a holiday weekend so you say why not. You start the morning with a little Law & Order: Special Victims Unit because there's a marathon on USA because of course there is. Presumably you will see some children around. It's a holiday so there are always children around, whether or not they belong to you. You must find something to amuse the children, so you take them to see Epic, one of the three movies battling for this weekend's crowded box office. This one does not involve a decapitated giraffe and you've already seen the one with Vin Diesel, so Epic it is. Plus, you are sort of interested in hearing what Beyoncé sounds like as the voice of a fairy. That lasts you about two hours. You are desperately in need of something a little less, well, animated, so you ditch the kids, you head to an art house theater and you go see Alex Gibney's Julian Assange documentary We Steal Secrets. You're done with that by dinner time, and you retreat home for an early night's sleep because, naturally, you have to prepare for Arrested Development. That starts at 3 a.m. Eastern, and you're going to hold off and be fresh, but first you're going to honor the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi opening in the U.S. by watching it on DVD. Because of course you have Return of the Jedi on DVD. Look at you.
You've already made your decision that you're going to wake up early and watch all of the new Arrested Development today. You wake up at 7 a.m. and start at 8 a.m. Those will last you for about eight hours. You take an hour's break around the halfway point for lunch and you are done with the Bluths by 5 p.m., but you thought that was pretty great, didn't you? Exhausted, you nap, and you wake up in time to put on HBO and watch Behind the Candelabra, which Richard Lawson liked, at 9 p.m. You follow that up with your recorded version of the latest Mad Men. Then, because you're a glutton for punishment, you go to your DVR and watch the two-hour finale of Smash. (See this tweet for how you may look after you finish that show.)
Have you enjoyed yourself? Please note that TV Guide has a list of Memorial Day marathons on television, which can occupy your time should rain and/or boredom really get to you despite your already busy schedule.