'Andy Griffith,' 'NCIS' for July 4th

Staff writer

The Fourth of July will be a time for marathons and holiday films. Beyond the fireworks, here are a few special events to keep in mind:

"The Andy Griffith Show" gets a lot of love from TV Land. The channel offers episodes of the classic 1960s sitcom from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

"NCIS," recently honored as the most-watched drama in the world, will be celebrated by USA. Episodes of the Mark Harmon drama play from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Last month, the CBS drama won the International Television Audience Award for a drama series at the 54th Monte Carlo Television Festival.

"Modern Family" episodes play from 8 p.m. to midnight on USA. The marathon starts with the pilot of the Emmy-winning sitcom.

"The Twilight Zone" will get the marathon treatment from Syfy. The classic series from writer-producer Rod Serling airs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and continues midnight to 4 a.m. Saturday.

Showtime will repeat the first seasons of "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan" over the holiday weekend. "Masters of Sex" episodes air from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. "Ray Donovan" plays from noon to midnight Sunday.

For viewers who want patriotic programming, TCM obliges with two musicals: "1776," the Tony-winner about the Founding Fathers, airs at 1:30 p.m. Friday. "Yankee Doodle Dandy," with James Cagney in his Oscar-winning performance, follows at 4:15 p.m. On Friday night, TCM offers movies about World War I, starting with "Sergeant York" at 8. That 1941 film presents Gary Cooper in his first Oscar-winning role. 

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