Families in search of something interesting and informative to watch together on this holiday should tune in for Discovery's "Planet Earth" marathon, which runs all day from 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. EST. The Emmy Award-winning show features breathtaking nature footage like you've never seen before, from lions hunting an elephant at night to great white sharks leaping out of the water to snatch seals off the coast of Africa. Even the most easily bored kids in the world will marvel and gasp and rethink their aversion to nature shows within seconds, so don't miss taking all the credit for this one.
Oscar winner "Forrest Gump" airs at 8 p.m. EST on A&E, and Frontline/World's "A World of Good" investigates a Web site that allows you to lend money to poor people in the Third World (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings). Retro cop drama "Life on Mars" airs at 9 p.m. EST on BBC America, while the tornado chasers on "Twister Sisters appear at 10 p.m. EST on WE.
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