The Super Bowl airs today, Sunday, Feb. 13, starting at 3:30 p.m. PT or 6:30 p.m. ET. This is going to be the biggest television event of the night, with the Los Angeles Rams facing off against the Cincinnati Bengals. This is fairly significant, as the Bengals haven’t been in the Super Bowl since 1988 when they went up against the San Francisco 49ers. But if football just isn’t your thing, there are other things you can watch on the TV instead.
From puppies to dramas to reality television, here are the best alternative programs to watch instead of the Super Bowl LVI on your Apple TV or device of choice.
Animal Planet, 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET)
The Puppy Bowl
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With The Puppy Bowl, you can watch Team Fluff and Team Ruff tough it out in an all-out brawl of cuteness, fur, and fluff. The Puppy Bowl will start at 11 a.m. PT or 2 p.m. ET, but you can also catch it on repeat throughout the day on Animal Planet.
ION, starting at 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET)
NCIS or NCIS: New Orleans
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In NCIS, you’ll be following a fictional team of special agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which combines military and police genres together in one. It’s an interesting mix and definitely entertaining.
Comedy Central, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT (12-9 p.m. ET)
Nickelodeon, 12-5 p.m. PT (3-8 p.m. ET)
The Loud House
While The Loud House will play for about two hours from the start of the Super Bowl, you can catch Spongebob Squarepants afterward, from 5 p.m. PT.
The Food Network, 2-7 p.m. PT (5-10 p.m. ET)
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The episodes that will be shown during the Super Bowl feature Bobby Flay, where the contestants will see if they’re better chefs than Flay himself. Now that’s a spicy competition!
Alternative things to watch on streaming services
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On Apple TV+, you can’t go wrong with Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, and Acapulco. With Netflix, there’s Squid Game, Ozark, and that movie everyone keeps talking about, Don’t Look Up. Hulu subscribers should check out McCartney 3,2,1 if they’re fans of McCartney and The Beatles, as well as original programming like The Handmaid’s Tale. Disney+ fans can’t go wrong with any of the Marvel television series like Loki and WandaVision, as well as Star Wars live-action like The Mandalorian. And if you want a fun Disney movie to check out, there is always Encanto. HBO Max has Harley Quinn, Close Enough, and a ton of movies to pick from.
With all of these alternative programming and streaming services, there should be no issue finding something else to watch besides the Super Bowl. Just make sure you have the best Apple TV, or use your favorite Mac, iPad, or iPhone to watch all of this on.