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Valentine’s Day Viewing Guide for Loners: 9 Shows and Movies for Single Folks

From “Nightmare on Elm Street” to cooking marathons, there’s something for everyone without a plus one

Valentine’s Day can be rough enough when you have a date, but for those who are single it can be brutal.

Thankfully, nothing dulls the ache of a broken heart like something good to watch on TV or On Demand. With that in mind, TheWrap has compiled a list of delicious distractions from TV shows, movies and holiday specials sure to relieve your romantic woes, even if you do find yourself home alone on the most overly-sentimental day of the year.

So, cheer up, grab your remote, put on some PJs and don’t forget to order takeout, because you’re going to need it.

Behold TheWrap‘s singles’ guide to Valentine’s Day!

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

“The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”/Twentieth Century Fox

1. “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”
Think your holiday is bad? Try watching Roger Corman‘s 1967 classic gangster film “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” on Amazon Prime. Getting offed by a bunch of mobsters is like six times worse than spending V-Day home alone in your pajamas.

NBA All-Star Game Weekend


2. NBA All Star Weekend on TNT
Single basketball fans will have plenty to keep them busy on Saturday night with NBA All-Star Weekend in full effect. There’s a sharpshooting competition, a skills challenge, a three-point contest and, of course, the slam dunk competition. Festivities start at 8:30 p.m ET.



3. Animal Planet’s “Animals in Love”
If you’re among those who prefer the company of pets over people, Animal Planet is the place for you on V-day. You simply can’t go wrong with a show about the delicate dance of Flamingos or geese Tariq and Judith’s eight-year love affair, so be sure to tune in to Animal Planet from 9 to 11 p.m.

Rosie O'Donnell

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4. HBO’s Rosie O’Donnell comedy special
Rosie may be off “The View” but she’ll be on HBO this Valentine’s Day joking about her much-publicized heart attack, discussing her child’s circumcision with Steven Spielberg and sharing her love for Barbara Streisand. Laugh the pain away with her special, “A Heartfelt Stand Up,” at 10 p.m.

Big Bang Theory


5. “The Big Bang Theory” marathon on TBS
Single fans of the CBS comedy can drown their sorrows with a mini-marathon of their favorite show. Just don’t tell anyone you spent your entire evening with Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, or you might be spending the next Valentine’s Day alone too.

Night of the Living Dead

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5. Monster movie marathon
You think love bites? Tell that to all the vampires, werewolves and zombies. What better night to call up a pal, order a pizza, and rent “Night of the Living Dead,” “The Lost Boys,” and “An American Werewolf in London” from Amazon Prime or Vudu. Or from your local video store … if you can find one.


6. “House of Cards,” Seasons 1 and 2 
The hit Netflix series is everyone’s “binge watching” staple. While Season 3 is not out yet, V-Day might be the perfect time to catch up on Seasons 1 and 2. One thing’s for sure: you’d be hard-pressed to find anything mushy here — “House of Cards” is all about Washington backstabbing, perfect if you’re allergic to romance.

Hell's Kitchen


7. Cooking shows marathon
If comedy, sports and animals aren’t doing the trick, you can always eat your feelings while watching a bunch of cooking shows via VOD, including Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” on Hulu. Summer is still months away, so feel free to eat your heart out, so to speak.

Kathy Bates, Misery

“Misery”/Castle Rock Entertainment

8. Horror Flicks
Scary movies can’t be beat should you find yourself single on Valentine’s (and even if you don’t). There’s nothing like a good creepfest to get the blood moving. We recommend “Misery,” “The Shining,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (the original 1956 version) and, of course, “Nightmare on Elm Street.”



9. Fitness Flurry
For those watching their figure but who are too lazy to go to the gym, YouTube is the perfect Valentine’s Day destination. Free channels like BeFiT and Biogilates will have you ship-shape so that next year you won’t need a singles’ guide to V-Day.



BONUS PICK: For those of you into heart torture, go ahead and turn on AMC for back-to-back-to-back airings of “Titanic.” But don’t blame us when you start to cry!

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