8 shows and movies to watch on Labor Day 2023

Labor Day is here, and it’s particularly relevant this year as the Hollywood actors’ and writers’ strikes have put the spotlight on the relationship between workers and companies.

If you want to watch shows with these themes, or if you want to sit back, relax and take your mind off it all, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s your essential guide to what to watch and what to stream.

“Terrible Bosses”

Nothing is more themed on a holiday honoring workers than this 2011 comedy. Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are workers who decide to kill each other’s bosses – and thereby committing the perfect crime, as there is no obvious motive. Her bosses are played by Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey.

where to stream: Max, AppleTV+.

Jason Sudeikis in front of a white board.
Jason Sudeikis in “Horrible Bosses”.
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Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman in "Terrible bosses" smile together.
Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman in Horrible Bosses.
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This 2016 Oscar-nominated drama, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is about Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguist who works with the US Army to communicate with aliens who have arrived on Earth to prevent hostilities. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star.

where to stream: Netflix.

Amy Adams in an orange hazmat suit holds a whiteboard.
Amy Adams in “Arrival”.
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Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy

TNT is running a marathon of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” movies, starring Christian Bale, with notable villains played by Cillian Murphy, Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy. Start your morning with Batman Begins at 10am, followed by The Dark Knight at 1pm and end with The Dark Knight Rises at 4:30pm

where to see: TNT, from 10am to 8pm

Christian Bale
Christian Bale in The Dark Knight.
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“History’s Greatest Mysteries”

If you want your day off to be informative and a bit quirky, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a marathon of these documentaries, hosted and narrated by Laurence Fishburne, with various hour-long episodes exploring the mysteries of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Blackbeard’s lost treasure, Houdini, Roswell, Jack the Ripper and more.

where to see: The History Channel (7am to 6pm).

HISTORY'S GREATEST SECRETS, host Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne tells “History’s Greatest Mysteries”.
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“9 to 5”

The 1980 classic follows three professional women – Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin – as they hatch a plan to get revenge on their boorish boss (Dabney Coleman). Parton’s Oscar-nominated song of the same name is the film’s theme song. It’s the perfect Labor Day story.

where to stream: Max.

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

For those who missed the latest Harrison Ford Indiana Jones movie when it was released in theaters, it’s now available to stream. In the fifth part of the series, Indy fights against Nazis after World War II. Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Boyd Holbrook, Toby Jones and Antonio Banderas star.

where to stream: AppleTV+Prime video.

“Office Race”

This new Comedy Central original follows Pat (Beck Bennett, “SNL”), an aimless and ambitious office worker who is pushed into running a marathon and soon becomes interested in helping his exercise-obsessed, obnoxious boss (Joel McHale ) to defeat. Alyson Hannigan, JB Smoove and Kelsey Grammer star.

where to see: Comedy Central (8 p.m.)

Steve Carell and Paul Rudd are there "dinner for jewelry" They sat next to each other in the car and looked worried.
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in Dinner For Jewelry.
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“Dinner for Jewelry”

In this underrated 2010 comedy, Paul Rudd plays Tim Conrad, an aspiring manager who gets invited to a special dinner his bosses are throwing, where everyone has to bring an eccentric guest to taunt. He chooses a taxidermist named Barry (Steve Carrell).

where to stream: Paramount+.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing carolinebleakley@ustimetoday.com.

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