The challenges and rewards of parenthood are center screen this weekend in the movies showing on television.

Check out what’s available on broadcast and cable stations.


Friday, June 16


Sam Neill, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park. —

Jurassic Park (1993)

While Sam O’Neill may not be a parent in Steven Spielberg’s thriller, he certainly learns how to take care of children stranded in a mysterious theme park. This film never ages.

8 p.m., Friday, AMC

3 p.m., Saturday, AMC


Gone Girl (2013)

Mystery lady Rosamund Pike has a few issues with her parents in this popular adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best seller. Ben Affleck is on hand to share her anxieties.

7:30 p.m. FXM


Remember the Titans (2000)

Denzel Washington tries to balance the pressures of home and school as a football trying to bring racial harmony to a conservative town. A meaningful family film.

8 p.m. Spike


Light in the Piazza (1962)

Olivia de Havilland is an ultimate over-protective mother in this delicate story of how a well-intentioned parent can get in the way of a child’s dreams. As usual, de Havilland radiates.

8 p.m. TCM


Saturday, June 17


Sally Field and Michael Conner Humphreys in Forrest Gump. —

Forrest Gump (1994)

Sally Field doses advice, and one liners, as a mother willing to do just about anything to protect and inspire her son. No surprise, Field is magical in the role.

3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. CMT


The Proposal (2009)

The ageless Betty White steals this comedy from Sandra Bullock as a wise grandmother who knows what’s best for her extended family. White soaks each comic moment.

6:30 p.m. E


Sunday, June 18


Mitzi Gaynor, Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman-and Dan Dailey —

There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)

Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey play ambitious show business parents who always push their children onto the stage. And, as a result, risk pushing them away. And it’s a musical.

1 p.m. FXM


The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)

Glenn Ford plays an overwhelmed widower trying to raise the precocious Ronnie Howard. This delightful comedy later became a television series. But the movie is better.

3:30 p.m. TCM


Life With Father (1948)

William Powell is a parent for the ages in this classic comedy, adapted from the Broadway play, about a patriarch trying to do what’s best for his family in 1880s New York.

5:45 p.m. TCM


Father of the Bride (1950)

Spencer Tracy can’t handle the pressure of his daughter’s wedding in this delightful comedy from director Vincente Minnelli. Elizabeth Taylor costars as the glowing bride.

8 p.m. TCM