Need a break Turn off the outside world with some of the best shows and movies on TV this week. And it’s a good week too. After most networks and streaming services shut down last week due to the 2020 presidential election, they are returning in anger this week with a number of great options. Comedy fans will have it especially good, but there are some wonderful documentaries, a new drama that is being talked about a lot, and the return of one of the show’s great primetime soaps.
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Moon base 8
Series premiere Sunday at 11 / 10c on Showtime, YouTube (free); Complete season with Showtime’s streaming apps
Comedy supergroup Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker play a trio of astronauts who first train on a manned station on the moon, and that should be enough to get you to see this. It’s a claustrophobic workplace comedy full of incompetence and danger (usually due to their incompetence) and three great performances, particularly by Heidecker. This is the show that should have been Netflix’s much-reviled Space Force. Showtime is making the premiere episode available for free on YouTube. If you’re a fan, the entire first season will be available on Showtime’s streaming apps.
Series premiere Monday at 10 / 9c on HBO
Remember when you were in your twenties and could work long hours in the office all day and then go to clubs all night, sleep at a bus stop, then splash water under your arms the next morning and do it all over again? This UK series follows a group of college graduates applying for jobs at a financial institution in London, where they work hard and party hard. It’s a combination of coming-of-age drama and devastating rebuke from capitalism, but to be honest, it takes a little bit more character and style to make a really good series, and unless you are Senior partner at a working language hedge fund – and the perceived tension that arises from it – will go right over your head. Even so, it is to be seen for those fascinated by the monster that is the money machine.
The first three episodes of the season one premiere on Tuesday on Hulu
Hannah Fidell’s tiny indie 2013 film, A Teacher, is being turned into a 10-episode series. This time around, Kate Mara plays the role of the title teacher who teaches one of her students (Nick Robinson) much more than just English. The series enrolls in Controversy 101 when Mara’s character is in love and obsessed with one of her high school students. You start an illegal relationship and things get complicated.
The cost of winning
The two-episode series premieres Tuesday at 9 / 8c on HBO
Nothing makes me tearful like the story of a high school soccer team full of vulnerable teens rescued by a dedicated coach who gives them life lessons through hard love and athletics! The cost of winning follows the St. Frances Catholic School in Baltimore football team ranked # 2 in the country as they attempt to make one more winning season AND another season in which 100 percent of their players, many of whom grew up in poverty, and are surrounded by being won over to college by violence. It resembles one of my favorite documentaries of all time, Oscar-winning Undefeated (available on Netflix and Amazon Prime), which balances lessons in masculinity, hard work, and engagement with the love of watching children develop to their full potential. You don’t have to like football to love it. The cost of winning is four 30-minute episodes. two air Tuesday and the last two air Wednesday.
Aunt Donna’s great old house of fun
Premieres Wednesday on Netflix
Australian comedy troupe Aunt Donna brings their perverted sense of humor to this insane, relentless sketch show that has the manic energy of a rabid wallaby in the United S of A. It’s WILD, but also very funny when you get absurd Like humor like Mr. Show or Tim and Eric. Ed Helms from Office and Scott Aukerman from Comedy Bang Bang! Are among the producers and feature appearances by Kristen Schaal, Weird Al and Antony Starr. Don’t let the trailer above put you off. It’s a lot funnier than that indicates.
Station 19 / Grey’s Anatomy
Season 4 / Season 17 Premiere Crossover Event Thursday at 8 / 7c on ABC
If you’re looking to escape the 2020 doggy doo-doo, don’t look at this. COVID-19, wildfires, anxiety and panic are coming to Seattle in the three-hour Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy Crossover event that ushers in their respective new seasons. Why not hold an exciting presidential election there too?
Fireball: Visitors from darker worlds
Friday on Apple TV +
Is there anyone who better informs you of the potential extinction-level event of a massive meteorite impact than Werner Herzog? The harsh German accent of the acclaimed filmmaker and the Mandalorian star creates the perfect mood to discuss an explosive apocalypse from a flying space rock! He is joined by Clive Oppenheimer, Herzog’s collaborator on the Doc Into the Inferno volcano. They’re talking about other things, of course, like how meteors influenced different cultures, both ancient and contemporary, but we’re here to celebrate the end of the world.
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