With so many of us social-distancing and staying in, our Watchlists are going to empty out very quickly as we burn through all those “I’ve-been-meaning-to-watch” shows and movies we’ve been saving for a rainy day. To help you find more great content (and some undiscovered gems) to keep you going, we’re turning to the people that make it: the film and TV writers, directors, craftspeople, and performers who, just like you, are stuck home and bingeing like crazy right now.

For our latest installment of “What I’m Watching,” actor Hank Azaria summons a few of his alter-egos from The Simpsons to recommend TV and film titles you should watch while isolating. Azaria may be well known for his Simpsons voices, but his IFC series Brockmire, about a disgraced sportscaster trying to reclaim his career in a small market, offers four seasons of high-scoring comedy (three seasons are rated 100% on the Tomatometer).


The Boys 91%

 

Comic Book Guy says: “How fitting for Comic Book Guy to recommend The Boys, my favorite superhero retelling, slightly edging out Thor: Ragnarok and Watchmen of recent years. ”

Season 1 Critics Consensus: Though viewers’ mileage may vary, The Boys’ violent delights and willingness to engage in heavy, relevant themes are sure to please those looking for a new group of antiheroes to root for.

Stream now on Amazon Prime Video.  


Road House (1989) 40%

 

Moe the Bartender says: “There’s certain movies if they’re on, I got to watch, like The Godfather movies and Goodfellas, but there’s only one horrible movie that if it’s on, I gotta watch it, and that’s Road House, baby!”

Critics Consensus: Whether Road House is simply bad or so bad it’s good depends largely on the audience’s fondness for Swayze — and tolerance for violently cheesy action.

Stream now on Vudu (free with ads).  


Happy Valley 98%

Policeman Wiggum says: “A cop recommendation: Happy Valley. Best cop show of the last few years. BBC show, Sarah Lancashire stars, brilliant.” (Azaria adds, “It might be my favorite show of the last five years. Amazing show. Underwatched.” He also advises that viewers should watch it with the subtitles on, because of the thick Northern England accent.)

Season 1 Critics Consensus: Dark, edgy, and surprisingly suspenseful, Happy Valley dispenses some of the more oddly liberating violence on television.

Available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.


LEGO Masters 67%

Professor Frink says: “A recommendation for the kiddies: Lego Masters. Delightful. I watch it with my son. I enjoy the colors and shapes and the cajoink, cajink, cachiving of little pieces fitting together.”

About the Series: Hosted by Will Arnett, the show pits Lego enthusiasts against each other in a competition that starts with a single Lego brick and infinite possibilities and concludes with mind-blowing builds that will surely both inspire legions of loyal Lego followers and capture the imagination of new fans.

Stream now on Hulu.


World Athletics YouTube Channel

Jim Brockmire says: “[I’m] just bereft without sports, so I want to recommend, on YouTube, got the World Athletics mix. On the World Athletics channel, you get the beautiful Olympic track and field events called by great BBC  announcers. I couldn’t have done it better myself. Beats what I’m doing: just wandering around the house, deciding what I would and wouldn’t use as toilet paper.”

About: Official account of World Athletics, formerly the IAAF. Home of all things running, jumping, throwing and walking.

Stream past events now on YouTube


Looking for more great shows and movies to binge? Head to Rotten Tomatoes’ Binge Central.

Thumbnail images: Andrew Toth/Getty Images; Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video; United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection; Netflix; Drew Herrmann/FOX; World Athletics/YouTube

This March showcases returning seasons of prestige dramas (Ozark, My Brilliant Friend, Westworld), anticipated reboots (Amazing Stories), fan-favorite minority stories (On My BlockOne Day at a Time), and half-hour comedies (Better Things, Brockmire). All that and more in this month’s binge guide below.  


Better Things 97% (FX)

What it is: The semi-autobiographical, humanistic half-hour dramedy is not new terrain for television. But Better Things stands out from the pack thanks to Pamela Adlon, who stars as a version of herself, Sam Fox — a single mother to three daughters who is juggling life as a working actor in Hollywood.

Why you should watch it: Adlon is an Emmy Award–winning voiceover artist for King of the Hill and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee for starring on and creating FX’s Better Things. Her series is an emotional concoction of dry witticisms and familial love unlike anything else on TV. The fact that it’s one of the most realistic portrayals of single motherhood to grace the small screen is just the cherry on top. Season 4 premieres March 5 on FX.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 14 hours (for the first three seasons)


Amazing Stories 40% (Apple TV+)

What it is: This now-classic but short-lived Emmy-winning sci-fi and fantasy series from creator Steven Spielberg not only featured a who’s-who cast of guest stars each week enlivening bold and boundary-pushing television, but it also helped further establish Spielberg’s bold and boundary-pushing filmmaking career as one of the auteurs of his age, sci-fi or otherwise.

Why you should watch it: The newly rebooted series takes inspiration from the original Amazing Stories to transport streaming audiences to never before seen worlds and creations. Spielberg serves as executive producer. The new series premieres March 6 on Apple TV+.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play

Commitment: Approx. 20 hours (for the original two seasons)


On My Block 93% (Netflix)

What it is: This hit dramedy with critics and audiences alike from creators Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft follows a teen quartet played by relative newcomers Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, and Diego Tinoco as they navigate high school hallways set in a very real inner-city world.

Why you should watch it: What’s groundbreaking about On My Block is its articulation of everyday coming-of-age hiccups (first loves, first heartbreaks, shifting friendships, growing parental pains, party culture, and more) through the lens of a world not often depicted onscreen. A rivetingly talented and diverse young cast set in the heart of inner-city Los Angeles truly takes the series’ international audience to the confined intimacies of a single American block — and all that entails. Season 3 premieres March 11 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first two seasons)


Elite 97% (Netflix)

What it is: This Spanish-language thriller series from creators Darío Madrona and Carlos Montero follows three teens from working class families — Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Nadia (Mina El Hammani), and Christian (Miguel Herrán) — who, after their school collapses, are enrolled on scholarship at a prestigious private school.

Why you should watch it: With Elite, it’s all in the name. But what begins as a socially-tinged story of the haves and have-nots, as Samuel, Nadia, and Christian assimilate into their new school primed with society’s elite, eventually builds to a lurid and soapy murder mystery — with streaming-only sex appeal to spare. Season 3 premieres March 13 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 13 hours (for the first two seasons)


Westworld 81% (HBO)

What it is: In this hit series, the titular Westworld is a vacation destination for regular men and women to live out their most elaborate — and at times, sickening — fantasies in a Wild West–inspired society manipulated by behind-the-scenes programmers and otherwise populated by artificially intelligent “hosts.” The series’ main action begins, however, when Westworld’s hosts begin realizing they may have more control over their false reality than they think. 

Why you should watch it: Has any other new series of the last five years excited and divided critics and audiences in quite the same way as Westworld? Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO debut marks one of the most thought-provoking, epic sci-fi dramas seen on the pay cable channel to date. Matched with its ambition are breathtaking performances from Hollywood heavy-hitters as varied as Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, James MarsdenEd Harris, and now Aaron Paul. Season 3 (finally) premieres March 15 on HBO.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 20 hours (for the first two seasons)


My Brilliant Friend 96% (HBO)

What it is: Based on the beloved first installment of Italian author Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels series, My Brilliant Friend begins with the disappearance of Lila Cerullo. The vanishing inspires her lifelong friend, Elena Greco, to reflect on the early days that brought the two girls of different backgrounds together 50 years prior in Naples.

Why you should watch it: My Brilliant Friend’s first season became a bit of an international phenomenon upon its first season’s November 2018 premiere — and what’s not to love? Transporting period-specific sets and costumes; impeccable performances from the multi-generational actors playing the central pair of lifelong friends; an entrancing, time-hopping story told from the perspective of one of the most compelling first-person narrators to come around the small screen in some time — it all made for appointment television, and we imagine its second installment, titled My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name, will have that in spades. Season 2 premieres March 16 on HBO.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)


Brockmire 98% (IFC)

What it is: After suffering a public meltdown in the aftermath of his wife’s string of affairs, nationally acclaimed sports announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Then one day, 10 years later, he decides to pick himself up, move to a small town, and get back to work calling games for the minor league Morristown Frackers.

Why you should watch it: Six-time Emmy winner Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but it’s always a pleasure to watch him get to work in front of the camera. The laughs still land. To watch his growth through the titular Brockmire’s character arc in the first three seasons is simply great (and easily binge-able) comedic TV — and that’s not to mention the firecracker energy Amanda Peet brings as Azaria’s co-lead. Season 4 premieres March 18 on IFC.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first three seasons)


One Day at a Time 99% (Pop)

What it is: A remake of Norman Lear’s long-running 1975 sitcom of the same name, what began as Netflix’s little comedy that could is now making its grand, fan-pushed return on Pop. Stars like Justina Machado and West Side Story Oscar winner Rita Moreno all returning to continue telling the story of three generations of a Cuban-American family as they live under the same roof.

Why you should watch it: Few series today are as un-cornily heartwarming, funny, and timely as this long-in-the-making reboot. Each new season renewal, however, has come with a photo-finish, down-to-the-wire announcement, and when Netflix announced it was pulling the plug after season 3, fans corralled around it and it got saved by Pop (best known as the home of Schitt’s Creek). That fourth season premieres March 24.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 19 hours (for the first three seasons)


Ozark 81% (Netflix)

What it is: Ozark, from creators Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, is the story of Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman, who’s also attached as director and executive producer), a financial adviser in Chicago who’s been laundering money for the cartel with his partner for years. But despite his meek, follow-the-leader personality, Marty talks his way out of a death sentence when things go awry with his crime boss and moves his family — including wife Wendy (Laura Linney) — to the Ozarks to keep the dealings afloat and the family alive.

Why you should watch it: Ozark isn’t the first series of its kind to portray good people doing bad things, but it’s about as good as those series come. The Emmy-winning series brings bleakness to the deceptive beauty of the Ozarks, and it establishes Bateman as so much more than the comedic actor most know him as today. Even more than just a vehicle for Bateman, however, it’s an ensemble drama (with an equally stellar Laura Linney and Julia Garner, no less) that tackles the power of wealth and greed, human nature, and the ties that bind within family and beyond. Season 3 premieres March 27 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 21 hours (for the first two seasons)


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This month’s baker’s dozen of televisual offerings boasts timely, social-conscious comedies and dramas; a pair of reboots of beloved classics; several superhero (and otherwise witchily powered) protagonists; and one of the most engrossing and original cat-and-mouse thrillers of the new millennium. Buckle up, because April’s going to keep you busy!


The Twilight Zone 67% (CBS All Access)

What it is: A reboot of creator Rod Sterling’s eerie and prescient anthological classic from 1959, now hosted and produced by modern master of horror Jordan Peele (an Oscar winner for Get Out and record-breaker for Us)? All we can say is: Sign us up.

Why you should watch it: When it comes to horror series that episodically tackle various social and political matters through a sci-fi and technology-driven lens, Netflix’s Black Mirror has been the buzzy new kid on the block for four seasons strong. But there’s still nothing like the taste of an original, and with Peele at the helm, this Twilight Zone is in more than capable hands. Catch up on the original series then tune in to season 1 of this reboot, which streams on CBS All Access April 1.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the original first five seasons)


The Last O.G.  (TBS)

What it is: The Last O.G. is a laugh-out-loud comedy series with something to say. Following ex-con Tray (Tracy Morgan) as he readjusts to life in a gentrified Brooklyn after 15 years behind bars, the half-hour is ripe for fish-out-of-water gags while also portraying social matters of the day.

Why you should watch it: Is Jordan Peele taking over the world? Apparently — because he’s also got credits this month as the co-creator of this acclaimed comedy series on TBS. Starring a never-better Morgan and Girls Trip breakout-turned-bonafide star Tiffany Haddish as his estranged ex, there’s no reason why the very funny Last O.G. shouldn’t make your binge list this month. Season 2 premieres April 2 on TBS.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 3.5 hours (for the first season)


Brockmire 98% (IFC)

What it is: After suffering a public meltdown in the aftermath of his wife’s string of affairs, nationally acclaimed sports announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Then one day, 10 years later, he decides to pick himself up, move to a small town, and get back to work calling games for the minor league Morristown Frackers.

Why you should watch it: Six-time Emmy winner Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but it’s always a pleasure to watch him get to work in front of the camera. The laughs still land. To watch his growth through the titular Brockmire’s character arc in the first two seasons is simply great (and easily binge-able) comedic TV — and that’s not to mention the firecracker energy Amanda Peet brings as Azaria’s co-lead. Season 3 premieres April 3.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 6.5 hours (for the first two seasons)


Cloak and Dagger 87% (Freeform)

What it is: Marvel is at its best when highlighting young heroes who are in over their head while learning the gifts and limits to their newfound superpowers. Cloak & Dagger comes with the twist that Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson’s powers — emitting light and engulfing in darkness, respectively — are the yin to the other’s yang, inexplicably connected and best when joined together. Their vastly different backgrounds make them unlikely partners, as do their growing feelings for one another.

Why you should watch it: The chemistry between leads Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) is the kind of urgent magnetism you can’t look away from — which makes a season 1 binge of this teen-oriented action-drama series go down easy. See what all the buzz is about before season 2 premieres on Freeform April 4.  

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 7 hours (for the first season)


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 81% (Netflix)

What it is: Based on the beloved Archie comic and from creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this iteration of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has a dark and spooky twist, charting the titular witch’s (Kiernan Shipka) coming of age as she’s forced to choose between human normalcy and her magic’s haunting lore.

Why you should watch it: Who says Halloween can’t come early? Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a hit out the gate last fall upon its debut, which was followed up by a Christmas special, satiating the appetites of Riverdale fans and the Melissa Joan Hart ’90s series alike. Lucky for you, even more chilling adventures await this month. Season 2 premieres April 5.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 11 hours (for the first season)


The Tick 95% (Amazon Prime)

What it is: Creator Ben Edlund brings beloved comic-book The Tick to Amazon Prime, where his titular hero (here played by Peter Serafinowicz) tries to save his city from the presumed-dead supervillain secretly pulling political strings in the underground: the Terror.

Why you should watch it: The Tick finds the perfect blend between superheroic, shoot-’em-up action and silly camp and comedy. Plus, the bromance between Serafinowicz’s hero and his unassuming sidekick, Arthur (Griffin Newman), is one for the books.

Where to watch it: Amazon

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)


The Chi (Showtime)

What it is: You’ve never seen Chicago like this. Created by Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe, this Showtime series portrays the city’s South Side neighborhood as a tapestry of want and need, violence and love, and altogether human after our central four heroes (played by Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, and Alex R. Hibbert) are brought together in unexpected ways after one life- and community-altering event.

Why you should watch it: The Chi is an unflinching, authentic, and timely coming-of-age drama boasting some of the best actors and writers — well-known and otherwise — working today. While the series’ namesake city has become a talking point of good and bad on Capitol Hill, it offers a timely look at some of the social and justice issues being debated in that spotlight today while still being nuanced, character-driven entertainment. Season 2 premieres on Showtime April 7.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)


Killing Eve 89% (BBC America)

What it is: From the mind of Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve is a female-driven cat-and-mouse espionage thriller between a globetrotting assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), and a MI5 security operative, the titular Eve (Sandra Oh).

Why you should watch it: There is something so effortlessly watchable and utterly likable about Oh, and the fact that Killing Eve gives her the opportunity to flex that charm (and brains and brawn and sensuality — the list goes on) as a top-billed leading lady is reason enough to watch. The fact that she’s met mark-for-mark by relative newcomer Comer is the reason you’ll stick around for the binge and want more when you’re done. Season 2 premieres on BBC America April 7.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)


Game of Thrones 89% (HBO)

What it is: This critical darling and fan-favorite fantasy series needs no introduction. Based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Game of Thrones charts the rise and fall of families and kingdoms in the mythical Westeros as one after another fights for the Iron Throne.

Why you should watch it: Over the course of its seven seasons, Game of Thrones has tapped into the cultural zeitgeist, become Monday’s mandatory water-cooler conversation, and stirred national debate on what’s to come for its ensemble of beloved characters. Fan theories abound, so if you’re new to Westeros, stay away from Reddit until you’re all caught up. We promise it’s an adventure you don’t want to miss. Season 8 (its last) premieres on HBO April 14.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the first seven seasons)


Bosch 97% (Amazon Prime)

What it is: Titus Welliver stars as Harry Bosch, a steely, determined homicide detective keeping watch over the City of Angels in this Amazon Prime original series. Each season follows one major case and strikes the perfect balance between contemporary crime grit and smooth, yesteryear noir.

Why you should watch it: Bosch may be the best crime series you’ve never heard of. Change that! Co-creator Eric Ellis Overmyer is a seasoned vet of the genre, with roots planted firmly in the crime genre. Homicide: The Movie and Law & Order both earned him Emmy nominations in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He knows his way around the daily dramas of LAPD homicide and proves the perfect collaborator for the source material’s author, Michael Connelly. Season 5 premieres on Amazon Prime April 19.

Where to watch: Amazon

Commitment: About 30 hours (for the first four seasons)


Cobra Kai 93% (YouTube Premium)

What it is: Cobra Kai charts the re-opening of The Karate Kid’s infamous Cobra Kai dojo from none other than Johnny Lawrence himself. It makes for a modern-day twist on the classic 1980s film franchise.

Why you should watch it: It’s 2018, and nostalgia is the name of the game. Luckily, Cobra Kai, from creator Robert Mark Kamen, has it in spades. Featuring committed performances from Karate Kid original players Ralph Macchio as Daniel and William Zabka as Johnny, this reboot feels as comfortable and entertaining as ever, and it’s further brought to life by an ensemble of young actors finding their own footing in the discipline of karate. Season 2 premieres on YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) April 24.

Where to watch it: YouTube Premium

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)


The 100 93% (The CW)

What it is: Here’s another intelligent, original take on the post-nuclear apocalypse from Jason Rothenberg for the CW. Set 97 years after nuclear war wiped out humanity, the mere thousands remaining survived by escaping on an ark-like spaceship that remained within Earth’s orbit. The twisty caveat? The series’ title represents the 100 juvenile prisoners who, against their will, are forced out of the Ark and back to Earth to learn if it’s habitable. To their surprise, it turns out that some humans lived through the nuclear war from the century prior — and not all of them are ready to befriend the young visitors.

Why you should watch it: As is the case with much of the CW’s slate of programming, The 100 is led by an impressive ensemble of young, breakout actors who are made all the more impressive by their series’ meatier material. Plus with an air-tight concept as its foundation, there’s a reason we’ve been coming back for five seasons now. Season 6 premieres April 30.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Netflix, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 50 hours (for the first five seasons)

Thumbnail photo credits: Game of Thrones by Helen Sloane/HBO; Cobra Kai for YouTube Premium; Killing Eve for BBC AMERICA/Sid Gentle Films Ltd.

Looks like April showers bring a heaping dose of science fiction entertainment along with those May flowers — we’re not complaining! — including a Lost in Space reboot and the return of Westworld, The Expanse, and The Handmaid’s Tale (plus, of course, other comedies and dramas for good measure). We’ve got you covered with everything worth catching up on this month before new installments hit your small screen.


The Expanse 94% (Syfy)

THE EXPANSE -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Steven Strait as Earther James Holden (Jason Bell/Syfy)

What it is: Based on the series of novels by James S. A. Corey (the pen name of collaborators Daniel Abraham and T Franck), this space-hopping science fiction series follows Earth-bound United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), asteroid belt-dwelling police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), and officer of an ice freighter Jim Holden (Steven Strait, pictured) as they uncover a conspiracy that risks intergalactic peace within disparate colonies and the survival of humanity as they know it.

Why you should watch it: We see enough social and political turmoil here on Earth to know that if and when we expand our humanly horizons to other planets in the solar system, tension is likely to continue. Here, it just makes for great TV with some timely allegorical themes to spare. Season 3 premieres April 11.

Where to watch it: AmazonFandangoNowGoogle PlayMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 16 hours


Lost in Space (CBS)

What it is: A classic of the genre, 1965’s Lost in Space from Irwin Allen tells the story of the Robinson family, a clan of space colonists who must adapt to survive after their ship gets flung off course (living up to the series’ title) and crash lands on an alien planet. From there, they’re met with increasing intergalactic dangers with each passing day.

Why you should watch it: The original Lost in Space is one of those series that every sci-fi lover should watch simply because of the influence it wielded over future series of the genre to come — whether it be The Expanse above, or the forthcoming Netflix reboot of the same name. At three seasons and 83 episodes, the original makes for a full week of binge-watching entertainment and cultural education all in one. Netflix’s reboot premieres April 13.

Where to watch it: AmazonGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoft

Commitment: Approx. 83 hours


Fear the Walking Dead 75% (AMC)

Jenna Elfman as Naomi, Kim Dickens as Madison Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC

What it is: An extension of the zombie apocalypse world of AMC mega-hit The Walking Dead, Fear starts in Los Angeles, showing how city dwellers deal with the virus outbreak.

Why you should watch it:  The season 4 premiere on April 15 features a crossover with the mothership, when Morgan (Lennie James) from The Walking Dead shows up.

Where to watch it: AmazonFandangoNowGoogle PlayMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 27.5 hours


Into the Badlands 84% (AMC)

What it is: Into the Badlands, starring Daniel Wu (pictured), promised to be an exciting genre-fusion of post-apocalyptic Western–Kung Fu, and it hasn’t lost its bite over the course of two standout seasons. Set 500 years after a global war that destroyed today’s world as we know it, the series explores the struggle for power among the feudal lord barons, their lowly contemporaries, and their world’s lawless nomads in a post-society landscape.

Why you should watch it: Here’s another futuristic action-thriller seeped with timely themes. Set in a world where guns are no longer in use, war combat and protection has resorted to martial arts and melee weapons. Not only is it a creative twist on the shoot-em-up style of most sci-fi epics, but it also makes for some of the most thrilling actions sequences on TV today. Season 3 premieres April 22.

Where to watch it: AmazonGoogle Play, NetflixMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 11 hours


Westworld 81% (HBO)

Westworld Season 2 Season 2: Jeffrey Wright. photo: HBO

What it is: In this hit series, the titular Westworld is a vacation destination for regular men and women to live out their most elaborate — and at times, sickening — fantasies in a Wild West–inspired society manipulated by behind-the-scenes programmers and otherwise populated by near-human artificially intelligent hosts. The series’ main action begins, however, when Westworld’s hosts begin realizing they may have more control over their false reality than they think.

Why you should watch it: Did any other new series excite and divide critics and audiences in quite the same way as Westworld? Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO debut marks one of the most thought provoking and epic sci-fi dramas seen on the pay cable channel to date. Matched with its ambition are breathtaking performances from Hollywood heavy-hitters as varied as Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright (pictured), Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Ed Harris. Season 2 premieres April 22.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, HBO NowMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours


The 100 93% (The CW)

What it is: Here’s another intelligent, original take on the post-nuclear apocalypse from Jason Rothenberg for the CW. Set 97 years after nuclear war wiped out humanity, the mere thousands remaining survived by escaping on an ark-like spaceship that remained within Earth’s orbit. The twisty caveat? The series’ title represents the 100 juvenile prisoners who, against their will, are forced out of the Ark and back to Earth to learn if it’s habitable. To their surprise, it turns out that some humans lived through the nuclear war from the century prior — and not all of them are ready to befriend the young visitors.

Why you should watch it: As is the case with much of the CW’s slate of programming, The 100 is led by an impressive ensemble of young, breakout actors who are made all the more impressive by their series’ meatier material. Plus with an air-tight concept as its foundation, there’s a reason we’ve been coming back for four seasons now. Season 5 premieres April 24.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, NetflixMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 40 hours


Genius 71% (National Geographic)

What it is: From creators Kenneth Biller and Noah Pink and executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer comes National Geographic’s first major foray into prestige television, Genius. An intimate, life-charting look into history’s greatest minds and personalities, season 1 follows Geoffrey Rush (pictured) as Albert Einstein, and season 2, which premieres April 24, follows Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso.

Why you should watch it: An enthralling premise that’s ultimately as educational as it is entertaining (as the very best of narrative nonfiction is), Genius’s first outing rightfully earned a handful of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and was widely regarded as one of the year’s best programming options. While you don’t have to watch Einstein to understand Picasso, we recommend you do simply for the quality time spent.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, MicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours


Archer 90% (FXX)

ARCHER -- "Season 9, Episode 1 (FXX)

What it is: Even the sleekest of action-packed espionage thrillers have an air of cartoonish hyperbole to them (James Bond’s invisible car, anyone?), but FXX’s Archer does away with that suspension of belief by making the whole thing a cartoon to begin with. The half-hour comedy from creator Adam Reed can land a joke as deftly as its titular man-child spy can land a punch, so expect to be thrilled while laughing yourself silly.

Why you should watch it: Over eight hit seasons, Archer has never shied away from genre experimentation — season 8’s Archer Dreamland was a particular highlight. Season 9 continues the genre-jumping trend with Danger Island, which sees Archer not as the ass-kicking spy of ISIS we know from earlier carnations, but as an alcoholic seaplane pilot living in a supposed paradise at the brink of World War II. We’ll also be treated, of course, to Danger Island re-imaginings of all our favorite Archer characters and the voice actors behind them. To truly appreciate the new season, viewers need to have the emotional and intellectual foundation of the seasons before it; that’s where the payoff is. Danger Island premieres April 25.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 35 hours


Brockmire 98% (IFC)

What it is: After suffering a public meltdown in the aftermath of his wife’s string of affairs, nationally acclaimed sports announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria, pictured) turns to drugs and alcohol to cope until one day, 10 years later, deciding to pick himself up, move to a small town, and get back to work calling games for the minor league Morristown Frackers.

Why you should watch it: Six-time Emmy winner Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but it’s always a pleasure to watch him get to work in front of the camera. The laughs still land. To watch his growth through the titular Brockmire’s character arc in season 1 is simply great (and easily binge-able) comedic TV — and that’s not to mention the firecracker energy Amanda Peet (pictured) brings as Azaria’s co-lead. Season 2 premieres April 25.

Where to watch it: AmazonGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 3 hours


The Handmaid's Tale 83% (Hulu)

Elisabeth Moss in THE HANDMAID'S TALE (Take Five/Hulu)

What it is: Set in a not-too-distant future and adapted from Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale is the harrowing imagining of a society where fertile women are forced into slavery to help procreate for society’s rich and powerful. A gripping and prescient look at modern patriarchy’s darkest corners (and possible futures), it’s one of the few programs airing today that truly is must-watch TV.

Why you should watch it: Last year, The Handmaid’s Tale became the first-ever streaming series to take home the Television Academy’s top honor: the Emmy for best drama. It has big expectations to live up to with season 2, which expands upon the Atwood book that was adapted in full through season 1. But with one of the most formidable ensembles on TV — both Elisabeth Moss (pictured) and Ann Dowd took home Emmys, as well — we’d follow them and their female-heavy behind-the-camera creatives anywhere — including to Gilead. Season 2 premieres April 22.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours


Quantico 70% (ABC)

What it is: Named after the real-life FBI Academy in Virginia, creator Joshua Safran’s Quantico follows Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra, pictured) who, once graduating from the academy and becoming an agent, is arrested for treason after becoming a prime suspect in a terrorist attack on Grand Central Station. The first season runs with two timelines: one depicting Alex’s arrest and eventual escape to prove her innocence, and the other depicting her time training with her colleagues to become an agent. The question lingers then: If not Alex, then who’s the sleeper terrorist in their midst?

Why you should watch it: Quantico rightfully earned acclaim for its diverse cast, namely for employing Chopra as as the first South Asian actress to headline a network series. Its representational landmarks aside, the series holds up as a tightly knit cat-and-mouse thriller. Season 3 premieres April 26.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, NetflixMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 16 hours


Elementary 95% (CBS)

What it is: A contemporary (and gender-bending) update on the classic Sherlock Holmes, Elementary is a New York crime procedural starring Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as the iconic Holmes himself (both pictured). Watson begins as Holmes’ sober companion (the ex–Scotland Yard consultant is also a recovering drug addict), but as the series progresses, she becomes his apprentice and partner in solving NYPD’s most chin-scratching crimes.

Why you should watch it: Lucy Liu is endlessly watchable in just about anything, so her involvement in this Robert Doherty series is reason enough to tune in. But Elementary is more than just a spellbinding leading lady and a clever play on an old classic. Tune in for a few episodes and you’ll see why it’s caught audiences’ devotion for five years and 120 episodes strong. Season 6 premieres April 30.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 88 hours

Game of Thrones - Dragonstone (Macall B. Polay/HBO)

(Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Eager for warm weather already? Here’s an early look at spring/summer TV that might argue for you to stay indoors.


March | April | May | JuneJuly | AugustNEW! Fall 2017


March


Wednesday, Mar. 1
National Treasure: Season 1 (2016) 100% Hulu
Chicago Justice: Season 1 (2017) 73% 10 p.m., NBC (preview)

Thursday, Mar. 2
60 Days In: Atlanta (2017) 9 p.m., A&E

Friday, Mar. 3
Annedroids: Season 4 (2016) Amazon

Sunday, Mar. 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6 (2016) 89% 8 p.m., ABC (returning)
Making History: Season 1 (2010) 92% 8:30 p.m., FOX
Chicago Justice: Season 1 (2017) 73% 9 p.m., NBC
The Last Man on Earth: Season 3 (2016) 78% 9:30 p.m., FOX (returning)
The Arrangement: Season 1 (2010) 62% 10 p.m., E!
Blood Feuds: Bette and Joan (2016) 91% 10 p.m., FX
Shades of Blue: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC
Time After Time: Season 1 (2017) 67% 10 pm., ABC
Breaking Free (2015) 11 p.m., WGN

Trial & Error

Tuesday, Mar. 7
The Americans: Season 5 (2017) 94% 10 p.m., FX

Wednesday, Mar. 8
Designated Survivor: Season 1 (2016) 87% 10 p.m., ABC (returning)
Underground: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., WGN
Ripper Street: Season 5 (2016) 100% 11 p.m., BBC America

Thursday, Mar. 9
Kicking & Screaming: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., FOX
The Catch: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., ABC

Friday, Mar. 10
Buddy Thunderstruck: Season 1 (2017) , Netflix
Hand of God: Season 2 (2017) Amazon
Love: Season 2 (2017) 96% Netflix

Saturday, Mar. 11
Samurai Jack: Season 5 (2017) 100% 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network

Sunday, Mar. 12
Top Gear: Season 24 (2017) 86% 8 p.m., BBC America
American Crime: Season 3 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., ABC

Monday, Mar. 13
Young & Hungry: Season 5 (2017) 8 p.m., Freeform
Baby Daddy: Season 6 (2017) 8:30 p.m., Freeform

Tuesday, Mar. 14
Trial & Error: Season 1 (2017) 86% 9:30 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Mar. 15
Greenleaf: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., OWN
Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo (2017) 10 p.m., Sundance

Thursday, Mar. 16
Shrink: Season 1 (2017) Seeso
Snatch: Season 1 (2017) 42% Crackle
Review: Season 3 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Marvel's Iron Fist

Marvel’s Iron Fist

Friday, Mar. 17
The Originals: Season 4 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., The CW
Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 1 (2017) 20% 8 p.m., Netflix
Animals.: Season 2 (2017) 100% 11:30 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Mar. 19
The Circus: Inside the Biggest Story on Earth: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., Showtime
Into the Badlands: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., AMC

Tuesday, Mar. 21
Cosplay Melee: Season 1 (2017)   10 p.m., SyFy
Upscale With Prentice Penny: Season 1 (2017)   10 p.m., TruTV

Wednesday, Mar. 22
Shots Fired: Season 1 (2017) 84% 8 p.m., FOX
Empire: Season 3 (2016) 87% 9 p.m., FOX (returning)
Rogue: Season 3 (2015) 9 p.m., DirecTV

Ingobernable

Friday, Mar. 24
Grace and Frankie: Season 3 (2017) 100% Netflix
Ingobernable: Season 1 (2017)  Netflix (US premiere)
() % 7:30 p.m., DIS

Tuesday, Mar. 28
Rebel: Season 1 (2017) 38% 10 p.m., BET

Wednesday, Mar. 29
Harlots: Season 1 (2017) 92% Hulu
Imaginary Mary: Season 1 (2017) 27% 8:30 p.m., ABC (sneak preview)
Nobodies: Season 1 () 73% 10 p.m., TV Land
Lopez: Season 2 (2017) 10:30 p.m., TV Land

Friday, Mar. 31
13 Reasons Why: Season 1 (2017) 77% Netflix
Five Came Back: Miniseries (2017) 98% Netflix
Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg (2016) 100% 10 p.m., Starz

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April


Sunday, Apr. 2
Call the Midwife: Season 6 (2017) 8 p.m., PBS
Home Fires: Season 2 (2016) 9 p.m., PBS
Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell: Season 3 (2016) 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network (returning)

Tuesday, Apr. 4
Dimension 404: Season 1 (2017) 80% Hulu
iZombie: Season 3 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., CW
Prison Break: Season 5 (2017) 56% 9 p.m., FOX
Imaginary Mary: Season 1 (2017) 27% 9:30 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Apr. 5
Archer: Dreamland (2017) 86% 10 p.m., FXX
Brockmire: Season 1 (2017) 94% 10 p.m., IFC

Thursday, Apr, 6
Dark Net: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., Showtime

Friday, Apr. 7
American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story: Season 1 (2017) 53% Amazon
The Get Down: Season 1 (2016) 77% Netflix (returning)

The Son

Saturday, Apr. 8
The Son: Season 1 (2017) 52% 9 p.m., AMC

Monday, Apr. 10
Better Call Saul: Season 3 (2017) 98% 10 p.m., AMC
Angie Tribeca: Season 3 (2017) 100% 10:30 p.m., TBS

Tuesday, Apr. 11
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 4 (2016) 100% 8 p.m., FOX (returning)

Wednesday, Apr. 12
Hollywood Darlings: Season 1 () 8 p.m., POP
Return of the Mac: Season 1 (2017) 8:30 p.m., POP

Friday, Apr. 14
Chelsea: Season 2 (2017) Netflix
Fortitude: Season 2 (2017) 91% Amazon
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Season 1 (2017) 100% Netflix

Saturday, Apr. 15
Doctor Who: Season 10 (2017) 88% 9 p.m., BBC America
Class: Season 1 (2016) 84% 10 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Apr. 16
The White Princess: Season 1 (2017) 76% 8 p.m., Starz
Guerrilla: Miniseries (2017) 75% 9 p.m., Showtime
The Leftovers: Season 3 (2017) 99% 9 p.m., HBO
Veep: Season 6 (2017) 94% 10:30 p.m., HBO

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Famous in Love

Tuesday, Apr. 18
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7 (2016) 78% 8 p.m., Freeform (returning)
Famous in Love: Season 1 (2017) 60% 9 p.m., Freeform

Wednesday, Apr. 19
Fargo: Season 3 (2017) 93% 10 p.m., FX

Friday, Apr. 21
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1 (2017) 75% Netflix
Bosch: Season 3 (2017) 100% Amazon
Girlboss: Season 1 (2017) 35% Netflix
Thunderbirds Are Go: Season 3 (2017) Amazon

Sunday, Apr. 23
El Chapo: Season 1 (2017) 8 p.m., Univision
Silicon Valley: Season 4 (2017) 94% 10 p.m., HBO
Mary Kills People: Season 1 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Lifetime

Monday, Apr. 24
Gotham: Season 3 (2016) 74% 8 p.m., Fox (returning)

Genius

Tuesday, Apr. 25
Genius: Einstein (2017) 84% 9 p.m., National Geographic
Great News: Season 1 (2017) 76% 9 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Apr. 26
The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (2017) 94% Hulu
Gomorrah: Season 2 (2016) 80% 10 p.m., Sundance

Thursday, Apr. 27
The President Show: Season 1 (2017) 67% 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Apr. 28
Casting JonBenét (2017) 82% Netflix
Dear White People: Season 1 (2017) 95% Netflix
Catastrophe: Season 3 (2017) 100% Amazon
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., ABC

American Gods

Sunday, Apr. 30
American Gods: Season 1 (2017) 92% 9 p.m., Starz

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May


Monday, May 1
Lucifer: Season 2 (2016) 100% 9 p.m., Fox (returning)

Friday, May 5
Sense8: Season 2 (2016) 93% Netflix

Monday, May 8
Southern Charm Savannah: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., Bravo

Friday, May 12
Anne With an E: Season 1 (2017) 83% Netflix
I Love Dick: Season 1 (2017) 87% Amazon
Master of None: Season 2 (2017) 100% Netflix

Sunday, May 14
Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season 3 (2017) 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network

Monday, May 15
Decline and Fall: Season 1 () 91% Acorn
Year Million: Season 1 (2017)  9 p.m., Nat Geo

Tuesday, May 16
Born This Way: Season 3 (2017) 9 p.m., A&E

Wednesday, May 17
I Am Heath Ledger (2017) 86% Netflix
Downward Dog: Season 1 (2017) 85% 9:30 ABC

Friday, May 19
The Keepers: Miniseries () 97% Netflix
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3 (2017) 97% Netflix
12 Monkeys: Season 3 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., SyFY

Sunday, May 21
Dark Angel (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
The Return: The Return (2017) 94% 9 p.m., Showtime

Casual

Tuesday, May 23
Casual: Season 3 (2017) 100% Hulu

Wednesday, May 24
Dirty Dancing (2017) 19% 8 p.m., ABC

Love Connection

Thursday, May 25
Love Connection: Season 1 (2017) 8 p.m., FOX
Beat Shazam: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., FOX

Friday, May 26
Gap Year: Season 1 (2017) Hulu
Bloodline: Season 3 (2017) 53% Netflix

Monday, May 29
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., A&E
Whose Line is it Anyway?: Season 5 (2017) 9 p.m., CW
Still Star-Crossed: Season 1 (2017) 52% 10 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, May 30
F Is for Family: Season 2 (2017) 89% Netflix
House of Cards: Season 5 (2017) 72% Netflix
Animal Kingdom: Season 2 (2017) 80% 9 p.m., TNT
Fear Factor: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., MTV
World of Dance: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, May 31
() % 8 p.m., DirecTV
MasterChef: Season 8 (2017) 8 p.m., FOX
The Carmichael Show: Season 3 (2017) 89% 9 p.m., NBC
The F Word With Gordon Ramsay: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., FOX

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June


Thursday, June 1
Nashville: Season 5 (2017) 86% 9 p.m., CMT (returning)

Friday, June 2
Flaked: Season 2 (2017) Netflix
Long Strange Trip: Season 1 (2017) Amazon

Sunday, June 4
Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly: Season 1 (2017) 7 p.m., NBC
Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 (2017) 84% 9 p.m., AMC
I'm Dying Up Here: Season 1 (2017) 51% 10 p.m., Showtime

Monday, June 5
Shadowhunters: Season 2 (2017) 86% 8 p.m., Freeform (returning)
Stitchers: Season 3 (2017) 9 p.m., Freeform

Wednesday, June 7
Nightcap: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., POP

Thursday, June 8
Queen of the South: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., USA

Friday, June 9
Orange Is the New Black: Season 5 (2017) 71% Netflix
Dark Matter: Season 3 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., SyFy
Wynonna Earp: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., SyFy

Orphan Black

Saturday, June 10
Idiotsitter: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., Comedy Central
Orphan Black: Season 5 (2017) 95% 10 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, June 11
American Grit: Season 1 (2016) 63% 9 p.m., FOX
Claws: Season 1 (2017) 82% 9 p.m., TNT

Monday, June 12
So You Think You Can Dance: Season 14 (2017) 8 p.m., FOX
Superhuman: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., FOX

Tuesday, June 13
Face Off: Season 12 (2017) 9 p.m., SyFy

Wednesday, June 14
Blood Drive: Season 1 (2017) 76% 10 p.m., SyFy

Thursday, June 15
The Tunnel: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS

Friday, June 16
The Ranch: Season 2 (2016) 67% Netflix
Cardinal: Season 1 (2017) 89% Hulu

Sunday, June 18
Grantchester: Season 3 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS

Tuesday, June 20
Queen Sugar: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., OWN
Wrecked: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., TBS

Thursday, June 22
The Mist: Season 1 (2017) 60% 10 p.m., Spike
The Night Shift: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC

Glow

Friday, June 23
Free Reign: Season 1 (2017) Netflix
GLOW: Season 1 (2017) 94% Netflix
Playing House: Season 3 (2017) 100% 11 p.m., USA

Sunday, June 25
Power: Season 4 (2017) Starz
Preacher: Season 2 (2017) 91% 9 p.m., AMC
Prime Suspect: Tennison: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., PBS

Wednesday, June 28
Okja (2017) 86% Netflix
Cleverman: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., Sundance
Younger: Season 3 (2016) 100% 10 p.m., TV Land

Thursday, June 29
Big Brother Season 19 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
Zoo: Season 3 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, June 30
Gypsy: Season 1 (2017) 40% Netflix
Killjoys: Season 3 (2017) 8 p.m., SyFy
Masters of Illusion: Season 4 (2017) 8 p.m., CW

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July


Wednesday, Jul. 5
Snowfall: Season 1 (2017) 62% FX 10 p.m., FX

Friday, Jul. 7
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4 (2017) Netflix

Sunday, Jul. 9
Candy Crush: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
The Defiant Ones: Miniseries (2017) 100% 9 p.m., HBO
() 10 p.m., Spike

Monday, Jul. 10
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Season 4 (2017)  8 p.m., CW
() % 9 p.m., TNT

Tuesday, Jul. 11
The Fosters: Season 5 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., Freeform
The Bold Type: Season 1 (2017) 93%, 9 p.m., Freeform
Still The King: Season 2 (2017) , 10 p.m., CMT
() %, 10:30 p.m., Fuse

Wednesday, Jul. 12
Salvation: Season 1 (2017) 45% 9 p.m., CBS
Suits: Season 7 (2017) 93%, 9 p.m., USA
I'm Sorry: Season 1 (2017) 75% 10 p.m., TruTV
Odd Mom Out: Season 3 (2017) 10 p.m., Bravo

Thursday, Jul. 13
Hooten and the Lady: Miniseries (2016) 75% 9 p.m., CW
Season 6, Season 6, Episode 1: "" 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Jul. 14
Friends From College: Season 1 (2017) 26% Netflix

Game of Thrones - season 7 - Kit Harington as Jon Snow (Helen Sloan/HBO)

Sunday, Jul. 16
Game of Thrones: Season 7 (2017) 93% HBO
The Strain: Season 4 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., FX

Monday, Jul. 17
Loaded: Season 1 (2017) 60% 10 p.m., AMC

Tuesday, Jul. 18
Shooter: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., USA
Being Mary Jane: Season 4 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., BET

Friday, Jul. 21
() 8 p.m., ABC, Disney, DXD, Freeform, Lifetime
Last Chance U: EMCC: Part 2 (2017) 100% Netflix
Ozark: Season 1 (2017) 70% Netflix
Raven’s Home (2017) 10 p.m., Disney Channel

Saturday, Jul. 22
Cold Justice: Season 4 (2017) 8 p.m., Oxygen
() % 11 p.m., SyFy

Sunday, Jul. 23
Ballers: Season 3 (2017) 67% 10 p.m., HBO
Insecure: Season 2 (2017) 98% 10:30 p.m., HBO
Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White (2017) 8 p.m., Discovery

Midnight, Texas

Monday, Jul. 24
Midnight, Texas: Season 1 (2017) 61% 10 p.m., NBC
Somewhere Between: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., ABC
People of Earth: Season 2 (2017) 10:30 p.m., TBS

Friday, Jul. 28
The Last Tycoon: Season 1 (2016) 45% Amazon
Room 104: Season 1 (2017) 87% 11:30 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Jul. 30
Top Gear America: Season 1 (2017) 8 p.m., BBC America
Teen Wolf: Season 6 (2016) 83% 8 p.m., MTV
Rick and Morty: Season 3 (2017) 96% Cartoon Network

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August


Tuesday, Aug. 1
Manhunt: Unabomber (2017) 9 p.m., Discovery

Wednesday, Aug. 2
The Lowe Files (2017) 10 p.m., A&E
The Sinner: Season 1 (2017) 90% 10 p.m., USA

Thursday, Aug. 3
The Guest Book: Season 1 (2017) 64% 10 p.m., TBS
What Would Diplo Do? (2017) 10 p.m., Viceland

Friday, Aug. 4
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1 (2017) Netflix

Sunday, Aug. 6
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) 30% 8 p.m., Syfy
Ray Donovan: Season 5 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., Showtime
Life of Kylie (2017) 9 p.m., E!

Tuesday, Aug. 8
Difficult People: Season 3 (2017) 100% Hulu

Wednesday, Aug. 9
Mr. Mercedes (2017) 8 p.m., Audience Network

Thursday, Aug. 10
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., NBC

Friday, Aug. 11
Atypical: Season 1 (2017) 74% Netflix

Sunday, Aug. 13
Get Shorty: Season 1 (2017) 78% 10 p.m., Epix

Monday, Aug. 14
Bachelor in Paradise: Season 4 (2017) 33% 8 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, Aug. 15
Greenleaf: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., OWN

Wednesday, Aug. 16
Marlon: Season 1 (2017) 50% 9 p.m., NBC

Friday, Aug. 18
Marvel - The Defenders: Season 1 (2017) 78% Netflix

Saturday, Aug. 19
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., AMC

Sunday, Aug. 20
Endeavour: Season 4 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
The Last Ship: Season 4 (2017) 9 p.m., TNT
Episodes: Season 5 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Showtime
Survivor's Remorse: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., Starz
Dice: Season 2 (2017) 10:30 p.m., Showtime

Thursday, Aug. 24
Party Boat (2017) Crackle

Friday, Aug. 25
Disjointed: Season 1 (2017) 19% Netflix
The Tick: Season 1 (2016) 90% Amazon
Death Note (2017) 38% Netflix

Sunday, Aug. 27
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() 9 p.m., Smithsonian

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This week at the movies, we have miniature woodland critters with the blues (Smurfs: The Lost Village, featuring the voices of Demi Lovato and Rainn Wilson), retirees with an axe to grind (Going in Style, starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin), and a married couple at a religious crossroads (The Case for Christ, starring Mike Vogel and Erika Christensen). What are the critics saying?


Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) 40%


At this point, there are no surprises with the Smurfs — you’re either on board with the little blue creatures debuted by Belgian artist Peyo in 1958 or you find their antics insufferable, and never the twain shall meet. With that in mind, it’s worth noting that this weekend’s Smurfs: The Lost Village represents something of a departure from recent installments in the franchise, given that it’s an all-animation outing instead of the live-action/CGI hybrids of the previous trilogy, but the story remains substantially the same. On one side of the story, you’ve got the Smurfs happily smurfing along; on the other, you have their eternal nemesis, the wicked wizard Gargamel (voiced by Rainn Wilson). This adventure adds a few new narrative wrinkles, but as has been the case with recent Smurfs outings, critics aren’t impressed — whether it’s the rather mundane story or the middle-of-the-road animation, reviews identify no shortage of deficiencies for discerning family audiences. The next time you’re in urgent need of a cinematic babysitter, it might do in a pinch, but this Lost Village probably isn’t worth finding at a theater near you.


Going in Style (2017) 47%


If a movie offers a brilliant cast a too-rare opportunity to shine — but still ends up being somewhat less than compelling — should it still be celebrated on some level? That’s the question facing critics this weekend with Going in Style, which puts veteran talents Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Ann-Margaret back in the spotlight for a loose remake of the somewhat forgotten 1979 dramedy of the same name. Like the original, which starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg, the plot finds a trio of retirees plotting a robbery — but this time around, instead of just looking for one last adventure, our protagonists are righteously ticked off after being cheated out of their pensions by unscrupulous bankers. There’s an opportunity to justify this remake with a fresh timely perspective, in other words; alas, critics say director Zach Braff leaves it on the table — along with just about everything else that might have made the movie more than a painless passing diversion. That being said, the opportunity to watch these old pros work together might make Going in Style worth a watch… if only to let Hollywood know there’s still a demand for its stars’ services.


The Case for Christ (2017) 61%


An Easter-season dramatization of the real-life marital/spiritual crisis that engulfed journalist Lee Strobel after his wife experienced a religious awakening, The Case for Christ (starring Mike Vogel and Erika Christensen as the Strobels) purports to tell the tale of his unexpected journey upon setting out to debunk Christianity once and for all. We’d love to tell you what the critics have to say about all this, but unfortunately, the movie didn’t screen for them ahead of time — and you know what that means. Guess the Tomatometer!


What’s New on TV

Brockmire: Season 1 (2017) 94%

Brockmire insinuates itself as the series goes on, elevated by assured, compelling performances from Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet — and a raw humor all its own.


Prison Break: Season 5 (2017) 56%

Prison Break recaptures some of its old urgency in its return, but familiar faces and frenetic action aren’t enough to make up for a plot that manages to bore while beggaring belief.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Truman (2015) , about two old friends reconnecting under the specter of looming sadness, is Certified Fresh at 100 percent.
  • Alive and Kicking (2016) , a documentary look at the culture of swing dancing, is at 100 percent.
  • Your Name (2016) , an anime about two teens who suddenly swap bodies — and genders — is Certified Fresh at 97 percent.
  • Graduation (2016) , about a father’s progressively more complicated efforts to ensure a bright academic future for his daughter, is Certified Fresh at 96 percent.
  • Their Finest (2016) , about a woman pressed into service writing propaganda movies for Britain during World War II, is at 92 percent.
  • The Transfiguration (2016) , about two alienated teens who form a potentially fraught bond, is at 86 percent.
  • SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2016) , a documentary look at the life and career of photographer Mick Rock, is at 86 percent.
  • The Void (2016) , about the supernatural chaos that erupts after a policeman discovers a dying man and rushes him to treatment, is at 80 percent.
  • Colossal (2016) , writer-director Nacho Vigalondo‘s balancing act between monster movie and addiction drama, is Certified Fresh at 76 percent.
  • All These Sleepless Nights (2016) , about the complications that develop between two friends during their school years in Warsaw, is at 75 percent.
  • I Hate Myself 🙂 (2013) , a self-reflexive documentary examining director Joanna Arnow‘s life and filmmaking process itself, is at 60 percent.
  • Gifted (2017) , starring Chris Evans as a man whose guardianship of his niece is threatened by the attention attracted by her prodigious intellect, is at 57 percent.
  • Aftermath (2017) , starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a man struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of his wife and daughter, is at 40 percent.
  • The Ticket (2016) , starring Dan Stevens as a man whose life is upended in unexpected ways after he regains his eyesight, is at 39 percent.
  • Salt and Fire (2016) , a Werner Herzog drama about a hostage situation starring Michael Shannon and Gael García Bernal, is at 29 percent.
  • The Assignment (2016) , starring Michelle Rodriguez as a hitman who undergoes forced gender reassignment surgery at the hands of a vengeful doctor (Sigourney Weaver), is at 24 percent.
  • Mine (2016) , starring Armie Hammer as a soldier stranded alone in hostile territory after a mission goes violently awry, is at 19 percent.
  • Queen of the Desert (2015) , starring Nicole Kidman in a biopic about English explorer Gertrude Bell, is at 11 percent.

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