It’s incredible how much heat there is behind Chernobyl as a series right now. It seems like my Twitter feed has just lit up with people watching it. Meanwhile, I’m currently obsessing over the BBC drama Years and Years which is the most frightening TV show I’ve seen in years - set in the near future, it is striking just too close to every fear I have about where the world is going.
I’m also rewatching 30 Rock, which surprisingly holds up exceedingly well. A handful of references aside…
But here’s what is worth considering for your weekend viewing:
NEW & RETURNING
These are the notable new and returning shows that aired this week - meaning you can go right ahead and stream them now…
Returning Shows: Vida (s2), Animal Kingdom (s4), Wentworth (s7), Private Eyes (s3), Archer (s10), My Next Guest Needs No Introduction… (s2)
When They See Us - Netflix (US)
Stars: Jovan Adepo, Reginald L. Barnes, Asante Blackk
Created, written and directed by Ava DuVernay, this series exposes the breakdown of the U.S. criminal justice system during the Central Park Five case.
How To Sell Drugs Online: Fast - Netflix (Germany)
Stars: Lena Klenke
To win back the love of his life, a high school student and his best friend launch Europe's largest online drug business from their teenage bedroom.
The Hot Zone - Nat Geo (US)
Stars: Julianna Margulies, Liam Cunningham, James D'Arcy, Noah Emmerich, Topher Grace
Based on the eponymous international bestseller by Richard Preston, The Hot Zone recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appears in chimpanzees in a scientific lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. -- a stone's throw away from the White House -- there is no known cure. A heroic U.S. Army veterinarian, working with a secret military SWAT team, puts herself in mortal peril when she tries to head off the outbreak before it spreads to the human population. The Hot Zone is a dramatic, hair-raising account of a rare and lethal virus and its impact on the human race.
The Inbetween - NBC (US)
Stars: Harriet Dyer, Paul Blackthorne, Justin Cornwell
A woman who assists the dead with their unresolved problems helps detectives solve murder cases.
Good Omens - Amazon Prime Video (US)
Stars: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Frances McDormand
A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.
[ Watch now - Amazon Prime Video ]
You can, of course, get more weekly TV recommendations via the Always Be Watching podcast. This week Dan & Chris discuss: Chernobyl, LEGO Masters (the finale), Catch 22, and High Maintenance.