What To Watch: 05/17/2019

Fridays were made for all different kinds of awkward, and three out of four certainly display that in simple ways, from Phoebe Waller Bridge’s dark heroine to an angry guy who loves his small dog to the classic fighter pilot who can’t believe it’s codified that the fact he’s crazy makes him more useful to the military.


Fleabag [Amazon Prime]
After a three-year hiatus, our British comedic heroine is back with the second and last season of Fleabag. The sophomore season promises to take the wit and agony that we’ve grown to love and make it even BETTER. Fleabag’s world is completely imploding with changes — from her sister’s marriage troubles to her dad taking the next step in his relationship with her godmother. How will she deal?? With sex for sure! This time with a Roman Catholic priest, which will be fodder for more moral dilemmas to ensue throughout the season. I can’t wait!

Live From Lincoln Center [PBS, 9p]
Annaleigh Ashford, known for her roles in “Sunday in the Park With George,” “Kinky Boots” and “You Can’t Take It With You,” performs live tonight!

Catch-22 [Hulu]
Joseph Heller’s classic 1961 novel about the absurdity of combat spawned a popular logical construct, a 1970 movie, a 1973 pilot with Richard Dreyfuss, a play, and now a mini-series with George Clooney’s and Kyle Chandler. It’s intrigue speaks for itself, but I recommend it too.



  • What do Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Jake Gyllenhaal, our editor Jason, and Malcolm, the irritable Bushwick, Brooklyn dwelling human lead of the quirky new Netflix series It’s Bruno! have in common? Puggles. In the last case, the titular Bruno is Malcolm’s beloved puggle pup!
  • Twice as close to now as ABC’s 1969 and set in Mexico, the Netflix series 1994 looks at another year of revolution.
  • PBS’ American Masters pays tribute to the late Robert Shaw — and while as screen aficionados we instantly thought of the author/actor who played Capt. Quint and many other classic characters before dying too young, but they are looking at the 20th Century classical composer. Either might have made sense.
  • That pair of delights known as actress/comedian Nicole Byer and chocolatier Jacques Torres (as those are their names and professions) return for a third season of the ridiculous but thoroughly enjoyable Netflix baking competition parody Nailed It! 

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