What To Watch: 04/30/2020

While this quarantine is the worst, there’s a couple of extra-specially delicious glasses of lemonade being made tonight as one of our all-time favorite shows comes back to life for one episode, as over on YouTube, the world’s two leading Sherlocks tell the tale of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.

Parks & Recreation [NBC, 8:30p]
It was a fictional flu way back in its third season that arguably set up a lot of the endgame of the beloved sitcom set in Pawnee, Indiana. The seeds for the Leslie-Ben, Ann-Chris, and Andy-April relationships were all pushed forward as half the gang was hospitalized, and it’s also the moment for many of us when we realized what a political force of nature was Leslie Knope — as an admiring Ben Wyatt puts it in the most beautiful moment in the nearest-to-perfect sitcom “that was a flu-ridden Michael Jordan in the ’97 playoffs…that was Kirk Gibson hobbling up to the plate and hitting a homer off Dennis Eckersley…that was…that was Leslie Knope!” It’s a very real outbreak that has reunited Knope & the Gang as all of them are now in quarantine in 2020, catching up with each other over Zoom.

National Theatre at Home: Frankenstein [YouTube]
A few years back Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, etc.) directed a stage production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. I always wanted to see it and now I – and you will finally get the chance thanks to YouTube. Watch now and learn.



  • If you haven’t exceeded your monthly allowance of “awwwrrs,” Council of Dads returns to NBC for its second episode of three grieving friends helping their pal’s widow raise her five kids.
  • Outback horror rules the day in the Australian import Wolf Creek which moves to Shudder domestically for its second season release that’s only roughly two years post when it was supposed to debut on Pop.
  • For our Netflix International Round-up, we’ve got for ya: from China, The Victims’ Game is a tempting thriller about a forensic detective with Aspberger’s coming out of retirement to try to solve a case revolving around his daughter, and from Japan, The Forest of Love: Deep Cut is a ripped (literally) from the headlines made by serial killer Futoshi Matsunaga.

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