What To Watch: 06/17/2020

There’s two major new shows today — both on streaming — one fluffy, one coming-of-age. The former is a vehicle for one of today’s popular comedians, while the latter is a TV show based on a popular movie about a gay teenager trying to navigate his surroundings while keeping his secret for now. One of them makes our recommendations, the other does not. There’s also other options.

JASON’S PICK:
Love, Victor [Hulu]
Call it a sequel to the 2018 film Love, Simon — and it’s narrated by the titular Simon (voiced by original actor Nick Robinson) — in this series, Victor (Michael Cimino) moves to Creekwood. The move is adjustment enough, but he’s also still developing his sexual identity. A plus, Victor’s mom is played by the excellent Ana Ortiz (who you may recall as Ugly Betty’s older sister Hilda) and there’s some excellent guest stars including Natasha Rothwell (also in the movie) and Ali Wong.

BRAD’S PICK:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [ABC, 10p]
Coulson learns the importance of July 22, 1955, as the agents continue their adventures through time. This season has been pretty adept at injecting humor into the Marvel big bangs.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • Gabriel Iglesias has proven himself as one of the funniest, and most lucrative standups, but the last time we saw him, he was lecherously fawning over Cristela Alonso as he dragged down the latter’s otherwise promising show. Granted, his fame also likely helped get the show produced. His long-awaited starring role has the comedian nicknamed Fluffy as pretty much himself, but as a teacher, Mr. Iglesias. We’ll see how that goes.
  • Emily Graslie ambles around the country to various archaeological sites to expose fossils and other ancient discoveries around the world for PBS’ newest reality show Prehistoric Road Trip.
  • The CBS sports-themed game show Game On! featuring hosts Venus Williams and, sigh, Gronk, has barely skimmed our radar so far, but tonight the teams are filled out by comedian and Nailed It! host Nicole Byer and recovered Red Sox hero David “Big Papi” Ortiz, so we are here for it! Apologies to Jake Jarmel.

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