What To Watch: 02/15/2021

It’s our first President’s Day since 2016 that didn’t make us slightly ill at the remembrance of who’s in the White House, and TV programmers must be feeling the same way as they’re clearly too busy raising a glass to put out very many new shows tonight. But here’s what we’ve got for suggestions…

JASON’S PICK:
The Crew [Netflix}
This could go either way, and the combo of Kevin James and NASCAR and laugh-track comedy does whatever the opposite of pushing all the right buttons is for me, but, hey, you never know. It does look better than The Ranch and James at his best can be one of the funnier people out there.

BRAD’S PICK:
Black Lightning [The CW, 9p]
Jefferson is still in mourning, while meanwhile the war between the 100 and the Kobra Cartel continues to build on one of the CW’s best-written superhero shows. 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The train with all of society’s class levels continues to circle the world, round and round, on the TNT show Snowpiercer (based on the 2014 cult hit movie). This week, some of the crew is granted “shore leave”–which is something that would not have seemed possible in the movie’s universe, but guess that’s another reason (beyond an excellent cast including Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connolly) to give this show a go.
  • Could someone at the 1952 coronation of Queen Elizabeth have imagined that in 2021, both she and her husband would still be going strong. The 99-year-old “first husband” of royalty gets read by Acorn TV in the documentary The Real Prince Philip–but we’re guessing it will be a mild read.
  • The lit for the new Discovery+ “documentary” Aliens in Alaska notes the high incidence of UFO sightings in the Last Frontier State and asks “Why are these otherworldly visitors drawn to America’s last frontier?” We’re gonna go with it having something to do with vast tracts of land, drawn out days of cold weather, inconsistent periods of light and dark, and (mostly) the high rate of alcohol consumption in the state. Perhaps we’re cynical. Prove us wrong, silent bob23252!

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