What To Watch: 05/23/2021

It’s an all-hands-on-deck kind of Sunday as every editor has a pick and there’s still three or four other shows we’re heartbroken we cannot recommend (we care a lot!), but those will also be below anyway, so ultimately that doesn’t matter anyway. Where were we? Ah, right, the important thing to remember is we tied an onion to our belt–which was the style at the time–oh, also, tonight’s shows!

Flatbush Misdemeanors [Showtime, 10:30p]
In this new comedy series, aspiring comedians and friends Kevin and Dan navigate life in their new neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. Despite the challenges of trying to “make it” in NYC they are confronted with other unforeseen obstacles like hipsters and rising gentrification. It feels a lot to me like the male version of Broad City, we shall see.

Duncanville [Fox, 8:30p]
Tuning into The Great North and Bless the Harts reminded me how much I missed Duncanville, Amy Poehler’s animated series about a family in Massachusetts. Duncan returns to primetime tonight, with a Parks & Rec reunion–and two episodes–but will air on Mondays at 9:30 p.m. starting the 31st.

Master of None [Netflix]
Whatever you think about Aziz Ansari, this third season of what has been a consistently smart and engaging show and one of our site’s favorites up until now isn’t really about him (although he does direct and co-write all the episodes). This season tracks his collaborator Lena Waithe’s Denise character as she strives for lasting love while battling self-sabotage and other obstacles in London with new wife Alicia, played by Naomi Ackie.

The Bleepin’ Robot Chicken Archie Special [Adult Swim, 12a]
You had it coming Archie! Robot Chicken delivers a new special today – and this one focuses on everyone’s favorite fictional small (murder) town. I’m sure we will get a lot of satire of the wholesome Archie comics, but it’s the skits focusing on the CW show that I’m really looking forward to. And I d be totally ok if they squeezed Seth McFarlane’s Emperor Palpatine in somehow.

Pose [FX, 9p]
The wedding festivities have begun! Elektra wants to pay for a dream wedding (with money laundering?). Angel looks stunning in a wedding dress and Papi has some news.


  • One of television’s most unpredictable (and often also funniest) shows, Black Monday, returns for a third season with a time jump into the 1990s–many current shows seem to be converging there, watch this space for an article about how they use music. The Showtime show’s “heroes” are away from Wall St., mostly not by choice, but forces will keep dragging them back together. It boasts a cast of Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Andrew Rannels, Casey Wilson, and Paul Scheer so even though we couldn’t fit it into recommendations, know that if you are not watching it, we will be judging you–hard!
  • Also on Showtime, it’s a big week for Lena Waithe as in addition to her taking the lead role for the third season of MoN (see Jason’s pick), her own show, The Chi, returns for a fourth season. This year starts ripped from the headlines and mighty real as three young friends have to deal with the aftermath of an act of police brutality.
  • After nine years away, the HBO series In Treatment returns, with Emmy award-winning actress Uzo Aduba (as Brooke) taking the place of Gabriel Byrne in the psychiatrist’s upright seat for its fourth season. Patients include Anthony Ramos, John Benjamin Hickey, and Quintessa Swindell. Joel Kinnaman is Brooke’s erstwhile boyfriend.
  • While cars will always be a tad provocative, The Cars That Made The World is distinctly history. It’s an interesting choice these days for the History Channel, but we’ll see how long that lasts.
  • After a Foxx-y Saturday, Reelz goes back to looking behind the music (hm, that should be its own show), this time highlighting the Wilson sisters from Seattle, Ann and Nancy and their ’70s rock and ’80s pop (and ’90s whatever “All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You” was). It’s Heart: Behind the Band.
  • From the backstage BTS to the Korean boy band BTS, the seven pop idols who have had remarkable staying power are the centerpiece of the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, airing tonight on NBC. If you are wondering why they have said staying power, here’s a hint: they’re better than you might think. They will be performing “Butter.”
  • The folks at Science Channel debut a new series searching for a trove of biblical artifacts and hopefully do not have their faces burned off with Secrets of the Lost Ark. Come to think of it, we’d probably have heard of that incident by now.
  • Even the Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex is full up tonight. We can start off over at Oxygen where Snapped: Killer Couples returns for another season. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries gives us another dose of the team that gives bright daybreak news and uncovers murderers by night (and probably day as well) with Morning Show Mysteries: Murder Ever After. Finally, Lifetime gives us A Mother’s Lie which could be about just about anything but is actually about a woman named Katherine (not our Katherine) who must convince her socialite mother Joyce to reveal a secret to save her own children.

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