What To Watch: 09/16/2021

Mike Schur’s 99th police precinct in NYC’s coolest outer borough takes its last run tonight, as a Dan Brown thriller, a BJ Novak trainwreck, and a pair of animated series for different ages premiere.

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol [Peacock]
When the book of the same title came out, it was a sensation. It was the follow up to The Da Vinci Code, so expectations were high. But when the film adaptations began coming out, this one got overlooked–until now. Thanks Peacock. This time out Robert Langdon is played by Ashley Zuckerman and not Tom Hanks, but expect the same mystery and history lessons. It’s especially a must for those of you who like to learn while they watch their thrillers.

The Harper House [Paramount+]
Rhea Seehorn (best known as Kim Wexler on Better Call Saul) can do no wrong in my eyes and there has been a run of enjoyable–if not quite classic–adult animated comedies (DuncanvilleThe Great North, Bless the Harts), so I’m cautiously excited about this new  Paramount+ series where a struggling family moves into a historic house. It also boasts a hefty supporting cast including Gabourey Sibide, Tatiana Maslany, and Jason Lee.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine [NBC, 9p]
This whole season has been both a love letter to the Nine Nine and an introspection on policing as an institution. It is a difficult line to walk and I think that they have done a pretty remarkable job. I am not ready to say goodbye, but it is time. The series finale airs tonight! 

Tig N’ Seek [HBO Max]
I realize it’s odd to recommend a show that is clearly made for an audience too young to read this blog, but season three promises “more schemes, hijinks, and mischief than ever before” as eight-year-old detective Tig investigates mysteries and retrieves items from the lost and found (a noble cause, if ever there were one). If its precious animation looks familiar, that’s because creator (and voice of Tig) Myke Chilian wrote and served as an artist for both Uncle Grandpa and Rick and Morty. Also familiar, voices from Jemaine Clement and Wanda Sykes, who always delight the editors.


  • The cast, and, well, premise behind BJ Novak’s The Premise is intriguing but the early reviews and signs are less promising. In this anthology, a different social issue is explored each week from an odd angle through the eyes of a new character. It’s landed on Hulu.

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