What To Watch: 10/04/2021

It’s a relatively quiet Monday as we continue to shake off the minor-key insanity of Fall Season–even at a diminished level, it’s still a busy time. However, we do have the final return of a critically acclaimed Netflix series and the debut of a new and exciting kids show from an unlikely source, but that source will be a welcome breath of nostalgia for anyone between 0 and 60 who grew up on a certain Children’s Television Workshop show.

NAVANI’S PICK:
On My Block [Netflix]
The long awaited return to the block is finally here in the fourth and final season. This season kicks off two years after we left the quartet in season 3, with everyone respectively going their separate ways. Monse promised nothing would change as she headed off to the fancy boarding school but how realistic is that. Famous last words, amirite? A secret from their past is unburied and reunites the dream team one more time for some shenanigans (and hopefully more cameos from abuela and Gary the gnome). While this is bittersweet because it’s the last we’ll see of Monse, Jamal, Cesar and Ruby together it’s not the last we’ll hear of Freeridge, Netflix announced a new spin-off in development that follows a female crew in the same fictional California city. The possibilities for colliding worlds in this multiverse are endless!

NAVANI’S OTHER PICK:
Alma’s Way [PBS Kids]
Created by Sonia Manzano (Maria from Sesame Street), this animated show follows 6-year-old Alma and her Puerto Rican family in the Bronx as she solves problems and flexes her critical thinking skills in everyday life. Situations like helping mami make mofongo, or deciding whether she can go to the baseball game with her abuelo. Swoon. Heart eyes emoji. This is the cartoon I wish existed when I was that age. 

JASON’S PICK:
Good Grief [IFC, 12a]
This farcical take on the Six Feet Under concept has “debuted” in our feature here before when it dropped on streaming on Sundance Now last week, but now that it’s coming to traditional TV on a slow day, I figured why not give it a call out as it looks funny, if a bit slight. Two mismatched sisters inherit a funeral home from their grandfather and wackiness ensues, and New Zealand–where it’s from–does have a good track record for farce in the recent decade+, although most of it has involved Jermaine Clement and/or Taiki Watiti. 

FIONA’S PICK:
The L Word: Generation Q [Showtime, 9p]
It’s prom night! Baby Angie is all grown up and going to prom with Jordie. Bette and Pipa are protesting outside of the CAC (hopefully without any arrests this time), Finley is missing, Dani is stressed about her father’s hearing and Gigi continues to be utterly unflappable. 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The tattoo artist family from the Windy City notch a seventh season on their fashionable designer belt as they bicker, carouse, and maybe even apply some ink on some locals known and lesser known. Black Ink Crew: Chicago returns on BET today.
  • It’s the third week for a bunch of network shows, but let’s focus on Fox’s The Big Leap which is a fun little program about the behind-the-scenes at a dance reality competition. Its third episode has them going on a road (well, air) trip to Chicago (hmmm, we know a place where they can get tattoos while they’re there). Oh, and on CBS’s Bob Hearts Abishola, Bob still hearts Abishola.

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