What To Watch: 10/24/2021

It’s the return of the awkward at HBO today as both Issa Rae and Larry David’s shows return for their 5th and 11th seasons, respectfully. Otherwise, the dead keep walking, the Belchers keep flipping burgers, and life goes on.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Insecure [HBO, 10p]
HBO rules Sundays with the return of two heavy hitter shows – Curb Your Enthusiasm and this one. But it’s bittersweet as we are saying goodbye to Issa and co. with the start of their final season. Few questions remain, will Issa and Lawrence work things out in SF with the newest addition? (#teamlawrence) And in even more of a tragic break up, will Issa and Molly be able to make amends? Lastly, where is the infamous couch? I’ve enjoyed so much seeing the scope and characters of this show evolve from what was once a web series and go along for the ride. From secret white emails to becoming her own boss, watching Issa’s journey taught me some things about friendships and finding yourself. The glow up and grow up are real.

JASON’S PICK:
Curb Your Enthusiasm [HBO, 10:30p]
Last season ended in such a perfect crescendo of ten episodes’ worth of Larry’s foibles coming back to combine in a fitting unraveling of a finale that rivaled Seinfeld‘s fourth season ending (“there’s the wallet my dad thought he lost”). His spite store burned to the ground, leading to Mocha Joe becoming his (purposefully) loud neighbor, but all of that goes out the window as we start a new season with new cranky misadventures. Jon Hamm returns as himself, with other guest stars including Patton Oswalt, Albert Brooks, Bill Hader, and Tracey Ullman.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Bob’s Burgers [Fox, 9p]
Gene, who is only in…fourth grade? tries to “relive” his youth. You do you, Gene. 

BRAD’S PICK:
Fear the Walking Dead [AMC, 9p]
It sure looks like Strand has gone to the dark side after last week’s episode. Does he have an ultimate plan that we don’t know about? And what will happen if he runs into Alicia? What happens next is anyone’s guess. Fear still has surprises in store.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The synopsis for tonight’s episode of The Simpsons reads “Marge puts a hurtful word in Lisa’s brain” which sounds very unlike Marge Simpsons, so tune into Fox to find out. Over in The Great North (do you read this in the theme song’s voice also?), Wolf works extra to grant Beef a surprising item on his wish list. Thankfully, he does not have Joker Syndrome (see clip hyperlinked above). Also, Beef apparently just turned 40 which… how?!?!?!
  • Speaking of time’s arrow, two late-30-somethings most of us know as teens have a new hobby of ghost hunting. Discovery+’s Jack & Kelly Osbourne: Night of Terror finds Ozzy’s kids ready for frights as they stowaway on the possibly haunted Queen Mary cruise ship.
  • It’s a big Sunday for the LHV (Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex) as we’ve got new movies on both of those titans, along with a new Up movie that fits the bill. The Up one plays up the punnery as they put every Hallmark romantic trope into a blender for Eat, Drink & Be Married. Two months before the actual holiday, Hallmark is all-in on this Christmas thing with its fourth yuletide movie of this October weekend, The Santa Stakeout. Lifetime does have a movie, but it doesn’t sound like a Lifetime movie. The Fight That Never Ends is about a group of activists fighting to help their community and sounds like if it’s not too melodramatic, it could be good.

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