What To Watch: 01/20/2022

Our top two picks have one major thing in common–drinking, or more aptly the sober side of the wagon. One is a fictional dark comedy about a girl’s struggles to achieve sobriety, the other takes the format of a popular storytelling show featuring alcohol–but takes out the alcohol. The other two editor’s picks may or may not have booze in them, but you can see whiskey in the background of the trailer of one of them (at least for a millisecond).

FIONA’S PICK:
Single Drunk Female [Freeform, 10p]
A new comedy from Freeform about a 20-something woman struggling to maintain her sobriety after a public flame-out leads her to moving back into her mother’s house. I am really excited to see a show representing young sober people! 

JASON’S PICK:
True Story with Ed & Randall [Peacock]
Comic actors Ed Helms and Randall Park take the Drunk History formula, removing the inebriation and the professional storytellers element, but keeping the celebrity re-enactments as they interview randos with extraordinary stories. It sounds, well, nice… really nice! And having just binge-watched Yellowjackets (loving it, btw), I could use some nice, and maybe you can too.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
On the Job [HBO Max]
This true-crime miniseries from the Phillipines, adapted from the films On the Job and The Missing 8, is about a crime syndicate that temporarily releases inmates to carry out political assassinations. As a scary twist, the syndicates are run by elected officials. Yikes.

BRAD’S PICK:
Peacemaker [HBO Max]
Sasha’s been set up and is in jail. Not the safest place to be when vigilante comes looking for you. Or is it? As costumed antiheroes go he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. This latest DC series is a lot of fun and James Gunn is simply a genius–and that’s just referring to the opening credits.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Good news for all you members of the Tucci Gang–Stanley stars with The Wire‘s Clarke Peters in La Fortuna, a six-part series about the quest for sunken treasure on the always reliable AMC+.
  • Twin sisters separated at birth–each with a superpower–are reunited from their respective dimensions at the titular Supernatural Academy in a new animated Peacock show.
  • Energetic stand-up Moses Storm stands on a bizarre and chaotic stage for what would appear to be the comic actor’s debut comedy special on HBO Max, Moses Storm: Trash White.
  • It’s a Disney-style rom-com but on Netflix as in The Royal Treatment a Queens hairdresser is hired by a foreign prince and flown out to his home country to beautify him before his wedding–will sparks fly between the two? Does the 7 train end on Main Street in Flushing? It does.
  • A trio of country stars–Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, and Jack Ingram–preview their newest album in style with The Marfa Tapes on Paramount+.
  • The station formerly known as CBS All-Access also goes much darker with the Mexican import The Envoys about the disappearance of a religious leader and based on the trailer, supernatural forces are afoot.
  • If you want to feed the need for nostalgia in your inner child, there’s the latest iteration of the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes Cartoons is back for a third season tonight on HBO Max.
  • One of the masters of the progressive politics deep dive returns for her seventh season of snark on TBS with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. By the way, her fellow Daily Show alum–arguably the originator of this format–released the trailer for his ninth season on HBO today.
  • We’ll close the book on this Thursday with the latest (at least in name) real estate show from Discovery+. Selling the Hamptons hits the streaming service today.

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