What To Watch: 02/15/2022

Our recommendations today range from a documentary about one of the richest men in America to a sitcom about a money-strapped school and the eager teacher who wants to make the best for all her students. Oh, and there’s also an android love story based on Japanese manga.

JASON’S PICK:
Icahn: The Restless Billionaire [HBO, 9p]
One way or another, this is bound to make me very angry, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Carl Icahn is a fascinating figure. Like Warren Buffett, he questions a society that makes Wall Streeters billionaires, but then he’s also proven to be one of the most ruthless corporate raiders. Is his “activism” (as he calls it) an act, or is he genuinely proving a point and as his wife puts it is “not driven by money.” Either way, it should have some fun shots of NYC in the mid-20th Century.

BRAD’S PICK:
AI Love You [Netflix]
An AI program falls in love with a real woman. So, of course it escapes the virtual world and into the body of a man. His next mission? Make her fall in love with him. Kind of a Weird Science if it was charming and Japanese And not American and cringe-y.

FIONA’S PICK:
Abbott Elementary [ABC, 9p]
Last week Barbara and Jacob started a vegetable garden, Janine navigated the difficulties of working with an old friend and gained Melissa’s respect. This week we’re going to learn a little more about Jacob’s personal life.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Like most star YouTubers, David Dobrik can be polarizing. While he has completed feats of generosity, he also has faced accusations of being too tough a taskmaster and of racial insensitivity, while his team of pranksters have been accused of sexual assault. Of course, Discovering David Dobrik (on Discovery+, where else) focuses on the former (at least in the trailer) along with his attempts to become an American citizen (he is an immigrant and a DACA recipient). In any case, while many of his antics can be silly, he’s still a compelling story.
  • Rapper/actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges feels the opposite from Martin Yan when it comes to culinary skills–or at least this is the case based on the title of his Discovery+ show Luda Can’t Cook. In its second season, he continues to try to up his food game in many of his favorite cuisines, which this season will include at least Korean and Cuban, by meeting with top chefs and presumably moving at the same time they are moving (just like that!).
  • If you’re looking for something to plunk your (young) kids in front of, you could do worse than Netflix’s Ridley Jones, a fun-looking animated adventure tale. At one point they apparently save baby sloths. You know you kinda want to see that even if you don’t have kids.

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