What To Watch: 07/12/2022

July used to be a dead zone of new television, but in peak TV, it’s the time to bring back many critical favorites, and it’s two Scholars favorites in a row. It’s a three bars kind of day as all our recommendations go to Taiki Watiti & Jermaine Clement’s vampire show. Our post-post-centernarians, Nadja, Laszlo, Nandor, plus Guillermo, and little baby Colin Robinson return to their Staten Island dwelling for another go around of divine ridiculousness. And, clearly, we’re here for it.

What We Do in the Shadows [FX, 10p]
I’ve been hooked on this concept since the 2014 movie which spawned this demented comedy, and now that we have baby energy vampire Colin Robinson, I’m more excited to see the Staten Island vampires return as ever. 

What We Do in the Shadows [FX, 10p]
Those lovable moronic vampires from Staten Island are back for season 4. Taika Waititi is involved so of course it’s worth watching, but let us not forget the incomparable Matt Berry. See what all your hipster friends are raving about. If you don’t know now you know.

What We Do in the Shadows [FX, 10p]
The most powerful vampires (in the tristate area) are back for season four, and they’re returning to Staten Island—and Baby Colin Robinson! 


  • Arguably the most likeable among his set of comics (bro stand-ups), certainly the funniest, Bostonian Bill Burr returns for his, I don’t know, 20th stand-up special. Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks hits Netflix today with all the cutting, devil-may-care humor you’ve come to expect from Burr.
  • Call it Cash Cab meets Heavy Metal Parking Lot, the new AXS game show Parking Lot Payday sets Zack Selwyn loose on a bunch of music fans pre-gaming for concerts to ask them questions about their favorite bands with the potential for said fans to win money. The bands named in the trailer lean towards the harder edge of alternative rock.
  • My Daughter’s Killer sounds like it should be on Lifetime, but nope, it’s actually a French documentary made for Netflix chronicling a father seeking justice for his murdered daughter.
  • A dream team of author Michael Pollan and documentarian Alex Gibney combine to examine the real effects of psychotropic drugs in How To Change Your Mind. The Netflix docu-series intends to debunk many of the myths of danger and chaos associated with them.
  • The HBO docu-series Edge of the Earth hits upon a different sort of mind-altering experience, chronicling the motives and experiences of extreme athletes–asking the question of whether the thrill is the worth the risk (at least that’s the plan).
  • Our final chapter in this set of docu-series goes into a fictional space universe that certainly changed the mindset for the large group of people whose first exposure to epic filmmaking was either the 1977 classic Star Wars or one of its many prequels and sequels over the last (almost) half century. Icons Unearthed airs on VICE (which kinda makes sense if you think about it–or even if you don’t).

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