How much viewing time do you have this weekend?
This weekend I have… one hour, and I like British broadcasts.
When to watch: Now on Acorn TV.
If you like “Call the Midwife”, the recent version of “The Durrells in Corfu”, the current version of “All Creatures Great and Small” or the human parts of “Babe”, check out this endearing comedy-drama. Based on the novel “The Darling Buds of May” by HE Bates, the show is set in 1958 and follows the eccentric Larkin family: Ma and Pop (Joanna Scanlan and Bradley Walsh) and their six children. Everything is very soft and bucolic, full of saturated colors and high waisted pants, with storylines that boil down to telling local snobs to stuff it. Yes, a handsome stranger arrives by bike. The first two episodes are available now, with the rest arriving weekly, Mondays.
… a few hours, and I was a kid in 1988.
“Saturday Morning All Star Hits!”
When to watch: Now on Netflix.
Kyle Mooney co-created and stars in this weird, silly series that falls somewhere between the Christmas special “BoJack Horseman” and “Documentary Now!” The show parodies cartoons from the 80s and 90s – “Thundercats”, “Care Bears” – and their wacky programming blocks. But it also veers into darker territory, ultimately encompassing a tense sibling rivalry, a missing persons tabloid case, and moral panic about kids saying “shut up.” Mooney’s signature flat effect helps some of the more distinctive elements squeeze in, and the aesthetic details of the series are stunning.
… A few hours, and I should learn how to turn.
“In Search of Magic Mike”
When to watch: Now on HBO Max.
This new reality show follows regular dudes competing for $ 100,000. None of the men are professional exotic dancers, and each has apparently lost some of their “magic”; the show claims that learning the types of movements seen in “Magic Mike” will help them get it back. They learn the choreography, practice the lap-dances and gain confidence, and the atmosphere is upbeat and surprisingly healthy. It also offers an interesting look at societal attitudes toward straight male sex work and what those attitudes say about sex and gender in general, although I don’t think the show would describe it in those terms. If you like “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” or the first season of “Floribama Shore” try this.