Every Monday and Friday Margaret offers very specific viewing recommendations in our Watching newsletter. Read his latest picks below, and subscribe to the Watching newsletter here.
This weekend I have… half an hour, and I want a smart comedy
“ Solar opposites ”
When to watch: Now on Hulu.
The first season of “Solar Opposites” was wild and funny and fast-paced, a clear cousin of “Rick and Morty” (the shows share a co-creator, Justin Roiland). Season 2, released last month, is even funnier and faster, and bolder too. The series follows a group of trapped aliens on Earth and contains a ton of obscene and juvenile humor. It also contains a subplot about shrunken humans who have established their own renegade society inside a wall, and I care more about these characters than anything that happened on “The Walking Dead.” “. If you want something mean and awesome check this out.
… Two hours, and the family first
When to watch: Sunday at 10 p.m., on FX.
The season premiere of this magnificent drama takes place on the day of OJ Simpson’s Bronco chase, a disturbing detail that adds to the sense of liminality as the series enters its final season. It’s 1994 and everything seems, in one way or another, even more fragile than before: House of Evangelista is a shell of its old self, the AIDS pandemic is raging and Pray Tell and Angel have developed unhealthy coping mechanisms to cope with their anxiety. Because “Pose” often features new characters who know less about the ballroom stage and the world at large than our heroes and heroines, you can just jump in and start watching now – it’s all explained.
… Four hours, and I need a little perspective
‘Secrets of the Whales’
When to watch: Now on Disney +.
Nature documents are always a good way to press a mental reset button – what’s the Twitter drama for an aquatic beast? – and this miniseries has a particularly hypnotic and satisfying combination of amazing footage, fascinating information, and artful writing. (Sigourney Weaver as the narrator doesn’t hurt either.) Episode 1 is about orcs; Episode 2, humpback whales; Episode 3, belugas and narwhals; and episode 4, the sperm whales; each episode focuses on the “culture” of whales, the way animals communicate, collaborate and care for their young. If you want to remember how big the world is, how mysterious and surprising it is, how weird and wonderful it is, how small you are but in a good way, look at this.