Hey not sure what to watch this week on the small screen? No worries #SetTheVCR is here to help you make some of those decisions easier. Each week Sammy Younan and I will give you our picks for each day of the coming week. Please note – enjoyment NOT guaranteed.

Sure you have your old favourites on standby that never change. But maybe you are looking to freshen it up this week. If that’s the case then let us help you. All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.

I hope your nerd street credit is current: you’ll need it this week. The Flash, Deadly Class, Punisher, Star Trek and more. We even kick off the week with real nerds…a history of Silicon Valley.

Sunday, January 13

Valley of the Boom (9pm / Nat Geo) – A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars. I enjoyed Social Network as did many others so of course it was inevitable that similar stories would be mined from real life and told in spectacular Hollywood fashion. This 6 episode miniseries (stars a number of faces you’ll instantly recognize) covers the 1990s tech boom and bust. Emphasis on bust. (Sammy)

Bob’s Burgers (8:30pm / FOX) – The Belchers make it their mission to help Teddy get his dream girl, but Tina is convinced she’s found a better match for him. This can only end in disaster as Tina always, ALWAYS, screws love up – that girl can’t catch a break. Poor Teddy he is just looking for some love. We’ve all been there, don’t give me that crap that you haven’t had a bad go of it at one time. It can’t have just been me right – right? Oh man. (Mr. Green)

Monday, January 14

The Passage (9pm / Fox) – The Passage debuting tonight is Fox’s latest sci-fi quirky things are not right tv show. Based on the novels by Justin Cronin, the drama “focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race.”

Eh…sounds a bit tv like but what makes it worth a look is the individuals involved: Behind the camera Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves are the executive producers (and Matt Reeves as the Planet of the Apes guy knows about the potential to wipe out the human race…). So that helps.

In front of the camera the cast includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Jamie McShane and Emmanuelle Chriqui (who is charming and lovely!). So some potential…potential for good and potential for cheeze.
(Sammy)

Magnum P.I. (9pm / CBS) – Magnum helps a woman find her missing cousin, a Russian fugitive; Higgins’ and Kumu’s lives are put in danger when they get too close to the case. This show has no right, NO RIGHT! I keep watching, I know I shouldn’t but I can’t help it. I guess a part of me misses 80’s non-serialized dramas. Even without the killer ‘stache! (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, January 15

Revenger (Netflix) – Ready for this? “Hell-bent on avenging the murder of his family, a former detective infiltrates a remote island that serves as a prison for vicious death row criminals.” OH SNAP! Those are all good words to put in an action movie description. #TeamRuckus (Sammy)

The Flash (8pm / CW) – While Nora grapples with the revelation that Thawne killed her grandmother, Team Flash must stop Weather Witch and Silver Ghost, a new villain who can control engines and motorized technology; Caitlin and Cisco discuss creating a metahuman cure. Looks like after the events of the Elseworlds mini-series we are right back to where we left off on the 100th episode. I really hope they don’t bring Thawne back AGAIN this season, or ever for that matter. We are all tired of speedster villians. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, January 16

Deadly Class (10 pm / Syfy ) – The comic book to tv show genre kicked off 2019 with Titans on Netflix…up next is Deadly Class (followed by Umbrella Academy and Doom Patrol in February). Based on the comic book series written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Wesley Craig. Deadly Class is “a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of late 1980s counterculture, which follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied high school for assassins.” If that doesn’t do it for you than know it’s created by the Russo Brothers! Reaganomics suggests they’re gonna have a fantastic 2019. (Sammy)

Vikings (9pm / History) – Hvitserk is severely tested; Floki makes an amazing discovery; Freydis gives Ivar a surprise; Ubbe negotiates with the three Danish kings who have massed their armies in Reading, but the negotiations may have a perilous outcome. I have no idea what any of this means. No seriously, I have never seen an episode but it’s managed to get 5 seasons under it’s helmet. That’s nothing to scoff at. Besides who is going to scoff at a Viking? Those fuckers will kill you and drink meade from your skull. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, January 17

A Discovery of Witches (Sundance Now) – Matthew Goode who unfortunately doesn’t always live up to his last name stars in A Discovery of Witches. I’m 100% in because…witches and vampires form an alliance. WHAT! (Sammy)

Star Trek: Discovery (8:30pm / CBS All Access) – Discovery night continues! Well I got shafted last week on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Lets hope that DISCO doesn’t ruin the night like it did in the 70’s. The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joins forces with Captain Pike to unravel the mystery of seven mysterious red signals that have appeared across the universe. (Mr. Green)

Friday, January 18

Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2 (Netflix) – I am so fudging this blurb. Look watch Punisher…it should be down and dirty violence. #TeamRuckus But while you’re on Netflix also check out Trigger Warning With Killer Mike and IO. It’s one of those Netflix Fridays. (Sammy)

ParaNorman (9pm / Discovery Family) – A ghoul-whispering youngster battles zombies, ghosts, witches and ignorant adults to save his town from an ancient curse. I’m a BIG fan of this flick. The guys at LAIKA folks know what they are doing. Great stop-motion animation, plus it’s a ton of fun. Also the soundtrack is rock solid as well. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, January 19

Fahrenheit 11/9 (Amazon Prime) – Mr. Green’s pick (see below) focuses on Brexit. I’ll stick with the politics theme for this Saturday night (it’s too cold to go out anyways…take off your pants, stay in and get angry…an excellent way to stay warm!) and recommend the American “Brexit” Michael Moore’s Trump documentary. (Sammy)

Brexit (9pm / HBO) – A strategist begins a campaign to convince British voters to leave the European Union. Finally, something to watch on a Saturday night! Benedict Cumberbatch doing his best to play a sleazeball who helped wreak havoc on a nation and the world. The early reviews are pretty positive, unlike what happened after the vote. (Mr. Green)

Well, there you go plenty of options for the week ahead. Enjoy yourself and watch responsibly.

If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!