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.

You do realize that if none of these tv recommendations from either myself or Mr. Green work for you all the Bring It On movies are on Netflix. Always good to have a plan B, you know?

Sunday, January 27

The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth: Season 4  (8pm / Showtime) – The Circus is fantastic: every Sunday it presents a weekly recap of American politics with impressive access to influential individuals while being an engaging civics lesson. I don’t need/want “hot takes” or Gifs or memes or Twitter commentary or CNN’s rehashing: just tell me what happened in 30 minutes and we can go from there. Amazing: highly recommended show. (Sammy)

Rent (8pm / FOX) – I have never seen this play. I know that it was huge when it came out originally and launched the careers of Anthony Rapp, Jesse L. Martin, Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel. That’s a power group right there. The play opened in 1996 had a movie in 2005 and now a live TV performance. Clearly, this show has legs! In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Not light fare by any stretch, but if you are not watching Sammy’s pick this is a must watch tonight. (Mr. Green)

Monday, January 28

The Kings (9pm / PBS) – The latest documentary Eugene Jarecki the director who gave us Why We Fight and Reagan. (He also gave us The Trials of Henry Kissinger which looks super cool but I haven’t seen it…yet) is yet another classic American movie. Elvis and Chuck D in one movie…it’s happening! I’m 100% in for this. This is the documentary that criticizes Elvis for “stealing” from black culture while at the same time selling the American Dream. Oh yes…let’s get into it. (Sammy)

I Am the Night (9pm / TNT) – From director Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) this limited series starts this week. Honestly just check out the trailer below as anything I write won’t do it justice. It looks SOOO good! Inspired by true events it stars Chris Pine as a reporter who gets dragged into a mystery that might just bring him back from ruin or kill him. I think this will help us fill the void that is super high quality tv drama right now. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, January 29

Ant Man and the Wasp (Netflix) – The final Marvel movie?! before Disney+ is on Netflix today. This movie is a lot of fun…the characters are cheezy and disposable so it’s a sweet break from the heavy Avengers movies. How many of the Marvel movies have you seen twice or more? (Sammy)

Roswell, New Mexico (9pm / CW) – Listen it’s either this or the State of the Union. Sure one is a highly tense drama about illegal aliens and protecting the ones you love and the other is about actual aliens from another planet. Clearly we all know that Roswell will be the better written/acted fiction on TV tonight! (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, January 30

Incredibles 2 (Netflix) – So…I did not see Incredibles 2 because I did not enjoy The Incredibles. It didn’t make any sense…how do the good guys just retire in the first 10 minutes and then what…the bad guys just stop?! If Batman retires the Joker will stop being bad too? Brad Bird is one of us he should know/do/be better! The Incredibles 2 is on Netflix today…I’ll give 10 minutes. Convince Me. (Sammy)

The Masked Singer (9pm / FOX) – My social feeds have been blowing up with this show for some reason. People apparently like it. When I saw the Korean version a couple of years I found it to be a fun celebrity one off. Now as a regular show on a network it has lost some of the kitschy-appeal of the original. People love trying to solve low mysteries like these so have at it. Look Sammy is recommending another movie for the second night in a row. The week is not very strong. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, January 31

Deion’s Double Play (9pm / ESPN) – Man I lived through Magic, Jordan, Kobe, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders and people are wasting my time with LeBron’s 3 rings. Get outta my face with that noise! I saw greatness! Prime Time IS on Prime Tonight! Oh Yes. (Sammy)

Star Trek: Discovery (8pm / CBS All-Access) – Listen I know that I made this pick 2 weeks ago. But this season has really been working for me this year. Season 1 was good but only when viewed as a whole. The back half of the season really saved it. This year though came out of the gate swinging and is keeping that pace up so far. The Red Angel mystery is so far engaging and not tedious plus the great work by Sonequa Martin-Green. Weekly must watch for Sci-Fi fans. (Mr. Green)

Friday, February 1

Folklore (HBO To Go) – I have a good news update: Folklore is now on HBO to Go starting today. From HBO Asia Folklore is a six-part horror anthology original series exploring Asian folklore from six different Asian countries: Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand. All those countries got some nasty deep and dark folklore so this should be fascinating. This mother came out October 7 overseas but nobody here in the West is writing about it. Fools. (Or perhaps they did see it and didn’t live to talk about it…so once again with a different connotation: Fools.) (Sammy)

Velvet Buzzsaw (3am / Netflix) – I have been wanting to see this movie since first heard of it a couple of months ago. Velvet Buzzsaw reunites writer/director Dan Gilroy with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, the stars of his directorial debut Nightcrawler. Now expanded across 8 hours I can’t wait to see what they can do with a satirical thriller set in the LA art world. Grab a blanket and popcorn and settle in for this binge event. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, February 2

Nothing – Valentine’s Day is coming up…might be time to get a date. Have you considered Tinder? (Sammy)

Planet Earth: Dynasties (9pm / Sundance) – This episode is all about Tigers. I love tigers, side note: I was actually bitten once by a tiger cub. No harm but man did that hurt. Those jaws are super powerful even as a small cub. I can only imagine how bad it would be to be hunted by one, ouch. Regardless, this follows a tigress and her cubs as they survive their day to day lives. Nature docs are always interesting even if they are a bit skewed to tell a dramatic story. (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!