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’ve got 2 PBS recommendations… every man has a price and apparently  I Like Big Books I Cannot Lie tote bag is mine?

Sunday, February 17

The NBA All-Star Game (8pm / TNT) – Tonight is the 68th NBA All-Star Game albeit in this new format which I’m not particularly fond of. From 1951 to 2017 it was East vs West a classic rap battle duel to the death! (Ok fine… nobody died… games were still fun though!) And for those keeping score, the East has 37 wins to the West’s 29 wins: VICTORY! Now the NBA is doing this playground draft style thing… Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis eh: I got no emotional identity connected to this. I’ll watch but the outcome is a shrug; eh sure. (Sammy)

True Detective (9pm / HBO) – Season 1 was outstanding, season 2 was a letdown, and season 3 has been somewhere in between. However, this year does star the fantastic Mahershala Ali of Moonlight and Luke Cage fame. So there is a solid performance by Ali at the core of this tale. This is the penultimate episode of the current season so you still have time to get caught up before next Sunday’s finale. (Mr. Green)

Monday, February 18

Minding the Gap (9pm / PBS) – Many people have been recommending this skater slash boyhood documentary to me… just last week George Stroumboulopoulos praised the doc’s powerful storytelling for an Academy Award which I know doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things (it’s up against RBG another solid doc… not sure when the Oscars are but I wouldn’t be surprised if RBG takes it!). (Sammy)

Manifest (10pm / NBC) – Season finale for this show that started out strong but has petered out over the last few months in the ratings. Right now it stands on the edge of renew or cancel at NBC. With the type of concept that it has it’s no wonder it is struggling with mainstream audiences. Shows like this usually need a season or two to find their footing with average viewers. Hopefully if enough watch tonight it could give NBC the jolt they need to renew for a second season. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, February 19

American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (9pm / PBS)YOOO just found out there’s a Sammy Davis, Jr. documentary! (American Masters as well should be most excellent!). All those Vegas Rat Pack-ers… deeply talented, transformed our pop culture, unapologetic swagger. We could use that right now… Here it is… Fresh! (Sammy)

WWE Smackdown LIVE! (8pm / USA) – The Becky Lynch storyline continues to be one of the best things on TV right now. Plus last week saw New Day’s Koffi Kingston run the Gauntlet and last 55 mins in a surprise substitution for the match. Last week on RAW! Becky was suspended by Vince and replaced by Charlotte in the main event at Wrestlemania. If they ruin this match with a Triple Threat match instead of the possible historic match it could be, I’ll quit. Getting back to the suspension angle, some of the best wrestling has taken place during a wrestlers suspension and subsequent breaking the rules to interfere in other matches/storylines. Which of course, fits perfectly in the Lynch angle right now. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, February 20

Documentary Now! (11pm / IFC) – The Season 3 premiere of the mockumentary series “Documentary Now!” kicks off with Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton and host Helen Mirren in Batsh*t Valley a documentary exploring one of America’s most controversial religious groups. (Is there any other kind?!) (Sammy)

Survivor (8pm / CBS) – This show will never die. This marks the beginning of its 38th season of scantily clad ladies and dudes trying to win. Deception, betrayal and fake drama abounds on this King Kong of reality TV shows. The twist this season is 4 returning castaways from previous seasons are in the mix. I’m pretty sure they have done this before but still the show continues to entertain it’s loyal fanbase. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, February 21

Desus & Mero (11pm/ Showtime) – I dunno who Desus & Mero is. Do you? Let’s find out together. (Sammy)

Game of Clones (9pm / MTV) – An odd concept for a dating game show. MTV stars describes there clelbrity crush. Then they get to date 7 exact clones of the person. To find out which version of the one they truly want to be with. It’s such a gonzo idea I’m really interested in how this works. (Mr. Green)

Friday, February 22

This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy (Amazon Prime) – Kal Penn is your guide and Will Ferrell is your producer and Adam McKay is your director and together they’ll magically reveal This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy a new 8 docu-series featuring many celebrities and many specialists. If you watched the Big Short it’s gonna be like that. (Sammy)

Speechless (8:30pm / ABC) – A show so different than most other sitcoms on network television right now it’s refreshing. This week things get kicked up a notch as Maya wants to JJ’s new lady friend during game night. However, with this show game will bare little resemblance to any game nights we have ever attended. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, February 23

Nothing – I was gonna recommend O.G. on HBO but then it turned out it’s not an Ice-T doc. How disappointing. (Sammy)

Bad Boys (6:50pm / BET) – I love this movie always have. Since there is usually very little on a Saturday night why check out this fun ride with Martin Lawrence and Wil Smith before you roll out to the clubs, bars or whatever else you might have going on. A perfect way to get the juices running before enjoying a night on the town. (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!