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.

All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.

A week of holidays on both sides of the border celebrating the country. Summer days, hotdogs, beer and family what more could you want? Well when you are not doing those things maybe a little TV is for you. Let’s see what Sammy and I have for you this week.

A week in which we celebrate the oddest athletes and the boldest stunts.

Sammy Younan

Monday, July 1

Years and Years (HBO / 9pm) – Russell T Davies’ Years and Years (Russell, of course, our good friend from Doctor Who!) continues to roll on…well in North America. The six-part series following one British family coping with an anxious future and starring Emma Thompson concluded in the United Kingdom back in mid-June. On our side of the pond Episode 2 airs on HBO. (Sammy)

Monday Night RAW! (9pm / USA) – This marks the first episode since the HUGE announcement last week that Paul Heyman is now running RAW! While I don’t expect major changes on such a short timetable this week it will be interesting to see if maybe some of the lower to mid-card stars get any attention beyond what has been happening so far this year. For the first time in months, I’m REALLY excited to see RAW! Future could be very bright indeed with the Advocate running the Red Brand. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, July 2

The Good, the Bad, the Hungry (8pm / ESPN 2) – Hot diggety dog! ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 covers another classic sports rivalry: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut vs. Takeru Kobayashi. Yes! It’s the 2019 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest where wiener takes all! Somebody somewhere is the Michael Jordan of something. Fresh! (Sammy)

Smackdown LIVE! (9pm / USA) – Just like with RAW! this is a big show as it marks the first night under Eric Bischoff as the Executive Director of the show. Now here I’m a little less confident in what Bischoff is going to be doing but my fingers are crossed that things turn out for the best. Hey, as long as it’s not Vince we will be in a better place right off the top. While it will be new leadership like Heyman I believe the same applies to keep the expectations low to start. But it would be something if there were radical changes this week as unlikely as I think might happen. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, July 3

Stranger Thing Recap?? (Anytime / Any Channel) – Season 3 of Stranger Things drops tomorrow on Netflix. Season 1 screened on July 15, 2016, while Season 2 appeared on October 27, 2017. So it’s been a few years and a lot of tv and life in all that time. How do you recap or prepare for a new tv season for any mythology-heavy tv show? YouTube videos? Online tv recaps? Rely on your memory? I watch the whole thing over again. Start to (current) finish. (Sammy)

Nothing! – Sadly for the first time this year, I was unable to find anything to recommend on a weeknight. So you can take Sammy’s advice above or maybe watch a movie like Jaws. It also takes place around the July 4th holiday so why not keep the theme going. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, July 4

Stranger Thing: Season 3 (3am / Netflix) – It’s the third season of Stranger Things. You’re pretty much in or you’re out. The second season was awful but the trailer for season 3 is engaging so hopefully, the show is back on track. So I’ll check it out. (If Stranger Things isn’t working for you try also on Netflix Dark. 2 sublime seasons in that show continues to marvel and entertain.) (Sammy)

Elementary (10pm / CBS) – Shockingly there is new TV scheduled on the holiday. This final season of the show has been on fire. With really interesting stories on a weekly basis plus with an overarching season-long narrative unfolding with possible terrorists. While the repatriation of Holmes back to New York was a little hammed-fisted in execution I’m happy to see the band back together for the final episodes. (Mr. Green)

Friday, July 5

Being Evel? (Anytime / YouTube) – On Sunday night History Channel will air Evel Live 2 as they attempt to cash in on the dynamic legacy of Evel Knievel. While daredeviling is alive and still inspiring Evel simply can’t be replaced much less replicated. To fully understand just how good and how wild this man was fire up YouTube videos or even better track down the 2015 documentary Being Evel. Respect The Evel. (Sammy)

Swamp Thing (3am / DC Universe) – We’ve just passed the half way point of the season and it’s really getting solid. Which continues to make sad about its cancellation if given a little more time we may have moved onto truly great things in the future seasons. They were already hinting at Arcane coming back from Abby’s past. We had the Phantom Stranger (talking about the Green finally) show up last week and still have the Blue Devil on his cursed way. I really look forward to this show each week I just hope others are too. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, July 6

Bohemian Rhapsody (8pm / HBO) – I ah didn’t bother putting on pants to check out Bohemian Rhapsody when it was in the cinemas; figured the guy Bites The Dust at the end so I could wait. Think everybody who didn’t see it was Under Pressure once it started winning awards like Champions. Well, the movie Show Must Go On and now it’s premiering on HBO. (Sammy)

Ghostbusters (7pm / AMC) – One of the funniest movies ever made is on AMC tonight. You can never go wrong with Ghostbusters ever! It has probably the best performances out of each of the SNL/SCTV alums plus great performances from Annie Potts and the underappreciated Ernie Hudson. Hudson has some of the funnier interactions in this film. Regardless here is your homework for the night. Important Safety Tip: NEVER CROSS THE STREAMS. Unless you are facing Gozer the Gozerian than have at it. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, July 7

Evel Live 2 (8pm / History) – The last time History aired an Evel special it was a lot of hype with no substance. It’s different now…corporate sponsors, eggheads who employ physics and much more take the actual thrill and danger of daredeviling out. It’s not that I want to see people crash or get injured; it’s that there is no danger. Everything we do now is safe…which makes it boring. Safety First! is not sexy. Anyways Axell Hodges and Vicki Golden will jump over cars and through flaming hoops. Eh…we’ll see how this unfolds. (Sammy)

What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage (9:30 / FOX) – This has to be one of the oddest things I have come across in the past few months on TV. Fred Savage hosts an aftershow for hit TV series The Flare. It’s an aftershow that mixes the typical celebrity commenters discussing the show but also has some talk show elements like interviews and comedy bit on location. Which all sounds pretty interesting except there is one problem, it’s not a real show. That’s right the whole premise here is to do an aftershow comedy that pokes fun at the aftershow phenomenon that is currently hitting screens around the world. I missed this last week but will be for sure checking it out this week. (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!