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.

Well, I was right about Grand Hotel from last week’s picks. It was all kind of schlocky high drama craziness. There was mystery, sex and murder aplenty in the first episode. I don’t think it will mark a return to late-night soaps. Let’s see what this week brings us.

It’s the return of old friends and a chance to make new pals. Yes kids: it’s #SETTheVCR time!

Sammy Younan

Monday, June 24

Years and Years (9pm / HBO)U.S. PREMIERE! Russell T Davies is back! Russell is, of course, our good friend from Doctor Who. His career post Doctor Who highlights that weird difference between British and American show creators. Russell does all kinds of TV shows on relationships, sci-fi his IMDB is all kinds of different stuff while Americans say like a Joss Whedon tend to stick to one genre. So weird. Write everything! Oh yeah: Years and Years is a six-part series following one British family coping with an anxious future and stars Emma Thompson. (Sammy)

Legion (10pm / FX)PREMIERE! This is the beginning of the end. As the third season opens it also happens to be the last season of the series. No surprise that the show is ending as it’s ratings have been good for a smaller hyped show like this one. Plus there is also the behind-the-scenes deal between FOX and Disney that I’m sure didn’t help it’s continuing. Regardless, it has kept going strong much to the show’s fans delight. Hopefully, they can ring this last season to a satisfactory conclusion and leave the fans happy. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, June 25

Mike Epps: Only One Mike (3am / Netflix) – In an earlier #SetTheVCR I mentioned how Netflix comedy specials have been uneven this year. Not a particularly big Mike Epps fan so this might contribute to my ongoing theory of unevenness. Though you wanna know the best stand up comedy news? A new special from Jerrod Carmichael Sermon On The Mount is coming to HBO June 30 at 6PM. Good Gravy! That I cannot wait for. (Sammy)

Big Brother (8pm / CBS)PREMIERE! IT’S BAAAACK! Yes, this kicks off the 21st season of the hit reality show. Whether you like reality shows or not they continue to draw huge audiences with dedicated fanbases. When it started back in 2000 I thought nothing of it. An American rehash of the popular British show little did I know it would still be going strong nineteen years later. Original host, Julie Chen is still at the helm of a show with more plots, sexy people and backstabbing than most soap operas on TV today. If what I have said so far has piqued your interest then this is the show for you. If not, well there is always the news. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, June 26

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (8pm / HBO) – This one time my podcast My Summer Lair had an episode with a listener from Alabama. Yup just 1 listener. They haven’t returned. I don’t know who found me in Alabama; I don’t know where he went but to my one listener in Alabama thank you! Equally ardent thanks can also be extended to Bryan Stevenson for the reformation work he’s doing in Alabama. There’s more than one way to make this world even more beautiful. (Sammy)

Archer: 1999 (10pm / FXX) – After a few seasons of okay episodes and stories. This season has been really knocking it out of the park. It actually feels like the old ISIS Archer. This is something I have felt was missing recently. As good as the show is with writing and performances it just felt like it was missing what made it so great in the first place – workplace comedy. Here the team is finally all back together again working together and getting into hijinks each week. Space-phrasing. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, June 27

See Below! – While I can’t stand Paul Thomas Anderson (“There will be blood”…yeah right are we gonna stand around and talk about it in ash grey moody landscapes or like do something… you know because this is called a motion picture!) I concur with Mr. Green’s recommendation because of Thom Yorke. (Sammy)

Anima (3am / Netflix) – PT Anderson directs a Thom Yorke musical?! This is going to be something to behold. This is all part of a larger project by Yorke to release his latest solo album on the same day. The trailer doesn’t give you much to work with but it’s two of the brighter minds in film and music working together for this short film. If nothing else it will be interesting to see what unfolds. (Mr. Green)

Friday, June 28

100%: Julian Edelman (9pm / Showtime) – Showtime has built up an impressive sports resume especially this past year. I don’t watch NFL so I don’t fully understand all the subplots and ramifications of this documentary however Showtime has my trust in my attention so I’m In. (Sammy)

Swamp Thing (3am / DC Universe) – Finally coming into its own and showing what it is made of. Sadly this show has faced all the obstacles getting to the fans TVs. Due to an accounting error, the budget was slashed between $10-20 million dollars according to reports. That lead to an episode reduction from 13 down to 10 episodes. Reports from behind-the-scenes stating the executives at Warner were not happy with it and wanted a more procedural show versus what producer James Wan had created. Then mere days after the premiere news comes out that it has already been cancelled. This show just can’t catch a break. Regardless now after a so-so start, it really is starting to feel like a decent show with a lot of potential. Sadly it looks like that will never be realized. I’ll keep enjoying it until it ends. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, June 29

Ramy Youssef: Feelings (10pm / HBO) – Ramy Youssef: Feelings is an HBO comedy special from the guy with a hit Hulu tv show Ramy! His topics range from the personal to the political which sounds like every other stand up comic I suppose. (Sammy)

Nothing! – Shock and surprise! It’s Saturday night and not much on. Maybe watch a movie on any channel or Showtime has some Boxing on if you care about boxing. So grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy something, hopefully, it’s good. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, June 30

Sermon On The Mount (6pm / HBO) – A new special from Jerrod Carmichael Sermon On The Mount drops today! While I’m not sure what this is… I’ll happily watch it. His 2017 special Jerrod Carmichael: 8 is astonishing. One of the greatest standup specials of all time. Highly recommended. (Sammy)

Instinct (9pm / CBS)PREMIERE! Back for a second season Instinct looks to build on a fairly good first outing. While it has the obvious bones a police procedural it has something most of the others don’t… Alan Cumming. He is a fantastic actor which can be seen on screen here as he chews through scenery like a beaver through a forest. A blending of police work and psychological profiling we get a fun mix of stories and performances on this summer show. While shows specific premise is a little hokey the great Alan Cumming makes it worthwhile. (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!