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.

Last week I felt positive after watching WWE RAW, however, Smackdown LIVE! was an almost total let down. Hopefully, this week goes much better on the small screen.

Covering the creative to the crazy to the cool…it’s another week of #SetTheVCR!

Sammy Younan

Monday, July 8

American Experience: Chasing the Moon (9pm / PBS)American Experience recalls NASA’s stoic efforts to put a man on the lunar surface. So digging all this moon nostalgia. Like, remember when we used to cherish science? Chasing the Moon is the latest contemplation and it’s a three-night special. Emphasis on special. (Sammy)

Jett (8pm / Cinemax) – The premise behind Jett is simple. Master thief Daisy “Jett” Kowalski played by Carla Guguino is fresh out of prison when she is brought back into the life. From here things, of course, go sideways as they do in this kind of story. Cinemax has a pretty decent track record with doing crime-noir shows over the past few years. This looks to keep up the tradition. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, July 9

Aziz Ansari: Right Now (Anytime / Netflix) – Like all comedians, Aziz Ansari has a unique way of thinking and interpreting this world. Unlike other comedians though Aziz Ansari doesn’t tread the usual paths to arrive at his observations and conclusions. Comedy specials are like the opposite of what your high school teacher told you to do in math class, which was always show your work. You just witness the final results of what a comedy special is but no doubt Aziz has gone through some interesting paths to come up with these observations. (Sammy)

Apollo: Back to the Moon (9pm / PBS) – PBS is continuing its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. This series is going to take a look at the future of possible return to the moon what that would entail and possibly mean for the world. This episode looks back at the Cold War and the Apollo 1 through 8 missions. This is a great week to be a space nerd watching TV. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, July 10

The 2019 ESPYS (8pm / ABC) – Eh. Not a fan of any award shows but with the NBA on hiatus for the next several months this is as close as I’ll get: some action is better than no action. So here we are. Hosted by Tracy Morgan! (Sammy)

Battle of the 80s Supercars With David Hasselhoff (8pm / History) – A good old fashion showdown of fictional ’80s vehicles. Hosted by David Hasselhoff (Knightrider) with Dirk Benedict (The A-Team) and Erik Estrada (CHiPs) help us with a battle to settle who would win. Well let’s be serious we already know since K.I.T.T. was a supercharged car with next level engine enhancements it could easily exceed 300MpH in the show at times. No way that a regulation pursuit motorcycle or The A-Team van could match that speed. No matter what B.A did to the van. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, July 11

Taxi Driver (Anytime / Netflix) – The tagline for this 1976 classic is: “On every street in every city in this country, there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.” Snap. That’s not dated it’s relevant. If it’s been a while or if you haven’t ever met him… spend some time with Travis Bickle tonight. (Sammy)

Queen of the South (10pm / USA) – This show has flown WAY under my radar until last week while I was watching Smackdown LIVE! But after watching the trailer for the latest episode I want in. Luckily the first three seasons are on Netflix so I’ll have to give a go and see what I have missed so far. Sure it may have some soapy elements potentially but it does look high octane and that’s not usually a bad thing on TV. (Mr. Green)

Friday, July 12

Shangri-La (9pm / Showtime) – Morgan Neville the guy who directed 20 Feet from Stardom (and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? both are highly recommended!) has a Rick Rubin documentary. Rick Rubin’s contributions to music…to our lives is long overdue. I hope this is the start of infectious and joyful recognition for all that he has accomplished. (Sammy)

3 Below (3am / Netflix) – I was a big fan of Trollhunters created by Guillermo del Toro. So when Netflix launched this spinoff last year after the conclusion of Trollhunters I was ready to jump onboard. What’s really whacky is that much like Happy Days/Mork before it has a widely varying storyline setup. One was Earthbound magic of Trolls fighting to stop the end of the world which was fun. 3Below on the other hand, while it is directly connected via the town of Arcadia and certain characters crossing over, it goes with Aliens on the run from a civil war on their home planet. Like I said you really couldn’t get more divergent between the two shows yet they still work together. From magic to aliens is a lot of fun and anything from GdT is always a lot of fun to watch. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, July 13

RBG (Anytime / Crave) – RBG is a respectful documentary about the life and career of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It’s a CNN Films doc too… those are often hard to track down. If you haven’t seen this year ch-ch-check it out. (Sammy)

Furious 7 (8pm / NBC) – It feels a lot like when I was a kid and they used to have the Sunday Night Movie. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised with the return of ’80s game shows the past few weeks might as well bright back other ’80s ideas. Regardless I really had fun with this movie when I saw it in theatres. As crazy as some of the plot and stunts are it’s still a blast. In particular, the stunt with driving the car from one skyscraper to another defies all logic yet is cool to watch. This of course also marks the end of Paul Walker in the franchise as he died while home in L.A. during a break from the making the movie. The franchise hasn’t felt the same since his passing. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, July 14

Do Nothing!! – Lounge by the pool. Enjoy the Sun! Eat at a bbq. We don’t get these lazy Summer days back so go forth and enjoy em. (Sammy)

NOS4A2 (9pm / AMC) – Based on the book by Joe Hill the show is a twisty turn you inside out kind of show. The back and forth about reality and what Manx is after is quite the ride each week. Can we just admit that Zachary Quinto makes a really compelling villain? His good guy rolls are nowhere near as interesting as his work with the darker aspects of the human mind. Plus any time Maggie reaches for her scrabble bag – shivers. It’s just creepy watching it. (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!