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.

What shows are you watching? Let us know. This season has been pretty fulfilling so far. Supernatural is living up to its final season high stakes so far. Some of the new shows are working hard to make me stick with them like Stumptown which is great. And only a few weeks until the unveiling of both Apple TV+ and Disney+ to take up more of our time each week. Who doesn’t love choices?

Is that really Alan Arkin on the Geek Hard show? The time for questions is over: it’s #SetTheVCR Time!

Sammy Younan

Monday, October 21

The Kominsky Method (Anytime / Netflix) – If you’re a regular Geek Hard listener then you’ll know “Alan Arkin” is a frequent guest. When he’s not appearing on this show he’s making his own show: The Kominsky Method. Season 1 debuted on November 16, 2018, and it’s one of those shows I want to get to I just run outta time. It’s one of the things I so appreciate about Netflix just make it and leave it; when I got time and/or interest I’ll get to it. If like me you haven’t checked out Season 1 now is a good time: Season 2 debuts on Friday. (Sammy)

Catherine the Great (10pm / HBO)PREMIERE! Helen Mirren stars as Russian Empress Catherine the Great as she faces challenges to her throne on all sides, as she meets the forthright and bold Lieutenant Grigory Potemkin. This looks to be another in a line of great HBO series starring some of the best talents on the planet. For those like myself who enjoy a good bit of historical storytelling, this looks to hit the spot. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, October 22

Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (3am / Netflix) – Another day another Netflix comedy special: Jenny Slate: Stage Fright. I’m lukewarm on her comedy however if she’s got more Marcel the Shell with Shoes On then that I am 100% IN for! (Sammy)

Toy Story of Terror! (8:30pm / ABC) – The alphabet channel replays this special for the Halloween season. This is a great fun addition to the holiday special catalogue if you have never seen it. Plus if you or your kids are big Toy Story fans this will also check a lot of boxes as well. They air the Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin right before this so that’s a solid hour of Halloween goodness. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, October 23

Castle Rock (Anytime / Hulu) – I dropped Castle Rock around the second episode of the first season. I get it: Stephen King. However, during the first weekend in October my social media manager (for Girth Radio) Stephanie was reporting from New York City Comic Con; she went to the Castle Rock panel. She enjoyed the footage they screened and heard them talk about the show and now she is wildly pumped for Season 2. What we know so far is that Lizzie Caplan is playing a younger version of Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes. It remains to be seen if Season 2 will be a… Misery. (Sammy)

Limetown (3pm / Facebook Watch) – This was Sammy’s recommendation last week and now having seen the first 2 episodes I will add my name to the list. This show was great! I really liked what I saw in those first 2 episodes and I’m really looking forward to this week’s episodes to continue the story. It’s nice to see Biel back doing some actual acting after some not so impressive roles. Like the cave system, this show is deep, dark and mysterious that needs to be explored. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, October 24

Saudi Women’s Driving School (9pm / HBO) – Like a teenager undergoing puberty Saudi Arabia is going through changes. One of the more recent and radical alterations to the fabric of their society is, female drivers. It’s difficult to understand how this will impact the strict and conservative culture so here is a glimpse. (Sammy)

Daybreak (3am / Netflix) – High school isn’t the end of the world… until it is. Matthew Broderick is surrounded by a number of up & coming actors in this post-apocalyptic, genre-bending series, the city of Glendale, California is populated by marauding gangs of jocks, gamers, the 4-H Club, and other fearsome tribes who are kicking ass as they fight to survive in the wake of a nuclear blast. This show looks to be a ton of fun in a nuclear wasteland which doesn’t seem right yet looks that way. Fingers-crossed that it delivers on the trailers promise. (Mr. Green)

Friday, October 25

Dolemite Is My Name (3 am / Netflix) – This past Summer Eddie Murphy signed a deal with Netflix (basically following the lucrative Adam Sandler comedy template.). Dolemite Is My Name, Coming to America 2 and eventually, hopefully, maybe a comedy special are all the projected projects. Really Dolemite sets the tone for… well, how do you want to phrase it? Eddie’s comedy comeback? Or Eddie’s casual comedy reminder he is still funny? Call it what you want I’ll be enjoying this with my ice-cream! (Sammy)

Rattlesnake (3am / Netflix) – At first blush, I was thinking this was going to be your standard woman vs nature type survival story but then the trailer keeps a very sharp left turn into possibly some very serious supernatural corners. That pushed this from mildly interesting up to a must-watch. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s at the heart of that snake bite. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, October 26

The Kominsky Method (Anytime / Netflix) – Once again since Alan Arkin is a friend and frequent guest of the Geek Hard show we’re all happy to support him: the second season of The Kominsky Method dropped yesterday but as you saw we had a busy Friday of recommendations. So take this time to support Alan; I wouldn’t be surprised if he feels the love and appears on the Geek Hard show real soon. (Sammy)

Nothing! I would normally recommend whatever Sammy is suggesting but since Arkin and I have serious beef I just can’t. Watch a horror movie like Halloween or Hellraiser instead or whatever tickles that horror itch. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, October 27

Silicon Valley (10pm / HBO)PREMIERE!

“And now, the end is near:
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way”

Frank Sinatra

That is true of all the characters in Silicon Valley as the show comes to end. While Season 5 suffered from T.J. Miller’s exit―his Erlich Bachman character is just extraordinary armed with the right balance of hubris and vision to make things happen―here we are: 7 episodes left. Enjoy them slowly. I know I will this show is wildly funny and I am sad to see it go! (Sammy)

Mrs. Fletcher (10:30pm / HBO)PREMIERE! Katheryn Hahn is doing her best Mrs. Robinson as Mrs. Fletcher here. When HBO delves into areas like these is when they do some really interesting work for characters exploring their motivations and the terrible consequences of those motivations. While it seems like a big switch in demos between this show and it’s lead in I trust HBO knows what they are doing when they program like this. Can’t wait to check it out tonight. (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!