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.

So the streaming bomb known as Disney+ exploded last Tuesday and it was full of good (The Mandalorian, the selection), the bad (Simpson’s wrong aspect ratio, wonky search feature), and the ugly (servers couldn’t handle the millions of signups and demand for the first 24-72hrs). The dust seems to now be settling and we are moving into a steady-state for the service. Hopefully, they can fix the issues they have been encountering over those first few days. Now, this week’s picks!

And while we wait for the Disney+ dust to settle there are lots of good things happening on other channels: TV is everywhere!

Sammy Younan

Monday, November 18

The Official Watchmen Podcast (Anytime / YouTube) – So last night was the 5th episode of HBO’s Watchmen (Little Fear of Lightning). As they’ve done before with Chernobyl HBO have issued an official companion podcast called: The Official Watchmen Podcast. I know; clearly a long brainstorming session. Similar to Talking Dead the show’s creators and actors are expected to make appearances and discuss the tv world they’ve built. Here is the first episode (I know this isn’t a tv show but a number of people hadn’t heard about this so here ya go!) (Sammy)

Hellboy (8pm / BBC America) – This is the classic 2004 version with Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Which was such a great fun ride of a movie and that it’s on tonight gives us an excuse to step away from regular TV and have some good ol’ monster bashing fun with the Right Hand of Doom. If you have never seen it here’s your chance to catch it and have a good night on the couch. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, November 19

Iliza: Unveiled (3am / Netflix) – So 1) I dunno much about Iliza Shlesinger but it’s a comedy special so here we are. 2) This trailer is terrible it doesn’t sell the comedy at all so here we are. And lastly, 3) I do check out most if not all of the Netflix comedy specials so… yeah: here we are. (Sammy)

The Expanse (Anytime / Amazon Prime) – This is a perfect chance to start now to catch up before the 4th season drops in December. This series has a deep background of history on display that is being told across the episodes but that still doesn’t feel like it’s weighing you down as you watch. Although I will admit the first season is the slowest of the three available to get going. however, once you get going the momentum will keep you going to the end. “Beltalowdas remember the Cant!” (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, November 20

Mad About You (Anytime / Spectrum Originals) – Following the sitcom revival trend of Fuller House, Murphy Brown, Will & Grace and I dunno what else Mad About You has returned as a streaming series on something called Spectrum On Demand. The series finds the main characters you know them and love them Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser (who by now the kids would only know as the creepy doctor from Stranger Things) now adorned with grey hair are living as empty nesters. Which makes sense since they had a kid shortly before the show ended on May 24, 1999. So I guess the kid is off to college and the Buchman’s attempt to find out if they still have any magic left in the bedroom? You get 6 episodes right now; then another 6 on December 18. (Sammy)

The Toys That Made US (Anytime / Netflix) – Netflix snuck this in under the radar on the 15th. The previous seasons have been solid and informative about the toys many of us have grown up with. This season we get stories about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, My Little Pony and Professional Wrestling. Again a good mix of toys for kids of the ’80s and ’90s. I really would like to see this series expand out and start to cover some other topics that are from other countries, era’s and I would love some episodes about knockoff culture in toys. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, November 21

Coldplay: Everyday Life – Live in Jordan (See Below for times/dates / YouTube) – Earlier this year on March 15 the Red Hot Chili Peppers live-streamed their performance from the Great Pyramids Of Giza in Egypt. It was odd but fun (I was surprised at how popular the Red Hot Chili Peppers are back in the ole home country. Good for them the band is solid!). Well because that was fun and effective YouTube is now going to do something similar. Coldplay: Everyday Life – Live in Jordan will air live on YouTube in two parts, mirroring the halves of the Everyday Life double album, “Sunrise” and “Sunset.” The “Sunrise” portion will begin on November 21st at 11:00 p.m. EST, just before the album is released worldwide at midnight (local time in Jordan will be November 22nd at 6:00 a.m. GMT, or around sunrise. Magic, right?!). While “Sunset” will be performed at (wait for it…) sunset (or 9:00 a.m. EST). So set your alarm. (Sammy)

Supernatural (8pm / CW) – The boys are still doing what they do each week although they still think Chuck as taken off to another reality and left them alone. They have no clue how bad things are going to get for them before it’s over. Although Sam is been having dreams that might start to actually get him off his ass and talk to Dean, however, that wouldn’t be Supernatural now, would it? Nope. This show personifies the angsty drama that the CW has come to be known for. Still, the season has been the best it’s been in years. Glad to see them hitting their stride to go out on a high note. (Mr. Green)

Friday, November 22

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (3am / Netflix) – Though it’s a bit Nicholas Sparks-y Heartstrings is by Dolly Parton so that’s at least 2 good reasons to check it out! Classics! Ok old-timey jokes aside: her anthology series (each of the dramatic eight episodes will be based on one of Dolly’s songs). At 72 chick’s working hard than Jolene stealing a husband. (Sammy)

The Mandalorian (3am / Disney+) – Ok, this goes without saying. After last week’s first two episodes there is no way I’m not going to pick this show on Fridays. After the surprise revelation at the end of episode one and then the gloriously fun second episode I’m ALL IN on this show. The spaghetti-western / Lone Wolf and Cub vibe is great across those first two shows. We haven’t even gotten to Ming-Na Wen or Gina Carrano’s characters yet! It’s so tasty and delicious this alone has proven to worth the Disney+ subscription. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, November 23

Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw (10pm / HBO) – So on Tuesday’s comedy special when I said 1) I dunno much about Iliza Shlesinger but it’s a comedy special so here we are. 2) I can do the opposite with Lil Rel Howery; I know who he is if you’ve seen any movie in the last 5 years he’s pretty much made a Lil appearance so there you go. 3) I do check out most if not all of the HBO comedy specials so… yeah: there you go. 4) Lastly; this is filmed in L.A.’s Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School and directed by Jerrod Carmichael so there you go! (Sammy)

The Dragon Prince (Anytime / Netflix) – The third season dropped on Friday but of course with The Mandalorian out this moves to today’s pick. The first two seasons have been fun and the story has become more expansive as we go which is cool. Hopefully, enough people continue to watch the show so we can get more seasons as Netflix can get a little flaky about renewals after the third season. Plus with the war about to break out the odds, they wrap it up before the end of this season feel unlikely. Fingers-crossed. Still looks like we are going to get even more epic action with this season, can’t wait. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, November 24

The Simpsons (8pm/ FOX) – Fortune Feimster (I dunno who that is) is the guest voice on tonight’s Simpsons. According to TV guide: “The Simpsons join other Springfield families on the Van Houtens’ annual trip to Costa Rica, which they obviously can’t afford; Homer befriends Patty’s new girlfriend; Lisa tracks down the real reason the Van Houten’s can go on this trip every year.” Look it’s Season 31 so you’re either gonna watch this or you’ll shrug and see what Mr. Green has to offer. (Sammy)

Bob’s Burgers (9pm / FOX) – Keeping the FOX animation train going. Another Thanksgiving episode in the ever-growing mythos of the Bob Belcher need for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. The episode from season 4 is one of my favourite episodes of the show. So I have high hopes for this one. Plus any time spent with the Belcher’s is always going to be a good time. (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!