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.

Still not quite in the Christmas Spirit though not to worry I’m sure Mr. Green will cover that for you!

Sammy Younan

Sammy is right! I got a bunch of classic Christmas specials & movies plus one new series. All to help ignite your inner Christmas spirit for the holidays!

Monday, December 2

Nightflyers (Anytime / Netflix)Nightflyers: Season 1 makes it’s long-awaited (American) Netflix debut (it screened on international Netflix earlier this year). As you may know, Nightflyers is based on a George R.R Martin novella though it did not prove as popular as Game of Thrones. A story set in the future; it’s about a team of scientists who make first contact with an alien race. This Syfy series was cancelled after 1 season. So! With the way things unfold these days: watch it. Talk it up on social media. You never know if you can score a second season: we’ve seen this happen with all kinds of shows from Brooklyn 99 to The Expanse. If you stay silent then these 10 episodes are all you get. (Sammy)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8pm / CBS) – You know it’s the Christmas season when this classic Rankin/Bass production airs. The tale of an oddball reindeer that is shunned by Santa and the others at the North Pole goes out into the wilderness to find a place to belong. Along the way, he befriends Hermie the elf who wants to be a dentist, Yukon Cornelius, the island of Misfit toys and of course the Bumble! This is, of course, is my oldest Christmas tradition like most people over the last 40-50 years since it started airing. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, December 3

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (3am / Netflix) – Tiffany Haddish’s road to success included performing/MCing many Bar Mitzvahs. I’m sure those were some tough crowds. Still, it gave her not only experience but a thin link to the incredible comedy history of Jewish comics. And so with this comedy special, Tiffany celebrates her Jewish heritage. (Sammy)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8pm / NBC) – My second popular Christmas special tradition involves the watching of this classic as well. With the Boris Karloff narration and the wonderful hand-drawn animation, it screams Christmas to any Grinch whose heart is two sizes too small. Cindy-Lou Who was the original irresistible cuteness factor on TV, until Baby Yoda showed up. She still gives it her all as she helps the Grinch understand the spirit of Christmas just by being cute and innocent. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, December 4

Magic For Humans (3 am / Netflix) – There’s this hope that comes with watching streaming service tv shows. You kinda hope a show comes back for another season yet at the same time if it doesn’t you’re good: you enjoyed what they gave you. Well hope no more: Magic for Humans returns for a second season. Season 1 was six episodes and released on Netflix on August 17, 2018. So if you haven’t already go check them out. The magician is Justin Willman who often performs his magic tricks for people on the street similar to the early David Blaine magic specials. I really dig this show (especially as a fan of magic!!) and if we could all watch it so it gets a third season (I hope!!) that’d be great. Thanks guys! (Sammy)

The Moody’s Christmas (9pm / FOX)PREMIERE! A three-night event from Denis Leary. The Moody’s is a comedy about a dysfunctional family getting together for the holidays in Chicago. Family squabbles, crazy antics, and stolen presents are on the menu for the series. I’m a fan of Denis Leary’s work on Rescue Me, The Ref and others so I have a really good feeling about this. Plus Jay Baruchel plays one of his kids which already is making me laugh. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, December 5

V-Wars (3 am / Netflix)PREMIERE! The latest comic book to tv show adaptation: V Wars is an IDW comic book series from writer Jonathan Maberry. (I never read the comic so I don’t have any expectations going into this.) According to the basic description: “V Wars follows the story of a scientist and his best friend as they face the evolving crisis of a deadly outbreak that fractures society into opposing factions, potentially escalating to a future war between humans and vampires.” So not quite as fun as Underworld which was vampires vs werewolves but still with the solid potential for ruckus. (Sammy)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (8pm / ABC) – One last animated Christmas special for this week. The holy trinity of animated Christmas classics with Charlie Brown and his pathetic Christmas tree. The amount of merch that has been spawned by this story is insane. Every Christmas you cannot walk into any store without finding some Charlie Brown Christmas gifts or decorations. Of course, that’s not surprising considering how beloved it is. So here’s your yearly chance to watch it and get the holiday season off to a good start. (Mr. Green)

Friday, December 6

UFOs: The White House Files (10 pm/ History Channel) – One of the odder aspects from the current Presidential campaigns from the past few years is this promise to release the government files on UFOs. Hillary Clinton among others has promised to do so (if elected!) and I can’t tell if that’s an appeal for transparency or a bid for distraction and doing something else covert and slightly evil. While we wait for Democrats to get their act together History Channel promises to show us what we know… so far. (Sammy)

The Mandalorian (3am / Disney+) – Seriously if you are watching this yet I think there might be something medically wrong with you. It continues to be not only the best show every Friday but one of the best shows this year. Period. In a couple of weeks when this ends, I’m really not sure what I’m going to do with myself on Fridays… oh right just watch it again! Last week saw more awesomeness from “Boda” (Baby Yoda) and we learned more about the Mandalorian customs of their armour. Also, it’s pretty clear that “The Mandalorian” is not really born of Mandalore but was adopted into the culture. Plus a Loth-cat spotted in the bar! Damn this show is so good. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, December 7

Long Shot (8pm / HBO) – Somehow Seth Rogen has parlayed his schlubby stature into leading man status. It’s a magic trick I don’t fully understand. Still (the slightly ironically titled) Long Shot is charming and with the usual heart, you expect from a rom-com. While not quite getting into the Christmas spirit here is some gentle love to take a break from the UFO and magic I’ve been happily suggesting all week! (Sammy)

Home Alone (Anytime / Disney+) – Available on the new streaming service anytime you want. Which is great since you are not hemmed down to a specific time to watch. Just start whenever you feel the need for some holiday hijinks with Kevin McCallister. Plus Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern providing many brilliant prat-fall jokes it’s a Chris Columbus classic. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, December 8

Marriage Story (Anytime / Netflix) – On Friday Marriage Story premiered on Netflix however it feels more like a Sunday afternoon movie than a Friday night movie. I dig the director Noah Baumbach but I’m not an Adam Driver fan. So like marriage itself, I have mixed emotions. Great to see Alan Alda though; been a while since I’ve heard that distinct voice. (Sammy)

Supergirl (8pm / CW) – Okay, this is it. CRISIS is here. Sit down and enjoy the next three nights of the event starting here with Supergirl. The great thing about the event is that you don’t necessarily need to be watching Supergirl to enjoy. This is a stand-alone storyline. These yearly Arrowverse crossovers have become a staple of the CW/DC Berlanti shows and they have been a lot of fun. With this one, it promises to be the biggest one yet. Crossing over ALL the Berlanti DC shows and bringing back some classic DC characters from the past and ones only seen in the comics. Can’t wait to see Brandon Routh don the cape again only this time as Kingdom Come Superman. It’s going to a busy week but it all starts here first. (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!