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.

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It’s a Crisis of the Holidays this week as we have more excellent choices for each night with superheroes, bounty hunters and, of course, Christmas specials. Hopefully, this will keep you festive as the holidays approach.

With #SetTheVCR you get the best of both worlds. If you wanna celebrate Christmas; snuggle with your loved ones watching it unfold on TV Mr. Green happily has you covered. If you’re like nah man; I ain’t no business with this Christmas nonsense than I got you covered! We got something for every type of heart.

Sammy Younan

Monday, Month

Silicon Valley (Anytime / HBO To Go/Crave) – Last night was the final episode of Silicon Valley. Starting in 2014 (which feels like a lifetime ago…) it lasted 6 seasons giving us 52 episodes. An outstanding comedy it relentlessly mocked and cringed at the lives of five young men who founded a startup company in Silicon Valley. Wonderfully subversive it’s the exact same razor-sharp nuance and humour Mike Judge employed in Office Space and now uses here as a co-creator. If you have thoughts and feelings about the show’s ending let us know. I am sad to see it go! However, if you’ve yet to see this show now that it is done; this is a fantastic jumping on point. And that’s my recommendation for today. (Sammy)

Batwoman (8pm / CW)Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two giving us a followup to the previous nights Supergirl episode which was the first of the Crisis Event Series. The group of heroes uses Ray’s invention to track new recruits to help save the universe; Iris, Clark and Lois search for a mysterious Kryptonian; Kate and Kara search for Bruce Wayne; Lex Luthor returns. It’s going to be a jam-packed series. Getting to see some of the cameos by previous DC superheroes is going to be so much fun. As Sammy likes to say there is going to be a lot of “Ruckus!” with this event. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, Month

Drake’s Plan (Anytime / CBC GEM) – One of the few streaming services that doesn’t really make an appearance here is CBC Gem. Since the end of October, CBC Gem has been weekly airing Drake’s Plan, an eight-part docu-series that reveals how Drake built his successful empire. You can now see all of it on CBC Gem however tonight CBC-TV will air an abridged version of Drake’s Plan as a 90-minute special. Eh…check out the full-length Gem episodes. That’s my plan. (Sammy)

The Flash (8pm / CW)Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Three Pariah enlists Black Lightning to help stop the Anti-Monitor; Flash-90 shares what he learned from his battle in Elseworlds; with the help of Black Lightning, Barry, Cisco and Killer Frost come up with a plan that could save them all. Now comes the really sad part. This is the last episode of the event series until the New Year with Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow episodes not airing until then. So keep those spirits bright as you forge through the rest of the holidays knowing in just a few short weeks the conclusion will happen. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, Month

Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching (Anytime / HBO To Go/Crave) – Two of the greatest coaches of all time in one powerful HBO sports documentary (it premiered last night on HBO). Bring a pad and a pen; I’ve no doubt we’ll be taking notes as this unfolds. I’m reminded of the Michael Jordan commercial whose copy is:

“We’re scared for different reasons.
I’m scared of what I won’t become
& you’re scared of what I could become.
I won’t let myself end where I started,
I won’t let myself finish where I began.”

That’s exactly what these 2 men, these 2 coaches have done. That Jordan commercial’s tagline has Become Legendary. Indeed. (Sammy)

The Goldbergs (8pm / ABC) – In typical Beverly fashion, the holidays are a giant competition between her and the Kremps. Previously she reinvented Hanunkah to resemble Christmas, so knowing this time out it’s going to be the a battle of holiday cards I have high hopes. She only has one speed and it is Mach 3 in these situations. ’80s Christmas fun is going to be had. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, Month

Stockholm (9 pm / Starz) – Stockholm is a robbery movie; one of my favourite movie sub-genres. This one, however, documents the 1973 bank robbery turned hostage crisis which gave us the term “Stockholm syndrome.” Oh, I didn’t really know that. With Ethan Hawke, Mark Strong and Noomi Rapace so that’s decent. Based on the trailer it’s got a Dog Day Afternoon feel, yeah? (Sammy)

Toy Story That Time Forgot (8:30pm / ABC) – This was a great addition to the Christmas Special rotation with the original cast coming to do the voices for it. Much shenanigans are to be had as the gang has to reeducate some new Christmas gift toys that still think they are really their characters. This is a fun special and I highly recommend it. (Mr. Green)

Friday, Month

6 Underground (3 am / Netflix) – Sweet Josh Groban!! 6 Underground is part of a complete ruckus meal with witness the fitness chicks, a sports car chase, guns, death-defying leaps, waterfall crashing penthouses and it’s right before Christmas on Netflix yo!! And YES! How did we get so lucky on Friday the 13th? More balls to the wall ruckus from Michael Bay; we all know the routine by now. (Like why did Netflix release Marriage Story but not this one?!) (Sammy)

The Mandalorian (3am / Disney+) – Why are you not watching this?! It’s so good every week. Regardless if you are a Star Wars fan or not. Get on it. Plus now we are in the home stretch for the series as there are only a few episodes left to drop. Plus we have this new mystery figure from the last episode that might be hunting The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda. Like I said, soooo good! (Mr. Green)

Saturday, Month

Hellboy (8pm / HBO) – David Harbour is working hard for our nerd affections. He’s got Stranger Things going; the upcoming Black Widow movie and in between those projects he played Hellboy. Now granted the movie bombed at the box office: however box office has never been a reliable metric of quality. (Certainly, the frustrating absence of Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman was a significant factor in the movie’s failure.) I have not seen this Hellboy incarnation and I gingerly make my way towards it; as a massive fan of the two del Toro movies. Another day; another nerd movie vying for our affections. Just like David Harbour. (It’s been on Amazon Prime since December started if you have that and not HBO. And Hellboy is red so that counts as a Christmas movie!!) Sammy)

Frosty the Snowman (9pm / CBS) – The animated adaptation of Romeo Muller’s story narrated by Jimmy Durante. It has always been and will be a Christmas Special staple in my rotation to watch each year. Like all classic Christmas Specials, it can be a little hokey at times but it still if great to watch especially with the kids. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, Month

Mel Brooks: Unwrapped (Anytime / HBO To Go/Crave) – Mel Brooks is amazing!! Dude gave us Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles and countless other laughs. Originally this aired on HBO on Friday night however I was just in the mood for ruckus (6 Underground!) so I saved this here. A funny way to kick off the week, yes? The witty documentary was originally shot in 1981 by Alan Yentob the former creative director for the BBC only, he didn’t have an ending. So he kept returning to Mel Brooks’s life shooting more interviews and hoping for an ending. What we now get is this evolution of Mel Brooks; because at 93, he’s looking back more than he is ahead. It’ll be a sad day when he and his frequent collaborator Carl Reiner pass away. (Sammy)

Watchmen (9pm / HBO)Season Finale! Everything ends for real this time. Is what they are saying about this final episode of the season. The reaction has been so positive that HBO is looking toward another season so don’t worry. They need something to replace Game of Thrones. The show continues to be great each week and is really hitting on some interesting and important ideas about heroes, history, race and responsibilities. Also, I’m still very happy that this ties directly into the comics and not Snyder’s lacklustre movie. (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!