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.

While the world burns around us there is still some good TV on that we can enjoy before it all comes crashing down around us. Okay, enough of that doom and gloom let’s get back to the fun. This week sees the conclusion of the Crisis Event on the CW and we have some cool documentaries and more cool programs. So sure the world may seem dark remember that the small screen can help alleviate that dread even if only for an hour at a time. Sorry, I’m still sick and might be a little dark right now. Maybe Sammy has a brighter outlook.

Woah: are Januarys always this good and this hectic and crammed with so much good stuff? This feels like a special month. Savour it.

Sammy Younan

Monday, January 13

College Football Playoff National Championship (8pm / ESPN & ESPN2) – This is a heavyweight bout: Clemson Tigers versus the LSU Fighting Tigers. Expect aftershocks on Tuesday morning. We haven’t witnessed a rumble like this since Optimus Prime and Megatron began their final battle:

“One shall stand, one shall fall.”
“Why throw your life away so recklessly?”

“That’s a question you should ask yourself, Megatron.”
“No! I’ll crush you with my bare hands!”

Sammy’s Prediction: The entire game will be close and Clemson wins. (Sammy)

The Flash (8pm / CW) – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three. The Crisis event concludes tomorrow night so here’s a great way to get back in the proper headspace by watching the last before jumping back into the deep end. Especially with that ending that came sorta out of nowhere. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, January 14

Frontline: America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump (9pm / PBS) – This is a bit of a cheat…I apologize for that. Tonight is the second part of Frontline: America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump. Last night was actually Part One! According to the media release: “Part One traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump. Part Two examines how Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions, how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide, and what America’s polarization could mean for the country’s future.” I’m not keen on President Trump docs as they quickly veer into predictability however Frontline is known for doing a great job documenting This American Life. (Sammy)

Arrow (8pm / CW) – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four & Five. Arrow kicks off the new year with the first new episode of the Crisis Event since December 10th, 2019. Which maybe feel like that long it has been. With the team in shambles as Earth One was obliterated by the antimatter wave what remains of the team must now regroup and face the challenge with a surprise tag-along on the trip. Then Crisis will conclude with the PREMIERE! of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. With Brandon Routh leaving this season I’m still wondering if he will be replaced by Osric Chau’s Ryan Choi. It would make perfect comic book sense but we will have to wait and see if the Berlanti-verse follows that logic. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, January 15

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (3am / Netflix) – Granted the New England Patriots have always been known as killers this, however, is a dark example. That whole true crime trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down; thankfully it’s rife with Serial offenders. Though sadly in Aaron Hernandez’s case CTE was a contributing factor so the case isn’t exactly open and shut. (Sammy)

Nature (8pm / PBS) – This episode of the series is covering Hippos. Yep, those big lovable animals that are really not so lovable in the wild. Hippos are notoriously territorial and protective of their families. I’m sure that this will be a super fascinating look into the life of these giant creatures that have been misunderstood because of companies like Disney making them so lovable in their shows & movies. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, January 16

The Last Days of Richard Pryor (9pm/ ABC) – In his acceptance speech for the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor Dave Chappelle said this about standup comedy: “There’s something so true about this genre when done correctly, that I will fight anybody that gets in a true practitioner of this art form’s way. ‘Cause I know you’re wrong. This is the truth, and you are obstructing it. I’m not talking about the content; I’m talking about the art form.” Impressively eloquent. And relevant because one of comedy’s greatest contributors (and the first winner of Mark Twain Prize) is Richard Pryor. We lost him in 2005; so thankfully we’re actively trying to keep his work alive. (Sammy)

Supernatural (8pm / CW) – Closing in on the halfway point for the final season. After the last episode before Christmas and Micheal finally understands the truth about God he gives them a list of items that should stop him. Now we see that Dean is trying to get one of the ingredients from Purgatory with Cas while Sam pals around with God. Yeah, I’m sure Dean will be cool with all of this. I’m sensing possibly one last Winchester breakup before they call it a season. (Mr. Green)

Friday, January 17

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

Hip-Hop Evolution (3m / Netflix) – The fourth and final season of Netflix’s incredible origin of rap docuseries. All 4 seasons hosted by Shad K. To recap:
Season 1 was DJ Kool Herc and rap’s origin story: Block Parties.

Season 2 was gangsta rap and 90s glory: House Parties.

Season 3 is Jay-Z, OutKast, Snoop Dogg and more: Award Show Parties.

So: what kind of party will Season 4 be? (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

Sex Education (3am / Netflix) – After season 1 where Otis and Maeve successfully set up a way for students to talk about sex in an honest and relatable way things have become strained between the two. Otis is also learning the friendship he has with Eric is also changing plus Otis has a girlfriend now. That’s a lot happening to a socially awkward kid like Otis. The show’s first season took a little time to get going but once it started moving the pace kept up throughout. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the story goes this time. Even with a Chlamydia outbreak at the school. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, January 18

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (8pm / HBO) – Honestly? I’m disappointed the tagline for Godzilla: King of the Monsters doesn’t employ the phrase “balls to the wall” everybody at WB marketing is fired. (One of the taglines is “Prepare To Throw Down” which isn’t bad…) Also acceptable? RUCKUS! Monster Fight Club…that’s all this is. Ruckus and Monster Fight Club. That should be the tagline. Clean out your desk out before noon WB marketing guy. (Sammy)

Messiah (Anytime / Netflix) – This show dropped on New Year’s Day. After finally getting a chance to watch it I suggest you do as well. It is a very interesting exploration of what might happen if the son of God was to return in the modern-day… and be a Muslim. Now before you get all worried about it being a very religious show it is far from that as they also introduce an element about his past that may prove him to be a fake. Like I said they take all sides in this rather hot debate including how the world might treat a person like this today. There is a lot of political, historical, moral and theological points being addressed with each episode. I think the show does a good job of treading a fine line regarding the truth of the character and it will be interesting to see if it ever gets resolved. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, January 19

Assholes: A Theory (10pm / Documentary Channel) – Often when you bring up Kanye West you instantly get some variation of “he’s an ass” or “he’s an asshole” as if it was some sort of empirical fact. (Which I’ve always found utterly and entirely irrelevant: he’s paid to be creative and he does that well across a number of disciplines.) The asshole culture such as it is; is documented in this fascinating documentary by director John Walker. Built around an engaging conversation with philosopher Aaron James, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of California; and the author of the bestseller Assholes: A Theory. James’ book sets out to establish an academic definition of asshole so it can be studied and understood; this documentary picks up on James’ work and book and investigates “the contemporary “asshole culture” which of course brings us full circle to Kanye West. Is Kanye West an asshole according to the documentary and professor James’ work? See for yourself. (Sammy)

Supergirl (9pm / CW) – Reeling from the aftermath of Crisis Supergirl now finds herself having to deal with complications of the new status quo. It sounds very much like Kara and the team at the DEO are now in the Earth-One universe. Finally allowing for easy to do crossover episodes as was predicted when the event series was announced much like it’s comic book source material. If this is the case I will very interested in seeing how the future of the Berlanti-verse continues especially with the upcoming Stargirl series as well. I wonder if we will start getting some Justice League level threats that happen outside of the mega-crossover each winter. (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!