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.

For the second week in a row, we have major disruptions in TV schedules. Last week it was the Super Bowl and this week we get two. First up is the State of the Union address on Tuesday followed by the Oscars on Sunday. Regardless of how you feel about either event and their importance, they DO interrupt our TV watching habits. Thankfully there are shows or streaming options to help you around these this week. Let us help guide you through this chaos.

This February you get 29 tv watching days; not 28. Isn’t that great? Mr. Green and I have 14 choices (kinda) for you to kick of this extra-long month.

Sammy Younan

Monday, February 3

McMillions (10pm / HBO) – The McDonalds’ fraud that made the FBI Grimace! The company that gave us the commercial slogan keep your eyes on your fries failed to keep their eyes on their Monopoly game and it got rigged. How? Who? And did he go directly to jail without passing Go? And how many Hamburglar jokes can we make before they start to hurt his feelings? While this material sounds fascinating 6 parts for a doc-series is a bit much. Still, let’s get into this sweet and sour sauce. (Sammy)

Bull (10pm / CBS) – After a fertility clinic mix up a biological father wants custody of his child. Boy if I had a nickel for every time I have heard this premise before… I would have a nickel. As bizarre a story angle as it is I’m sure there will be some fun to be had watching how the TAC team handles this case. Plus, maybe Bull’s 400-year gestating child will finally be born. Longest pregnancy ever. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, February 4

Network vs State of the Union (Anytime vs 9pm / Crave vs Major US Networks) – “Prepare yourself for a perfectly outrageous motion picture!” is the tagline for the 1976 movie Network. Network was added to Crave on February 1st so you can watch that tonight OR you can watch the 45th President of the United States of America deliver the annual State of the Union address. Am I giving you a choice or are these sorta kinda the same thing? The State of the Union is on the regular channels at 9pm. (Sammy)

Flash (8pm / CW – Finally back from its winter break team Flash begin the second half of their season with no big bad since Bloodwork was handled just before the Crisis event took place. I’m sure this episode will be just the first part of setting up the new villain for Barry and the team but it feels weird to not know what’s happening right now. Maybe even a little exciting. Bonus if you want to avoid the State of the Union then stay on CW for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which follows right after The Flash. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, February 5

Lego Masters (9pm / Fox) – Sing it you know it: “she’s a brick house; she’s mighty-mighty, just letting it all hang out. I like ladies stacked and that’s a fact.” The Commodores were not singing about stacking lego blocks. Though if I was one of the participants in Lego Masters this new competition series Brick House would be on deck theme music. Wonder what host Will Arnett aka Lego Batman would think of that? (Sammy)

Stumptown (10pm / ABC) – This works out perfectly. You can watch Sammy’s pick, Lego Masters, at 9pm and then switch over to ABC to this week’s Stumptown. Sadly, I’m a few weeks behind on Stumptown right now however it continues to be a great show and I’m super happy to know that tonight won’t be the last episode. It got picked up for a full season so more adventures of Dex and friends this year. Hopefully, as I catch up we will hear good news about a second season soon. Finger-crossed. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, February 6

30 or 30: Vick (9pm / ESPN) – Part 2 of Vick the 30 for 30 on the NFL quarterback Michael Vick concludes. I mentioned this last week; it’s a 30 for 30 always check em out. And stay tuned for the 30 for 30 on Bruce Lee. Man; I cannot wait. (Sammy)

Star Trek: Picard (9pm / CBS All Access) – Even with Brooklyn returning and Katy Keene premiering tonight there is only one choice for me. Yes, I’m recommending Picard again this week. Sure, the second episode wasn’t the super impactful first episode full of easter eggs but this one had a few easter eggs plus a major revelation about Star Fleet. I really can’t wait to see what happens this week on the show. I’ll admit I’m totally invested in the series. It feels like a really good fit for the post-TNG/Voyager Trek universe. I also can’t wait to see some of the cameos that are coming as well. I haven’t been this excited for new Trek in a while and I have enjoyed watching every series to date, although some less so than others, I’m looking at you Enterprise. (Mr. Green)

Friday, February 7

Locke & Key (3am/ Netflix) – I got yelled at by aggressive nerds on Twitter for not reading the Locke & Key comics. Well now I don’t hafta, right? Written by Joe Hill Locke & Key is illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez and published by IDW Publishing. (Netflix adapted IDW’s V Wars I’ve yet to read or see that. I’ve committed lotta nerd sins.) According to the ye old media release: “Locke & Key revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.” The trailer looks like a Tim Burton movie (maybe Big Fish?) meets The House with a Clock in Its Walls (the murdered dad is not played by Jack Black is he??!). I’m in for an episode or two. Mr. Green has more Locke & Key feelings. (Sammy)

Locke & Key (3am / Netflix) – Sammy is right I too also want to watch this and have wanted to since it was first announced. Luckily this looks more like Stranger Things than V-Wars for budget quality. It’s becoming apparent that Netflix like other networks does have an internal sense about which projects deserve the budgets and ad buys to market the concepts they strongly believe in. Locke & Key is getting that push from the streaming giant. Unlike Sammy, I don’t get the Big Fish/The House with a Clock in Its Walls vibe he is getting. This feels more like Narnia meets Stranger Things/Harry Potter mixed in. Joe Hill’s influences as a child of the ’80s are pretty apparent with this series along with the horror aspects of his father’s writing. I know what I’m doing next weekend. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, February 8

XFL Doubleheader (11 am & 2pm / ABC & Fox) – If you listen to Geek Hard on Friday nights you’ll catch wrestling references. Which I usually do not get. However, Vince McMahon who I know without googling is a wrestling guy has rebooted the XFL. This quirky football league had a one and done season back in 2001. Well now for reasons I cannot understand any more than a Geek Hard wrestling reference the XFL returns today. The Dragons vs. the Defenders are 11 am on ABC and at 2 pm on Fox, you can see the Wildcats vs. the Roughnecks. (Sammy)

Star Trek: The Next Generation (Anytime / Netflix) – Since I started watching Picard I have been re-watching TNG from the beginning. Especially the episodes that matter to the narrative of the show. While I’m only halfway through season three I already have hit Hide and Q, Datalore, Skin of Evil, The Neutral Zone, Measure of a Man, Q Who, The Ensigns of Command, The Enemy and The Defector with of course The Best of Both Worlds Part One still to come. Sure some of these episodes like Skin of Evil are not the best overall they do convey what I consider valuable info regarding Data and Picard for the new series. In seasons 4-7 there are many more episodes that either tie directly to Picard in some way or show backstory for the narrative and the characters we are seeing again or referencing. Before this week’s episode of Picard make sure to revisit season 5’s I, Borg to see how Hugh first came into Trek. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, February 9

Origin (Anytime / YouTube) – YouTube is hosting a free preview so you can watch a number of their shows and documentaries. I’ve been watching Origin (though lots of people suggest Cobra Kai. That is also free to watch as well.) “From the producers of The Crown and producers of Lost comes Origin, a chilling new original series that follows a group of troubled passengers as they wake up on a damaged spaceship abandoned in deep space.” Some horror-sci-fi. Massive sets. Hard sci-fi. (Sammy)

The 92nd Academy Awards (8pm / ABC) – For the second Sunday in a row all major network shows are in reruns because of the Oscars. I stopped a long time ago watching the show other than some highlights each year. Most of the time it’s way too predictable and they are more a dog 7 pony show than a real award show. Still, it’s THE award show each year. All the others can try to be the big kid on the block but they just can’t fill these boots. Honestly, only the Super Bowl is bigger each year for single night event audiences. I usually only care about the over/under on the runtime nowadays so I’ll say 3 hours and 46 minutes. (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!