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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Wash your hands! Avoid unnecessary large group outings, stay in and watch TV. We are here to help you out each day through your days inside. Now to our picks. No, you are not experiencing deja vu Sammy and I actually picked the same show on some nights. Have no fear we did differ as well so there is still a good selection for you to choose from.

Yet again Mr. Green and I agree on the same tv shows. It’s weird and I am sorry. We will try to be more different; less Tomax and Xamot in the future. For now… here are some tv recommendations.

Monday, March 16

This Is Personal (8pm / Starz) – You know that Facebook relationship setting: It’s complicated? That’s an apt description of the women’s movement, this current wave of feminism and much more. An attempt to unpack some of these landmine-like issues is Amy Berg’s 2019 documentary This Is Personal. Through the lens of the leadership of the Women’s March protest movement, this doc explores women’s rights which are humans rights and much more. Heavy start to kick off the week. S’ok Mr. Green has some Supernatural for you!! (Sammy)

Supernatural (8pm / CW)NEW NIGHT! It has felt like forevvvveeeerrrr since we got to see the Winchesters in action. However, that is over as they return now on their new night. They got their mojo back and now its time to get back to finding a way to defeat GOD aka Chuck. I still really liked seeing Sam & Dean have to struggle with being regular normal humans. This week also has Billie back on the show and that is always good times especially when Death seems to know something about what’s going on and play a part in it. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, March 17

Niall Ferguson’s Networld (8pm / PBS) – The University of Washington offers the following course: Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data. That’s a course everybody should be taking; up there with how a bill becomes a law. But because we can’t all fit in that classroom we have this three-part docu-series instead. Niall Ferguson’s Networld examines how social networks past and present have shaped societies for better and/or worse. Meaning while Facebook is modern social networks and the damage they create are ancient. Know the past to understand the future. (Please note this is from 8-11pm. All 3 parts air tonight!) (Sammy)

Niall Ferguson’s Networld (8pm / PBS) – The first of two picks by Sammy and myself this week. Niall Ferguson goes in-depth about social networks both modern and ancient. While I will no doubt find it endlessly fascinating I doubt that I will be truly surprised or shocked by its content. The people who should be watching it are the people who LIVE on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, even 4Chan or its less reputable offspring 8Chan. People allow these stories to infect their minds because of a few simple narrative/graphic tricks people always fall for. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, March 18

True Terror With Robert Englund (10pm / Travel) – Many X-Files episodes began with a Mulder slideshow while Scully sat there all skeptical and sighing. I suspect True Terror With Robert Englund will be like a Mulder slideshow just with reenactments instead of slides. “In each episode, Englund uses his ominous tones and creepy charisma to masterfully weave together a trilogy of spine-tingling tales, guided by newspaper accounts and layered with commentary from historians and experts that prove that truth is always stranger than fiction.” Ok then. And… after you’ve seen what you’ve seen are you Mulder or are you Scully? Mr. Green is also up for this show… here are his thoughts! (Sammy)

True Terror With Robert Englund (10pm / Travel) – Our second shared recommendation this week and back to back night no less. Sometimes I swear Sammy thinks Strawberry Shortcake is comparable to X-Files. Still his comparison this time is not that far off. For me it’s more Nightmare Cafe meets Psi-Factor well season one Psi-Factor to be fair. This show is most likely to be a bit whacky and kooky as the clip suggests. However, Englund will be entertaining as he knows his craft well and is fully capable of giving the perfect performance as the series presenter. This kind of “documentary” series is something questionable for the time that is living in a post-truth world. Still looking forward to checking out how the series goes each week. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, March 19

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

Altered Carbon: Resleeved (3am / Netflix) – In 2003 the Wachowskis released The Animatrix. An anthology of anime like short films that detailed the backstory of the Matrix Universe. (It’s been a while since I’ve watched that but it was an American–Japanese production so it was pretty decent.) Similarly, Netflix is releasing Altered Carbon: Resleeved, an anime movie set (of course) in the nasty dirt in your eye Altered Carbon world. The description: “Altered Carbon: Resleeved is created and written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop), and features an original story based around protagonist Takeshi Kovacs, who finds himself protecting a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.” All of which sounds totally Altered Carbon. And bonus: Cowboy Bebop is outstanding; if you haven’t seen that do track it down. Just means that Dai Sato is the right man for this job. (Sammy)

Star Trek: Picard (3am / CBS All-Access) – The penultimate episode and the penultimate time I will talk about Picard here this season. Plus it’s the first part of a two-part story. I’m almost beginning the 7 stages of grief over the soon to be had loss of the series until next year. Regardless it doesn’t change the fact that I’m loving the shit out of the show each week. I’m still not impressed about Hugh but I will get over that annoyance in storytelling… eventually. I’m still banking on a last-minute rescue by Captain Worf of the Enterprise-F but that might be my mind working too deep in head-canon for my own good. (Mr. Green)

Friday, March 20

The Banker (3am / Apple TV) – In the trailer for The Banker after Anthony Mackie details his plans and his vision for a better America Samuel L. Jackson yells at him: “There’s a few complexities you just left out. Oh, I’m sorry. Did I not wake up Black this morning? Because I’m pretty sure I did. Yep! Still Black.” That’s pretty much what you pay Samuel L. Jackson to do – yell at other actors in his distinct tone. Dude’s yelling? I’m in! (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (3am / Netflix) – Joe Exotic is a hot mess! I first heard about him when he ran for President in 2016. At the time I thought he was just a strange animal lover who had a desire to win the White House. However, the true story behind this man is nothing short of bizarre and twisted. It involves mullets, polygamy, weapons, tigers, animal trafficking, animal cruelty, fraud, personal vendettas and a murder for hire plot. Like I said a hot mess! Yet it is such a fascinating character study of questionable judgement and criminality makes it a must-see event for me. I already am aware of the outcome of the most criminal parts of the story but to see it told like this versus hours of reading should be entertaining, especially when the video of him speaking his own thoughts are incorporated into the documentary. I can’t wait for Friday to come. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, March 21

Q Ball (Anytime/ Netflix) – A current trend is NBA players becoming movie/tv show producers (Stephen Curry, LeBron James etc.). Here’s an entry from Kevin Durant (I like the media he’s creating…he is one of the better producers; he has a better handle on the vision he is attempting to express.). Q Ball is set “at San Quentin State Prison (where) hardened convicts take their shots at redemption while navigating personal struggles by bonding through basketball.” There’s a lack of humanity and dignity in our prison system; it echoes the tension between superstar baller and “it’s a team sport.” How do you maintain your individuality within a system where you’re just a cog? I’m curious to see what else KD gives us following his year off. (Sammy)

Fast & Furious (8:30pm / USA) – This is the fourth film in the franchise and Han’s second film however it’s Han’s first appearance in the F&F franchise. I know it takes a while to wrap heads around the chronological order of the film series. However, it’s true the series goes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3, 7, 8 and soon part 9. Although that has been shifted to 2021 now because of the current pandemic. This movie is what made me like the franchise again. It felt like a return to the roots of what made the first film really work and be fun to watch. Not just because both Dom and Brian were back on screen but it seemed to regain some its secret sauce with this installment. Subsequent films amp up the superheroic nature of the stories this one still felt relatively earthbound. #JusticeForHan (Mr. Green)

Sunday, March 22

Less Netflix More Chill (Anytime / No Channel) – Mr. Green has a tv suggestion (see below!) while I have a human suggestion. Take a break. Go outside. Do something. As everybody is forced to work from home and as society grinds to a halt it’s natural to watch tv and that’s why we offer these TV recommendations. But get up; have tea with a friend… do something human without a screen. The world will not end; your health will be fine if you are taking proper safety precautions. (Sammy)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (9pm / NBC) – The fact that I have been enjoying this show is astounding to me on so many levels. The fact that it is a musical at its heart should have been enough to keep me away however the use of music to convey people’s innermost feelings and emotional state has been an interesting and effective way to bring new life into the musical genre. While the pilot was pretty dark overall with moments of super-bright moments of joy and song the subsequent episodes have really done a better job of expressing their ideas better and in an even more entertaining way. (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!