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 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.

With all this social distancing and lockdown happening on a global scale it’s a perfect time to catch up on some of that backlog TV. If you are like me you have hours and hours of backlogged programming sitting on your PVR.

There’s still TV to watch! Though as productions slow or outright stop across the world we’ll hafta spend some time looking back than forward. But not just yet!

Monday, March 23

Freud (3am / Netflix) – An imported mystery drama featuring your favourite tv sleuth… Sigmund Freud? Yup. I’m guessing sex is somehow involved? Freud as a psychoanalytic Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating pitch I wanna see where this goes. However, if a mother is killed well let’s just say the son did it: it’s an open and shut case. (Sammy)

The Plot Against America (9pm / HBO) – Based on the historical backdrop of pre-World War 2 America this show delves into areas of politics and culture that will be eerily familiar to modern audiences. Much of what the show is dealing with can be compared to current events in some way. Shows like this are great for giving potential new viewpoints on topics that maybe can’t be easily discussed amongst people in the current climate. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, March 24

NRA: Under Fire (10pm / PBS) – With the American election coming up in November now is a good time to get a better handle on just what the NRA does politically…how they operate and what their agenda is. Frontline is typically pretty solid with these American Life types of stories. (If this interests you do check out Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson. An exhaustively researched book that came out this past October. Be careful though it’ll anger up the blood.) (Sammy)

Council of Dads (10pm / NBC)PREMIERE! Another show in the mould of This is Us or Party of Five or any other schmaltzy family-driven drama. Tom Everett Scott plays a father who learns that he is dying and he makes plans for his children to have a group of his male friends take on his responsibilities after he is gone. While the show isn’t my exact cup of tea I’m sure that there many who this will spark their interest in watching. That’s what’s important here that you enjoy what you watch each night. Sure I have plenty of favourites that I like to promote as does Sammy, but sometimes we stretch outside our comfort zones to suggest something we think others might really enjoy. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, March 25

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (3am / Netflix) – In 2019 we lost Jean Vanier, one of our coolest and bestest Canadians. Vanier founded L’Arche in the mid-60s giving a home and most importantly dignity to individuals with disabilities. We’ve seen how this model works and indeed it is wildly successful: L’Arche is in 38 countries offering all kinds of distinct communities. Netflix’s latest documentary Crip Camp echoes Vanier’s 60s work by focusing on a gang of campers fighting for disability civil rights. Not quite the Wonder Years story we often think of when the 60s come up. (Bonus Fun: the L’Arche community here in Toronto has open house dinners with the community and occasionally a bowling night. Last time I went bowling with some of the L’Arche community members they showed up with their own balls and bowling gloves and proceeded to destroy me. Yo! I didn’t stand a chance. Don’t ever let the word disability throw you off. Everybody is capable of surprise if you give’em the opportunity.) (Sammy)

Stumptown (10pm / ABC)SEASON FINALE! After a great start, the show comes to its season one finale with Dex looking at being investigated for murder. Now with everybody being in some form of lockdown, this will be a great time for you to check out this great show and see why I keep hyping it up each week. Colbie Smulders has a great supporting cast with Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, Camryn Manheim and Micheal Ealy plus all the guest actors and day players bringing their A-games each episode. Do yourself the favour and watch this show. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, March 26

Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections (9pm/ HBO) – While this’ll no doubt be a (painfully accurate) criticism of American infrastructure I’m curious how electronic voting will affect voter suppression. The margins of victory in most elections (even here in Canada) are thin: you don’t have to win by a lot of votes; just get enough votes. If an NBA team beats another team by 2 points they still win. As such this documentary on antiquated election technology is timely. We’re currently planning trips to Mars and testing self-driving cars and developing SkyNet: electronic voting really shouldn’t be an issue. (Sammy)

Star Trek: Picard (3am / CBS All Access)SEASON FINALE! We have finally made it to the end of the first epic season of Picard. Phew… what a ride.After last week’s only somewhat shocking turn of events, we get to see what Picard and crew can do against the coming storm of Romulans and potentially an even greater foe from beyond the quadrant that could be worse than the Borg ever were. I have been stumping for this show since it premiered 10 weeks ago and I won’t back down now. It has been a stellar sequel to TNG and all other Star Trek shows. With Patrick Stewart and the rest of the cast bringing it each week as they give us some nostalgia porn mixed in with this new story about Data and his progeny. While that concept is still a little weird, I’ll gladly take it over what many had believed was the story that was going to be told. Bravo team, bravo! (Mr. Green)

Friday, March 27

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Anytime / Crave) – It’s a Quentin Tarantino movie! That’s pretty much worth the time investment if you haven’t seen it. Though I suspect Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is misunderstood. The movie is literally called Once Upon a Time… which cues every single fairy tale ever. Only better: the Cinderella ball stuff is boring. (It’s only the start, the setup and the end that matters with fairy tales anyway.) Hollywood is a fairy tale: it’s good to some people and it’s bad to others. Hollywood is a place where people go to make happy endings while failing (often) to get a happy ending themselves. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a hopeful tragedy. It’s a Disney movie for adults (especially creators) but thankfully with no cheddar like a princess or a queen. And eh, even if you disagree with me: it’s a Quentin Tarantino see for yo’self! (Sammy)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (3am / Disney+) – Last week saw the official return of Ahsoka Tano in The Clone Wars final season. After being charged with treason and eventually proven innocent she left the Jedi ordered feeling betrayed. Now we see what happened after that and before she reappears 15 years later on Rebels. Ahsoka began as a fan target when the series first started. However, as the show progressed she quickly became one of the biggest star characters in Star Wars. Her transition from young padawan to strong capable Jedi near the end is a credit to Dave Filoni and his creative team behind the show. This is further proved by the excitement around the news that Rosario Dawson has been cast to play her in The Mandalorian season two. Ahsoka truly is a character for the ages in the Star Wars universe. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, March 28

Movie Franchise Selection (Anytime / Any Channel) – I know somebody who this past week finally tackled the Fast and Furious franchise. She’d never seen any of em and is slowly working her way through all 8 movies. Is there a movie franchise you’ve never seen but been curious about? The new Jurassic Parks? Pirates of the Caribbean? Final Destinations? Harry Potters? Now is the time as our once hectic world has succumbed to the coronavirus crawl. Many of these movie franchises can be found on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Crave. Give it a shot and let us know what franchise you’ve decided to tackle. (Sammy)

100 Humans (Anytime / Netflix) – A fun bizarrely entertaining show about comedians that decide to experiment with 100 humans to see if theories they have are true or not. Things like can you blind smell the difference between young people and seniors. Much of which is funny and painfully direct in observational comments. Anything to keep our minds off the strange times that are afoot. Let’s distract from that by watching strange things on TV. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, March 29

TV Show Podcasts (Anytime / Not On TV) – Take a break from TV (which doesn’t make any sense in a #SetTheVCR column) and try some of the official podcast companions. A fascinating trend is tv shows are showing up with podcasts: HBO put out a Watchmen podcast while Syfy puts out the official Project Blue Book podcast. Right now only a handful of tv shows offer podcasts however they have incredible access to actors and writers and creators. Dope way to spend a few extra minutes in a world you dig. (Sammy)

Buddy Vs. Duff (8pm / Food Network) – I watched season one because Candice wanted to see it after hearing great things about it. I also got hooked and we were both excited to hear that a second season was produced. While we are both firmly in the Duff camp it is great to see them both duke it out in these crazy challenges each time. Right now this kind of weird over the top programming can help with all that we are dealing with. Plus, this episode has a dinosaur cake, I can’t wait to see how ridiculous they each make their cakes. (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!