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 – All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.
Still no real start to the TV season as the fall lineup is a bust because of the pandemic. However, we are getting treated to some interesting offerings in the mean time that many of us wouldn’t usually have the time for. Let’s enjoy this while it lasts and hopefully it will make consider other options even after the big network shows return.
Lots of documentaries this week proving yet again for all the CGI and the bright spectrum of talented actors at our disposal: Life is stranger than fiction.Sammy Younan
Monday, September 14
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (
The Third Day (3am / HBO Max) – SERIES PREMIERE! A new limited series that appears to be giving us engaging and horrific storytelling. It does feel a little like The Wickerman but hopefully, that is more the classic Sutherland version and not the insane Cage remake. The show has an amazing cast showing up and giving us something that could be truly horrific. I’m looking forward to catching this mystery before the island traps me. (Mr. Green)
Tuesday, September 15
Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice (
Harlan County, USA (9:15pm / TCM) – This is a documentary that I have been wanting to catch for years. It documents the 1973 Kentucky coal miners strike and the brutal opposition they faced. This is the type of doc that will remind you that as far as we’ve collectively come we are still only a couple of steps ahead of where we were just 4 decades ago. (Mr. Green)
Wednesday, September 16
The Devil All The Time (
Challenger: The Final Flight (3am / Netflix) – Like many my age I remember this happening and thinking this would be the worst tragedy of my life. My Kennedy assassination moment. Thirty-four years later I’m still amazed how naive I was. Especially, after the recent anniversary of 9/11. Still, at the time this was as big as it got for me. I had really hoped that we would have been lucky enough to watch the launch like so many other schools were doing, but now I’m glad we didn’t. This documentary is going to be a bittersweet watch for me. (Mr. Green)
Thursday, September 17
Sammy’s Pick of the Week
The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show (
Dragon’s Dogma (3am / Netflix) – I never played the game this is based on but damn if that trailer doesn’t get me excited to watch this. There is obviously some high fantasy elements shown that will look familiar to fans of Tolkien for example but with some of the crazy over the top epic action that anime is known for. The other thought I’m left with is that I could totally see this as a live-action film but knowing Hollywood it would star Nic Cage or Sean Connery or some other notorious actor know for taking pay cheques over quality scripts. Which is why I’m glad this is an anime instead. Some things are better suited in animation. (Mr. Green)
Friday, September 18
All In: The Fight for Democracy (
Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week
The Long Way Up (3am / Apple TV+) – SERIES PREMIERE! As a fan of Ewan McGregor’s, I have been fascinated by his Long Way series of adventures with his best friend Charlie Boorman. These trips end up being part travelogue and part exploration of their friendship and their lives at the time of the trip. If you have never seen any of the previous series I highly recommend checking them out or if you prefer to read the books are available as well. (Mr. Green)
Saturday, September 19
The Invisible Man (
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (Anytime / Netflix) – This pick is solely for the kids. While I like dinosaurs as most people do, this show looks to skew a little younger than what I would want to watch. Still, for the kids that are big fans of the series of films here is a great add-on for them to help hold them over until the next Jurassic World film is released. (Mr. Green)
Sunday, September 20
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (
Lovecraft Country (9pm / HBO) – This show is soooo good. Why do you need me to recommend it to you?! Just do yourself a favour and watch it each week. We need to have more quality shows like this on TV. I’m tired of much of what we get from Hollywood and like to see some new creative voices getting a shot to shine. (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!