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.
It’s the spooky time of the year and I’m not even talking about the pandemic. No, it’s Halloween time! So we get creepy for the rest of the month. Expect more horror themed picks as continued this month.
It’s October! As that Autumn wind begins to chill your bones we’ve got some horror suggestions destined to produce warm Fear Pee! Ah, the sites and smells of October and Halloween Season.Sammy Younan
Monday, October 5
See Below – AMC’s latest is Soulmates a 6 episode anthology series set 15 years from now about a corporation with a scientific test that determines your soulmate. It’s basically Brave New World meets Black Mirror (co-creator William Bridges has written for Black Mirror and produced Stranger Things so that’s your “tone” heads up.). I’ll let Mr. Green take it from here. (Sammy)
Soul Mates (10pm / AMC) – SERIES PREMIERE! A new series that looks into a future where humanity in the search for the perfect match in love has developed a test to show who your soul mate is. Yeah right! Like this isn’t going to end badly for those involved at all. Stories like these usually only have one outcome in entertainment – tragedy. So, I’m going to get hip-waders on and trudge through the cesspool of misery that will be on display as these hapless people find not love but its exact opposite. As Sammy mentions above having one of the writers from Black Mirror should give you plenty of idea how things are going to go over these six episodes. (Mr. Green)
Tuesday, October 6
Swamp Thing (8pm / CW) – So if you’ve read the comics this simple description will make sense: “Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, only to discover the dark, terrifying mysteries of the swamp.” However, the actual swamp has been DC’s streaming mess: this show was cancelled shortly after it premiered on DC Universe. Meanwhile, Doom Patrol and Titans have graduated to HBO Max empowering them a larger mainstream audience. This horror show had it; I know I’m saying what everyone else is saying but it shoulda gotten at least a second season. Studios have greenlit worse. Will we ever see “The Return of Swamp Thing?” This is a decent series that was not long for this world; I so want “Moore” episodes. We were probably cheated of that classic Heather Locklear Season 2 guest star moment too: boo! Cue Len (Wein)’s If You Steal My Sunshine…! (Sammy)
Black Box (3am / Amazon Prime) – Blum House has several projects dropping this month with Amazon Prime. Black Box looks to be another successful story from the minds that define horror currently. Here an ordinary man who has severe memory loss and potential brain damage seeks an experimental treatment that will unlock the memories he can’t access after the tragic car accident that killed his wife. Sounds all like a good cause but it’s October and this is Blum House Productions so you have to know that the story is going to get dark and the trailer does provide some excellent hints and visuals to give us the creeps. (Mr. Green)
Wednesday, October 7
Sammy’s Pick of the Week
War of The Worlds (
Hubie Halloween (3am / Netflix) – Sammy gave you a pretty solid and serious take on a Halloween story. My turn to give you another Halloween treat. Another in a long line of projects Sandler had green-lit by Netflix coming to the streaming service. Unlike most of Sandler’s work which I’m not the biggest fan of this one looks like it might be a winner. He is teaming up again with his co-star from Happy Gilmore Julie Bowen who joins along with Kevin James, Kenan Thompson, Noah Schnapp, Steve Buscemi, Maya Rudolph, Ray Liotta and more! For some this tickles my fancy I will be watching this one. Hopefully, it’s more Happy Gilmore and less Little Nicky. (Mr. Green)
Thursday, October 8
Fantasy Island (
Star Trek: Lower Decks (8pm / CBS All-Access) – SEASON FINALE! This hilarious show is coming to its season conclusion. This is very sad but also should be celebrated as it was able to do something each week that I thought was impossible before this and it took the piss each week. Star Trek has always had humour but very little out and out comedy in the whole of its shows. Here we got to see a crew of misfits unleashed amongst the stars and get into shenanigans each week. I can’t wait to see another season about the crew of the USS Cerritos. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long for it to hit the streamer next year. Yes, Cerritos! (Mr. Green)
Friday, October 9
The Haunting of Bly Manor (
Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week
The Right Stuff (3am / Disney+) – SERIES PREMIERE! A new retelling of the Mercury space missions and what it took to get the US in space ahead of the USSR in the ’60s. Based on the novel by Tom Wolfe of the same name we get to see this unfold as series versus the highly regarded film from 1983. Like some of the Mercury missions, this could end in a fireball of despair or as triumphant as Chuck Yeager first breaking the sound barrier. Unlike Yeager though this will not be classified and will be seen by millions of Disney+ subscribers when it launches today. I’m a big fan of the ’83 film so this has a lot to live up to proving if it has the right stuff. Groan I know but I couldn’t help myself. (Mr. Green)
Saturday, October 10
Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Season 2 (
Books of Blood (Anytime / Hulu) – I read a lot of Clive Barker in high school and beyond including his anthology series The Books of Blood. A series of grim tales that like his other major work has that style of macabre that Barker is known for. Hell, this is the same guy who gave us Hellraiser that should give you the right perspective. I’m sure the Hulu series will not be as violent and vicious as that movie was but this trailer does give hints to it holding somewhat close to it’s roots in the novels. What’s great here is if successful this could really blossom into an ongoing anthology series every October for horror fans around the US, as sadly Hulu is still only legally allowed to be viewed in America. When will Disney let us have it around the world!? (Mr. Green)
Sunday, October 11
See Below – Mr. Green has a great recommendation! (Sammy)
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Anytime / Netflix) – Looking for spooky haunted house stories well Netflix has your fix. After the uber-successful runaway hit that was The Haunting of Hill House the same creative team is back to give us another haunted place to call home. If you like ghost stories or just plain creepy than this will right up your alley. I know some people have had to watch Hill House with the lights on. Let’s see if Bly manor can give us the same outcome. If you are a horror fan this month is brimming over with great options for you to watch and this doesn’t even include many of the old standards like Halloween or Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s great to be a horror fan these days. (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!