This Week’s Top 5 TV Picks


There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling five best bets for the coming week. This week, we say hello — finally! — to the second season of Mr. Robot, and goodbye to the second season of Outlander. Plus, new Netflix goodies to get you through the weekend.

Now: Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix

This week Netflix announced it had made an exclusive deal with the CW to stream entire seasons of its shows just eight days after their finales. The streaming giant recently added new episodes of the CW’s two most delightful series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. If you haven’t caught up with the former — a musical comedy that explores depression, friendship, and romance with nuance and humor — now’s your chance to watch the first season before the second premieres in the fall. And if you fell behind, or, heaven forbid, haven’t seen any of Jane the Virgin, both seasons are now available to stream.

Saturday: Outlander Season 2 finale

After taking a break for the Independence Day weekend, Outlander airs its 90-minute Season 2 finale on Saturday. The finale answers many of the questions posed in the premiere episode, which begins with a disoriented Claire appearing back in the 1940s three years after she passed through the stones at Craigh na Dun. With new characters, a shocking death, and a tearful goodbye, the episode is a satisfying conclusion to a whirlwind season.

Sunday: The Night Of

The first episode of HBO’s new limited series The Night Of is like a short movie: A college student (Riz Ahmed) sneaks out of his home in Queens and steals his dad’s taxi. A quiet, polite kid, he’s desperate to go to a party hosted by a member of the basketball team whom he tutors. But when a pretty young woman gets into the back of the cab and requests a ride, his night takes an unexpected turn that leads to Rikers Island, where he ends up awaiting trial for the woman’s murder. This juicy, compelling crime story with a meticulous attention to detail is not to be missed.

Tuesday: Difficult People Season 2

Whiny New Yorkers aren’t usually as fun as Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are in their Hulu series Difficult People, which returns for a second season on Tuesday. Eichner and Klausner play less successful versions of themselves: Friends who worship at the altar of showbiz and kvetch like there’s no tomorrow. The series is stuffed with cameos and the premiere episode features Tina Fey, Sandra Bernhard, and a particularly funny John Mulaney as Billy’s love interest.

Wednesday: Mr. Robot Season 2

After weeks of clever promotional schemes that have built up as much paranoia as they have anticipation, the second season of the USA network’s breakout hit Mr. Robot finally premieres this week. The Season 1 finale left off on a cliffhanger: Having successfully triggered a global financial meltdown, hacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) goes home to his Chinatown apartment, where there’s a knock on the door. My money’s on Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen), the terrifying Lady Macbeth who pushes her husband to ascend to the top of the Evil Corp food chain in the first season. It’s also entirely possible that the knock is just a figment of Elliot’s imagination. Just a few more days, people!