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…well, this week. No amount of TV will soothe what happened this week. Nevertheless, the world keeps spinning and TV keeps premiering — the folks at South Park managed to get up on Wednesday morning and re-write that night’s episode to reflect the election results. So here’s what’s coming up this week.Friday: Red Oaks Season 2This Amazon original flew a little under the radar when it premiered last year. A coming-of-age comedy set in 1980s New Jersey, Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts as David, who in the first season spent the summer after high school working as a tennis instructor at a country club. Richard Kind and Jennifer Grey play David’s parents; Paul Reiser plays the father of his broody, cigarette-puffing love interest, Skye (Alexandra Socha). Despite all that talent — the show’s directors include executive producer David Gordon Green, Hal Hartley, and Amy Heckerling, and Stephen Soderbergh serves as an executive producer — Red Oaks is pleasantly diverting but slight. If you’re looking for a half-hour comedy that’ll go down easy, give it a try. Both seasons are now available to stream on Amazon Prime. Saturday: Dave Chappelle + A Tribe Called Quest on SNL Dave Chappelle’s first turn hosting Saturday Night Live would be legendary even without the added bonus of A Tribe Called Quest, who released their first new album in 18 years today. The pairing was set before the election, of course, and this week’s episode was bound to be politically charged no matter who hosted. But to have a comedian who’s been known for his outspoken racial critiques host the first SNL after Trump’s election? Well, shit. I hope they don’t hold him back. As always, SNL airs at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, or you can catch up on Hulu the next morning. Tuesday: Billy on the Street Season 5 It’s too bad the man-on-the-street segments for Billy on the Street‘s new season were filmed before the election; Billy Eichner’s Trump-related questions and jokes might come off as more sad than funny at this point. Either way, Eichner’s manic, aggressive energy as he accosts people on the street to ask them strange celebrity-related questions (“Miss, how does Andrew Garfield find levity on set?”) will be cathartic right now. Or something. I don’t know, guys. Watch Billy on the Street‘s Season 5 premiere on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. on truTV. Tuesday: Good Behavior Good Behavior is a sexy new TNT thriller starring Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery in a very different role from the uptight heiress Lady Mary. Dockery plays Letty, a recovering meth addict and petty thief on parole whose mother won’t let her see her son. When she accidentally overhears a man arranging to have his wife murdered while stealing from a fancy hotel, she tries to save the woman’s life, and ends up tangled up in the plans of a sexy hit man, played by Juan Diego Botto. The plot is a little hard to swallow, and Dockery struggles to cast off her regal air to play this down-and-dirty Southern con artist. But she and Botto have wonderful chemistry, and the show has style and rhythm in spades. The first two episodes air back to back on TNT this Tuesday at 9 p.m. (Psst: TNT has released the first episode on YouTube ahead of time, if you really can’t wait.) Thursday: Lovesick Season 2 You may not have heard of Lovesick, but perhaps you remember Scrotal Recall, the half-hour British comedy that landed on Netflix last year. The streaming giant has wisely changed the ill-advised original title for its second season, which is available on Netflix on Thursday. In the first season, Dylan (Johnny Flynn) discovers he has chlamydia and must contact his ex-girlfriends to inform them. Each episode focuses on a new partner, including flashbacks to their relationship. Dylan’s best friend, Evie (Antonia Thomas), has kept her feelings for him a secret for years, but in the first season finale, we find out that Dylan has feelings for her, too. Romantic, low-key, and British, Lovesick is an easy binge.