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, Netflix premieres a so-so zombie comedy, FX premieres an intriguing Marvel series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend bids farewell to its second season, and something about football?

Now: Santa Clarita Diet

This Netflix zombie comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant is a little heavy-handed for my taste, but it has its charms. The show finds married California real-estate agents Sheila and Joel Hammond navigating dangerous yet thrilling terrain when Sheila contracts a mysterious virus and suddenly starts craving raw meat — and then human flesh. The first season is streaming on Netflix as of today.

Friday: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Tonight, the second season of this wonderful unicorn of a show comes to an end in an episode called, “Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?” In last week’s episode, Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) grows more and more unhinged as she attempts to plan a DIY wedding for her and Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) — in two weeks. Of course, the wedding itself is a terrible idea and thus should make for a very juicy season finale. Watch it tonight at 9 p.m. on the CW.

Tuesday: Detroiters

I love a funny new comedy that’s not a total knockoff of an existing hit, and Detroiters certainly fits the bill. Created by co-stars Sam Richardson (Veep) and Tim Robinson (SNL) — who both grew up in the title city — the show was inspired by the colorful local ads the two watched on TV growing up. Richardson and Robinson play Sam and Tim, two small-time ad men trying to restore the motor city’s former glory. The show premieres on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m on Comedy Central. (Psst — the first episode is now streaming on the channel’s website, if you have a cable TV provider.)

Wednesday: Legion

Legion is the latest Marvel property to hit the small screen. The show stars Dan Stevens — thinned down and with a squeaky American accent that renders him practically unrecognizable — as David Haller, who’s spent most of his adult life in and out of psychiatric facilities due to schizophrenia. David finds himself drawn to a new patient (Rachel Keller), who leads him to discover that the voices in his head may not just be voices after all. The hour-plus premiere airs on Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.

Sunday: Super Bowl LI

The Super Bowl has arrived, and boy is this bowl super. Like, just a really great bowl. A fantastic bowl. I don’t know guys, I clearly do not watch live sporting events. Still, last year’s halftime show had Beyoncé, an enticing incentive, and this year features Lady Gaga, who performed a surprisingly masterful rendition of the national anthem at the top of last year’s game. Country star Luke Bryan will sing the anthem this year, but all eyes will be on the reliably bonkers Gaga, who claims she’s been preparing to sing at the Super Bowl halftime show since she was four years old. (Also, the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots will play some football.) It all kicks off at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday on Fox.