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. Get ready for TV’s best fashion show: The Grammys are this weekend, and aside from the parade of insane outfits we’re sure to see, you better believe pregnant-with-twins-Beyoncé will be performing. If that doesn’t entice you, the final season of Girls premieres on Sunday, or you could spend the weekend bingeing the recently-concluded second season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Remember: Don’t get mad; get everything.

Friday: John Lewis: Get in the Way

This feel-good, hour-long documentary about Georgia Congressman John Lewis celebrates the man who caused a stir in January when he announced he was boycotting Trump’s inauguration, declaring, “I don’t see Trump as a legitimate president.” John Lewis: Get in the Way doesn’t get into Trump or even Black Lives Matter, but it is an inspiring primer on one of the instigators of the civil rights movement. The doc airs tonight at 10:30 p.m. on PBS.

Saturday: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2

It is my greatest shame that I haven’t written about this season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which sagged a bit in the middle but snapped back to attention in last week’s finale. Mercifully, Netflix is making the entire second season available as of Saturday. If you mostly followed the show by watching the musical numbers on YouTube (this season had some great ones), it’s well worth your time to catch up on the show, which got real dark in its last episode — in the best way possible.

Sunday: Grammy Awards

I don’t know how this year’s Grammys are going to produce anything that’ll top Kendrick Lamar’s incendiary performance on last year’s broadcast, but anyway, the Grammys are this Sunday! There will be a Prince tribute; there will be a George Michael tribute; there will be performances by Adele, Chance the Rapper, Daft Punk and the Weeknd, a collaboration between Anderson .Paak, Dave Grohl, and A Tribe Called Quest, a duet between Lady Gaga and Metallica, and a very pregnant Beyoncé. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Sunday: Girls

Television’s most reliable generator of think pieces is coming to an end. On Sunday, Girls premieres its sixth and final season. Maybe you’re sad; maybe you’re relieved. For me, it’s a little bit of both. I don’t think this show has gotten nearly the credit it deserves for really changing the landscape of TV comedy in the past five years, particularly when it comes to women. At the same time, I’m about ready to say goodbye to Girls and its cast of privileged white ladies working out their shit. Anyway, the 40-minute premiere co- stars The Night Of‘s Riz Ahmed, which is reason enough to watch. Check it out this Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO.

Tuesday: The Mindy Project

Hulu has yet to announce if The Mindy Project (which originated on Fox in 2012) will get a sixth season, but on Tuesday, the sitcom returns to the streaming platform after a two-month hiatus. Before the break, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) stumbled upon yet another smoking hot love interest in the form of pediatric nurse Ben (Bryan Greenberg) — who dumped her in the last episode before the break. Her love life is up in the air, yet again! If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m about ready to call it a day with this show; it’s cycled through all the best plots at this point and should probably be put out to pasture. Plus, I’d love to see Kaling in another role after all these years.