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, the ultimate Netflix-and-chill show returns to, uh, Netflix; Jerrod Carmichael returns to the small screen with a new standup special; and TV’s most underrated comedy returns for its final season. Bon appétit!

Now: Love

The second season of Love — the oh-so-chill rom-com from executive producer Judd Apatow — is now streaming on Netflix, so there goes your weekend. The first episode picks up right where the season finale left off (spoilers if you haven’t seen it): In the parking lot of the gas station where Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust) first met. Will they? Won’t they? (I’m pretty sure they will.)

Saturday: Jerrod Carmichael: 8

Jerrod Carmichael‘s been conspicuously missing from the small screen since the second season of The Carmichael Show ended last spring. (A third is forthcoming, but there’s no premiere date yet.) On Saturday, at 10 p.m., he returns with a new standup special, his second for HBO. The new hour showcases Carmichael’s conversational style, although it’s less “What’s the deal with airplanes?” and more “What’s the deal with police brutality?”

Sunday: American Crime

Hoo boy. Buckle down for this one, cause it starts off bleak and only gets bleaker. The third season of the anthology series American Crime — not to be confused with the anthology series American Crime Story — premieres this weekend, and it’s fairly devastating. The season is set in North Carolina and moves between migrant farm workers, teenage prostitutes, social workers, and business owners, creating a nexus of despair (band name!). It’s heavy, but it’s great, and you should watch it this Sunday at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Wednesday: Greenleaf

The Oprah Winfrey Network original Greenleaf returns for another season of juicy family drama, expertly thrown shade, and gloriously bitchy family dinners. The drama centers on the Greenleaf family, which owns a black mega-church in Memphis, Tennessee and is rife with long-simmering tensions and deeply buried secrets. In the second season, Jacob Greenleaf (Lamman Rucker) breaks with the family and joins a rival church and prodigal daughter Grace (Merle Dandridge) strikes up a friendship (and more) with a journalist who’s been following her family’s scandal-plagued church. If you haven’t seen the first season, it’s on Netflix now; the second premieres on Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Thursday: Review

TV’s most underrated comedy returns for its third and final season. Review stars Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil, a professional critic of anything and everything. As the host of a show called, duh, Review, Forrest has dedicated his sad little life to taking on any challenge a viewer lobs his way — be it joining a cult, going to prison, or being buried alive. Will he ruin his life in the process? Most definitely. Catch the Season 3 premiere on Thursday at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.