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, comedian Chris Gethard premieres his first HBO special, Career Suicide (it’s not quite right to call it a standup special, although rest assured, there are jokes); the teens take over with the MTV Movie and TV Awards; and Norm MacDonald gets his first Netflix special. Plus, a couple shows to catch up on while we await their new seasons. May the fifth be with you!

Saturday: Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

Chris Gethard is best known as the host of the former public-access show — which has just been picked up by truTVThe Chris Gethard Show. The “comic’s comic” enters the mainstream with his first HBO special, Career Suicide , adapted from his one-man, Off-Broadway show of the same name. Gethard tells the rather somber story of his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. It’s funny, I promise! Watch it Saturday night at 10 p.m.

Sunday: MTV Movie and TV Awards

The annual MTV Movie and TV Awards are this Sunday, and it is a sign of my rapidly advancing age that I literally cannot understand how to glean information about it from its website. (I also just learned that there’s a Noah Cyrus, so ship me off the colonies.) ANYWAY, the 26th annual show will air at 8 p.m. on MTV; if you want a run-down of the nominees, here’s one. To save you time, I’ll just let you know that Moonlight‘s Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome are nominated for Best Kiss. *Swoon.* Oh, and Adam Devine’s hosting.

Tuesday: Norm MacDonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery

Norm MacDonald’s new Netflix standup special — his first in a while — is going for the whole, “Get ’em confused right away so they’ll have no choice but to submit to the full experience to find out what the hell the title means!” The teaser for Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery (you don’t know how badly I wish there were an Oxford comma in that title) contains exactly one joke, so it’s anyone’s guess just what this special is all about. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll find MacDonald’s delivery alone enough to keep you going.

Tuesday: Queen of the South

On Tuesday, the first season of this USA original drama will be available to stream on Netflix. Based on a telenovela — which was itself based on the novel La Reina del Sur, by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte — Queen of the South stars Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza, a Mexican woman who’s forced to seek refuge in the States when her narco boyfriend is killed; soon, she schemes to take down the very cartel that killed him. Season 2 premieres on June 8, so now’s your time to catch up with this quality thriller.

Now: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Watch some Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, why don’t you! The second season of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s deliriously weird Netflix comedy returns on May 19, so you’ve got a week to catch up on — or re-watch — the first two seasons. Like 30 Rock, Kimmy Schmidt is all about the jokes, so the show practically begs multiple viewings. The second season in particular is worth the refresher, since the structure makes a lot more sense once you’ve already seen it.