Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our TV critic Margaret Lyons offers hyper-specific viewing recommendations in our Watching newsletter. Read her latest picks below, and sign up for the Watching newsletter here.
This weekend I have … 20 minutes and a cool kitten
‘Pete the Cat’
When to watch: A new season arrives Friday, on Amazon.
I still have a song from this show’s Valentine’s Day special stuck in my head — “I like that you like the things I like” is a dangerous truth, “Pete the Cat” — so a new batch of episodes is a blessing and a curse for anyone prone to ear worms. This sweet show, based on the popular book series, follows Pete and his critter buddies, who like adventures, making music together and helpfully articulating their emotions so that children can practice what to do when they feel nervous or sad. Some kid shows are hectic to the point of discomfort, but “Pete” is mercifully chill.
… a half-hour, and I love the ’80s
When to watch: Sunday at 8 p.m., on Showtime.
Coronavirus delayed postproduction on Season 2 of this energetic Wall Street comedy, so after six episodes aired earlier this spring, the show took an unexpected break. Now the final four episodes of the season are here, and thank goodness — if ever there were a moment for a show that includes tap dance-offs and recreational consumption of giraffe laxatives, it would be now. Usually I hate when shows overdo their characters’ Halloween costumes, but “Black Monday” is set in a slightly zanier world, and thus seeing Mo and Dawn (played by Don Cheadle and Regina Hall) and everyone else go all-out feels more fitting.
… several hours, and I’m moving to the woods; farewell
The seventh season of this wilderness survival show is currently airing on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on History, but if you want to binge previous seasons, they’re scattered on multiple subscription platforms. Some episodes are available on the History website; Seasons 1 and 2 are on Amazon; Seasons 3 to 6 are on Hulu; Season 6 is on Netflix, but don’t worry about picking the “right” season to start with.
Contestants are dropped off in remote locations with 10 survival items of their choosing, and if they make it 100 days, they win $1 million. Participants film themselves, which is different from most other survivalist shows, and things can get pretty dangerous. If you’re cooped up and fantasizing about the outdoors, or if you’ve hit your limit of together time and are fantasizing about genuine solitude, watch this.