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This weekend I have … a half-hour, and I’m goofy
When to watch: Now, on Apple TV+.
I couldn’t get into the first season of this workplace comedy set at a gaming company, but its second season is a ton of fun — brighter, funnier and more fully realized. Just jump in with the recently released stand-alone episode “Everlight” and then head into Season 2; the first two episodes arrive Friday, and the rest roll out weekly after that. “Mythic Quest” has some of the slick satire of “Silicon Valley,” but it also has a surprisingly emotional side, reminiscent of pensive, auteur-y dramedies.
… 3 hours, and I like honesty
‘Queen of Meth’
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Discovery+.
This three-part documentary about Lori Arnold, sister of Tom Arnold, and the role she played in the methamphetamine market in Iowa is candid and intimate without being salacious or invasive. It’s a pinhole camera piece — one that filters labor rights, sexual exploitation, generational trauma, family dysfunction and addiction through one small story of an individual and out comes a vivid, moving portrait. There’s plenty of pain to go around, but a lot of grace and forgiveness, too. If you think frankness is a virtue, watch this.
… 4 hours, and I like to see things through
When to watch: Season 3 arrives Friday, on Hulu.
The third and final season of “Shrill” can’t quite live up to the shimmering excellence of the first, but it’s insightful and tricky in all kinds of interesting ways. Aidy Bryant stars as Annie, who in this season has conquered some of her body-image issues but is struggling on professional and romantic fronts. Being oneself, really and truly, is messy work, and characters on “Shrill” often bump up against their own wistful immaturity, a happy but limiting inertia between adulthood and real adulthood. I’m sad to see this show end but glad it told its whole story.