What to watch and listen to this weekend: Post-election TV therapy, Stuff You Missed In History Class podcast
This week was tough, and it's only the beginning. What better way to escape the terrifying real world than with television? There are some shows that could make you feel worse (The Man in the High Castle, Amazon; Good Girls Revolt, Amazon; Veep, HBO), but plenty that provide a little escape (Vice Principals, HBO; The Crown, Netflix). Pro tip: avoid cable news networks at all costs.
Outlander, Starz — 18th century historical romance and stunning shots of the Scottish highlands.
Battlestar Galactica, Hulu — Listen, if you haven't watched BSG yet, now is the time.
The Americans, FX — A period drama about two KGB spies in Washington, D.C. doesn't seem so scary anymore.
The 100, CW — artificial intelligence could detonate nuclear bombs, destroying the Earth and forcing only a few hundred to survive on a space station and rely on teenagers to save them.
Amanda Knox, Netflix — It's always a good time for romance abroad and true crime.
The Path, Hulu — Watch only if you're ready to dive into CULTure.
Lost, Netflix — Yeah, I went there. Don't @ me.
Watch this weekend
Red Oaks, midnight, Amazon: Another loving tribute to the '80s. But instead of a demogorgon, there's a college student working as a tennis pro at a swanky country club.
Movie: Wall-E, 8:55 p.m., Freeform: Another delightful Pixar movie set on a wasteland Earth around 2800, where the last robot on the planet lives.
Available to stream today: The Damned (Hulu); All Hail King Julien season 4, Case, Estocolmo, Roman Empire: Reign of Blood, Tales by Light, True Memoirs of An International Assassin, Under the Sun (all Netflix).
Green Room, midnight, Amazon Prime: One of the best movies of the year centers around a punk band trapped in a venue and forced to fend off neo-Nazis after a murder.
The Magicians marathon, starts at 9:30 a.m., Syfy: Highly intelligent college-grad Quentin discovers the magical world is real when he's accepted to Brakebills. It's similar to Hogwarts, but with way more booze and adult activities.
Movie: Selena, 6 p.m., VH1: A stunning biopic of the Tejano singer who was killed by an assistant at the height of her fame.
Available to stream today: Take Me to the River (Netflix)
Son of Zorn, 8:30 p.m., Fox: Zorn crashes Thanksgiving at his ex-wife's house to prove that he has matured.
Movie: Aladdin, 7:50 p.m., Freeform: The classic Disney story of a boy from the streets who discovers a magic lamp home to a genie.
Expedition Mars, 9 p.m., NatGeo: Documents the epic struggle to get the Spirit and Opportunity rovers to the red planet.
Martha & Snoops' Dinner Party, 11 p.m., VH1: A repeat of the premiere from Nov. 7. Martha and Snoop invite Seth Rogen, Ice Cube and Wiz Khalifa for a fried chicken competition.
Available to stream today: Animal Fight Night, season 4 premiere (Hulu); Chalk It Up (Netflix)
Stuff You Missed in History Class
There are more than 300 episodes in this podcast, making me wish there was a shuffle feature. With different hosts over the span of eight years, the podcast is a casual look at things that may have been glossed over in school lessons.
The great thing about this series is there's really something for everyone. It doesn't just stick to one genre or region.
I spent about 25 minutes scrolling through the hundreds of episodes and marking ones to play later. I plugged into The Jacobite Rising of 1745 and A Brief History of the White Wedding while getting ready and A History of Pizza while on the way to work. I'm now realizing my list of must-listens say a lot about me as a person: Anne Bonny and Mary Read, The Women of Bauhaus, A Brief History of Moonshine, 13 Reasons for the American Revolution, The Eggnog Riot and A Brief History of Peanut Butter.
It can be daunting to dive into a podcast with hundreds of episodes. There's always that feeling of having to start from the beginning and the dread of never catching up to new episodes. But Stuff You Missed in History Class doesn't make you feel as if you missed an inside joke by joining the club after years of episodes.
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and missedinhistory.com.
Contact Chelsea Tatham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @chelseatatham.