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What to watch this weekend: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000,' 'The White Princess,' 'The Leftovers'

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Robot roll call: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

It's been almost 20 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000  went off the air. But after a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $5 million, MST3K makes its triumphant return Friday with brand new episodes and even more B-movies to riff on. Since the show's premiere in 1988, the 10-season series has retained a cult following. The revival finds a home on Netflix, a solid choice in the era of binge-watching. Like the original, The Return centers around a man (Jonah Ray) and his three robots - Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn), Crow (Hampton Yount) and Gypsy (Rebecca Hanson) - who are trapped by two mad scientists (Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt) and forced to watch terrible movies. They stay sane by ad-libbing and spewing witty one-liners about the films they watch. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back this weekend, and it's campier than ever. Now available on Netflix.

Review: New Mystery Science Theater 3000 does right by original cult comedy

United by blood: The White Princess

The Wars of the Roses raged for decades, dividing England between the Yorks and Lancasters. With the defeat of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, the Wars of the Roses seemingly came to an end in 1485. The final victory went to Henry Tudor, who assumed the throne as King Henry VII. The White Princess on Starz, an almost-sequel to the network's The White Queen, follows the union of Elizabeth of York (Jodie Comer) and King Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy). Their marriage was arranged to ensure the uniting of the two houses and the end of war, but familial divides run deep and another claimant to the throne might still be alive. 8 p.m. Sunday, Starz.

Review: The White Princess beautifully charts bloody and turbulent Wars of the Roses

Save us: The Leftovers

The Leftovers started as a literary adaptation of novel with a theologically dystopian story. Now in its third and final season, it has achieved TV greatness and remains one of those fantastic shows nobody seems to be talking about. The sudden disappearance of 150 million people caused worldwide chaos. Many blamed divine intervention, crediting God for enacting the rapture. Others questioned their religion and wondered why they had been left behind. The third season follows the characters three years after the events of the second. The Garvey and Murphy families come together trying to find a belief system that answers their questions while the world is again on the edge of tragedy. An anniversary of the Sudden Departure is looming, and it might be the end of the world as they know it. Stars Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman and Lindsay Duncan. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.

Brotherly love: Fargo

Noah Hawley's Midwestern black comedy series is back for a third season, and stars Ewan McGregor playing two brothers. Emmit Stussy is the "Parking Lot King of Minnesota" and sees himself as the epitome of the American Dream. His slightly younger brother, Ray Stussy, is forever living in his successful brother's shadow. Ray is a balding, pot-bellied man who blames his brother for his misfortune. Their sibling rivalry soon leads to murder, mobsters and competitive bridge. Carrie Coon stars as the chief of the local police department and Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray's girlfriend, Nikki, a recent parolee. Hawley's series is an anthology, so each season tells a different story with different characters, but set in the same TV universe. If you want to get acquainted with the world of Fargo, the first and second seasons are available on Hulu. 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX. 

Review: Fargo is back with less splash, more nuance and tension

New season, new companion: Doctor Who

The Doctor and his time-traveling police box show no signs of stopping. Peter Capaldi is back as the Doctor with a new companion in the show's 10th season. Pearl Mackie plays Bill Potts, a curious university student who brings quick-witted humor and rapport to the Tardis crew. The two team up to solve the mystery of a sinister puddle of water behind the university, which may or may not be related to aliens. Since this season is both showrunner Steven Moffat and Capaldi's last on the show, its stories might just set up a new era of Doctor Who. 9 p.m. Saturday, BBC America.

Upcoming streaming releases

Friday: Chelsea Season 2 (Netflix)
Wednesday: The Even Stevens Movie (Hulu)
April 21: Bosch Season 3 (Amazon)
April 22: The Secret Life of Pets (Netflix)
April 26: The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

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