En español | Live sports this weekend? Be still our hearts! The PGA Championship hits small screens this weekend. And when we’re not hushed over golf, we’re giddy with the return of Constable Morse to PBS, an irresistible new mystery coming to Amazon, Seth Rogen’s latest comedy, plus a great documentary about the great Bob Marley. Is everything going to be all right? Maybe after all.
Critic’s Pick of the Week
Endeavour, Season 7
(PBS, Aug. 9, 9 p.m. ET)
It’s New Year’s Eve at the dawn of the 1970s, and dreamy, hyperlogical Detective Constable Morse (Shaun Evans) has more to cope with than the corpse found on an Oxford towpath. In the new season of the addictive Brit mystery series, Morse contends with the generation gap (his older sleuth partner Fred Thursday is getting disgruntled by modern times), women’s lib and a tantalizing beauty he spots at the opera while on holiday in picturesque Venice.
Watch it here: PBS
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Wait! There’s Live Sports to Watch This Weekend?
(ESPN, CBS, FuboTV, Aug. 7-9)
Starved for sports action in the COVID-19 era? Golf’s big tournament proves you don’t need spectators on the course to have high-stakes drama for fans at home. Will Bryson DeChambeau snap another driver like a toothpick? Will Brooks Keopka win his third straight victory? Can midlife comeback kid Tiger Woods make us forget Jack Nicklaus’ name?
Watch it here: PGA Championship
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An American Pickle
Seth Rogen plays Brooklyn immigrant Herschel, who falls into a pickle vat, awakens unchanged 100 years later, and moves in with his nebbishy web developer great-grandson, also played by Rogen. It’s a performance nearly as impressive as the twin roles of Mark Ruffalo in HBO’s I Know This Much Is True, Paul Rudd in Living With Yourself and James Franco in The Deuce. The comedy of Herschel’s collision with modernity is frothy, silly and fun, echoing Peter Sellers in Being There. The slight script isn’t up to Rogen’s level of achievement, but it’s good for a smile, if not a belly laugh.
Watch it here: HBO Max
Music Man to Soothe Our Troubled Times
Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be alright. If only the late reggae genius Bob Marley were still here to keep us calm in the storm. But thank goodness for Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald’s first-rate 2012 documentary, which is enjoying a rerelease in the year of what would have been Marley’s 75th birthday. Put it at the top of your viewing list, and let the one and only Bob Marley lead us all to a calmer place and time.
Watch it here: Virtual Cinema Screenings
The One Thing Not to Miss on Netflix This Week
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Wouldn’t it be great if a couple (Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey) could erase the memory of their painful love affair? They use a gizmo to do so in this 2004 film — surely the smartest, most original love story told in reverse order since Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
Watch it here: Netflix
RELATED: Who knew that summer was made for Netflix and chilling … literally? Don’t get overwhelmed by all the new shows and movies flooding your screen — we do the culling, so you don’t have to. Grab the best stuff with our list, right here: The 9 Best Things Coming to Netflix in August
What to Watch Right Now on Amazon
The Teacher, Season 1 (Aug. 1)
Ready for a new obsession? Welcome to this mystery thriller that broke all ratings records and won Poland’s Oscar equivalent. Now it’s our turn to binge: Follow a teacher who hunts the killer of a student and reveals a web of high-level corruption — while guarding his own secret.
Watch it here: Amazon Prime Video
RELATED: Feeling primed for Amazon? We couldn’t agree more. Which is why our critics take the time to handpick the best new arrivals every month. Check out the AARP list of the films and series you can’t afford to miss, right here: 13 Great Things Coming to Amazon Prime Video in August
The Emmy Noms Are Out, and We’re Loving Them
Mark Hill/HBO; Philippe Antonello/Amazon Studios
Pandemic or no pandemic, Hollywood’s TV pros have named their favorites for honors this fall, and our critics have culled the best series and performers to call out for your viewing pleasure. Use our new guide to the 2020 Emmy nominations to plan some TV nights, some series catch-ups and, yes, even some weekend bingeing.
Get the noms here: Emmy Nominations Offer a Grownups Guide to Good TV
RELATED: If you’ve seen Emmy’s top honored series this year, Watchmen, you’ve spotted the always-excellent Louis Gossett Jr. in the cast. (And if you haven’t yet dug in, get ready for a ride!) Our critics caught up with the multitalented 84-year-old star to talk about his superhero turn, as well as his new role on the big screen — a Cuban musician with Alzheimer’s disease.
Read it here: Memory Man: Louis Gossett Jr.
Calling All Friends Fans ...
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Could we be any happier that HBO Max is running all 10 seasons of Friends? And can you believe that the entire cast is now age 50-plus? In honor of one of TV’s best ensemble casts ever joining the AARP cohort, we’ve gone down the trivia rabbit hole and emerged with a brand-new TV for Grownups quiz: How Well Do You Know These “Friends”? We’ve got trivia about the real cast members as well as their characters. Have fun testing your recall, and challenge your fellow fans.
Take the quiz here: How Well Do You Really Know These “Friends”?
What Will Fall TV Look Like in the Age of Pandemic?
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to make life uncertain in TV production land, we’ve got the scoop on what’s coming to small screens this fall. Read more about Nicole Kidman’s follow-up to Big Little Lies (The Undoing), Queen Latifah’s The Equalizer, the Downton-ish historical drama Bridgerton by the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, and more.
Get the full report here: What Will Fall TV Look Like in the Year of the Pandemic?
Best New Show for Food Lovers
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
The Top Chef star and best-selling author steps into the world of culinary culture and travel so defined by the tragically departed Anthony Bourdain with her own new travel show about diverse cuisines in the United States: Chinese, Mexican, African American and more.
Watch it here: Hulu
RELATED: Padma Lakshmi discusses filling Anthony Bourdain’s shoes and her personal recipe for happiness. Read AARP’s interview, here.
If You Love Carol Burnett (and Who Doesn’t?), You Need to Know This
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Was The Carol Burnett Show a highlight of your weekly TV life? Remember her Q&A’s with the audience, her hilarious sketch comedy and the cavalcade of stars who appeared with her over 11 laughter- and song-filled years? Then you’ll be thrilled that Shout! Factory TV just released all 11 seasons on streaming platforms (find out more here). We caught up with Burnett recently to chat about her favorite guests over the years, how she’s handled quarantine and her plans for the future.
Read it all here: Carol Burnett, 87, on Her Classic Show and the People She Loves
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Catch Up on Crime
Need to escape into some classic TV mysteries? Pick a favorite from our 9 Mysteries to Binge Watch Now and solve crimes on Vera, Ripper Street, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, among others.
AARP Talks With …
Get behind the scenes of the biggest shows on TV right now with our brand-new interview with ABC reporter Bob Woodruff, 58, who joins up with his son for a new travel show on Disney +; plus Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh, Mrs. America’s Margo Martindale, Making the Cut’s Tim Gunn, and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi.
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(Acorn TV, Amazon)
The latest crime show from Acorn TV, the British streaming service, is one of its best and most thought-provoking. A self-made Glasgow multimillionaire with a reckless temper (Line of Duty cutie Martin Compston) and his dazzling rich-born wife (Bodyguard’s Sophie Rundle) hire a penniless surrogate mother (brilliant newcomer Mirren Mack) to bear their last-chance embryo. A mysterious murder triggers investigation of several characters’ scandalous past — including the girl’s sinister mother (Harry Potter star Shirley Henderson, 54). The plot is trickily twisty, the relationships are deeper than your typical Brit mystery, and it’s a smart moral critique of the consequences of economic inequality. Plus it’s like a trip to spectacular Scotland.
Friends’s David Schwimmer returns to TV comedy in Intelligence as a brash American NSA veteran joining a nutty British cybercrimes investigation unit. It’s got a bit of a Veep vibe, and it’s just one among a zillion shows old and new on the just-launched Peacock TV, which offers 7,500 hours of free entertainment (including Downton Abbey, Frasier and Jurassic Park) and 15,000 hours for those who pay $4.99 a month, or $9.99 for ad-free shows. There’s plenty to discover on Peacock, from Psych 2: Lassie Come Home to SNL to Law & Order.
Watch it here: Peacock TV
RELATED: Actor Dulé Hill talks with AARP about his comedy, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, color awareness and life in quarantine. Read the interview, here.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Michelle McNamara’s best-selling book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, was a riveting read. Now, director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) 50, has adapted the book into the year’s most fascinating murder documentary series. The film doesn’t just focus on Joseph DeAngelo, the empty soul who evidently raped more than 50 women (murdering at least 10) and was nabbed while the doc was in production, but it also plumbs the soul of crime writer McNamara, who died of a heart defect before DeAngelo was caught. If you liked Serial or Making a Murderer or the Robert Durst doc The Jinx, this six-episode series is for you.
Watch it here: HBO
Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Collection
Netflix unveils a useful, intelligently curated menu of 48 or so top titles including When They See Us, Moonlight, Malcolm X and the current must-see, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods (which could win star Delroy Lindo the Oscar he’s deserved for some time, and maybe the Emmy, too).
Watch it here: Netflix
(HBO, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET)
The great John Lithgow plays the legal mentor to Matthew Rhys’ Perry Mason in a reboot of the wildly popular long-ago TV series starring Raymond Burr, now set in 1932 Los Angeles. Don’t expect a weekly witness breakdown on the stand, however. This version is more Raymond Chandler than Burr, and the atmospherics are a whole new world.
Watch it here: HBO
RELATED: Read our interview with stars John Lithgow and Matthew Rhys here: Perry Mason Comes Back to TV With a Raymond Chandler Twist
Yellowstone, Season 3
(Paramount Network, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET)
Kevin Costner rides increasingly high in the saddle in this steadily improving melodrama about Montana’s top rancher who’s beset by ruthless developers, neighbors in a national park and a Native American reservation, his own quarrelsome clan, and a newcomer: a smiling, ominously ambitious hedge fund manager (Lost’s Josh Holloway).
Watch it here: Paramount Network
Great Performances: Ann
(PBS.org and the PBS Video app)
Was there ever a more dramatically promising character than the late, great and always outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards? Or a more talented actor to play her than Emmy winner Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice)? On a career roll at 77, Taylor scored a Tony nomination for her work in the play, filmed for PBS on stage in Austin (the state capital where Richards ruled the roost from 1991 to 1995).
Watch it here: PBS
RELATED: AARP talks with Holland Taylor about Ann Richards, women in politics and how she’s handled life during quarantine. Read the whole story, here.
BBC Television Shakespeare Collection
For the first time, you can binge-watch all 37 of the BBC’s legendary Shakespeare adaptations. Helen Mirren in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, John Cleese in The Taming of the Shrew, Patrick Stewart in Hamlet, Roger Daltrey in The Comedy of Errors, Judy Davis in The Merry Wives of Windsor? We’re there. Free with a trial subscription (There’s a 7-day free trial, followed by $6.99/month or $69.99/year).
Watch it here: BritBox
How to Get Away With Murder, Season 6
The triumphant final season of TV’s intense legal thriller shows why star Viola Davis, as law prof Annalise Keating, became the first black woman to win the lead actress Emmy. Can Annalise survive her high-drama lifestyle? Tune in and see.
Watch it here: Netflix
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 16
Now you can binge-watch the latest season of the longest-running prime-time medical drama (more seasons than ER, Scrubs, or M*A*S*H), and all 15 previous seasons, too. And if you like the lively style of Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, 50, who made Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh famous, binge her other Netflix shows, How to Get Away With Murder, Seasons 1 to 5, and Scandal, Seasons 1 to 7.
Watch it here: Netflix
Cate Blanchett, 50, is sensational as homemaker advocate and Phyllis Schlafly, who torpedoed the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, despite the frantic efforts of feminists Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman, 60), Rep. Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale, 68) and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first black female presidential candidate (Uzo Aduba).
Watch it here: Hulu
Making the Cut
Tim Gunn, 66, and Heidi Klum (who calls him her “TV husband”), 46, didn’t get to do much together on Project Runway. But they sure do on their new show, on which a dozen designers vie for $1 million and their own Amazon fashion line.
Watch it here: Amazon
FBI: Most Wanted
(CBS, Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)
Producer Dick Wolf's Law & Order spin-off Law & Order: SVU spawned the spin-off FBI — and now that's got a new spin-off, about a grownup investigator (FBI's Julian McMahon, 51) whose Fugitive Task Force hunts the worst bad guys on the FBI's top 10 criminals list. It's got a better cast than some Dick Wolf shows, whose spin-offs tend to become hits.
Watch it here: CBS