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If you haven’t spent the pandemic watching and rewatching every episode of Succession, that’s OK, because you can still do that before jumping into Season 3, which brings back some of the finest writing and acting ever on screen in a black comedy about media billionaires behaving badly. See what else there is to love on the small screen this week below — including a brilliant new music doc coming to Apple TV+ — and pass the remote!​​

Our critics love this delicious take on Latino culture and cuisine​​

La Frontera With Pati Jinich 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with James Beard Award-winning host Pati Jinich, 49, and get the flavor of the culture and cuisine of the U.S.-Mexico border. ​

Watch it: La Frontera With Pati Jinich, Oct. 15 and 22, 9 p.m. ET, to PBS​


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The Roys return and we could not be more excited about it​​

The cast of Succession walking together in a hallway

HBO

Succession, Season 3

​In the superb show about power struggles in a super-rich, entertainingly evil family, downtrodden son Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) has the upper hand over his domineering dad, Logan (Brian Cox, 75), who vows to “go full [expletive] beast” on his offspring. New cast members Alexander Skarsgard and Adrien Brody liven up the wicked mix.​

Watch it: Succession, coming Oct. 17, 9 p.m. ET to HBO

Don’t miss this: 10 Things to Know About Succession


Get your hip-hop fix with this fun reunion comedy​​

Queens

Crave a flashback to the ’90s hip-hop era? Chillax with this crew: Xplicit Lyrics (Brandy), Professor Sex (Eve), Da Thrill (Naturi Naughton) and Butter Pecan (Nadine Velazquez), a once-legendary rap group called the Nasty Bitches, now in their 40s and trying to recapture their old magic. (Which is more fun: this new ensemble series or its sister show, Peacock’s Girls5Eva?)​

Watch it: Queens, coming Oct. 19, 10 p.m. ET to ABC​


And now for something completely different...​​

Snoop & Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween ​​

Rapper Snoop Dogg and tastemaker Martha Stewart don Bat Dogg and witch costumes to join Buzzfeed’s Tasty producer Alvin Zhou (a vampire) in judging a cooking competition featuring chocolate spiders and cotton candy cobwebs. Snoop observes, "The ghouls and freaks are on the prowl! I need sweet and treats to stop my stomach growl!”​​

Watch it: Snoop & Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween, coming Oct. 21 to Peacock​


Don’t miss our pick for the Apple TV+ movie of the week​​

The Velvet Underground

​Todd Haynes, 60, presents the best music documentary of the year, about the Andy Warhol-backed 1960s band that likely launched more punk-band imitators than it ever sold records. Survivors of that mad epoch testify to the genius and awfulness of leader Lou Reed and others in a movie that captures the band’s disorienting multimedia experience. It’s the next best thing to being there back when — and much safer. It’s the masterpiece Haynes has been working toward all his distinguished life.

Watch it: The Velvet Underground, coming Oct. 15 to Apple TV+ and theaters​


And don’t miss our Netflix pick of the week!​​

Victoria & Abdul (2017)

Before Mrs. Brown made Judi Dench a star at 63, people thought of Queen Victoria as a dour being who was not amused, let alone aroused. Dench showed us a devastated widow whose heart blooms from the love of her commoner bodyguard, John Brown. At 82, she played Victoria when a new man caught her twinkling eye after Brown’s death: India’s hunky young Abdul Karim (Furious 7’s Ali Fazal).​

Watch it: Victoria & Abdul, on Netflix

Don’t miss a thing: ​​The 23 Best Things Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in October


Are you the Master of your Domain?

​​If you get this headline, then you’re going to love our latest critics’ roundup. In honor of all 180 episodes of Seinfeld arriving on Netflix this weekend, we’ve picked the 20 best episodes in the landmark sitcom about nothing, and ranked them. Who wins — the Soup Nazi or Elaine dancing? Did your favorite make the list? ​

Check it out here: The 20 Best Episodes of Seinfeld, Ranked​


What is the best, most hilarious TV sitcom of all time?

Cast photos of The Jeffersons, Seinfeld and The Office

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(Left to right) Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford in "The Jeffersons," Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld in "Seinfeld" and Steve Carell in "The Office."

​Is it M*A*S*HI Love LucyThe Jeffersons? Since 1951, great situation comedies have been brightening our prime times, and it’s high time to name the best of the best. Our critics went through the entire history of the small screen to name the 25 all-time best sitcoms. Bonus? We ranked them! Get the whole countdown, watch hilarious video clips, and see if our list matches yours. ​

Get the list: This Is the All-Time Best Sitcom in TV History — Can You Guess What It Is?​​


Paging all Schitt’s Creek fans!

Schitt's Creek

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(Left to right) Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy

Love that wry Canadian point of view that has defined the Netflix cult favorite (and snagged a bunch of Emmys along the way)? We thought so, which is why we decided it was high time to celebrate our neighbors to the north with this grade-A roundup. Whether it's more Canadian humor, stirring dramas or sweeping adventures, you’ll discover a whole world up there.​

Get the list: 11 Great Canadian Films and TV Shows Streaming Now​


Your feel-good watchlist of the week is here (and queer!)

RuPaul stars in the Netflix series AJ and the Queen and John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze star in the film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

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(Left to right) RuPaul in "AJ and the Queen"; John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar."

Inspired by the movie Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the cinematic adaptation of a hit West End musical that follows a 16-year-old who dreams of becoming a drag queen, our critics have rounded up nine fantastic TV shows and movies that capture the fierce culture in all its glory. Bet you can’t stream just one!

Get the list: The 9 Most Fabulous TV Shows and Movies About Drag Queens


Did you know that one man controls three entire nights of prime time network programming?

Television producer Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf

If you’re a Law & Order fan, you may already be guessing the right answer. It’s Dick Wolf, the 74-year-old crime-drama impresario who has — are you ready? — eight one-hour shows in prime time this season. Learn more about the amazing Mr. Wolf and what he’s got planned for our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this season.

Get the scoop here: The Man Who Gave Us Law & Order Is Taking Over Prime Time


Fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines, prepare to binge nonstop with our inside guide

Chip and Joanna Gaines

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Chip and Joanna Gaines

If you love HGTV and home renovation shows, chances are you’ve fallen hard for Joanna and Chip Gaines, the married hosts of Fixer Upper. But did you know that the designers are in the process of launching their own entire television channel? The Magnolia Network is coming, but until it hits the airwaves in January 2022, we’ve got a shortcut (two, actually) to stream their new lineups of original unscripted programming, which officially launched this July. Start bingeing now, folks!

Get the list: The Insider’s Guide to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ New Magnolia Network


Love game shows? You’re going to love this watch list!

Michael Strahan and Elizabeth Banks

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Michael Strahan (left) hosts "The $100,000 Pyramid" and Elizabeth Banks hosts "Press Your Luck."

Turn the nostalgia up to 11, because network TV is officially in love with all our favorite game shows of the past and is rebooting them. We’re talking new versions of everything from The Dating Game and Supermarket Sweep to Name That Tune. Our critics have the lowdown on all the new shows and where to watch them. What is amazing TV for $1,000, Alex?

Get the list: Love Game Shows? Don’t Miss These Fresh Revivals of 9 All-Time TV Classics


Pssst… we know what’s coming to TV this fall!

The cast of The Wonder Years and a scene from CSI: Vegas

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(Left to right) Dulé Hill, Saycon Sengbloh, Elisha Williams and Laura Kariuki star in "The Wonder Years," and Paula Newsome and Jorja Fox star in "CSI: Vegas."

The first look at the fall 2021 season is here, and our critics have the low-down on all the new shows and what you’re going to want to watch. Be the first to know what’s up by checking it all out here: First Look: What’s Coming to TV Screens for the Fall 2021 Season


From football and ice hockey to professional wrestling, these TV comedies are all-star fun

Jason Sudeikis stars in Ted Lasso and Ralph Macchio in Cobra Kai

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Jason Sudeikis (left) and Ralph Macchio

Take your local live sports seriously? We know, we know. But there’s a wonderfully funny world of sports sitcoms out there, and what with Ted Lasso ruling the airwaves right now (have you watched?), our critics thought it was high time we named names. From Coach to this week’s new show Big Shot, check out our hottest new watch list: The Best Sports-Themed Sitcoms to Stream Now


Love Law & Order? Have we got a list for you!

The cast members of Law and Order and Law and Order Special Victims Unit

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If you’ve been part of Law & Order nation since Jerry Orbach was shaking his head at corpses on the mean streets of New York in the 1990s, we know you’ve followed the spin-offs and have watched some of them become blockbusters. But which ones are the best of the best? Our critics have ranked all seven Law & Order iterations, plus offered up the very best episode from each series to watch right now. It’s a dream come true. Check it out here: What’s the Best Law & Order Series of All Time?


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B Positive, Season 2

(CBS)

In the comedy series about a retirement community from the maker of The Big Bang Theory and The Kominsky Project, grownups are taking over. Linda Lavin (83) plays a sharp, witty resident of the Valley Hills Assisted Living facility, a surrogate mom to impulsive young Valley Hills van driver Gina (Annaleigh Ashford). The killer cast includes Celia Weston (69), Lavin’s costar on TV’s classic Alice, as the terminally ill wife of a brusque Valley Hills resident (Héctor Elizondo, 84), Jane Seymour (70), as a beauty who finds aging unwelcome, and Ben Vereen (74) as a retired professor with memory issues.​​

Watch it: B Positive, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS​

DON’T MISS THIS: Linda Lavin tells AARP her 16 steps to aging well


Grantchester, Season 6

(PBS)

A highlight of PBS Masterpiece’s 50th anniversary season is this ripping series about crime fighters DI Geordie Keating (Robson Green) and the not strictly celibate Rev. Will Davenport (Tom Brittney), investigating murder and moral dilemmas in 1958 Cambridgeshire. ​

Watch it: Grantchester, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET (check local listings), on PBS and on PBS Video


Maid

(Netflix)

In a new Netflix original series adapting Stephanie Land’s best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Margaret Qualley plays a single mom and Andie MacDowell, 63 (her actual mom), plays her lively, apparently mentally ill mother who refuses treatment and acts out in a dramatic way that is God’s gift to an actress. A grueling but important study of domestic abuse, poverty and overwhelming dysfunction.​

Watch it: Maid, on Netflix​


The Great British Baking Show

(Netflix)

A dozen veddy British bakers, including a software developer, a retired detective and a dancer, vie to inspire the taste buds of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in Season 9 of this heartwarming hit that makes you feel cozy. And hungry.​

Watch it: The Great British Baking Show, on Netflix​


The Morning Show, Season 2

(Apple TV+)

​In the new season of Apple TV’s 2020 hit, the rivalry of dueling UBA network TV newsies Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston (52) gets real, and the cast gets some big new names: Hasan Minhaj, Holland Taylor (78) as UBA’s formidable chairwoman, and Julianna Margulies (55) as a reporter investigating the network's scandalous problems. ​

Watch it: The Morning Show, on Apple TV+

DON’T MISS THIS: What’s the Best Newsroom-Style TV Show Ever?​


The Wonder Years 

(ABC)

The 1980s hit about coming of age in the ’60s is back, this time chronicling the life of a Black kid (Elisha “EJ” Williams) in Montgomery, Alabama, and his musician/professor father (Dulé Hill), working mom (Saycon Sengbloh) and teen sister (Laura Kariuki). But the most famous actor is the narrator, Don Cheadle (56), who says, “One thing about being 12 that hasn’t changed over the decades is that it’s around 12 that you figure out what your place is in the world.” It’s produced and directed by Fred Savage (45), who played the 12-year-old originally.​

Watch it: The Wonder Years, on ABC, Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET

DON’T MISS THIS: It's Reboot Mania Right Now in TV Land


Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, PG-13

(Netflix)

Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali’s historically significant, tragically troubled friendship has gotten superb fictional treatment lately in the hits One Night in Miami and The Godfather of Harlem. So it’s a fine time for this thoughtful documentary by Marcus A. Clarke and Black-ish producer Kenya Barris about what really happened — with the piercing insights of Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz and colleagues Herb Boyd and A. Peter Bailey, Ali’s brother Rahman and daughters Maryum and Hana, and brilliant professors Johnny Smith, Randy Roberts, Todd Boyd and Cornel West.

Watch it: Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, on Netflix


Only Murders in the Building

(Hulu)

In a 10-part comedy that’s also a satisfying whodunit, three strangers obsessed with true crime stories (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) investigate a gory killing in their fancy building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “Nathan Lane and Amy Ryan live in our building — she becomes my girlfriend,” Martin tells AARP. “Tina Fey is a very famous podcaster, and Sting plays himself, a celebrity in the building.”

Watch it: Only Murders in the Building, on Hulu

DON’T MISS THIS: Steve Martin and Martin Short spill the secrets of their murder mystery spoof.


The Chair

(Netflix)

Don’t miss Sandra Oh’s comedy about the new chair of the English department at a floundering college. Jay Duplass is great as her fellow prof and maybe-lover-to-be, spiraling after his wife’s death, and Holland Taylor and Bob Balaban as irascible elder colleagues. It’s touching and funny, and a wicked satire of undergrad wokeness gone mad as a hatter to boot.

Watch it: The Chair, on Netflix

DON’T MISS THIS: Sandra Oh dishes on The Chair and turning 50


Fantasy Island

(Fox)

Who doesn’t remember the kitschy-fabulous original Fantasy Island that lit up Saturday nights in the late 1970s and early ’80s? Like everything nostalgic on TV, this juicy gem is back in a whole new reboot. Now Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace) steps into Ricardo Montalban’s shoes to help folks with fantasies learn a life lesson.

Watch it: Fantasy Island, on Fox

DON’T MISS THIS: It’s Reboot Mania Right Now in TV Land

AND SPEAKING OF FANTASY ISLAND: Take a beach walk down memory lane with our critics, who unearth some of the biggest celebrity appearances on the original show, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Sherman Hemsley and, yes, Tori Spelling. 

Check it out: 16 Classic Celebrity Appearances on Fantasy Island


Ted Lasso, Season 2

(Apple TV+)

If you watch only one show this summer, make it this one, a heartwarming, dark-horse hit comedy that’s the antidote to our bitter times. Jason Sudeikis plays a relentlessly upbeat American football coach who knows nada about soccer but gets hired to coach a soccer team in England. Apple TV+ has a first-week-free offer, and if you bought a new iPhone lately, you probably have a year’s free subscription on it.

Watch it: Ted Lasso, on Apple TV+

DON’T MISS THIS: 10 Facts You Need to Know About Jason Sudeikis’ Hit Show Ted Lasso


Atypical, Season 4

(Netflix)

In a smart, heartwarming family show by the talented auteur of Horrible Bosses, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport play the parents of a son (Keir Gilchrist) coming of age on the autism spectrum.

Watch it: Atypical, on Netflix

DON’T MISS THIS: Jennifer Jason Leigh Isn’t Afraid of Anything


The Underground Railroad

(Amazon Prime Video)

You knew this 10-episode adaptation of MacArthur genius Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning novel about escaping slaves by Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) would be worth seeing. But it turns out to be an epic, Handmaid’s Tale-topping dystopian masterpiece that dwarfs every other new film or TV show.

Watch it: The Underground Railroad, on Amazon Prime Video

DON’T MISS THIS: 11 Black Filmmakers You Should Know


Hacks

(HBO Max)

In the intergenerational show of the year, Jean Smart (Designing Women, Mare of Easttown) stars as a Las Vegas comedy legend forced to mentor an up-and-coming comic (Hannah Einbinder). The show is much-buzzed, and insiders predict that Smart, who got Emmy nominations for Watchmen, Fargo and 24, may land her first lead actress nomination for this extremely juicy role. High time!

Watch it: Hacks, on HBO Max

DON’T MISS THIS: Getting Smart: Jean Smart shares her secrets about feeling sexy and nabbing the best roles of her life at 69


Godfather of Harlem, Season 2

(Epix)

Forest Whitaker, 59, returns for his second season as Bumpy Johnson, the real-life 1960s mobster who dated Lena Horne, played chess with Lucky Luciano and befriended Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Joining the cast are Cliff “Method Man” Smith, as the Philly Black Mafia chief Sam Christian, and Annabella Sciorra, as mob wife Fay Bonanno.

Watch it: Godfather of Harlem, on Epix

Don’t miss this: Forest Whitaker talks with AARP about playing Bumpy Johnson and looks back on his life and shares what he knows now.


Your Honor

(Showtime)

Bryan Cranston, who played a good-hearted teacher forced to go criminal to save his family on Breaking Bad, plays a New Orleans judge scheming to help his son escape a hit-and-run accident charge in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with the law.

Watch it: Your Honor, on Showtime

RELATED: Cranston talks with AARP about his two good bad-guy roles and his real-life near-recovery from COVID-19: Bryan Cranston Is Back to Challenge Our Loyalties in Your Honor


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: Netflix


Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.


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