Alibi V.29 No.7 • Feb 13-19, 2020

Week in Sloth

Thursday 13

“Love Is Blind” (Netflix streaming anytime) Nick and Vanessa Lachey host this “social experiment” (not, I repeat, not “totally familiar reality show”) in which men and women look for love and get engaged—all before meeting in person.

“Man With a Van” (ID 7pm) Need to educate your kids about “stranger danger”? Investigation Discovery’s new true crime series looks at assorted murders, kidnappings and other heinous crimes committed by creepy dudes in windowless vans.

Friday 14

“High Fidelity” (Hulu streaming anytime) Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel (adapted once before as a 2000 feature starring John Cusack) becomes a romantic/comic series about a record store owner in Brooklyn obsessed with making “top five” pop culture lists. The twist this time around? Zoë Kravitz takes over the lead role from Mr. Cusack.

“Utopia Falls” (Hulu streaming anytime) “Dark Matters” creator Joseph Mallozzi starts up a new “sci-fi musical” series. The show takes place in the near future when a group of teens are trying out for spots at an exclusive performing arts school. Apparently, in this future world, all of history has been repressed, allowing people to live (theoretically) as equals. But when the teens “stumble upon a hidden archive of cultural relics, they are forced to question everything they have been taught.” Naturally, they “are forced to use the power of music to ingite change.” So it’s Fame crossed with The Giver?

“Visible: Out on Television” (Apple+ streaming anytime) This five-part docuseries explores the American LGBTQ movement through the lens of TV.

Saturday 15

The Thing About Harry (Freeform 6pm) This post-Valentine’s Day rom-com centers on a “handsome, funny, neurotic, intelligent young gay man” from small-town Missouri who falls in love with “an emotionally uncomplicated, promiscuous player who has always left a string of broken hearts in his wake.” Writer/director/actor Peter Paige (“The Fosters,” “Queer As Folk”) directs.

Sunday 16

“Washington” (History 6pm) History maven Doris Kearns Goodwin is the executive producer behind this three-night miniseries about our first president and the dapper dude on the dollar bill. Jeff Daniels narrates.

“Duncanville” (KRQE-DT2 7:30pm) Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) teams up with Mike and Julie Scully ( “The Simpsons”) to create this animated sitcom about a 15-year-old boy with a rich fantasy life.

“War of the Worlds” (EPIX 7pm) H.G. Wells’ alien invasion classic gets another modern-day update with Gabriel Byrne (Miller’s Crossing) and Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”) leading the cast.

“Slow Burn” (EPIX 8pm) Leon Neyfakh’s popular podcast earns a six-episode series “excavating the strange subplots and forgotten characters” involved in the Watergate crisis.

Monday 17

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” (Netflix streaming anytime) In Netflix’s new kids’ sitcom, the titular Ms. Garcia—the world’s only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist—gets an opportunity to move across the country and work for NASA. The series is created by Mario Lopez. Yes, that Mario Lopez.

Tuesday 18

“Hot Ones: The Game Show” (TruTV 8pm) The popular web series (which, I kid you not, has been running for 10 seasons) shows up on cable. It features people getting asked pop-culture trivia while guzzling increasingly spicy hot sauce.

Wednesday 19

“Black Patriots” (History 8pm) Former NBA star, author and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looks into the role African Americans played during the Revolutionary War.

“Year of the Rabbit” (IFC 8:30pm) A drunken police inspector (Matt Berry from “What We Do In the Shadows”) fights crime in Victorian London with the help of a by-the-books partner and the country’s first female officer in this black comedy/buddy cop sitcom.