Alibi V.29 No.8 • Feb 20-26, 2020 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 20

“Playing for Keeps” (Sundance Now streaming anytime) Sundance pulls out another international crime drama, this one from Australia. It concerns the salacious (and evidently murderous) world of Aussie Rules Football wives.

“Spectros” (Netflix streaming anytime) Could this be the Brazilian equivalent of “Stranger Things”? In the Liberdade district of Sao Paulo (home to the largest ethnic Japanese community outside of Japan), five teenagers are “accidentally attracted to a supernatural reality that they can not comprehend.” Douglas Petrie, a producer on everything from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Daredevil,” directs.

“Save My Skin” (TLC 9pm) Seriously, TLC. What’s with you? Why do you think I want to spend my nights gawking at people’s horrible skin conditions, gargantuan pimples and freakish foot problems?

Friday 21

“Glitch Techs” (Netflix streaming anytime) Dan Milano (“Greg the Bunny”) and Eric Robles (“Fanboy & Chum Chum”) are the creators of this cartoon about two teens working at a game store as a front for their actual job: hunting video game monsters who have escaped into the real world.

“Hunters” (Amazon Prime streaming anytime) Busy Jordan Peele (Us, “The Last O.G.,” The Twilight Zone”) is the executive producer of this drama about Nazi hunters in 1977 New York City trying to stop some of Hilter’s old compatriots from starting a Fourth Reich in the US. Al Pacino, Lena Olin, Logan Lerman, Sal Rubinek and Carol Kane are among the cast.

Saturday 22

“ThunderCats Roar!” (Cartoon Network 11:30am) The ’80s TV sci-fi fantasy returns in a version that is considerably more cartoony and comedic than what a lot of people grew up on.

“The 51st NAACP Image Awards” (BET 6pm) Half the cast of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman who starred in 21 Bridges, Daniel Kaluuya who starred in Queen & Slim, Michael B. Jordan who starred in Just Mercy, Sterling K. Brown who starred in Waves, Winston Duke who was in Us and Lupita Nyong’o who was also in Us) fight it out for best acting honors.

Sunday 23

“Disney Fam Jam” (Disney 9:23pm) Dance-crazed families take their moves out of the living room and into the spotlight to see who’s got what it takes to bring home a $10,000 cash prize. Don’t worry, pre-teens: Nothing’s cooler than dancing with your parents on TV.

“Better Call Saul” (AMC 8:05pm) Albuquerque’s favorite lawyer returns for a fifth season. Poor Jimmy McGill is slowly fading away. Is this the season we finally see him embrace his full-on inner sleazeball Saul Goodman?

Monday 24

“Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier” (Smithsonian 6pm) The Smithsonian Channel celebrates Black History Month by looking back at the contributions African-Americans have made to our country’s space program.

Tuesday 25

“Pete Davidson: Alive From New York” (Netflix streaming anytime) Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Pete Davidson is actually a comedian and not just some weird-looking dude who has inexplicably dated Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, Andie MacDowell’s daughter Margaret Qualley and supermodel Kaia Gerber. Here’s the stand-up comedy special to prove it.

Wednesday 26

“I Am Not OK With This” (Netflix streaming anytime) An angsty teenage girl (Sophia Lillis from It and “Sharp Objects”) navigates high school, family drama, her budding sexuality and an unrequited crush on her best friend. Been there, girl. Also, she’s forced to deal with budding superpowers. Sorry, ya lost me, honey; but good luck with that.

“It’s Personal With Amy Hoggart” (TBS/truTV 8pm) Self-styled “underqualified and overconfident” Brit Amy Hoggart (a former correspondent on “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”) helps Americans feel better by tackling issues that make their lives—and Amy’s—harder.