Alibi V.29 No.31 • July 30-Aug 5, 2020 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 30

“Frayed” (HBO Max streaming anytime) This Australian-British comedy-drama, set in 1989, follows a wealthy London housewife (Aussie comedian Sarah Kendall) back to her hometown in Australia following the death of her husband. There she moves in with her mom and brother and comes to grips with her checkered past.

“Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy” (Netflix streaming anytime) The latest Transformers series goes historic, laying out the origin story of the Transformers universe. As the Autobots and Decepticons ravage their planet in a brutal civil war, two iconic leaders (Optimus Prime and Megatron, obviously) emerge.

“In My Skin” (Hulu streaming anytime) Here we have a darkly comic coming-of-age tale (evidently, the Brits call ’em “transitioning” stories) about a 16-year-old Welsh gal struggling to keep her troubled homelife (including a mother with bipolar disorder) a secret from her high school classmates.

Friday 31

“Brassic” (Hulu streaming anytime) Here’s a comedy-drama about a working class guy named Vinnie O'Neill (Joseph Gigun) and his pals who make ends meet in the (fictional) northern English town of Hawley by committing various petty crimes.

“Get Even” (Netflix streaming anytime) Everybody’s into British shows this week. A group of schoolgirls forms a clan to expose bullies at school in this British thriller based on the YA book series by Gretchen McNeil

“Black is King” (Disney+ streaming anytime) Beyoncé is the writer, director and executive producer of this “visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift.”

“Muppets Now” (Disney+ streaming anytime) Jim Henson’s famed, felt thespians return for an "unscripted series featuring three different segments of a game show, a cooking show and a talk show."

The Go-Go’s (Showtime 7pm) Showtime documents popular ’80s band The Go-Go’s, who became the first successful all-girl band to write their own songs and play their own instruments.

“Martha Knows Best” (HGTV 8pm) For the pilot of her new show, Martha Stewart shows you how to plant vegetables—with the help of your estate’s head gardener.

Saturday 1

“NBA Basketball: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors” (ESPN 6:30pm) Hey, live sports are back! And this season your seats are just as good as the ones Spike Lee has got.

Sunday 2

“Connected” (Netflix streaming anytime) Science journalist Latif Nasser investigates the surprising and intricate ways in which we are connected to each other, the world and the universe.

“Fridge Wars” (KWBQ-19 7pm) ’Member “Door Knock Dinners”? This is “Door Knock Dinners.”

“Hiroshima: 75 Years Later” (History Channel 7pm) Leaders, physicists, soldiers and survivors reflect on the scientific, military and moral implications of dropping the atomic bomb on Japan.

“Taskmaster” (KWBQ-19 8pm) Five comedians are put through a string of ridiculous challenges (painting a picture of a horse while riding a horse, making a portrait of a celebrity using only toilet paper). The ultimate prize? A pot made up of each contestant’s own personal possessions.

“The Osbourne’s Want to Believe” (Travel Channel 8pm) The Osbourne family has gone through a number of identities—from rock musicians to reality show stars to travel show hosts. Now, apparently, they’re all a bunch of paranormal investigators. … Weirdest episode of “Scooby-Doo” ever.

Monday 3

“The Fugitive” (Quibi streaming anytime) In this update of the popular 1963 TV thriller, an ordinary dude (actor/model Boyd Holbrook from “Narcos”) finds himself on the run from a legendary cop (Kiefer Sutherland) after being mistakenly blamed for a terrorist attack.

Tuesday 4

“Mystery Lab” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix is in an educational mood this week. Host Felipe Castanhari explores science, history, mysteries and marvels, uncovering mind-blowing facts with help from his lab buddies.

“What’s It Worth?” (A&E 7pm) With the “Antiques Roadshow” nationwide tour called off thanks to COVID-19, Jeff Foxworthy steps into the gap and offers appraisals of people’s household junk via Zoom or Snapchat or something.

“Extreme Unboxing” (A&E 8:01pm) Like “Storage Wars” only dumber, this reality series “showcases a group of daring entrepreneurs as they bid on large pallets of discounted merchandise for pennies on the dollar, sight unseen.” Viewers get to watch as each team opens the boxes, revealing the contents of the boxes for what they hope are big profits.

Wednesday 5

“World’s Most Wanted” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix’s true crime docuseries profiles heinous criminals who have evaded international capture. Kinda like “America’s Most Wanted,” but with accents.

“Coroner” (KWBQ-19 8pm) Serinda Swan (“Smallville,” “Ballers”) stars in this Canadian series about a recently widowed coroner who, you know, solves crimes in Toronto. It’s based on the Jenny Cooper series of novels by British author M.R. Hall.