How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

By admin Nov24,2023

‘Obituary’

When to watch: Now, on Hulu.

This six-episode Irish series feels like a cross between “Dexter” and “Wonderfalls,” with blood lust and sweaters present in equal measure. Our murderous heroine is an intrepid obituary writer, Elvira (Siobhán Cullen), who worries about her alcoholic father and thinks her crush might be more interested in her best friend. She also needs to drum up a little business, so she figures she might as well give into her lifelong urges and start offing people in her small town — just people who are already close to death, or folks who really deserve it, just as a little treat. Despite its dark themes, “Obituary” is surprisingly fun, not gory horror or misery.

‘Connections’

When to watch: Now, on Curiosity Stream.

“Never have so many people understood so little about so much,” says James Burke in a 1978 episode of his British documentary series “Connections.” That remains one of the show’s guiding lights — not that we are all dumb, but that there is so much to be learned about the world, and there are so many strange little details that lead to huge shifts in society. Burke has revived his show for the streaming age, with six new episodes about the way things change, maintaining the series’s integrity and also its appetite for the offbeat. If your favorite shows are “Cosmos” and “How To With John Wilson,” watch this.

‘First Wives Club’

When to watch: Now, on Netflix.

If you need marathon restorative couch time, all three seasons of this fizzy dramedy have made their way from BET+ to Netflix. Michelle Buteau, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Jill Scott star as three best friends whose romantic relationships are all turning toward “this is over.” Early on, the show shares a few general arcs with the 1996 movie, but it quickly segues into its own sudsy setups and sense of fun. “Wives” hits similar highs to fraught domestic dramas but it does so in a lighter and breezier way, more thrilling gossip than deep weeping.

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