Hello and happy Week Two in Coronaland! To celebrate our ongoing nightmare, I thought I would add a new feature to my weekly recommendations: Netflix Deep Dives. While I know a little bit about a lot of all TV, my sister, Catherine, has a Ph.D. in Netflix and knows every corner of the vast streaming service. For years she has been giving me excellent recommendations on shows and films I would have otherwise missed, and I decided that while we’re all in lockdown and looking for something to distract us, now more than ever, it would be a public service to share her wisdom with a new series each week.
First up, something light in these socially distant times:
What the Love?
By now you’ve heard of “Love is Blind,” and maybe while you watched it, you asked yourself, “What the love?” At least, that’s what Netflix’s algorithms are hoping. “What the Love” is an Indian Netflix show, starring Indian Bollywood director Karan Johar as matchmaker for single Indians, looking for long-term commitment.
The first episode introduces us to a plethora of single Indians, all looking to find the romance Johar materializes on the screen through his director-producer credits. The show features a list of guests, actors and celebrities likely familiar to Indian audiences, and a charm that almost makes you forget the phrase “What the Love?” isn’t actually something anyone says.
— Catherine McDonald
Freud: A young Sigmund Freud gets mixed up in some occult shit in this new series. Netflix
Saving Private Ryan: I don’t know why a movie about another difficult time in our history might make you feel better right about now, except that it has a happy ending? And Tom Hanks? Man, I don’t know. 7 p.m., Sundance
The Golden Girls marathon: Just another reminder for why you should be staying out of public: to keep Betty White, national treasure, safe. 10 p.m., CMT
This is Us: The Pearsons celebrate Jack’s first birthday — and there will be a time jump — in the season finale. 8 p.m., NBC
One Day at a Time: A census taker comes to the house in the season premiere. 8:30 p.m., Pop TV
Council of Dads: So, This is Us inspired A Million Little Things which clearly inspired this new series about a man who creates a “council of dads” to take care of his family when he has a health crisis. Series premiere. 9 p.m., NBC
Project Bluebook: Hynek and Quinn try to prevent World War III in the season finale. 9 p.m., History
Cherish the Day: Gently throws a birthday party for Miss Luma. Season finale. 9 p.m., OWN
Stumptown: Dex is at the forefront of a murder investigation in which she is the prime suspect in the season finale. 9 p.m., ABC
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens: Season finale. 9:30 p.m., Comedy Central
Year of the Rabbit: Rabbit is framed for murder in the first season finale. 9:30 p.m., IFC
Pandemic: COVID-19: Experts explain this whole mess to us. 9 p.m., Discovery and Science Channel
A Million Little Things: New baby, vow renewal, shocking secrets revealed, sounds like a season finale. 9 p.m., ABC
Deputy: Informants for the sheriff’s office start turning up dead in the season finale. 8 p.m., Fox
Outmatched: Season finale. 7:30 p.m., Fox
The Sinner: Jamie seeks revenge in the season finale. 9 p.m., ABC
Star Trek: Picard: Season finale. CBS All Access
Unorthodox: A young orthodox Jewish woman rejects her strict life and moves to Berlin in this new series. Series premiere. Netflix
Keeping Up With the Kardashians: ~eyeroll~ Season premiere. 7 p.m., E!
The Bold Type: Sutton’s wedding day is here in the season finale. 8 p.m., Freeform
Ozark: The complete third season. Netflix
Making the Cut: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn have started their own
Project Runway rip-off fashion competition. Series premiere. Amazon
Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts: Trixie Mattel is one of my favorite Drag Race stars. In this documentary, she seems to let her guard down a bit. Netflix
Steven Universe: Series finale. I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from some strong Mandela Effect on this one, but I could have sworn this already had its series finale. And yet, here we are. 6:45 p.m., Cartoon Network
The Kitchen: Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish star in this drama (?) about three women who become criminals when their mobbed-up husbands are arrested by the FBI. It has a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just be aware. 7 p.m., HBO
Haunted Hospitals: NOT NOW, TRAVEL CHANNEL. 9 p.m., Travel Channel
A Rocky marathon: Look. You’re stuck inside all day, might as well give in. 2 p.m., AMC
A Harry Potter marathon: And if you have kids … 9:30 a.m., USA
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Season premiere. Netflix
Call the Midwife: A diphtheria outbreak in the season premiere, which just feels … TOO SOON. 7 p.m., PBS
Our Cartoon President: I wish it were the season finale of this Presidency instead of just this show. 7:30 p.m., Showtime