‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘Reservation Dogs,’ more Olympics and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week



Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump: Our Top Story: This new docuseries follows the colorful staff of a privately-owned TV station in the middle of the Nevada desert. Series premiere. 8 p.m., HBO

Fast Times at Ridgemont High: There are tons of high school movies, but few get it as right as this one. 7 p.m., Sundance

Olympics: Beach Volleyball (quarterfinal); Track & Field (finals); Women’s Gymnastics (floor final) 7 p.m., NBC


Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord: The true story of a teenage drug kingpin who ran his operation out of his bedroom, and inspired the series How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast). Netflix

Pray Away: This documentary explores the conversion therapy movement, and the damage it causes. Premiere. Netflix

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: This three-part miniseries explores President Barack Obama’s personal and political journey to the White House. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO

Olympics: Men’s Diving (springboard final); Track & Field; Gymnastics (men’s horizontal bar; women’s balance beam) 7 p.m., NBC


Cooking With Paris: Someone had the genius? idea to give Paris Hilton her own cooking show. Spoiler alert: she’s not a good cook. Premiere. Netflix

Cocaine Cowboys: This docuseries follows the true story of two childhood friends who became drug lords in Miami. Premiere. Netflix

Olympics: Women’s Beach Volleyball (semifinal); Track & Field (Day 7); Women’s Diving (platform semifinal) 7 p.m., NBC


The Suicide Squad: I’m not a superhero person, as we’ve established, but the reviews coming in on this one are through the roof. “Hysterically funny,” “the year’s most entertaining blockbuster,” “the most insanely violent superhero blockbuster yet, making Deadpool look kind of sweet,” are just some of the things critics are saying. Premiere. HBO Max

Mr. Corman: Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this new dramedy about a man in his thirties who is having a mid-life crisis. I mean, it’s not described that way, but that’s what’s happening here. Apple TV+

Val: The actor Val Kilmer has spent the last 40 years filming his own life, and this documentary is the end result. Premiere. Amazon

Olympics: Men’s Skateboarding (park final); Women’s Diving (platform final); Track & Field; Women’s Beach Volleyball (gold-medal match) 7 p.m., NBC


Vivo: Lin-Manuel Miranda is a kinkajou. Premiere. Netflix

The Swarm: BLOOD-DRINKING LOCUSTS! And here I thought locusts couldn’t get grosser. Netflix

Olympics: Track & Field (finals); Men’s Diving (platform qualifying); Men’s Basketball (final) 7 p.m., NBC


Psycho Storm Chaser: Did Hurricane Harvey suck for you? Of course it did. But I bet it would have sucked a lot worse if you had to ride it out while taking care of a patient in a coma and there was a serial killer stalking you, so, you know, count your blessings. 7 p.m., Lifetime

All My Life: In this film based on a true story, a young couple have to rush their wedding when the groom is diagnosed with liver cancer. Romantic. 7 p.m., HBO

Olympics: Track & Field; Men’s Diving (platform final); Women’s Basketball (gold-medal game) 7 p.m., NBC


UFO: In this docuseries from Bad Robot, our fascination with UFOs, and how the government and the military have been withholding information about them from us, are explored. Premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime

Reservation Dogs: Four Indigenous teens do what they can to escape Oklahoma and make it to the mythical California in this new series from producer Taika Waititi. Series premiere. FX on Hulu

The L Word: Generation Q: Season premiere. 9 p.m., Showtime

Family Game Fight!: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard host this new family game show. Series premiere. 9:30 p.m., NBC

Godfather of Harlem: Season premiere. 8 p.m., Epix

Olympics: Closing Ceremony 6 p.m., NBC


2 thoughts on “‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘Reservation Dogs,’ more Olympics and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week

    1. Yeah, Netflix really needs to lean into it and make it their own “Shark Week.”

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