Guide to Watch This Week: Top 8 Best Movies and Shows, TV Channels, Date, Preview
1. This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist - Best Shows to Watch This Week
Available April 7 on Netflix
In 1990, two men posing as police officers robbed Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of $500 million in art. Over 30 years later, none of that work has been recovered, and the case remains unsolved. That infamous art theft is the subject of this four-part true crime docuseries, which digs into the mystery of who took those paintings and where they are now. The series also promises some juicy mafia drama, because it's Boston.
2. Exterminate All the Brutes - Best Shows to Watch This Week
Limited series premieres April 7 on HBO, HBO Max at 9/8c
Sure anyone can roll a camera, scream "cut," and call themselves a filmmaker, but Raoul Peck is a FILMMAKER. Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) re-edits the history books in this stunning four-episode series that dances between dramatized history and documentary, exploring colonialism, racism, and exploitation in ways that spotlight the truth that America and the world has largely chosen to ignore. It's going to make you uncomfortable, and it should; growth and progress isn't always easy, but it is necessary.
3. Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal - Best Shows to Watch This Week
Season 1B Available April 6 on HBO Max
Genndy Tartakovsky is one of the best storytellers in any medium, taking the classic writing advice of "show don't tell" to the next level by using hardly any dialogue in his animated projects, which include Samurai Jack and the original Star Wars: Clone Wars series (which remains the greatest Star Wars product ever produced). His current series for Adult Swim is the critically acclaimed Primal -- one of my favorite shows of 2019-2020 -- which follows a caveman named Spear and a Tyrannosaurus named Fang who form a beautiful bond after they both experience severe tragedy. It's positively gorgeous and extremely violent (this is NOT for kids), but appropriately so as an emotional exploration of two beings trying to survive a harsh prehistoric world. The final five episodes of Season 1 -- which aired last year on Adult Swim -- finally come to HBO Max this month, and they're all spectacular.
4. Them - Best Shows to Watch This Week
Available April 9 - Amazon
Someone on Twitter called this show "Get Us Out of Lovecraft Country" and what could I possibly say about it that would sum it up any better? Them, which is executive produced by Lena Waithe, does kind of look like an amalgamation of all of those things, if its spooky, unsettling trailer is anything to go by. Set in 1953, the horror series follows a Black family who move from their home in North Carolina into an all-white neighborhood in Los Angeles. And because this is a scary show, of course the family quickly discovers that things are a lot more sinister around those parts than they ever could've expected.
5. Hemingway - Best Shows to Watch This Week
Minieries premieres Monday at 8/7c on PBS
Ken Burns could make a 20-hour documentary about a napkin and it would be one of the most compelling things you've ever watched. Thankfully the subject of his latest series is much more fascinating. The man behind Baseball, The Civil War, and The National Parks: America's Best Idea gives the slideshow treatment to legendary author Ernest Hemingway in this three-part, six-hour miniseries that looks beyond the myth and into the man.
6. Kung Fu - Best Shows to Watch This Week
The Series premieres Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW
In The CW's Kung Fu — partially inspired by the early-'70s David Carradine series — Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang) takes the term "quarter-life crisis" to the next level when pressure from her mother to find a suitable husband and settle down pushes her to run away to a Shaolin monastery in China. She hides out for three years, learning Kung Fu and sorting herself out, but when Nicky's mentor is murdered by a mysterious assassin, she is forced to return to her family in San Francisco to put back together the pieces of the life she left behind. The show is the first broadcast hour-long drama with a majority Asian cast, which is extraordinary, but the most intriguing thing about Kung Fu is how the series blends a lot of genres together. It's part action-adventure, part family drama, and, of course, part romance. Nicky is a relatable protagonist who is a bit of a mess in her mid 20s (aren't we all?), and it's a good time to follow her on this adventure, where you never know what's going to happen next. -Megan Vick.
7. Rebel - Best Shows to Watch This Week
Series premieres Thursday at 10/9c on ABC
If you're going to make a show about a tough woman, you'd better cast the right tough woman to play said tough woman. Give ABC's casting department a gold star for hiring Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) to star in this hourlong drama that's loosely based on the life of Erin Brockovich (who also serves as executive producer). Sagal plays Annie "Rebel" Bello, a law advocate who champions causes she believes in with relentless pursuit instead of a law degree. Krista Vernoff, who took over running Grey's Anatomy, created the series, so expect some juicy drama in addition to all the ball-busting. Andy Garcia and John Corbett also star.
8. The Way of the Househusband - Best Shows to Watch This Week
Season 1 available Thursday on Netflix
Anime is a world without limits, and it's found a new nook and cranny with The Way of the Househusband, an adaptation of the comedy manga about a formerly feared Yakuza boss who leaves a life of crime to become a stay-at-home dad. He still brings the mafia intensity to everyday chores, though, whether he's making bento boxes for his daughter's school day or screaming at the Roomba to clean up the corner of the room. Wacky good times.
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