This weekend I have … an hour, and I like British shows.
When to watch: Now, on Acorn TV.
If you like “Call the Midwife,” the recent version of “The Durrells in Corfu,” the current version of “All Creatures Great and Small” or the people parts of “Babe,” watch this endearing dramedy. Based on the novel “The Darling Buds of May” by H.E. Bates, the show is set in 1958 and follows the quirky Larkin family: Ma and Pop (Joanna Scanlan and Bradley Walsh) and their six children. It’s all very gentle and bucolic, full of saturated colors and high-waisted pants, with plots that boil down to telling the local snobs to stuff it. Yes, a handsome stranger arrives on a bicycle. The first two episodes are available now, and the rest arrive weekly, on Mondays.
… a few hours, and I was a kid in 1988.
‘Saturday Morning All Star Hits!’
When to watch: Now, on Netflix.
Kyle Mooney cocreated and stars in this strange, silly series that’s somewhere between the “BoJack Horseman” Christmas special and “Documentary Now!” The show parodies ’80s and ’90s cartoons — “Thundercats,” “Care Bears” — and their doofy programming blocs. But it also veers into darker territory, eventually encompassing a fraught sibling rivalry, a tabloid missing-persons case and a moral panic about children saying “shut up.” Mooney’s signature flat affect helps some of the more peculiar elements sneak through, and the show’s aesthetic details are superb.
… a few hours, and I should learn to gyrate.
‘Finding Magic Mike’
When to watch: Now, on HBO Max.
This new reality contest show follows regular dudes competing for $100,000. None of the men are professional exotic dancers, and each has apparently lost some of his “magic”; the show claims that learning the sorts of moves one sees in “Magic Mike” will help them get it back. They learn choreography, practice lap-dances and gain confidence, and the vibe is jaunty and surprisingly wholesome. It also offers an interesting look at society’s attitudes toward heterosexual male sex work and what those attitudes say about sex and gender in general, though I don’t think the show would put it in those terms. If you like “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” or the first season of “Floribama Shore,” try this.