How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

Try a great new British mini-series, or plunge back into two returning favorites.

By Margaret Lyons

Every Monday and Friday, Margaret offers hyper-specific viewing recommendations in our Watching newsletter. Read her latest picks below, and sign up for the Watching newsletter here.

This weekend I have … a half-hour, and I’m restless.

‘Rick & Morty’
When to watch: Sunday at 11 p.m., on Adult Swim.

“Rick & Morty” returns for a fifth season this weekend, and the series is so funny and bizarre, so successfully itself, that it’s almost surprising it’s still on: Shows like this usually meet an early demise, either through network negligence or their own supernova star death. Somehow “Rick & Morty” has dodged this fate, and thank goodness — its feral brilliance and cynicism are the perfect antidote to tedious murder dramas and plastic reality shows. You can definitely just start watching now, but should you need a comedy jolt, Seasons 1-4 are on Hulu and HBO Max.

… an hour, and I’m devilish.

‘Evil’
When to watch: Season 2 arrives Sunday, on Paramount+.

Season 1 of this snazzy Catholic horror procedural ended way back in January of 2020, and on CBS. After a long break and a move to the network’s sister streaming platform, the show picks up where it left off, with goat-headed demons and vulnerable little girls, with churchy investigators and scheming villains, and with intriguing performances. Tragically, much of the show is lit so dimly that it’s impossible to decipher. But figuratively, “Evil” is the fun kind of dark thanks to interesting side characters, a solid mythology and gnarly ideas about the world at large. If you think “The X-Files” deserved more spinoffs, watch this.

… two hours, and I have wanderlust.

‘Masterpiece: Us’
When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on PBS. (Check local listings.)

This fantastic four-part British mini-series (which airs in two two-hour blocs) is a travelogue, a domestic drama and a wistful romance, gorgeous and unfussy. Douglas (Tom Hollander) is astounded when his wife (Saskia Reeves) tells him that she might want a divorce and doubly astounded when she insists that the couple and their teen son (Tom Taylor) take their planned trip through Europe. Their strife is set against flashbacks of their courtship, but not in the pat, one-to-one ways that device is usually deployed; here it’s more gentle and diffuse and bittersweet — more like “The Trip” movies than “This Is Us.” Stories like this are only as good as their fights, and the arguments here are blistering.

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