How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?


No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every Friday for new suggestions on what to watch.

This Weekend I Have … an Hour, and I Listen to a Lot of Podcasts

‘This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy’
When to watch: Starting Friday, on Amazon.

If you like in-depth explainers with a slightly snarky vibe, try this eight-part documentary about money, hosted by Kal Penn. Adam McKay is among the show’s executive producers, and it includes his brand of celebrity cameos and sardonic asides. That doesn’t dull the pain, though, of the vice grip that is squeezing most of us to death while the mega-rich dance and give each other yachts.

… 3 Hours (And Change), and What’s All the Fuss?

The Academy Awards
When to watch: Sunday, at 8 p.m., on ABC.

This is the year that Oscar producers couldn’t seem to get it together. First Kevin Hart was going to host, and then he wasn’t. No one replaced him, so this year is hostless. (Not necessarily a bad thing!) Then we weren’t going to get performances of all the songs, and not all the awards were going to be presented live. Both of those ideas were scrapped, too. Now the only paths to intrigue are tricky upsets and spicy speeches. Light those candles, pals.

… Many Hours, and I’m Over ‘This Is Us’

‘Party of Five’
When to watch: Now, on Netflix.

Let this ’90s melodrama wash over you in all its teary warmth. Sibling squabbles, kids who are slightly irritating but often sage, weary kisses and an ultimate all-for-one vibe … if you’ve been missing the Salingers, or if you just want some flannel and earnestness, now is your moment: The show is leaving Netflix at the end of March. If it’s any consolation, Freeform recently ordered a reboot — though, instead of having the parents die, they’re deported to Mexico.

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