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This Weekend I Have… an Hour, and I Love Lawyer Shows
‘The Good Fight’
when to watch: Now, on Paramount+.
Season 4 of “The Good Fight” was derailed by the pandemic, so Season 5 begins with a combination catch-up and reset that delves into all the events of the past several months and Luca (Kush Jumbo) and Adrian (Delroy Lindo). ) Sometimes watching “The Good Fight” feels like getting away from something because it takes too many steps. Other shows theoretically might but usually don’t: it’s about real-world current events. Experiments with structure and tone, withstands and always saves a little space in the blink of an eye. New episodes are starting on Thursday.
… two hours, and I care about production values
‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’
When to watch: Coming Friday on Disney+.
The first episode of this kids’ show is called “A Bunch of Smart Orphans,” and if you’ve ever seen or read anything else that fits that mold, you get the idea: Lonely lucky ones with behind-the-scenes stories. The adventurers find themselves in a magical school where their talents are finally appreciated and even required for some kind of world-saving effort. Weird teachers! But virtue wins! The plot is fully functional, but the big draw for adult audiences is the set and costume design, which feels like a Wes Anderson version of “Matilda.”
… three hours, and Tokyo is only weeks away
‘Golden: The Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts’
When to watch: Starting from Mayur on Sunday.
This new documentary series is in a difficult place just in time: Some gymnasts, including Laurie Hernandez, are already out of the running for the 2021 Tokyo Games. This makes the story more bitter than strictly anticipated, which in some ways is a rich depiction of the life of an elite athlete, but in others gives you a sense of why the oracle is sometimes seen as gloomy. is depicted. NBC’s gymnastics announcement is awesome, so if you’re planning on watching Simone Biles but want more context for other members of her team and gymnastics in general, check it out. (Biles has his own, unrelated doc series on Facebook Watch, which is pretty cool too.)
The first three episodes of “Golden” come out this weekend, and the next three come out weekly, every Wednesday through July 7.