This weekend, I haveâ¦ 55 minutes, and congratulations.
“The righteous gems”
When to watch: Sunday at 10 p.m., on HBO.
Season 2 of that televangelical comedy is finally here, more than two years after Season 1 ended – although I’m not sure I went more than a few weeks without having âMisbehavin ‘â stuck in my head. âThe Righteous Gemstonesâ follows the corrupt family of Gemstone preachers, with the wise but volatile Eli (John Goodman) at the helm and his goofy offspring (Danny McBride, Edi Patterson and Adam Devine) vying for his money and attention. The show remains a fascinating tonal roller coaster, with deranged nonsense packed into scenes that have true pathos. There is also an added pleasure to be had by viewing it as a kind of Waluigi version of “Succession”, plagued by internal family conflicts and the grip of an aging patriarch on his empire. Here, it is said that it is so-serious-it-silly rather than so-silly-it-serious of the Roys.
â¦ 70 minutes, and I love scandals.
When to watch: Now on peacock.
We’re just under a month away from the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics, so let’s turn now to a particularly juicy part of the Games’ history: the pairs figure skating controversy in Salt Lake City in 2002, when Russian duo Anton Sikharulidze and Yelena Berezhnaya won gold against Canadians David Pelletier and Jamie SalÃ©. As with many contemporary documentaries, âMeddlingâ is overproduced and its use of reenactments is silly, but there are so many juicy threads in this tale – romance! violence! patriotism! – and the miniseries does a great job of capturing how figure skating is a biography and not just an ability. The first two parts are streaming now, and parts 3 and 4 arrive the next two Thursdays.
â¦ About two hours, and I like the whole mysteries.
When to watch: Now on Netflix.
A bank robbery goes awry and turns into hostage-taking on an open house, but things aren’t quite what they seem to be in this Swedish comedy (in Swedish, with subtitles or doubled). “Anxious People” unfolds like a contemporary thriller – Are the hostages all keeping a secret from the police? Are they more connected to each other than they suggest? What exactly happened in there? And are the cops even trying to solve anything? – but there is a glowing bonhomie at its center rather than icy brutality. Despite the title and setup, it’s not an anxiety-provoking sight; it’s comfortable and sweet, and the six easy episodes make it a fully satisfying frenzy.