This weekend I have… a few minutes, and I love a grab bag.
‘Love, Death + Robots’
When to watch: Now on Netflix.
“Love, Death + Robots” is an animated sci-fi anthology series, with episodes lasting under 20 minutes and sometimes under 10 minutes; it’s perfect for the “well, I could split dessert” feeling at the end of the night, but it’s even better for the “I’m hungry, but I don’t know what I want” paralysis of the trade-off. Season 3 arrived last week and features episodes that are snarky and outrageous, one directed by David Fincher and one about extreme rodent violence. Some are stupid, and many are gloomy. The draw is the variety, especially in visual style – some painterly, some retro cartoons, some diet video games.
… half an hour, and I’m lewd.
When to watch?: Arrives Friday, on Hulu.
This new spin-off from Canadian sensation “Letterkenny” is just as wild and nasty as its predecessor, absolutely brimming with indecency and outrage in the best of ways. Jared Keeso created and stars in both series; on ‘Letterkenny’ he plays Wayne, the doofy protagonist, and the never-before-seen antagonist Shoresy, but here Shoresy takes center stage. He’s moved to another small town and tries to revive a crappy hockey team, delivering searing insults and motivational speeches with the stylized, stylized dialogue that made “Letterkenny” such a hit. If you think a lot of the comedies you watch sound the same, and you want something to get you out of your rut, watch this.
… four hours, and I miss ‘Ted Lasso’.
When to watch: Now, on Amazon or the Roku channel.
For those looking for a light-hearted PG sports story, check out this one-season Australian comedy from 2017 about an Australian rules football team and its star rookie, Maki (Gordon Churchill), who become roommates with some of his fellow players. “The Warriors” has an upbeat goofiness and is heavy on teammate shenanigans, but it’s also candid about the discrimination Maki faces as a native man. There are only eight episodes, so eat carefully and don’t worry about not knowing the ins and outs of “footy.”