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This weekend I have … a few minutes, and I need good role models
When to watch: Friday at 8 a.m., on Disney
Season 2 of the least annoying kids show of our time is finally making its way from Australia to the United States, to the delight of toddlers, their families and anyone else who might need a jolt of loving positivity. The show emphasizes imaginative play, expressing oneself and learning to identify emotions, but thanks to its naturalistic, genuine dialogue, the show it most often reminds me of is the British comedy “Outnumbered.” “Bluey” is legit better than many modern sitcoms, and the family dynamics it depicts are both aspirational — oh, to be that easygoing and creative! — and relatable, like when Dad, scrambling, offers Bluey’s little sister $20 in an attempt to back out of an ill-conceived promise.
… a few hours, and I like dramedy
When to watch: Now, on Acorn
Kim Cattrall stars in this Canadian series about a woman who is suddenly, or maybe not that suddenly, unhappy with her tony life. The show can be quite dark — not in a murder way but in a “actually, you’re not worth loving any more” way, and because the characters are all smart and polished, they can be quite vicious. This is not technically part of the “Slings and Arrows” universe, but there is a lot cast and creative overlap, as well as a similarly perceptive take on what it’s like to be accustomed to being beheld. “Sensitive Skin,” which has just two six-episode seasons, has come and gone from streaming platforms a few times, and Season 2 arrives on Acorn later this year.
… a few hours, and I already watched everything on FX
‘The Other Guy’
When to watch: Now, on Hulu
This two-season Australian comedy follows AJ (played by Matt Okine), a hip, miserable radio host, through a protracted breakup and a lot of drunken mistakes. He’d probably say the former caused the latter, but in reality it’s more the other way around. Okine also created the show, and it feels like a lot of other auteur comedies in a good way; think “Ramy” or “Better Things,” but with a more vulgar and often less artful vibe. Season 2 takes things into a meta territory that I found less compelling, but if you like wounded people behaving shabbily — well, get therapy. But also watch this.