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This weekend I have … 35 minutes, and I love an underdog story.
‘Ted Lasso’When to watch: Season 2 begins Friday, on Apple TV+.
Oh thank God, Season 2 of “Ted Lasso” is finally here. Jason Sudeikis stars as a good-natured American football coach who becomes a soccer coach in England, and while his folksiness and optimism initially make him an object of ridicule, gosh dangit if he doesn’t win everyone over. Some of the subplots this season drag out the inevitable, and the show’s attempts at political stories feel naïve at best. But “Ted Lasso” remains one of the easiest shows to love, a happy, dynamic pleasure. It’s warm and silly but not stupid, and most episodes clock in over 30 minutes, adding to the show’s vibe of abundance. New episodes come out Fridays.
… an hour, and I love a backstage story.
‘Icon: Music Through the Lens’
When to watch: Friday at 9 p.m., on PBS. (Check local listings.)
This intriguing six-part documentary about music photography kicked off last week (Episode 1 is available on PBS’s app and website) and combines the thrill of a behind-the-scenes story, the juiciness of a behind-the-music story and the inherent appeal of expertise. This week’s installment, “On the Road,” focuses on touring, and the participating photographers explain the technical and emotional sides of their work. Pop has changed, rock has changed, the live music industry has changed, cameras have changed, society’s relationship to photography has changed, media has changed, stardom has changed, but passion is passion.
… an hour, and I love a wisdom-tooth story.
‘Tig Notaro: Drawn’
When to watch: Saturday at 10 p.m., on HBO.
This new stand-up special from the comedian Tig Notaro has her signature low-key delivery and casual candor. But rather than being a traditional filmed theater performance, “Drawn” is fully animated. Each section of Notaro’s act gets a different visual treatment, so some segments look like a bouncy children’s show while others have a more grounded style. Good stand-up creates its own tiny, temporary reality, and the more faithfully the animation follows Notaro’s material, the more effective and alive the moment feels.