Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our TV critic Margaret Lyons offers hyper-specific viewing recommendations in our Watching newsletter. Read her latest picks below, and sign up for the Watching newsletter here.
This weekend I have … a few hours, and I want to expand my mind
‘The Midnight Gospel’
When to watch: Now, on Netflix.
This series combines audio from the podcast “The Duncan Trussell Family Hour” with animation by Pendleton Ward, the creator of “Adventure Time,” and the result is a practically pulsating specimen of imagination and philosophy. The audio is philosophical conversations about death and purpose, but the visuals are of wild, psychedelic adventures on distant worlds, creating a sense of cosmic humor. Watch the second episode first — the pilot is more like a teaser, but Episode 2 is a more fully realized piece. From there, it’s so lovely I felt like an astronaut marveling from afar at all of our beautiful, tiny lives.
… many hours, and I miss connections
I’ve been thinking about the original incarnation of “Twin Peaks” because thanks to responsible mask usage, I can’t see people’s mouths anymore — and “Twin Peaks” is among the most orally fixated shows ever. If you’ve never watched it, don’t let the volume of discourse convince you that it’s some huge endeavor: There are only 30 episodes in the original series. I’m lucky to live among fellow mask-wearers, and I feel sustained and encouraged by the mutuality. But I also miss some nonverbal modes of expression, and watching an episode of “Twin Peaks” feels like parking myself in front of a SAD lamp during the winter. Maybe you need some artificial sunlight, too.
… many hours, and I need the strong stuff
When to watch: Now, on Hulu and IMDb TV.
Friends, it’s time. There is no better binge than Season 1 of “Lost,” so if you’re feeling a little bummed about missing barbecues and social time this weekend, put on “Lost” and realize you would have canceled those plans in a heartbeat to stay home and find out more about that dang island. We all want to be engaged with the world, to understand and support people and to be understood and supported back. But sometimes … you just need an escape. “Lost” is fully engaged with genuine human emotion, so it’s not some spiritually barren experience. And it’s exciting and engrossing enough to keep the outside out, even for just 44 minutes.