No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every Friday for new suggestions on what to watch.
This Weekend I Have … an Hour, and I Embrace Change
‘The Great British Baking Show’
When to watch: Season 5 arrives Friday, on Netflix.
This new season of “The Great British Baking Show” is packaged as Season 5 in the United States, but it aired as Season 8 in England. It’s the first season after the show’s move from BBC to Channel 4, and it’s the first with the new lineup of hosts and judges: Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Luckily, the spirit and soul of the show are remarkably intact. It is as kind and warm as ever, and the first episode features some of the most creative cakes in the show’s history.
… Two Hours, and I Like Art
When to watch: Friday, at 9 p.m., on PBS (check local listings).
Eva Hesse was only 34 when she died, in 1970, but the body of work she created remains potent and influential. This documentary about her life and art is beautiful and often intimate, relying heavily on diary entries and correspondence both to explore her personal and romantic life and to give voice and specificity to her abstract and sometimes mischievous pieces. Although the humming New York art world of the 1960s isn’t the focus of the film, it’s hard not to be drawn in by it.
… a Few Hours, and I Want Brainy Silliness
‘The Good Place’
When to watch: Now, on Netflix.
Season 2 of this brilliant, inventive comedy about the quirky realities of the afterlife is now streaming. The show has an impressive internal mythology, and clever Easter eggs abound; consider them a special reward for close rewatching. Jason, played by Manny Jacinto, was pure joy in Season 1, and he’s somehow even better, even dopier, even more passionate in Season 2. “I’m too young to die and too old to eat off the kids’ menu!” he laments. “What a stupid age I am.” Aw, chin up, Jason: Season 3 starts Sept. 27, and with only 13 episodes per season, that’s plenty of time to catch up.
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