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This weekend, I have… half an hour, and I need a lift
When to watch: Now on Netflix.
Nadiya Hussain, everyone’s favorite winner of “The Great British Baking Show,” has a new cooking series, and it’s so sunny and cheerful that it could be the cure for seasonal depression, and maybe even clinical. “Pastry is really my happy place,” she says in the show’s intro. But even if she hadn’t, it’s evident in every frame of the series, that she’s laughing while crushing hard candy for a cookie topping or pulling out a pan from the oven and raving, “Those noodles.” have summer at the disco. “What a treat.
… One hour and I like conflicts
‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’
When to watch: Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
This three-part documentary, airing the next three Sundays, is an intriguing, at times demoralizing, look at the life and career of rapper born Daniel Hernandez and known today as 6ix9ine. Beyond archival footage and talkative interviews, “Supervillain” uses an unusual storytelling technique to comment on the deliberate and contrived character of 6ix9ine: building some sort of action figure while explaining the poisons of viral fame and the characteristics of supervillainy. Sometimes these segments seem a bit forced, but it’s better to be different than boring.
… A few hours, and it’s time to play the music
‘The Muppet Show’
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Disney +.
All five seasons of “The Muppet Show” land on Disney + this weekend, including seasons that weren’t previously available on DVD releases over the years and segments that aired only in Britain. (Two of the series’ 120 episodes are not available.) As the sketches show, this is one of the biggest, and any given episode will have a slapstick awkwardness, a great cover of a song, and at times, in prime, a keen understanding of the misery of humanity. If you’re not sure where to start, try the animated episodes by Rita Moreno, Rudolf Nureyev, Harry Belafonte, and Joan Baez.