Tom Ellis, Lucifer | Photo Credits: Netflix

The country is collectively sitting in front of fans because August has decided to drop us onto the sun in a summer heatwave, so unless you have an igloo to hunker down in, we suggest you fill up a trashcan with ice water, hop in, and watch some TV. And in this edition of the week’s best shows and movies to watch, we’re skipping the hot, hot, hot picks for some cool, cool, cool recommendations. 

HBO’s Lovecraft Country got the week off to a great start, but if a different kind of love is more your thing, Freeform’s Love in the Time of Corona is a refreshing quarantine experiment about how we’re all dealing with our lockdowns. Lucifer also returns for its newest season, with the Devil seeing double! And of course, the Democrats are comin’, the Democrats are comin’! The Democratic National Convention will be airing almost all week.

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Lovecraft Country

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Series premiere Sunday at 9/8c on HBO
HBO is going full-on, hair-raising, blood-spurting horror in this new series from showrunner Misha Green based on a book by author Matt Ruff. It follows Korean war veteran Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his photographer friend Letitia Lewis (Jurnee Smollett), and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) as they head out from Chicago in search of Atticus’ missing father Montrose (Michael K. Williams) across 1950s Jim Crow America. There are plenty of monsters, but none of them are as frightening and disturbing as the racism the characters face. It draws inspiration from horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, who infected his stories with hideous racism, but from the opposite direction, reclaiming horror for Black gorehounds. -Liam Mathews

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver‘s 200th Episode

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Sunday at 10/9c on HBO
Television’s closest successor to Jon Stewart’s version of The Daily Show hits a milestone this weekend when it airs its 200th episode. John Oliver has previously celebrated landmark episodes with grand musical numbers and other jubilees, but given that he’s doing the show in front of a grey wall now because of quarantine protocols, we probably won’t get anything that extravagant. But even without anything special, Last Week Tonight is always an easy recommendation.

Democratic National Convention

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