Zendaya, Euphoria | Photo Credits: Eddy Chen/HBO

Are you ready for Lockdown 2: Toilet Paper Hoarding Boogaloo? The good news about staying inside and staying safe this week is that there’s a fantastic week of new television with options for everyone. There’s something for fans of medical dramas, gritty young adult dramas, and music documentaries, plus there’s an animated film that the whole family should watch. And if you’re into stars, both Meryl Streep and Bryan Cranston are coming back this week with new projects. We don’t deserve this bounty from the TV gods, we really don’t. 

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Euphoria

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Special episode Sunday at 9/8c on HBO, and out now on HBO Max
Can I be honest with you? I don’t like Euphoria, even though everyone else does. But boy did I love this special episode, which serves as a bridge between seasons and ditches the excess of the first round of episodes. You don’t need to be up to date on the gritty teen series to appreciate this quiet, stripped-down hour, which is essentially a long conversation in a diner between Rue (Emmy winner Zendaya) and her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Ali (Colmon Domingo, who deserves an Emmy for this episode), about life, their pasts, their presents, and drug addiction. Both performances are stellar, and the talk is riveting as Ali imparts his wisdom on Rue through his own experiences. It’s not just an important episode for the show’s story; it’s an important episode that transcends television and can change your life in the real world. This is the first of two special Euphoria episodes before Season 2; the second episode will be released at a later date. 


Your Honor

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Series premiere at 10/9c on Showtime, and free on YouTube now as part of a special Showtime preview
Do you like shows that are D-R-A-M-A-T-I-C? Showtime, the king of capital D dramas, airs this miniseries that’s perfect for someone looking for a show that mimics prestige dramas without requiring the brainpower to watch one. The big attraction here is the return of Bryan Cranston in his first major television role since Breaking Bad, but please don’t go into this comparing it to AMC’s classic or you’ll be even more disappointed. Cranston plays a New Orleans judge trying to fix a major screw-up his son made that gets him in deep trouble with local organized crime, while also exploiting his job and talents to try to get away clean and stay ahead of the authorities and mob. It’s a morality tale filled with violence and drawn-out scenes of misery, making it a decent chaser to something like Ozark, as they both love to live on the high wire. Critics aren’t loving this one, but there’s an audience for it, especially in a week where there’s no must-see show looming above the rest.


Nurses

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