Let Geek Tell You What to Watch This Weekend
Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Bob’s BurgersOne animated sitcom that still smells fresh in its ninth season is Bob’s Burgers. This weekend sees the return of the Belcher family as they continue to deal with family squabbles, Tina’s boy obsessions and of course, Bob’s burger business. Honestly, I had a hard time choosing which clip from the upcoming season to include in this post. They’re just that good. It’s hard to find a comedy as sharp and funny as this on broadcast TV, and we are here for another season of hilariously obscure burger puns. Bob’s Burgers returns for its ninth season Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.Looking for more to watch this weekend? Get caught up on Star Trek: Discovery. How about head to the movies to check out Mandy or Assassination Nation. Either way, there’s plenty of great options for your viewing pleasure. Forget Peak TV. We’re living in an age of Peak Content, period. There are so many cool shows and movies and games and weird internet videos you could consume at any given moment that it’s almost overwhelming. And there are only so many free hours in a week, even if you skip sleep. So no one can blame you if you just want someone else to suggest to you what to watch on any given weekend.Why not let your friends here at Geek.com be that suggestive someone? Let Geek take the wheel! Here’s what we think is totally worth watching this weekend. And if you want to know how you can keep up with all this content, be sure to check out our stories on the best streaming TV services and streaming devices.Tracy Ullman’s ShowThe third season of Tracey Ullman’s sketch comedy show returns to HBO Friday night. When the first season premiered in 2016, it was the comedian’s first BBC show in over two decades. This season, commissioned by HBO, is comprised of repackaged segments from her ongoing topical BBC series, Tracey Ullman Breaks the News. From the looks of the trailer, the jokes skew international enough that you don’t have to be a complete Anglophile to get them. Just reasonably well-informed about the world beyond the United States. That might be asking a lot for some, but if you’re going to watch this show, chances are that’s not a problem. Ullman has a long history in the comedy world. She’s been doing killer impressions of celebrities and politicians for decades, and her 1987 variety show introduced the world to The Simpsons, which coincidentally also returns this weekend. Tracey Ullman’s Show premieres Friday at midnight on HBO. The SimpsonsThe Simpsons comes back for its 30th (!) season this weekend. The animated family sitcom will soon have been on the air for three decades. No matter what you think of the quality of these latter seasons, that’s a pretty big feat. It may never again be the brilliant, subversive show it was in its first decade, but as far as family comedies go, you can still do a lot worse. The show is still capable of producing at least a couple winners each season, and even the poorer episodes are still good for a few laughs. The scene above has a few good gags of its own. Besides, at this point, Sunday without the Simpsons would just feel wrong. The Simpsons returns Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox. King LearWilliam Shakespeare’s best work (sorry, Hamlet) is brought into a fictional modern age in this Amazon/BBC partnership. The updated setting appears to be an England that is still ruled by a king capable of dividing the country up into thirds among his daughters. It uses Shakespeare’s dialog, though it makes some cuts to fit the two-hour runtime. Even with that, it looks like a fine adaptation of the tragedy with an absolutely stunning cast. In addition to Anthony Hopkins playing Lear, it stars Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh and Jim Broadbent. Those actors know their way around a Shakespeare play. King Lear is available today on Amazon Prime. Forest of PianoMore anime comes to Netflix this weekend, this time in the form of Forest of Piano. The series centers on two boys who grow up near a forest containing an old, broken piano. One of them, completely self-taught, is the only person who can make it play. The other is the son of a famous pianist who isn’t happy about this upstart natural talent. The art looks gorgeous, and you already know the music will be the show’s centerpiece. There’s a very good chance this anime will make you cry. Forest of Piano is available today on Netflix. Stay on target Saturday Night LiveThe long-running sketch comedy staple returns for another season this weekend. Just like every other year, there will be a take from somewhere complaining that the show isn’t as funny as it used to be. And just like all those other years, there will invariably be one sketch dominating your workplace Slack chat come Monday morning. This show can still reliably pump out memorable moments of sketch comedy every season, and the current cast is seriously talented. But you already know that. This Saturday’s premiere features Adam Driver as host and Kanye West as the musical guest. Will he appear in the cold open alongside Alec Baldwin as President Trump? That can’t not happen, right? We’ll find out when Saturday Night Live returns, um, Saturday at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. Hold the DarkThe weather is turning colder, which may be putting you in the mood for something scary. So how about some scares in cold weather? Hold the Dark is an original thriller debuting on Netflix about a wolf expert called to investigate the death of a young boy. Though it was apparently done by a pack of wolves, the more he digs into it, the stranger the case becomes. The trailer is scary enough on it’s own, which is to be expected coming from Jeremy Saulnier, who directed the excellent horror flick Green Room. Plus, it features the acting of Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright. Hold the Dark is available today on Netflix. Hell’s KitchenI’ll admit, I have a soft spot for this particular reality show. First of all, cooking competitions are fun. It’s exhilarating watching people try (and often fail) to put together a beautiful, perfectly cooked dish in a very short amount of time. Second, there’s just something about ornery British people swearing that’s hilarious to me. This season’s gimmick is, as the preview said, Rookies vs. Veterans. We’ve seen enough seasons of this show to know how this goes. Many of the veterans will be that perfect combination of cocky and rusty that guarantees a hilarious screw-up and chewing out. Cringe at the overcooked scallops and marvel athow anyone can cook a decent Beef Wellington when Hell’s Kitchen returns for its 18th season Friday at 9 p.m. on Fox. Let us know what like about Geek by taking our survey.