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How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every Friday for new suggestions from our TV critic on what to watch.

This Weekend I Have … About 10 Minutes, and Brooklyn Is Exhausting

‘aka Wyatt Cenac
When to watch: Now, on Topic.com.

The comedian Wyatt Cenac writes, directs and stars in this new web series about a mopey Brooklynite who bristles against his borough’s sometimes obnoxious quirks and channels that frustration into being “the Viceroy,” a lo-fi crime-fighting superhero. Each of the six episodes clocks in around 10 minutes, but do watch them in order — there’s a continuing plotline about an artisanal mustard shop and its nefarious wares.

… 30 Minutes, and I’m in Elementary School

Ms. Fiona Frizzle (voiced by Kate McKinnon), right, in “The Magic School Bus Rides Again.”Netflix

‘The Magic School Bus Rides Again
When to watch: Now, on Netflix.

Kate McKinnon is the voice of this reboot’s Ms. Frizzle, younger sister to the original, voiced by Lily Tomlin. Otherwise, same general idea: Enthusiastic, kooky teacher takes diverse class of students on wild adventures to learn about science. There’s no real through line, so feel free to jump around, but the first episode does explain the handoff between the two Ms. Frizzles.

… an Hour, and I Crave Sane Politics

Téa Leoni in “Madam Secretary.”Jeff Neumann/CBS

‘Madam Secretary
When to watch: Sunday at 10 p.m., on CBS.

This is the fourth season premiere of this underappreciated political procedural, but go ahead and jump in. The show frequently explains itself mid-scene, but all you really need to know is that the whole show is about the “good guys,” who strive for diplomacy and service. Téa Leoni as the secretary of state? She’s a force for good. Her husband, played by Tim Daly? Also good. Her chief of staff, played by Bebe Neuwirth? Also good! Actually, she’s the best.


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