The best shows and movies to watch this week: Barry Season 3, Netflix’s Heartstopper

It’s been a minute since barry was last on TV, so we recommend using those few days before it returns for Season 3 to refresh your memory on what happened last. No spoilers, but it’s still a killer show. Also this weekend is Heart strokethe cutest British teen romance based on a webcomic turned graphic novel, the star-studded Watergate limited series almost free Gas lightingand the Magic Johnson docuseries They call me magic. And later this week, Andrew Garfield plays a conflicted Mormon detective in the new series. Under the banner of heaven.

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THE BEST SHOWS TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

KitConnor, Heart stroke

Rob Youngson

Heart stroke

Series premieres Friday, April 22 on Netflix
This cute and sweet British teen drama is based on a webcomic-turned-graphic novel that’s adored by fans of romantic coming-of-age stories. Heart stroke follows Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), an openly gay high school student who develops an unlikely friendship with Nick (Kit Connor), a kind-hearted rugby player who invites Charlie to join the team. And their friendship may well become something more. It’s a nice little show that retains some stylistic comic book flourishes. Fans of comics and teen drama in general will probably like it. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, they call me magic

Earvin “Magic” Johnson They call me magic

AppleTV+

They call me magic

Limited series airing Friday, April 22 on Apple TV+
Members of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers organization depicted on Buying Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty expressed their rejection of sex, drugs and disco in the era depicted in the HBO comedy-drama. So the team’s most famous member, point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson, tells his side of the story in this docuseries. This is his version of the last danceMichael Jordan’s hit documentary of 2020. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Sean Penn and Julia Roberts, Gaslit

Sean Penn and Julia Roberts, Gas lighting

Starz

Gas lighting

Limited series premieres Sunday, April 24 at 8/7c on Starz
This dark and fun limited series based on the popular Slow burning The political history podcast tells a story of Watergate from a different angle than the official one All the President’s Men story that we all probably think we know better than we do. Gas lighting tells the story from the perspective of some of the lesser-known personalities, in particular Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts), the outspoken wife of Richard Nixon’s attorney general and re-election campaign chairman John Mitchell (Sean Penn in heavy prosthetic make-up). Martha Mitchell publicly told the truth about the illegal things her husband and the campaign were doing and was discredited for her honesty and ruined her life. The free star-studded cast includes Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin, Shea Whigham, Allison Tolman, Patton Oswalt, Chris Messina and many other familiar faces. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Bill HaderBarry

Bill Hader, barry

Merrick Morton/HBO

barry

Season 3 premieres Sunday, April 24 at 10/9c on HBO, HBO Max
barry is one of the last COVID-delayed productions to finally return, and if you don’t remember the ending of season 2 (which aired through 2019), with Barry (Bill Hader) indulging in a series revenge killings after Fuches (Stephen Root) told Cousineau (Henry Winkler) the truth about Barry killing Cousineau’s girlfriend, well, now you know! Season 3 picks up shortly after, with Barry struggling to find a way to officially put his killer past behind him before the consequences of what he’s done catch up with him once and for all. It will take three seconds for NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan) on screen to remind you why this is one of the best shows on TV. –Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris, The Man Who Fell to Earth

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris, The man who fell to earth

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The man who fell to earth

Series premieres Sunday, April 24 at 10/9c on Showtime
This sci-fi drama is based on a novel by Walter Tevis (The Queen’s Bet) which had already been adapted for the cinema in 1976 with David Bowie. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Faraday, the titular alien who arrives on Earth on a mission that will save his home planet but finds himself caught up in human troubles while he’s here. Faraday is on the hunt for Justin Falls (Naomie Harris), a brilliant physicist who is about to make a major scientific breakthrough, and they must work together to save both of their planets. Fun fact: the episodes are all named after David Bowie songs. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

THE BEST SHOWS TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Jon Bernthal, We Own This Town

Jon Bernthal, We own this town

Paul Schiraldi/HBO

We own this town

Series premieres Monday, April 25 at 9/8c on HBO, HBO Max
You probably don’t need us to tell you how much Thread is, but you might need us to tell you that David Simon, the guy who made Thread, has a new show coming out. He returns to Baltimore for this limited series, which is based on the true story of the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trail Task Force, exposing the corruption that takes place under the surface (a theme that should sound very familiar to anyone who has seen Thread). Jon Bernthal, Jamie Hector and Josh Charles star. –Allison Picurro [Trailer]

To help!  I'm in a secret relationship

To help! I’m in a secret relationship

MTV

To help! I’m in a secret relationship

Series premieres Tuesday, April 26 at 9/8c on MTV
Side pieces, enter here! MTV’s new docuseries, which looks like a spiritual successor to Catfish, concerns people who are in relationships in which their partner does not announce exactly that they are in a relationship with them. When a man says his supposed girlfriend isn’t even following him on social media, hosts Travis Mills and Rahne Jones nearly died. Oh, you know it’s going to be DRAMATIC, especially when they confront their partners with a whole film crew in tow. –Tim Surette [Trailer]

Ben Foster and Peter Sarsgaard, The Boy Who Lived

Ben Foster and Peter Sarsgaard, The survivor

Jessica Kourkounis/HBO

The survivor

Wednesday, April 27 at 8/7c on HBO and HBO Max
Ben Foster enters the ring in The survivor. The Barry Levinson-directed film, slated for release on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), is based on the true story of Harry Haft, an Auschwitz survivor who was forced to compete in boxing gladiator against his companions in captivity for the Nazis. ‘ entertainment. Haft, played here with incredible depth by Foster, returned to boxing after the war, battling the sport’s headliners in hopes of finding the woman he loved and lost. Peter Sarsgaard, Vicky Krieps, Billy Magnussen, John Leguizamo and Danny DeVito also star. –Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Miles Teller and Juno Temple, the offer

Miles Teller and Juno Temple, The offer

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The offer

Series premieres Thursday, April 28 on Paramount+
The Godfather, a short film directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, turns 50 this year. There was a lot of fanfare surrounding his birthday (I recently went to a packed screening at my local AMC, for example, and there was also that moment at the Oscars that nobody really focused on) , making the output of The offer perfectly timed. The offer is neither a reboot nor a remake of the original film (thankfully), but a dramatization of how The Godfather was achieved, which was notoriously a very difficult and dramatic process. The series is based on computer programmer-turned-producer Albert Ruddy’s account of how it all happened, and it stars Miles Teller, Colin Hanks, Matthew Goode and Juno Temple. Fun Fact: There’s an entire movie, separate from The offer but also on the manufacture of The Godfather, currently in development, starring Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal. –Allison Picurro [Trailer | Review]

Andrew Garfield, Under the Sky Banner

Andrew Garfield, Under the banner of heaven

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Under the banner of heaven

Series premieres Thursday, April 28 on Hulu

It’s Andrew Garfield season, baby. He may have lost the Oscar to Will Smith (although Garfield arguably should have won a year ago; feel free to hit me up on Twitter if you’d like to hear my thoughts on his performance in The social network), but what does it matter when a new TV show comes out? The series, inspired by John Krakauer’s 2003 true crime book, stars Garfield as a detective investigating the 1984 murder of a woman (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby in the suburbs of Utah. His own Mormon faith is tested as the case leads him to uncover dark secrets about the LDS Church. –Allison Picurro [Trailer]

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Kaley Cuoco, flight attendant

Kaley Cuoco, The stewardess

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The stewardess

Season 2 premiered Thursday, April 21 on HBO Max.
When it first hit HBO Max in 2020, The stewardess turned out to be an addictive, well-paced thriller, and luckily the second season didn’t lose those mind balls off the wall. Season 2 picks up with Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) sober for a year, happily settled into a relationship and… working for the CIA as a side hustle. She’s still a daytime flight attendant, but she’s also trying to figure out her latest assignment, which involves a murderer who appears to be impersonating her. And that’s just one of the many storylines going on this season. The story stretches a bit as a result, but an unmissable performance from Cuoco makes it all work. As Maggie Fremont said in her review for TV Guide, “Cassie is a woman constantly on the brink, and the way Cuoco can easily maneuver between comedy and the darkness that still haunts her character sustains the show.” –Allison Picurro [Trailer | Review]

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