From a Beverly Hills reunion to a rapper's criminal trials, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj – Sunday, August 4, Netflix I Season Premiere
NetflixDaily Show alum and Peabody Award-winner Hasan Minhaj returns to Netflix with a fourth season of his very funny—but sometimes not “ha ha” funny—talk show about current events, culture and politics around the world. Alas, no bingeing here; new episodes unroll weekly.
2. Otherhood – Netflix
NetflixWhen their sons forget Mother’s Day, three moms—played by Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett and, in a bit of less-than-ideal timing marketing-wise, Felicity Huffman—decide they’re not going to suffer such rude treatment. Teaming up, they set out to ambush their no-longer-baby boys by visiting them in New York City. Otherhood was directed by Cindy Chupack, who—her experience as an executive producer on Sex and the City notwithstanding—had never helmed a film before; and as she told People, it was like “learning to drive on a Porsche” to have such tremendous actresses on her directorial debut. “They all really enjoyed working in an ensemble of women. They’re all such powerhouses, they’re often the lead in a cast full of men. It was nice to have them play in a female ensemble. And they had such chemistry together.”
3. Bachelor in Paradise – Monday, August 5, 8 p.m., City & ABC I Season Premiere
CityEveryone deserves a second (or third... or fourth) shot at love, especially on reality TV, right? Well in that case, thank goodness for the summer fling that is Bachelor in Paradise. The series returns for a sixth season this week with a slew of former contestants who are ready to pack up and head to the Mexican beach for a little fun, sun and love. Follow along with these 19 entrants, including Hannah Godwin (the runner-up on Colton Underwood’s season); Bachelor staple Chris Bukowski (pictured); and bitter rivals Onyeka Ehie and Nicole Lopez-Alvar, as they fall in love and/or endure heretofore-unseen levels of heartbreak, with the cameras capturing every single salacious moment.
4. Divorce – Monday, August 5, 9 p.m. & 1:30 a.m., HBO Canada I Series Finale
HBOAnyone who’s actually been through a divorce would probably scoff at the suggestion that a TV series revolving around it could manage to accurately explore all the messy complexities in a mere three seasons. At the very least, it’s fair to say that three seasons wouldn’t put you anywhere near running out of potential storylines, but this week’s episode of Divorce will nonetheless serve as the series finale for the HBO dramedy, and while fans will probably be disgruntled that they won’t see any additional adventures of Robert and Frances Dufresne—played by Thomas Haden Church and Sarah Jessica Parker—fumbling through post-marital life, at least they’ll feel like they got a solid ending, if a rushed one.
5. Bulletproof – Wednesday, August 7, 8 p.m., The CW I Series Premiere
The CWIf flicks like Lethal Weapon are your jam and you simply can’t get enough of British series, then you’ll definitely want to tune in to the American premiere of this U.K. offering when it hits North American airwaves Wednesday. Co-created by and starring Noel Clarke (Doctor Who) and Ashley Walters (Top Boy), the show follows undercover cops and lifelong friends Bishop and Pike in London’s East End. Of course, while the hardened criminals they’re chasing are the real targets, the partners’ conflicting personalities often have them at odds, with constant bickering and bantering. While Pike is more of an aspirational family man and the son of a respected police officer who follows the book, Bishop grew up in foster homes and on the streets, where he earned a hard edge and a penchant for bending the rules when the situation calls for it. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but as anyone who has ever invested time in this type of drama knows, those differences are exactly why the partnership in question works.
6. BH90210 – Wednesday, August 7, 9 p.m., Global & Fox I Series Premiere
GlobalTwo decades after groundbreaking teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 bid its final farewell, original cast member Gabrielle Carteris admits that while open to revisiting her brainy character Andrea Zuckerman, she was skeptical that a reunion would ever come to fruition. “Different cast members have been approaching the idea for a while now,” she says. “When I was approached about it, I said, ‘Great, let me know what you guys are thinking about,’ but it’s big hoops to jump through.”
It wasn’t until the first day of shooting, in Vancouver, that Carteris really believed the gang was getting back together. “Up until the day I came out here, I kept thinking, ‘I hope I can get my money back from the apartment, because I don’t know if we’re going to really shoot the show,’” she laughs, on the phone from said apartment.
But miracles do happen, and Brenda, Brandon, Kelly, Donna, David, Steve and Andrea are finally back together—albeit with a twist. In the six-episode revival, the actors who once portrayed the students of West Beverly Hills High School will play... themselves. Yes, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering and Carteris are pulling a Matt LeBlanc-in-Episodes of sorts. “It’s the journey of us getting to the point of coming together to really decide whether we want to do a reboot or not,” explains Carteris. “It’s us as adults, after all these years, being in the same room together.”
7. Punk – Thursday, August 8, 8 p.m., Crave1 I Series Premiere
CraveThis four-part docu-series looks at the history and continuing influence of punk rock, from its early beginnings via such punk pioneers as MC5 and Iggy Pop and the Stooges through to the cultural upheaval caused by late-1970s groups including The Ramones and Sex Pistols.
8. Glow – Friday, August 9, Netflix I Season Premiere
NetflixIt’s Viva Las Vegas for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, although some aren’t all that enthused, as season three of the Emmy-nominated, ’80s-set dramedy arrives this week on Netflix.
Throwing down Friday, the new batch of 10 episodes takes the wrestlers away from their home of Los Angeles to Sin City to perform a live nightly show at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino (where they both work and live) under the purview of the hotel’s entertainment director, former showgirl Sandy Devereaux St. Clair (guest star Geena Davis).
9. Free Meek – Friday, August 9, Amazon Prime Video I Series Premiere
Amazon PrimeA few months before the 2008 release of his first mixtape, rapper Meek Mill was found guilty on gun charges, sentenced to two years in prison and eight years of probation.
As his career took off in the ensuing years, Mill (whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams) continued to have periodic brushes with the law, which in 2016 led a Philadelphia judge to sentence him to 90 days of house arrest, barring him from recording and performing—along with an additional six years of probation.
In 2017, an Instagram video of Mill riding a dirt bike and popping wheelies led police to charge him with reckless endangerment, which launched a chain of events that led to him receiving another jail sentence of two to four years for violating probation.
10. Las Chicas Del Cable – Friday, August 9, Netflix I Season Premiere
NetflixLight up the switchboards because things are about to get complicated. To say the third-season finale of this groundbreaking Spanish series was explosive would be an understatement, given the actual explosion the women dealt with in the last few minutes of the episode.
This week, the full fourth season drops and it picks up a year after those fiery events, in 1931. As the struggle for female rights and freedoms continues, the monarchy ends and the new political regime, La Republica, is set to take over. That in mind, the women’s obstacles will be even harder to overcome than before, but if anyone can inspire a little hope in this historic battle for liberty, it’s these freedom-fighting characters.