From The Bachelor’s infamous “Women Tell All” episode to what’s been called the greatest film ever made, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Good Girls – Sunday, March 3rd, 10 p.m., NBC
Sometimes good people do bad things for undeniably relatable reasons, as we learned during the first season of this dramedy in which three Michigan moms turn to a life of crime in order to keep their families afloat. When Beth, Annie and Ruby (Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman and Retta, respectively) return for another suburban crime spree this week, things pick up pretty quickly from where we left off in the finale—with Beth facing down the money launderer she’d just tried to get arrested.
2. Leaving Neverland – Sunday, March 3rd, 7 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., HBO Canada
As a child, he was a singing sensation, fronting a group whose members were also his brothers, and when he eventually opted to pursue a solo career, he became so successful that he had a nickname bestowed upon him which remains to this day: “The King of Pop.”
But despite his numerous chart successes, Michael Jackson was also dogged by accusations that he was prone to pursuing all-too-intimate relationships with young boys. In this two-part documentary, viewers will be introduced to two men—James Safechuck, age 37, and Wade Robson, age 41, both of whom were regular overnight visitors to Jackson’s home at the famed Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Both were still in single digits when they first met Michael and became fast friends with the singer, who invited the families of both boys to the ranch. But as the men recount their experiences—which took place independently of each other—a sordid tale unravels that will leave virtually anyone who ever loved Jackson’s music wondering if they’ll ever be able to hear it the same way again.
3. Very Cavallari – Sunday, March 3rd, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., E!
We’re all waiting to hear more about the upcoming reboot of The Hills, but until then at least we have a second season of this Kristin Cavallari-starring show to look forward to. Follow along with the Laguna Beach graduate as she continues wearing her many hats as a mother and businesswoman, growing her popular brand (Uncommon James) while also balancing friendships, family and her marriage to retired football player Jay Cutler. With so much going on, it seems like a quiet, Nashville life isn’t exactly in the cards right now, despite the reality star’s best efforts.
4. World of Dance – Sunday, March 3rd, 7 p.m., CTV2 & NBC, 10 p.m., CTV & NBC
The show two-steps into a new timeslot for the second round of qualifiers, in which all the hopefuls have one (and only one) shot at showcasing their artistry for the trio of judges. Only those who score an average of 85 will move on to the next round, where they’ll continue competing for that million-dollar prize.
5. Alien – Monday, March 4th, 5 p.m., AMC
The iconic Alien franchise began with this little sci-fi sleeper from 1979 that introduced the world to Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), whose butt-kicking skills promptly turned her into a pop-culture heroine. The Ridley Scott creeper also stars Tom Skerritt, John Hurt and Harry Dean Stanton.
6. The Bachelor – Tuesday, March 5th, 8 p.m., City & ABC
We’ve had our fair share of Bachelors to fawn over throughout the years, but none of them seem to have captured viewers’ hearts quite the way Colton Underwood has. So we’re guiltily looking forward to hearing at least a little bit of dirt on the dude in the annual “Women Tell All” episode. As ever, it features all of this season’s rejected contestants dissecting the show’s twists, turns and gossipy water-cooler moments—all the while reopening the devastating emotional trauma of not being selected as “the one.” But as much as we’re in it for the dishing, we also hope to glean at least a little more intel about the anticipated finale. Did Colton get engaged? Is it true love? Is he actually still a virgin? These are the questions that keep us up at night—and the paparazzi steadily employed.
7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Thursday, March 7th, 8:30 p.m., & 9 p.m., City & NBC
When word got out that Fox had opted to pass on renewing Brooklyn Nine-Nine for another season, there was an immediate uproar from the show’s fans on social media, but one of the loudest—in no small part because of his 2.73 million followers—was none other than Mr. Hamilton himself, Lin-Manuel Miranda. As soon as he heard the news about the Nine-Nine getting the axe, he took to Twitter to announce: “RENEW BROOKLYN NINE NINE, I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS, THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS.”
Whether he was directly responsible for the subsequent saving of the series by NBC or not, Miranda nonetheless got the greatest reward from Brooklyn Nine-Nine that a fan could hope for: a chance to guest-star on the show. Mind you, this is no throwaway walk-on gig: Miranda will be playing Amy’s brother David, which means that he’s now also Jake’s brother-in-law. In other words, get ready for laughs, action and... a song? Yeah, maybe not. Or if there is one, we can just about guarantee it’ll be sung by anyone but Lin-Manuel.
8. The Real Housewives of New York City – Wednesday, March 6th, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m., Slice I Season Premiere
Return to the Big Apple with these ridiculously rich women as they navigate their oft-surreal lives in the 11th-season premiere. Looking for more drama? Let’s hope the show’s latest addition, Luann’s pal Barbara Kavovit, brings it.
9. Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks – Wednesday, March 6th, 7 p.m., KCTS
As a graduate student at Stanford University, Penny Patterson arrived with a goal in mind: to teach sign language to a gorilla. Forty-four years later, Patterson’s efforts weren’t just successful, they led to the creation of Project Koko, the world’s longest ape-language study. More importantly, it also began an amazing bond between Patterson and Koko, a gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo. This doc offers a rare glimpse into the connection between woman and beast, thanks to the fact that Penny’s work with her furry cohort was filmed by the university. The only thing more staggering than the footage is the relationship itself.
10. Citizen Kane – Thursday, March 7th, 7:30 p.m., TCM
Commonly called “the greatest film ever made,” this 1941 mystery won a slew of awards—most of which went to Orson Welles, the director, star and producer. The rags-to-riches tale of a media magnate was loosely based on William Randolph Hearst, who reportedly despised the film.