I could call Bad Sisters a crime thriller, but that would be too limiting. Created by Sharon Horgan of Catastrophe, the show is a dark comedy that glides along with elements from Big Little Lies and Dead to Me. Basically, the five close Garvey sisters are closely scrutinized by two insurance investigators after the death of their brother-in-law.
The actors playing the sisters are phenomenal: Anne-Marie Duff, Eve Hewson, Sarah Greene, Eva Birthistle and Horgan. Together they create a winning family spirit, a relationship that can be prickly, fun, intimate and loving. Brian Gleeson and Daryl McCormack are the insurance men hoping to prove the dead man was murdered to avoid paying out. They too bring their characters to life, half brothers who hate each other.
Claes Bang remains unforgotten as a dead brother-in-law, whom we see extensively in flashbacks. He gives us a toxic man whose misogyny has personally negatively impacted each of the Garveys. He gets many queasy laughs when we see how awful he is and wonder if the world is actually better off without him. It would be wrong to kill him, right?
WHAT I’M WATCHING THIS WEEK
1. I suspect two people were excited about “Ted Lasso” and its success. 2020, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought a Welsh football club in the working class town of Wrexham when the team, the Red Dragons, were on the verge of disbanding. On Wednesday at 10pm FX will premiere the docu-series they’ve been making about buying the team, spending time as outsiders in town and trying to revitalize the club despite knowing nothing about the sport. “Welcome to Wrexham” — here’s a clip — will begin streaming episodes on Hulu on Thursday.
2. I’ve been a fan since I saw Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, so I’m excited to see it “All I Know About Love” in which she stars with Emma Appleton. (Here’s the trailer.) Based on Dolly Alderton’s memoir of the same name, the seven-part British series follows four women in their twenties in London as they deal with dating, money troubles, one-night stands, hangovers and their friendship. It premieres Thursday on Peacock.
3. In the animated FXX comedy “Little Demon,” a woman made pregnant by Satan now lives in Delaware with her antichrist daughter. Yes that’s right. She just wants to live in peace, but Satan wants to possess his daughter’s soul and fighting ensues. Here’s why that might be fun: The mother is voiced by Aubrey Plaza, and Satan is voiced by Danny DeVito. Guest stars on the show, which premieres Thursday at 10 p.m., include Mel Brooks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, William Jackson Harper, Pamela Adlon, Rhea Perlman and Sam Richardson.
4. “Mike” is an eight-part bioseries about the personal and professional life of ailing boxer Mike Tyson. Thursday’s premiere on Hulu is unauthorized, and Tyson has criticized the production and Hulu on social media, highlighting “Hulus concern for dollars over respecting black story rights.” Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”) plays Tyson with Russell Hornsby (as promoter Don King), Harvey Keitel (as coach Cus D’Amato) and Laura Harrier (as actress Robin Givens, Tyson’s ex-wife).
5. Hulu on Tuesday “Only Murders in the Building” closes the season. Most likely, they will solve the mystery and set up the next year. The series has already been renewed for a third season.
“Kevin Can Fuck Himself” The dark comedy returns. AMC+ and AMC (at 9 p.m.), Monday
“Katrina Babies” A documentary about how the 2005 hurricane disaster affected children. HBO, Wednesday, 9 p.m
MTV Video Music Awards you know the deal MTV, Logo, The CW, Sunday 8 p.m
“Chad and JT Go Deep” A prank comedy series in the style of Sacha Baron Cohen. Netflix, Tuesday
“House of the Dragon” A worthy heir to the throne. HBO and HBO Max
“I have never” The coming-of-age comedy is sweeter than ever in Season 3. Netflix
“Decoupled” An entertaining but shallow comedy starring Neil Patrick Harris as a newly single New Yorker. Netflix
“Turn up” The twists and turns in this amnesiac thriller are fun until they get boring and silly. AppleTV+
“Black bird” Taron Egerton stars in Dennis Lehane’s chilling prison drama. AppleTV+
“maggie” A pleasant but cute sitcom in the vein of How I Met Your Mother. Hi
“The bear” A drama set in a Chicago restaurant, starring Jeremy Allen White as the chef. Hi
“Chloe” Social media plays a role in this gripping six-part British thriller. Amazon
“Prey” Maya Rudolph is a billionaire trying to do good in this workplace comedy. AppleTV+
“The old man” Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow shine in this thriller. FX, Hulu
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