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TV power rankings for fans of serene and surreal competition shows

TV power rankings for fans of serene and surreal competition shows

Here are 5 shows you should watch this weekend on Netflix, Hulu and AMC.

The FanSided TV Power Rankings highlight the 5 most notable shows on TV and streaming. 

What does it mean to be notable? Notable shows fall largely into two camps: Buzzy shows everyone is talking about and great shows no one is talking about. While we’ll admit to a slight bias for new releases, given the current environment of increased free time and unpredictable schedules, we’re embracing the full range of viewing options when offering our recommendations. These are the shows you should be watching — don’t worry, we’ll tell you why.

Let’s start with some miscellaneous thoughts about television!

  • I will choose to remember Run, officially over and, to be honest, unlikely to be renewed, as a 90-minute movie that ends with Billy and Ruby starting a new life in Chicago with his duffle bag full of cash.
  • Speaking of HBO Sunday night comedies, I fell off the Insecure bandwagon last season, but I recently caught up and the current season is really in a great groove.
  • What We Do in the Shadows is still wonderfully fun. Watch What We Do in the Shadows!
  • I’m not going to watch Sweet Magnolias and you can’t make me. If I want that vibe, I am going to watch Hart of Dixie. Or Friday Night Lights. 
  • I didn’t love Love Life, the HBO Max Original starring Anna Kendrick, but I do love the opportunity to tell people to watch Lovesick and have a newfound appreciation for High Fidelity.
  • There’s a Jeffrey Epstein limited series on Netflix. Please, proceed with caution.

TV power rankings, May 28: 5 most notable shows of the week

5. Ramy

For fans of: Loosely autobiographical dramedies about/by stand-up comedians

Where to watch: Hulu

When to watch: Streaming Friday, May 29

The first season of Ramy, which was released in April 2019 on Hulu, was largely slept-on in a what was a crazy-good year for TV. Critically acclaimed but snubbed at the Emmys — creator and lead Ramy Yousseff later won a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical — it was very much a if you know, you know phenom.

An autofiction in the style of Master of None, Seinfeld or countless other television series created by standup comedians, Ramy is loosely based on Yousseff’s own life and journey to balance his faith and lifestyle and friends and family as a millennial American Muslim.

I found the first season good-not-great and was slightly soured by the allegations that came out about the writers’ room, but it hit home for a lot of fans and the second season has already been heralded with rapturous reviews. Plus, Mahershala Ali!

4. Mrs. America

For fans of: Mad Men and complicated women

Where to watch:  Hulu

When to watch: Streaming now

Mrs. America, FX on Hulu’s limited series about the attempts and opposition to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, aired its series finale this week. Buzz for the show mellowed after its premiere (a conversation for another time about the weekly release strategy on streamers), but it’s really worth your time.

3. Mad Men

For fans of: Mrs. America

Where to watch: Netflix

When to watch: Streaming now, until June 9

If Mrs. America has piqued or revived your interest in occasionally true American history, why not follow it up with Mad Men? (Start ASAP though: You have 12 days and 7 seasons before it leaves Netflix.) Surely I don’t need to still pitch you on why you should watch Mad Men, it’s widely considered one of the greatest and most well-done shows of all time and if that doesn’t intrigue it, it’s an excellent way to occupy your time inside.

Like Mrs. America, Mad Men‘s set design, soundtrack and other period pieces are unimpeachable. There are criticisms to be made about

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2. Quiz

For fans of: Matthew Macfadyen and extremely manageable time commitments

Where to watch: AMC

When to watch: May 29-31, then streaming

Any TV series that doesn’t ask for 18297897 hours of your time — sometimes even before it gets good ! — is a goddamn unicorn and that’s what Quiz is.

More specifically, a three-hour British limited series starring Matthew Macfayden (a.k.a. Tom Wambsgans a.k.a. Mr. Darcy) as a man who won the U.K. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? before being accused of and put on trial for cheating his way to success.

It also stars Sian Clifford (Fleabag) as his wife and co-conspirator as well as Michael Sheen as Millionaire host Chris Tarrant.

Which is to say, if the extremely doable runtime isn’t intriguing, the cast absolutely should be.

1. The Big Flower Fight

For fans of: The Great British Bake-Off, soothing competition shows

Where to watch: Netflix

When to watch: Streaming now

Remember when Americans discovered The Great British Bake-Off *and were entirely overcome by the possibilities of a wholesome reality competition? The people are so supportive and nice to each other! Their one-on-ones are charming and self-deprecating! Their talent is achievable, if also entirely beyond the average viewers skillset. (If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s that we all think we can bake.)

The Big Flower Fight is giving you that same energy, but with an even more delightfully deranged centerpiece: the creation of “ginormous garden sculptures made from millions of plants and flowers.”

It’s so earnest and joyful. The plant sculptures are surreal and serene. Just eight episodes of the botany enthusiasts working in teams, sharing their successes and heartbreaks, all while going absolutely wild over the aesthetic potential of plants.

It is my new happy place.

*I think a lot about how GBBO is called The Great British Baking Show in the U.S. because “Bake Off” is a registered trademark of Pillsbury.

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