How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every week for new suggestions on what to watch.

This Weekend I Have … a Half-Hour, and I Need Something Comforting

‘Pick of the Litter’
When to watch: Starting Friday, on Disney Plus.

How come there are so many lurid and spiritually bankrupt true crime shows, but so few documentary series about training service dogs? Pure madness. “Pick of the Litter,” based on the 2018 movie, follows a cohort of puppies who are in training to become guide dogs for blind people. The program is rigorous, and many dogs don’t graduate — a “career change” looms for the fidgety or disobedient. “Litter” is warm and darling, less humorous but more fleshed out than “Puppy Prep.” New episodes arrive Fridays.

… an Hour, and I Like Tender Oddballs

‘Joe Pera Talks With You’
When to watch: Saturday at 12:30 a.m., on Adult Swim.

This beautifully weird, poetic comedy follows a Michigan chorus teacher (Joe Pera) and his gentle musings on life. “After New Years and Valentine’s, Easter is the third most romantic day of the year,” he reminds us in an episode dedicated to his newly planted bean arch. Adult Swim is rerunning the first four episodes of the current, second season (after the 2016 Christmas tree special, which starts at midnight), and they form as distinctive a bloc as you are likely to see. There’s nothing quite like this show, but if you like “Baskets” and weird but wholesome memes, it might be for you.

… Four Hours, and Give Me Murder Shows

‘15 Days’
When to watch: Now on BritBox.

Violence abounds on this brutal British mini-series — murders, assaults, animal cruelty, evil children, old wounds, dark secrets. But man oh man is it juicy. It starts with a shooting in the first few minutes and then flashes back 15 days, weaving together an emotionally rich mystery and a tense family drama. Estranged siblings and their spouses reconvene at the family’s farmhouse, and everyone is mad and damaged. Sometimes on ensemble crime shows, all the characters seem too nice to be murderers. But the opposite is true here.

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