5 Shows to Watch This Weekend
Best of the Week: The Break with Michelle Wolf premiers on Netflix
The comedian Michelle Wolf made headlines at this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, where she was both commended and condemned for her ballsy jokes about Roy Moore ("I am 32 years old, which is an odd age — 10 years too young to host this event, and 20 years too old for Roy Moore") and Sarah Huckabee Sanders ("I think she's very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye"), to name a few. Now, she has her own half-hour variety show on Netflix, which offers a mix of stand-up and sketch comedy, delivered with her signature bite, as well as guest appearances.
Here's what else to watch:
Watch Michelle Wolf's comedy special Nice Lady for bathroom jokes with a bite
If you loved what you saw on Netflix, Michelle Wolf's 2017 HBO special, Nice Lady, is worth watching. Wolf offers a mash-up of fart jokes and personal confession, both of which are somehow brilliantly spun into incisive political commentary. Don't be fooled by Wolf's showmanship (her act includes character work and shifts in voice to deeper and more nasal registers for comedic affect); her critique of gender relationships and women "having it all" is unsparing. Then again, she warned you: Michelle Wolf is not a "nice lady."
Midsomer Murders is a British detective series you can sink your teeth into
With 110 episodes at 100 minutes each, Midsomer Murders, available for streaming on Acorn and Amazon Prime, is for those seeking a substantive series to get lost in. The writer, Anthony Horowitz (who also wrote the detective series Foyle's War and acclaimed mystery-within-mystery novel Magpie Murders), has a distinctive knack for making everyday characters and relationships interesting and complex, and Midsomer Murders is no exception.
The exceptional I, Tonya is now live-streaming on Hulu
If you missed I, Tonya in theaters, be sure to stream it this month on Hulu. Director Craig Gillsepie takes Tonya Harding's life story, one beset by domestic violence, poverty, and one of the most bizarre scandals in history, and turns it into a gritty and surprising dark comedy. Margot Robbie as Tonya and Oscar-winner Allison Janney as Tonya's mother are absolute knockouts, and the skating scenes are masterful.
Dancing with the Stars' all-athlete season ends this week
Starring athletes Tonya Harding, Adam Rippon, and Josh Norman, Dancing with the Stars' short four-week season has its finale this week. Though not without controversy and tears, this season has been especially fun to watch. A nice complement to your home-viewing of I, Tonya on Hulu.