How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

Our critic recommends a dreamy dramedy, a football documentary and a comedy about sobriety.

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By Margaret Lyons

This weekend I have … a half-hour, and I want something dreamy.


When to watch: Arrives Friday, on the Roku Channel.

Zoe Lister-Jones created and stars in this seven-episode mystical dramedy about relationship ennui and parallel universes. Mae (Lister-Jones) is bored with her life, with her self, with her husband. She is trapped in a chic Brooklynite catatonia until she sleeps with a handsome stranger and wakes up the next morning in a “Sliding Doors” world in which he’s her husband, and everything is different but the same. Then she hooks up with a woman at a bar, and it happens again — new life, same self and maybe the same doubts and miseries. If you like “High Maintenance” and especially “Russian Doll,” watch this.

… two hours, and I like sports documentaries.

‘Algiers, America’

When to watch: Now, on Hulu.

The Edna Karr Cougars, from New Orleans’s West Bank, are a football powerhouse who have won four state championships and, at the beginning of this series, are gearing up for a fifth. But as with most contemporary football documentaries, “Algiers” isn’t really about football. It’s about the violence the players face in their neighborhood and in society at large; the coaches’ valiant efforts to keep their players safe and supported; and the ways the team both reflects and battles against the struggles of its community. “Last Chance U” fans, run don’t walk. Two episodes are available now, and three more arrive weekly on Wednesdays.

… several hours, but one day at a time.

‘Single Drunk Female’

When to watch: Now, on Hulu, or Wednesdays at 10 p.m., on Freeform.

In its first season, “Single Drunk Female” followed Sam (Sofia Black-D’Elia) as she bottomed out, found Alcoholics Anonymous, got sober and tried to confront some of the demons of her past. These include the death of her father and the hostility of her mother, played by Ally Sheedy with terrific, charismatic cruelty. In Season 2, the show is richer and pricklier, keyed in to the nuances of self-destruction. It’s easy to imagine the FX version of this (hipper, grimier), the Showtime version (with cursing and nudity) or the BBC version (sadder, different sweaters), but the “Single” that exists is the Freeform version — warm and a little sanded down, but not dumb. If you want something with emotional heft but not the baggage of prestige misery, watch this.

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