No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every Friday for new suggestions on what to watch.
This Weekend I Have … an Hour, and I Crave the Wilderness
‘The Last Alaskans’
When to watch: Sunday at 10 p.m., on Discovery.
My favorite unscripted narrative show is back for a fourth season, with all the staggering Alaskan vistas and poignant pensiveness you can handle. The show follows the last legal residents of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and on this episode everyone including the show’s wistful philosopher and doting father, Heimo Korth is gearing up for the winter. If you like impressive camerawork and dream of abandoning urban drudgery, try this. (Season 1 is available on Hulu.)
… 90 Minutes, and I Crave the Stage
‘Harold Prince: The Director’s Life’
When to watch: Friday at 9 p.m., on PBS.
Harold Prince has more Tony awards than anyone else, and this look back at his career is a reminder of just how many major shows he has been a part of as a producer or director: “Damn Yankees,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Evita,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and truly dozens more. The interviews, with Prince and many of his collaborators, are great, but the real treat here is the archival footage and photography. (Check local listings for broadcast times.)
… a Few Hours, and I Crave Family
‘One Day at a Time’
When to Watch: Now, on Netflix.
If you’re looking for something easy but not stupid, fine for tweens and older but not schlockola, upbeat but not out of touch — and most important, genuinely funny — watch this. Justina Machado stars as Penelope, a veteran and single mom to two children played by Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz. But Rita Moreno steals the show as Penelope’s sometimes overdramatic mother, Lydia. There are some serious story lines at play, but even when it’s discussing post-traumatic stress or addictions or grief, the series never loses sight of the fact that it’s a warm multicamera sitcom.
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