The 5 Best TV Shows Right Now: Booking Dogs, Heels

You can tell we’re entering a new TV season because our power rating this week features a whole new list of shows. But what’s also been fun is that a number of these shows, both new and ongoing, have divided our staff. Some loved the Ted lasso Christmas episode, others hated it. Some of us enjoyed the fantasy of Disney + What if…?, others were put off by Agent Carter’s erasure. The White lotus the finale was also something that happened.

At the end of the day, as our own Tara Bennett put it, we “just hope Quinn and Mobius go water sports with kayaks and jet skis in nirvana together… somewhere…”.

The rules for Power Rankings are simple: any series currently on television is eligible, whether it’s a comedy, drama, newscast, animated series, or TV show. variety or sporting event. This can be over a network, basic cable, premium channel, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, or whatever you can stream to your smart TV, as long as a new episode has been made available the previous week (see ending Sunday) – or, in the case of programs aired once, it must have aired within the previous four weeks. The voting jury is made up of Dough TV editors and writers with a fairly wide range of tastes.

Honorable mention:
Ted lasso (Apple TV +), What if…? (Disney +), The good fight (Paramount +), The white lotus (HBO), UFO (Show time)

Network: Amazon prime
Ranking last week: Not eligible
This week: Even better the second time around.

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The charm of the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column is its slice-of-life narrative, “truth is stranger than fiction.” From a newspaper page or the click of a link, the longtime Sunday Style column takes audiences around the world and immerses them in the best kinds of love stories: the real ones.

Amazon’s greatest triumph Modern love The second anthology season is about choosing better stories to adapt. As a longtime columnist, there are always certain episodes that stick with you longer than others, whether it’s because the experience is ambitious, educational, or downright recognizable. Season 1 tried too hard to choose unique stories, and it lost some of the relativity of showing a story that everyone can see themselves in. Season 2 corrects and focuses on more universal experiences, like falling in love with your best friend, questioning your sexuality, wondering what it would be like to meet an ex on the street or meet a stranger in your own style. rom-com. Kit Harrington, Minnie Driver, Anna Paquin and other top stars are joining the new episodes, but it’s Dominique Fishback, who is fronting the fourth installment, who steals all of the show.

Season 2’s landmark episodes are often the simplest, and the best are even brighter than the first. Not all episodes are created the same, but when it comes to heartwarming storytelling, Season 2 of Modern love worth the trip from start to finish. –Radhika menon [Full Review]

Network: Netflix
Ranking last week: Not eligible
This week: New Netflix sports docuseries get off to a good start

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If you are a sports fan, and particularly if you are a basketball and NBA fan, I encourage you to do what I did a few months ago, regardless of this essay, and go watch some unseen footage of the so-called “Malevolence at the Palace.” Even if you’ve experienced it, even if you think you remember it, I can guarantee you will be stunned by the ferocity of the whole show, from the moment Ron Artest rushes into the stands to fight the (bad) fan. , to the hay of Jermaine O’Neal who managed not to kill another fan, to the full assault as the Indiana Pacers left the Auburn Hills Palace floor, being bombarded with everything from popcorn to water through the bottles and a real chair. We are less than 20 years old, but I guarantee that it has been diminished in your memory from its original, incredible intensity.

Suffice to say that it is an excellent subject for a sports documentary, and that the ESPN series 30 for 30 somehow did not cover. Entering this void is Incalculable, the new five-part Netflix sports documentary series with episodes planned on everything from Caitlyn Jenner to Mardy Fish.

Director Floyd Russ has managed to say something profound about what feels like nothing more than a chaotic fight in a basketball game. This microcosmic story alone is worth the price of admission, as a miniature study of how the tension of competitive sports can spark violent passions that, in hindsight, seem genuinely insane. But if the careful study of what really happened in Detroit is fascinating, so is the story of the aftermath. When you really cut the incident down to the point, a basketball player was assaulted from afar by a fan, attacked in response, and defended by his teammates. Where is to blame in this situation? –Shane ryan [Full Review]

Network: CNB
Ranking last week: Not eligible
This week: Returning for its final season, it deftly tackles both the pandemic and systemic racism in law enforcement – and the humor is just as keen as ever.

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The bad news is that, for all the fun fans and critics have had imagining the biggest turns the show could take to get away from the NYPD smear—USPIS, anyone? –Brooklyn nine-nine still seems determined to end its run as a crime drama. On the one hand, it is disappointing. On the other, however, I don’t know what we could reasonably expect.

The good news, however, is that whatever a half-hour-long airing comedy can do to shake the mythology of American hero cops, Brooklyn nine-nine is, in this final season, determined to at least give it a try.

Not to mention, these episodes are just as joke-dense and fun as their funniest pre-season 8 episodes were, with everyone from the main cast to guest stars putting their full 9-9%. .

Given the show’s always progressive approach to what justice can and should look like, although I can’t imagine where they will end up (personally, I hope for the boldest ending possible), I trust them. to land somewhere good. –Alexis gunderson [Full Review]

Network: Starz
Ranking last week: Not eligible
This week: The family wrestling drama set in Georgia successfully blurs the lines between battles in and out of the ring.

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Created by Loki‘s Michael Waldron — with Mike O’Malley as showrunner—Heels follows brothers Jack (Stephen Amell) and Ace (Alexander Ludwig) Spade as they weave their way through the world of local and independent professional wrestling in their fictional little Georgia hometown of Duffy. The series begins nearly a year after the shocking death of their father, “King” Tom Spade (David James Elliott), a local hero who left behind a legacy and big shoes to fill. He also left behind the family business, the Duffy Wrestling League (DWL). Family man Jack, who plays a heel role in DWL and holds the company’s championship belt, takes on the promotion management responsibilities (booking wrestlers, writing scripts, courting sponsors and all). what he can do to develop DWL), while devil-may-care Ace, the first face of the promotion, dreams of succeeding in pro wrestling and finally coming out of Duffy like Wild Bill did.

Heels is a series that aims not only to push back the metaphorical curtain (as opposed to the literal curtain) on the world of contemporary professional wrestling, but to examine how the lines of reality can be blurred – something that professional wrestling takes from a other level. This is especially true when wrestling is literally the life of your family, the thing you hope to put food on the table. Heels asks the questions one would expect a pro wrestling show to ask: When does kayfabe (the established “fake” wrestling world) become a shoot (the real world)? When does a shoot become kayfabe? What happens when these worlds coexist? And in the particular case of Heels, how do these characters balance work and family when the two are inextricably linked? It is a territory which Heels his characters absolutely blossom from the moment we meet them. –LaToya Ferguson [Full Review]

Network: FX on Hulu (included in your Hulu subscription)
Ranking last week: Not eligible
This week: We are addicted.

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FX has found its niche by telling intimate close-up stories extremely well, and Dogs Reservation is no exception. It focuses on four friends – Bear (D’Pharoah Woon-A-Tai), Elora (Devery Jacobs), Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) and Cheese (Lane Factor) – who accidentally form an unofficial “gang” dubbed the ” reservation”. bandits ”, because of their penchant for light crime. Their hope is to get enough money to travel to California, an ideal always at hand.

The lived-in and slightly surreal comedy is a low-fi exploration of an indigenous Oklahoma community, whose protagonists scramble around the “ground” among other misfits and sundries, and fall into a variety of adventures ranging from the theft of a flea van to a sarcastic and overworked healthcare system. FX touted Dogs Reservation, created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, as revolutionary. In many ways, it is; it has a fully native writers room, for one. But the show makes its boldest statement by not feeling like it’s making a statement at all. It’s an easygoing, rude and funny show, specific and accessible. It is not about children being noble heroes or crime-loving villains; they are just people. But they are also indigenous peoples, who Is means something and is all too rare to see on TV, especially portrayed in such a wonderfully laid-back way.

But more than anything Dogs Reservation is a perfect summer series, which takes place on languid afternoons and moves at a leisurely pace. Children make plans, look for food, go for walks, fight. They don’t talk or act like adults, and they’re not shot down by cynicism. They have hopes and dreams, a love for family, a non-ironic embrace of community, and make a lot of silly mistakes. To say that there is an innocence or even a wholesomeness in Dogs Reservation wouldn’t quite hit the mark on how rude the show can be (it’s ultimately an adult comedy); but like his pellets, he has a good heart. Friends do their best and huddle together, even though they are arguing over their choices. It is this balance that the show gets so right; not too precious nor incredibly vulgar, just the truth with an edge. Or as they would say, “I love you, bitch.” –Allison keene [Full Review]

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