How much viewing time do you have this weekend?

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This weekend I have… half an hour and I need a crowd pleaser.

Abbott Elementary School

When to watch: Now, on Hulu.

If you’re entertaining guests this weekend and are plagued with decision paralysis or anxiety, dreaming of an insincere chorus that sings, “Whatever you want to see is fine,” decide now to put on “Abbott Elementary.” Quinta Brunson created and stars in this excellent comedy set in a Philadelphia public school, and it’s perfect for group viewing: not only is it funny and charming, but there’s no vastly expanded universe that requires an explanation, nothing controversial that requires a caveat, and it’s perfectly suited for most ages. There are jokes in every scene, so even as people walk in and out, they can enjoy a punch line.

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… 3 am, and I want something sweaty.

“Echo 3”

When to watch: Now on Apple TV+.

“Echo 3” is a military thriller, so you know the rules: the more beautiful the wedding, the greater the secrets between the bride and groom. Indeed, Prince (Michiel Huisman) and his blushing bride, Amber (Jessica Ann Collins), wed in exquisite luxury before he and Amber’s brother, Bambi (Luke Evans), depart for Afghanistan on a Special Forces mission. But the real story begins when Amber is kidnapped while in Colombia researching psychedelics – at least that’s what she says she’s doing there, though her captors claim otherwise. There’s a palpable intensity to the show, even if it feels a bit like a Dagwood sandwich with action plot lines. The first three episodes are available now, with the next seven arriving weekly.

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… several hours, and I’m moody.

‘Wednesday’

When to watch: Now on Netflix.

This new eight-part teen saga takes us for another ride in the Addams Family hearse, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was another riff on “Gossip Girl,” “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” or “I Am Not Okay With This’. .” Heck, sometimes it even feels like a gothic “Gilmore Girls,” with petulant Wednesday (Jenny Ortega) taking on queen bees from a private school in a quaint and quaint New England town. If you’re looking for a deep Tim Burton experience (he directed the first four episodes), you’ll probably be disappointed. But if you want a juicy teen supernatural show with above-average production design, this is a lot of fun.

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The post How much viewing time do you have this weekend? first appeared in the New York Times.

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