The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of December 4, 2017

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.

 

Broad City: S4E10

Broad City
(Season Finale)

Wednesday at 8 pm on Comedy Central

Why: Oh Broad City, how do I love thee, let me count the ways… It’s been another riotously funny season for Abbi and Ilana: they’ve recovered from Trump’s election, tripped on mushrooms in an amazing animated episode, Abbi finally got to train Shania Twain, and there was even some emotional development as Ilana caught the boyfriend bug (as well as bed bugs *shudder*). There lies only one final episode between us and a nine month drought, and the only salve for that thought is the knowledge that the Broad City finales always shine. Who could forget the epic birthday celebrations of seasons past? This time around they’re upping the stakes with a full-on friendiversary celebration, which will go terribly awry as only Broad City can. And if you need a little pick me up between seasons, go watch the original web series on Youtube!

Prepare to talk about: whether you’re the Ilana or Abbi in your friendships; how you’re going to celebrate your next friendiversary (no, those Facebook videos don’t count).

 

Psych: S9E1

Psych: the Movie
(TV movie)

Thursday at 8 pm on USA Network

Why: It’s finally happening, Psych-os!! We don’t have to "wait for it" any longer. It’s been three years since Psych left us with the interruption of Shawn’s proposal to Juliette, and this week will see us watching our favorite psychic detective (#sorrynotsorry, The Mentalist) return to the small screen in a special holiday movie. Shawn and Gus are about to open their own detective agency, psychphrancisco, when they get caught up in yet another mystery. The full gang is back together, with the notable exception of Detective Lasseter (Timothy Omundson, who is recovering from a stroke and couldn’t join the movie shoot), and will include plenty of appearances from fan-favorite characters. It promises to satisfy the show’s rabid and undyingly loyal fan base, who are largely responsible for bringing the show back to life. Get ready for classic Psych: new nicknames for Gus, food talk, Shawn & Gus duets, and obscure 80s references. It’s going to be a fun, lighthearted hour and a half that will psych you out in the end — no seriously, prepare yourself for another cliffhanger.

Prepare to talk about: whether this is leading to a sequel or full series resurrection; was it awkward for James Roday & Maggie Lawson playing those roles again since they broke up irl?; how many pineapples you spotted.

 

The Crown: S2E1

The Crown
(Season Premiere)

Friday at 3 am on Netflix

Why: Calling all British royal family enthusiasts, period TV fans, costume lovers, and anyone who just enjoys great TV (so… everyone). Netflix’s Emmy and Golden-Globe winning show offering a peek into the private life of young Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip is returning for its second season. And while the subject matter may sound dry, the show itself is a tension-filled examination of the difficulties of being both a queen and a young woman. This season promises a look into a marriage in crisis as Phillip struggles with always taking second place to Elizabeth’s royal duties and his feelings of emasculation, as well as the fallout of Princess Margaret’s broken heart. We’ll see them venture beyond the bubble of Buckingham Palace, from the Olympics in Australia to trips of state to Ghana to entertaining the Kennedys, while Margaret finds ways to escape the constraints of royal life with her new love interest, photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones. Meanwhile in the background, you get to enjoy the lavish costumes and sets of one of Netflix’s highest bankrolled shows (look out for a fashion showdown against Jackie O).

Prepare to talk about: whether Olivia Coleman can live up to Claire Foy as Elizabeth next season; how much you’re looking forward to the Princess Diana drama; how lucky Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are that Princess Margaret paved the way for them.

 

Morgaine is the web content developer of SideReel, and she’s pretty sure Abbi & Ilana are her best friends, she just hasn’t met them yet.

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