What to Watch This Week | February 21–27
CableTV.com’s top-notch viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
I’ll admit it: I’ve watched pretty much every episode of Law & Order and its spinoffs since it premiered in the ancient times of 1990. Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury, L.A., True Crime, the new Organized Crime—seen ‘em all. Now, the original flavor Law & Order is back 12 years after cancellation, premiering Thursday, Feb. 24 on NBC (next day Peacock). An early birthday gift for me! (Dun-dun!)
This week’s What to Watch picks include the return/farewell of Killing Eve, some outdoor hockey action, a new Vikings saga, the curious connection between crime and cuisine, and more. Stop dreaming and start streaming!
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What’s premiering this week
Season 4 premiere, Sunday, Feb. 27: The obsessive love/hate game between MI5 agent Eve (Sandra Oh) and psycho assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is almost over: season 4 will be the last for BBC America’s critically acclaimed Killing Eve. Will Eve finally put Villanelle behind bars? Or will Villanelle make the show’s title come true? Either is possible, though Killing Eve rarely takes the predictable story path. Fans who want to stay a step ahead of the crowd should check out AMC+, which drops new Killing Eve episodes a week early.
NHL Stadium Series | TNT | Sports
Coverage begins 7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Feb. 26: This year’s outdoor NHL Stadium Series game will drop the puck in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, with the Nashville Predators (28–17 this season) hosting back-to-back Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay Lightning (32–11). The event marks Tennessee’s first-ever outdoor NHL game, which was postponed from 2021 due to circumstances of which we’re all too aware. The third competitor in the game will be the Tennessee sun—melting ice equals D-R-A-M-A.
What to watch on Netflix this week
Cat Burglar | Netflix | Animation, Comedy
Special premiere, Tuesday, Feb. 22: Writer Mike Hollingsworth (BoJack Horseman) and producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (Black Mirror) present a Bandersnatch-esque twist on the old cat vs. dog cartoon trope. In the classic Warner Bros.–inspired Cat Burglar, Rowdy the Cat is out to steal valuable paintings (just go with it) from under the wet nose of Peanut the Security Pup while you, the audience, answer interactive trivia questions to move the story along. Choose wisely: Rowdy has but nine lives.
Vikings: Valhalla | Netflix | Action, drama
Series premiere, Friday, Feb. 25: Popular historical-ish series Vikings may have ended in 2020, but Netflix has signed on for several seasons of spinoff Vikings: Valhalla. The new series takes place 100 years later, following the exploits of Norse explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and other really, really, really good-looking warriors. If you want to catch up on the original Vikings before diving into Valhalla, you can find all six seasons on Hulu, Peacock, and Prime Video.
What to watch on Hulu this week
Season 2 winter premiere, Thursday, Feb. 24: Twisty crime drama Big Sky is on and off the TV schedule so erratically you’d think ABC didn’t want to you see it. The addictive series’ initial plot about kidnappings along a remote Montana highway has since expanded into a rich, multi-angled tale of rural lawlessness filled with colorfully compelling characters—if you’ve been missing FX’s Fargo series, you might want to check out Big Sky. After airing on ABC, new episodes stream on Hulu, where all previous episodes reside.
No Exit | Hulu | Drama, thriller
Movie premiere, Friday, Feb. 25: While driving to Salt Lake City to be with her hospitalized mother, rehab escapee Darby (Havana Rose Liu) becomes trapped at a highway rest stop during a blizzard with a group of strangers. Even more terrifying than an extreme snowstorm and the state of Utah in general, Darby discovers a child locked in a van in the parking lot. Who among the rest stop crew is the kidnapper? If you’ve read the bestselling 2017 Taylor Adams novel which No Exit is based on, you may think you know.
What to watch on Peacock this week
Series premiere, Monday, Feb. 21: Not to be confused with the similarly named Avengers movie, The Endgame is an FBI drama—yes, another one—that plays out mostly in real-time (shades of classic 24). As agent Val Turner (Ryan Michelle Bathé) interrogates international arms dealer Elena Federova (Morena Baccarin), Federova’s mercenary gang is in the process of robbing seven New York City banks—including the Federal Reserve. Action bonus: The Endgame is produced and directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious).
The Amber Ruffin Show | Peacock | News, talk
Season 2 winter premiere, Friday, Feb. 25: Of Peacock’s handful of original hits—or at least, series you’ve heard of—The Amber Ruffin Show is easily the most buzzed-about. Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Ruffin kicks out news headlines, race-relations tutorials, wacky sketches, song-and-dance numbers, and margaritas in under 30 minutes a week, which makes you wonder why all the other talk-show dudes need an hour every night. It’s the silliest “serious” news show on TV, and Ruffin’s bowtie game is unmatched.
W2W wildcards of the week
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber | SHOWTIME | Drama
Series premiere, Sunday, Feb. 27: Like FX’s American Crime Story, SHOWTIME’s Super Pumped is an anthology series that dramatizes recent-history events using recognizable stars. First up is The Battle for Uber, chronicling the rise of the ride-sharing app and the downfall of its CEO, Travis Kalanick (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Other stars include Uma Thurman (as Ariana Huffington), Hank Azaria (as Apple’s Tim Cook), and Ben Feldman (as Google’s Larry Page), as well as Kyle Chandler, Elisabeth Shue, and Kerry Bishé.
Devoured | VICE | Documentary, food
Series premiere, Monday, Feb. 21: Everybody loves food shows and true crime docs—why did it take so long to combine the two? Devoured focuses on the origins of local cuisines in different cities and regions in each episode, as well as the criminal pasts and dark secrets of area restaurateurs and chefs. The first episode of Devoured looks at how the Brooklyn mafia got a slice of payback after a secret family recipe was stolen from a local pizzeria, and the six-part series is narrated by Jon Cryer (Supergirl, Two and a Half Men).