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What to Watch This Week | February 12–18’s perfecto viewing recommendations for the best shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

The best Super Bowl LVIII commercial? For me, it was the Drumsticks spot with Eric Andre. Not just for Andre—he’s barely in it—but also the reminder that Drumsticks are really just Choco Tacos (R.I.P.) in a different form. It’s the circle of snack life.

This week’s What to Watch recs include new seasons of Syfy’s Resident Alien and Hulu’s Life & Beth, Valentine’s Day rom-com Players, the primetime returns of Ghosts and The Equalizer, Jon Stewart’s Daily Show comeback, and NHL Stadium Series hockey action. Will you be our TV Valentine?

What’s new on TV this week

Resident Alien (Syfy)

Resident Alien | Syfy, Peacock | Comedy, sci-fi

Season 3 premiere, Wednesday, February 14: As we return to Patience, Colorado, alien-in-human-form Harry (Alan Tudyk) is now firmly-ish on the side of earthlings, even though his fellow Greys (and other malevolent alien races) are still coming for us. His best friend Asta (Sara Tomko) wants to believe him, her BFF D’Arcy (Alice Wetterland) is skeptical, and General Wright (Linda Hamilton) is now determined to enlist him to help fight the alien threat. Resident Alien is Syfy’s funniest series ever, don’t sleep on it.

A crowded outdoor stadium alongside the NHL Stadium Series logo

NHL Stadium Series | ABC, ESPN+ | Sports, hockey

Coverage begins Saturday, February 17, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET: The full name is The 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at MetLife Stadium … whew. This New Jersey weekend series is significant in that it marks the first time ever that the NHL is holding two back-to-back outdoor games with fans in attendance. On Saturday, it’s the New Jersey Devils vs. the Philadelphia Flyers ( 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET); on Sunday, it’s the New York Rangers vs. the New York Islanders (12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET).

Honorable mention: The NASCAR season commences with the 2024 Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Catch the Great American Race on your local FOX channel.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Taylor Tomlinson Have It All (Netflix)

Taylor Tomlinson: Have It All | Netflix | Comedy

Standup special premiere, Tuesday, February 13: Taylor Tomlinson just turned 30, and she’s already the host of CBS’ After Midnight and is now releasing her third Netflix standup special, Have It All—it’s OK that you’re feeling like an underachiever right about now. In the special, Tomlinson questions “success” herself: “If someone has their dream job and their soul mate, bare minimum, their parents better be divorced,” she says. “I’d prefer they were an orphan.” Can’t argue with that life logic.

Players (Netflix)

Players | Netflix | Comedy, romance

Movie premiere, Wednesday, February 14: For years, New York sportswriter Mack (Gina Rodriguez, Not Dead Yet) and her best friend Adam (Damon Wayans Jr., New Girl) have been running a one-night-stand hookup game with one rule: Don’t “catch feelings” and fall in love. But, when Mack meets charming and ridiculously good-looking Nick (ridiculously good-looking Tom Ellis, Lucifer), you can call the shot as to where this rom-com is headed. Players’ Valentine’s Day premiere date should have been a clue.

What to watch on Hulu this week

The Space Race (NatGeo)

The Space Race | NatGeo, Hulu, Disney+ | Documentary

Movie premiere, Monday, February 12: It’s probably not the race you’re thinking of. National Geographic Documentary Films’ The Space Race is about the Black astronauts, engineers, and scientists of NASA who took Afrofuturism to the stars. Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight, Charles Bolden, and many more Black pioneers joined to serve their country in space, “even as their country failed to achieve equality for them back on earth.” The Space Race airs first on NatGeo and streams the next day on Hulu and Disney+.

Life & Beth (Hulu)

Life & Beth | Hulu | Comedy

Season 2 premiere, Friday, February 16: The contractually obligated fifth season of Inside Amy Schumer came and quickly went on Paramount+ in 2022, freeing the comedian up to produce one of her best and best-received projects yet, Life & Beth. In the series, Manhattanite Beth (Schumer) has a great job and a long-term relationship, but below the surface, she has unresolved teenage trauma that’s suddenly derailed her. Season 2 finds Beth struggling to keep it all together—hilariously, but also touchingly.

What to watch on Paramount+ this week

Ghosts (CBS)

GhostsCBS, Paramount+ | Comedy

Season 3 premiere, Thursday, February 15: When last we left Ghosts in May 2023, it appeared that one of the mansion’s spirits had been “sucked off” into the afterlife—but who? Easy guess: probably not one of the series regulars. After answering that cliffhanger, Sam (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) fight an owl that’s taken up residence in the barn that Jay hopes to turn into a restaurant. Remember when CBS plugged in the original British Ghosts to fill time during the writers’ strike? Yeah, me neither.

The Equalizer (CBS)

The Equalizer | CBS, Paramount+ | Drama

Season 4 premiere, Sunday, February 18: Sorry, Yellowstone fans, but the free ride is over. You’ll have to pony up for Peacock now, as CBS Sunday has returned to its regular, non-cable-repurposed programming. Along with the new series Tracker and the returning reboot CSI: Vegas, Queen Latifah’s The Equalizer is finally back. Like Ghosts, The Equalizer ended its previous season on a nail-biting cliffhanger, with Latifah’s team (Liza Lapira and Adam Goldberg) in mortal danger. Do not mess with the Queen.

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More of what to watch on streaming this week

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

The Daily Show | Comedy Central, Paramount+ | Comedy, news

Season 28 winter premiere, Monday, February 12: In one of the few instances of good news in the 2024 election cycle, longtime (and Gen-X definitive) Daily Show host Jon Stewart has returned to the anchor desk—but only on Mondays. Stewart will also serve as an executive producer as The Daily Show News Team continues to host Tuesday through Thursday. After Stewart finishes his second term in November, will Comedy Central finally name a permanent host? Will there be a free nation to broadcast to? Stay tuned.

The New Look (Apple TV+)

The New Look | Apple TV+ | Drama

Series premiere, Wednesday, February 14: Of all the historical dramas about World War II, none have ever focused on fashion—until now. In The New Look, creator/director Todd A. Kessler (Bloodlines, Damages) dramatizes how style icons Christian Dior (Ben Mendelsohn), Coco Chanel (Juliette Binoche), Carmel Snow (Glenn Close), Lucian Lelong (John Malkovich), and others created modern fashion during the throes of war in 1940s Paris. Three of 10 episodes of The New Look stream on February 14.

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