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What to Watch This Week | June 5–11’s sizzling viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

When was the last time you checked in with free streaming service Crackle? It’d been a minute for me, but then I discovered some bonafide viewing treasures while researching my article 10 TV Classics on Crackle, including The Tick, Action, and Pacific Blue. Don’t sleep on the orange app.

This week’s What to Watch recs include the new Kaley Cuoco true-crime comedy Based on a True Story, the final seasons of Never Have I Ever and Human Resources, the streaming premiere of Avatar: The Way of Water, the return of TV veteran It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and UEFA Champions League soccer action. Get watching!

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What’s premiering this week

Based on a True Story (Peacock)

Based on a True Story | Peacock | Comedy, drama

Series premiere, Thursday, June 8: A true-crime-obsessed realtor (Kaley Cuoco) figures out the identity of a serial killer terrorizing Los Angeles and, instead of calling the cops, decides to launch an interview podcast with the killer. Since they’re broke with a baby on the way, her ex-tennis pro husband (Chris Messina) agrees to the cash-in scheme—what could go wrong? Since the darkly comic Based on a True Story was created by The Boys’ Craig Rosenberg, plenty. All eight episodes will stream on June 8.

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UEFA Champions League Final | CBS, Paramount+ | Soccer, sports

Coverage begins Saturday, June 10, 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT: Live from Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, it’s the 2023 UEFA Champions League Final, with England’s Manchester City facing off against Italy’s Inter Milan. Man City is favored in the matchup, but Inter is fighting to bring the Champions League trophy back to Italy for the first time in 13 years. You can cheer on your favorite UEFA Champions League Final team through CBS, Paramount+, and ViX.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Never Have I Ever (Netflix)

Never Have I Ever | Netflix | Comedy, drama

Season 4 premiere, Thursday, June 8: Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her friends start their senior year of high school in the fourth and final season of creator/producer Mindy Kaling’s YA comedy. As if Devi’s life isn’t complicated enough (by her own terrible decisions, most of the time), she’s suddenly feeling unexpected feels for Ethan (Michael Cimino, Love Victor), a skater boy who’s had quite the hunky growth spurt over the summer. All 10 episodes of Never Have I Ever‘s final season will stream on June 8.

Human Resources (Netflix)

Human Resources | Netflix | Animation, comedy

Season 2 premiere, Friday, June 9: Big Mouth spinoff Human Resources, following the workaday lives of Hormone Monsters Maury (voiced by Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph), as well as the Shame Wizard (David Thewlis), Emmy the Lovebug (Aidy Bryant), and Keith From Grief (Henry Winkler), is ending with season 2—nothing lasts forever on Netflix. Human Resources is going out with a bang on the guest voice front, with Florence Pugh, Miley Cyrus, and Eugene Levy dropping in to say buh-bye.

What to watch on Max this week

Burden of Proof (HBO)

Burden of Proof | HBO, Max | Documentary

Series premiere, Tuesday, June 6: Not to be confused with The CW’s Kristin Kreuk legal drama of the same name, this Burden of Proof is a four-part docuseries about Stephen Pandos’ search for the truth in the disappearance of his then-teen sister Jennifer in 1987. Not only does Pandos believe that his parents were lying when they insisted that she simply ran away, he’s also convinced that they played a part in Jennifer’s fate. Burden of Proof will air on HBO and stream on Max over two nights, June 6–7.

Avatar The Way of Water (Max)

Avatar: The Way of Water | Max, Disney+ | Drama, sci-fi

Movie premiere, Tuesday, June 6: Like his 2009 epic Avatar, James Cameron’s followup Avatar: The Way of Water—the first of, like, 18 planned sequels?—skimps on story in favor of expansively expensive undersea special F/X. To preserve the presentation, Max and Disney+ will stream the 192-minute saga in 4K UHD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. But don’t worry: You still won’t be able to tell it’s human actors Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana underneath all the CGI.

What to watch on Hulu this week

Stars on Mars (FOX)

Stars on Mars | FOX, Hulu | Reality

Series premiere, Monday, June 5: Unfortunately, we don’t yet have the technology to actually stage a survival game show on Mars (well, maybe James Cameron does), so FOX’s fake Stars on Mars will have to do. Natasha Leggero, Ariel Winter, Tinashe, Marshawn Lynch, Ronda Rousey, Lance Armstrong, and others will compette to “survive” in a fabricated red planet habitat while being ordered around by William Shatner from “mission control.” The writers’ strike can’t end soon enough (#WGAStrong).

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia | FXX, Hulu | Comedy

Season 16 premiere, Wednesday, June 7: The longest-running live-action comedy in TV history is coming in hot with two new episodes to kick off season 16: “The Gang Inflates” (the Paddy’s Pub crew goes all in on cryptocurrency) and “Frank Shoots Every Member of the Gang” (seems self-explanatory). As a scrappy young newspaper journalist, I dubbed It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as “Seinfeld for Satanists” when it debuted in 2005, and FX/FXX still hasn’t used that perfect promo pull-quote.

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W2W wildcards of the week

Beyond Skinwalker Ranch (HISTORY)

Beyond Skinwalker Ranch | HISTORY | Reality

Series premiere, Tuesday, June 6: After four seasons and coming up on 40 episodes, the Secret of Skinwalker Ranch investigative team has found barely any evidence of alien presence or paranormal activity on the 512-acre grounds in Utah’s Uinta Basin. So, of course, it’s time to venture outside the property with Beyond Skinwalker Ranch, with the investigators looking into Bradshaw Ranch, Mt. Wilson Ranch, Rocky Mountain Ranch, and other neighboring granges. The truth is out there … somewhere.

The Crowded Room (Apple TV+)

The Crowded Room | Apple TV+ | Drama

Series premiere, Friday, June 9: Inspired by the 1981 novel The Minds of Billy Milligan, The Crowded Room follows the case of Danny Sullivan (Tom Holland), a man accused of a shooting murder in 1979 Manhattan. Through a series of interviews, interrogator Rya Goodwin (Amanda Seyfried) learns that Sullivan has what’s now known as dissociative identity disorder and may not be mentally responsible for his crime. Emmy Rossum and Jason Isaacs also star in the 10-episode series, three of which stream June 9.

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