Watching: British “Law & Order”

Or some heartfelt drag.

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

Dear Watchers,

I know that “One World: Together at Home” was supposed to be the unifying show of the weekend, but in my neck of the woods (really, my neck of Twitter), the socially distanced group activity was definitely “The Last Dance,” the 10-part ESPN documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. It will be a long time before I’m near a water cooler again, but it’s nice to remember the feeling.

See you Wednesday. Stay safe.

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‘Law & Order’ is my love language

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups, even in England, as on “Law & Order: UK.”Wolf Films and NBC Universal, via Associated Press

‘Law & Order: UK’

When to watch: Now, on Sundance Now or with the Sundance Now channel on Amazon. (Both formats offer a free 30-day trial.)

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Each episode of “UK” is based on an original “Law & Order,” but some of the adaptations are more direct than others, and if you’re put off by a sense of familiarity or repetition, well, maybe the “Law & Order” extended universe isn’t for you in general. There are 53 episodes, which is scanty for a “Law & Order” franchise (this week’s “SVU” is Episode 478) but a lot for a British crime show.

I want to cry it out

Eureka O’Hara, left, helps a family heal through drag performance on “We’re Here.”Khun Minn Ohn/HBO

‘We’re Here’

When to watch: Thursday at 9 p.m. on HBO, or Thursday at 9 p.m. on YouTube, free.

Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley, among the fan favorites from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” travel the country on this new series that’s sort of like “Queer Eye” without the home makeovers. On each episode, they visit a small town and put on a drag show with local participants, and they use the excess and ironies of drag to help people heal from the wounds of poisonous homophobia. If you like to sob at stories of self-actualization, watch this.

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Movies: Newly available this week

Zoey Deutch in “Buffaloed.”Magnolia Pictures

Other than a handful of indies releasing directly to home video, only one film that played in theaters before the coronavirus shutdown is premiering this week. Fortunately, it happens to be a Critic’s Pick that wasn’t able to find the audience it deserved when it debuted in art houses in February. “Buffaloed,” a comedy starring Zoey Deutch as a hustler who tries to climb out of debt by becoming a debt collector, will be available to rent on the usual platforms: Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. — Scott Tobias

Here’s what our critic had to say about this week’s selection:

‘Buffaloed’ (Available Tuesday — a Critic’s Pick)

“Simultaneously rowdy and slick, “Buffaloed” is exuberantly paced and entirely dependent on [Zoey Deutch’s] moxie and pell-mell performance. Brian Sacca’s script is zippily entertaining as Peg starts her own shop and hires a misfit crew of money-grabbers whose success ignites an interagency war.” — Jeannette Catsoulis (Read the full review here.)

Finales this week

Andre Braugher, left, and Terry Crews on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”Jordin Althaus/NBC

  • “Better Call Saul” finishes its fifth — and best! — season Monday at 9 p.m. on AMC, with its signature blend of violence, dread and quirk in a fantastic episode titled “Something Unforgivable.” “Saul” has been renewed for a sixth and final season, though as with everything else right now, who knows what the future holds.
  • The finale of “The Plot Against America” airs Monday at 9 p.m. on HBO.
  • The series finale of “Empire” airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox, though it’s not the episode that was meant to be the finale; coronavirus ended production early. (The show’s creators say they want to film a proper ending some day.)
  • “Superstore,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Law & Order: SVU” have their season finales Thursday at 8, 8:30, and 10 p.m. on NBC. They have been renewed.
  • The rebooted “Will & Grace” series finale airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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