Watching: Farewell, ‘Schitt’s Creek’

And welcome back, “The Good Fight.”

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

Dear Watchers,

I hope you are safe and have good coping mechanisms. Thank you to everyone who wrote in to tell me about the classic shows you’re watching during social distancing; it seems many of you are taking solace in “The Andy Griffith Show.” May we all find some comfort, be it in Mayberry or elsewhere. I’m loving these four roommates who are recreating classic paintings while stuck at home.

See you Wednesday.


My Favorite Song Is ‘The Best’

Eugene Levy reminisces on “Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell.”Pop TV

‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell’

When to watch: Tuesday at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., on Pop TV.

Nothing gold can stay, bébés, and thus we bid farewell to our beloved Rose family, et al., with the series finale of “Schitt’s Creek.” It’s David and Patrick’s wedding day, and as with all sitcom weddings, things go wackily off course before resolving to something beautiful and poignant. While this is kind of the worst possible time for a hopeful, sustaining comedy to end, I’m still glad to see “Schitt’s” bring it in for a gentle landing. Shows end! All we can hope for is that they end well, and this one does.


I Have Strong Feelings About Politics

Christine Baranski, left, and Delroy Lindo on “The Good Fight.”Patrick Harbron/CBS

‘The Good Fight’

When to watch: Season 4 starts Thursday, on CBS All Access.

“The Good Fight” is one of the rare shows that directly addresses our exact political moment, and on the Season 4 premiere, that kicks into hyperdrive when Diane (Christine Baranski) wakes up in a world where Hillary Clinton is president but the #MeToo movement has not happened. My favorite thing about “The Good Fight” is that it flexes so many different muscles: Some episodes are zippy legal thrillers, some are quirky character portraits, some are prickly satires, and some, like this one, are clever dream sequences. If you’re in the market for a smart drama and a lawyer show that’s not a procedural, watch this.


I Need a Nutritious Show for Kids

A scene from “Molly of Denali.”WGBH Educational Foundation

‘Molly of Denali’

When to watch: Now, on PBS Kids, YouTube; select episodes are on Amazon.

This series follows Molly, a 10-year-old Alaskan Native girl who likes vlogging and exploring the outdoors. She learns about her heritage and also about being a good friend and a conscientious member of society. The show is comfortable talking about big feelings and isn’t afraid of real depth, so in addition to its earnest charms, there are also some genuinely compelling narratives. I will warn you, though, that the theme song is very catchy.

Movies: Newly Available This Week

Sophia Lillis in “Greta and Hansel.”Orion Pictures

After a couple of weeks in which Hollywood flooded the video-on-demand market with studio movies that would have been in theaters right now, this week is back to business as usual. This latest slate includes an early-year comedy and horror flops, alongside a Hong Kong action sequel and the latest from the documentary muckraker Alex Gibney.

Unless noted, the films listed can generally be purchased on all the usual platforms — check Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube — but a rental option is usually available within a few weeks.

Here’s what our critics have to say about this week’s selections:

‘Citizen K’ (Tuesday)

Yet while [the director Alex] Gibney’s refusal to simplify his subject, whom he clearly admires, is commendable, his attraction to Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s story in particular remains elusive. Although the film has long, engaging stretches, there is something slightly unsatisfying about the whole. — Ben Kenigsberg (Read the full review here.)

‘Gretel & Hansel’ (Tuesday)

Essentially the story of a young woman coming into her power, “Gretel & Hansel” is quietly sinister, yet too underdeveloped to truly scare. Together, Jeremy Reed’s production design and Galo Olivares’s photography weave a chilly spell that’s regrettably undermined by the opacity of the storytelling. — Jeannette Catsoulis (Read the full review here.)

‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’ (Tuesday)

The modesty that defines good martial arts in the “Ip Man” franchise is also a principal virtue of the films. “Ip Man 4: The Finale,” the concluding chapter of a saga inspired by the life of the famed teacher of the Wing Chun fighting style, closes out the series with body flips, head punches, smashed furniture and heart. — Ben Kenigsberg (Read the full review here.)

‘The Last Full Measure’ (Tuesday)

The movie is written and directed, with undeniable sincerity, by Todd Robinson. While its story mechanics are creaky, the valor of [William H.] Pitsenbarger is evoked cogently, in well-executed battle sequences. And not one soul in the stellar cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and, in one of his last screen roles, Peter Fonda, chooses to phone it in. — Glenn Kenny (Read the full review here.)

‘Like a Boss’ (Available Tuesday)

[Salma] Hayek is playing a noxious stereotype in a movie that gleefully exploits stereotypes. Like some of the other unfunny female-driven comedies, this one tries to turn raunch into hilarity, yucks into yuks, but it’s hard to laugh when a movie treats women with contempt. — Manohla Dargis (Read the full review here.)

Also This Week

The woman is Annette Edwards; the rabbit is Grace. Both are in “Remarkable Rabbits.”Remarkable Rabbits Inc.

  • “The Gene,” a two-part documentary about the human genome, starts Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS. For something bouncier, there’s “Remarkable Rabbits,” Wednesday at 8 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.)
  • The hourlong series finale of “Modern Family” airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC. (There’s a retrospective about the series at 8 p.m., too.)
  • A celebrity edition of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” hosted by Jimmy Kimmel,” starts Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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