Watching: If You Need an Escape

Or a change of pace.

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

Dear Watchers,

Day by day, right? I am told it is the only way. I’ve been watching so many Bon Appétit videos that I casually used the word “vegetal” in my own thoughts, so I guess I will emerge from quarantine with that at least.

I hope you’re OK. If you’re crossing a big viewing projects off your bucket list, I’d love to hear about it: See you Friday.


I Want Something Exciting

Domhnall Gleeson, left, and Merritt Wever on “Run.”Ken Woroner/HBO


When to watch: The first episode is streaming on demand with HBO and is free on YouTube; subsequent episodes air Sundays at 10:30 p.m., on HBO.


Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson star in this romantic action thriller about exes who reunite under unique circumstances on a cross-country train ride. It’s funny and adult and surprising, and I gobbled down all five episodes made available to critics (of seven total) in a row. It’s the exact kind of show I’m in the mood for these days: It’s half-hour dramedy; it’s escapist in that the characters are literally making big escapes; it acknowledges the safe tedium of our ordinary lives. There is some kissing and intrigue, and the cast includes some welcome familiar faces.

If you watch the pilot and like it, but you either don’t want to subscribe to HBO or you don’t want to wait for more episodes, try “The Wrong Mans” on Hulu, which has a similar “regular people suddenly embark on a shocking adventure” energy. (Read James Poniewozik’s review of “Run.”)

I Need to Get Out of My Head

David Mitchell in “Peep Show.”Channel 4 Television Corporation 

‘Peep Show’

When to watch: Now, on Hulu and Amazon.

If you’re tired of your own thought patterns, watch this brilliant — often cringey — British comedy. David Mitchell and Robert Webb star as Mark, the uptight one, and Jez, the free spirit, who are both total ding-dongs in their own ways. The show is jangly and mostly shot P.O.V. style, which can be jarring, but it makes everything intimate, and suddenly you too are a hopelessly awkward and gross roommate.


“Peep Show” can be crude, but mostly in the ways that the corners of one’s own mind can be crude. There are only 54 episodes, so it’s not a crazy commitment, but it does cover a lot of time in the characters’ lives.

More, More, More

A scene from the “Hedwig” tribute episode of “Riverdale.”Shane Harvey/The CW

  • The first three episodes of “Mrs. America” are now streaming on FX on Hulu.
  • This week’s “Riverdale,” Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the CW, is another musical episode, this time with the songs of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” It’s sort of stupid, but sort of fun! I have no idea what’s happening on “Riverdale” any more, but good jams are good jams.
  • “The Disney Family Singalong,” which features celebrities and their families singing Disney songs, airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC.


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