Watching: Two New Dramas

Something breezy, something dark.

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

Dear Watchers,

Working from home means a dearth of office shenanigans for most of us, but I’m still glad I watched this video on how to fold the world’s best paper airplane.

Have a safe week.


I want a light drama

Orla Brady in a scene from “The South Westerlies.”Acorn

‘The South Westerlies’

When to watch: Now, on Acorn TV.

This six-episode Irish import is about a woman who returns to her small hometown, secretly on a mission from a Norwegian energy company that wants to build a wind farm there. But this isn’t a bleak manipulation drama — more like a quirky, “Northern Exposure”-style, “we do things our own lovable way here” dramedy, with peppy personal conflict and exceptional sweaters. There aren’t a ton of surprises along the way, but it’s so endearing. If you understand the impulse to watch terrible Hallmark movies but simply cannot abide their schlock, watch this.


I want something darker

Kate Mara in a scene from “A Teacher.”Chris Large/FX

‘A Teacher’

When to watch: Starting Tuesday, on FX on Hulu.

“A Teacher” is adapted from a 2013 movie with the same title and premise: A female high school teacher has a predatory sexual relationship with a male student. The mini-series is chilly and lean, and because its 10 episodes are only a half-hour each, the pace sometimes recreates the disorientation that is part of abusive grooming — wait, it was just a second ago that everything was fine. The first three episodes will be available starting Tuesday, with the rest coming out weekly.


Also this week

Chandra Wilson in a scene from the new season of “Grey’s Anatomy.”ABC
  • The three-part documentary series “Rise of the Nazis” begins Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.)
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” returns Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC.
  • Season 22 of “Law & Order: SVU” starts Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC, followed by a one-off special, “The Paley Center Presents: Law & Order: Before They Were Stars.”

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