For cord cutters, the anticipation of watching an event live gets transferred over to the weekly dumps of content on the various video streaming platforms. What’s dropping when becomes important knowledge to have, as you organize your queue. If you don’t have time to comb through all the content coming down the series of tubes that make up the Internet, don’t worry — we do. Here are our picks for what you should watch this week.
Archer Season 5
Archer has been one of the best and most consistent comedies on TV. Though its seasons are short, it’s always big on laughs, mixing an incredible range of highbrow references and lowbrow bits to create a unique blend of comedy that you can’t find anywhere else. It consists of one of the best casts of voice actors around, and manages to entertain with as many laughs as there are bullets flying.
Recently, it seems the creators of the series started feeling like the show was getting stale, or they wanted to make a change before it started getting stale. Either way, they shook up the Archer and the entire spy agency the show revolves around. They’ve been pulled out of their element and placed in the role of banished service members, who are forced into a life of criminal activity. Dubbed Archer Vice, the fifth season of the show manages to bring the same relentlessly smart and disgustingly crude jokes to the format without missing a beat.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
All you really need to know about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is that it’s written by the incredibly talented Tina Fey of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, and that it stars Ellie Kemper, who you’ll recognize from The Office and Bridesmaids. These two women come together to make a show with an absurd premise — Kimmy spent the majority of her life trapped in a bunker, kept there by the leader of a doomsday cult — to life in a way that toys with every sitcom trope that you can imagine.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The sequel to the surprising hit How to Train Your Dragon, this film is aimed at kids, but is watchable and enjoyable for people of any age. Armed with an all-star cast of comedic voice actors that includes Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiig, it’s packed with laughs and memorable moments. It takes place five years after the first film in the village of Berk, which has made peace with the dragons. However, the happy ecosystem is soon interrupted by the actions of a mad conquerer named Drago Bludvist, leaving the possibility of war looming.
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets
Based on the title alone, it might seem like this is one of those food documentaries. It’s not. It follows the legendary Brit pop band Pulp as they begin planning their final performance after 25 years together. The documentary doesn’t just pay tribute to the band — It also takes a keen interest in the city of Sheffield where the farewell concert will be held. Pulp was born out of the town, and the band has an affinity for the industrial landscape. Their final show is as much about the band itself, as it is a tribute to the city that raised them.
There is no shortage of documentaries about food and consumption, but every one of them reveals something new. Food Chains is no exception. The documentary doesn’t focus directly on food itself, but rather where it comes from and who is responsible for it. Specifically, the film tackles the topic of farmworkers who, despite gathering nearly everything we eat, are left abused, overworked, and underpaid. You’ll see an ugly part of the American economy that you likely always feared was there — the people lost in the shuffle of the supermarket industry.
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