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What You Should Watch: ‘Please Like Me’ and Films Leaving Netflix
November 9, 2017

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I know 10-episode seasons are increasingly de rigueur, and lots of European series have even fewer episodes than that, but I still feel a little robbed when season finales come this quickly after season premieres. This is it for “Veep?” We’ve only just begun!

This weekend I’ll be watching several pre-Olympics events — United States gymnastics championships, swimming and diving trials — because I am a total Olympics nut. Televise more, NBC! I’d watch judo. I’d watch preliminary javelin rounds. I’d watch mascot tryouts.

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Josh Thomas in “Please Like Me.” Credit Pivot

This Weekend I Have … Half an Hour, and I Have an Open Heart

“Please Like Me,” on Hulu

Watch if you like thoughtful, observational comedy and coming-of-age stories.

The show’s creator Josh Thomas stars as a loose version of himself in this extraordinarily lovable Australian comedy about a college student who has just come out. He’s dealing with doofy roommates, a suicidal mother and his own (sweet) awkwardness. If you like “My Mad Fat Diary,” or if you wish quirky indie movies had more developed stories, try “Please Like Me.” There’s even a cute dog. Hulu currently has 16 half-hour episodes but 26 have aired in Australia.


Sascha Radetsky, left, and Peter Gallagher in “Center Stage: On Pointe.” Credit Ricardo Hubbs/Lifetime

… Two Hours, and I Like to Flutter

“Center Stage: On Pointe,” Saturday, 8 p.m., Lifetime.

Watch if you like dance movies or Peter Gallagher when he’s angry.

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When “Center Stage” came out in 2000, who among us would have guessed it would spawn two made-for-TV follow-ups. This one, arriving eight years after “Center Stage: Turn It Up” aired on Oxygen, follows in its predecessors’ achingly-arched footsteps: It’s heavy on dance and light on convincing dialogue. If you are expecting highbrow greatness, let’s step aside and have a little talk about looking for love in all the wrong places. But if you are in search of several dance-training montages, shot after shot of muscular legs and the kinds of dirty looks you typically only encounter on a C-grade Mexican telenovela, this is your jam.


Mathieu Kassovitz in “The Bureau.” Credit Kino Lorber

10 Hours, and I Miss When ‘Homeland’ Was Good

The Bureau,” available on iTunes, where the first episode is free.

Watch if you like foreign thrillers and slow burns.

This French series centers on a spy (Mathieu Kassovitz, “Amélie”) who returns home to Paris after six years undercover in Syria. Six years that included a serious love affair with someone he’s not quite ready to say goodbye to. There’s also another agent who has disappeared under strange circumstances, a daughter who’s not sure what to make of her long-gone father and agency co-workers who may or may not be supporting his best interests.

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