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The Best Shows and Movies to Watch This Week: ZeroZeroZero, Spenser Confidential

Curated recommendations from TV Guide's editors

Kaitlin Thomas

Looking for something to watch this week? TV Guide's Reviews and Recommendations team has you covered. Below you will find suggestions for the best TV shows, movies, and specials to watch the week of March 1-7.

This week features the much welcomed return of Jason Segel to our lives, a documentary about the life and career of Hillary Clinton, and a man risking his life to walk across a volcano, all in the name of our entertainment.

If this isn't enough and you're looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, click over to our Watch This Now! page or check out the best shows and movies this month on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Dispatches From Elsewhere

Sunday at 10/9c on AMC, Monday at 10:15/9:15c on AMC
Jason Segel created this experimental dramedy, and How I Met Your Motherfans are in for a real trip. Segel stars as Peter, a lonely man whose humdrum existence gets shaken up when he answers a flyer that gets him involved in a mysterious conflict between something called the Jejune Institute and something called the Elsewhere Society. It might be a game, it might be a conspiracy, it might be nothing, it might be something. Joining him on his quest are Simone (Eve Lindley), Fredwynn (Andre Benjamin), and Janice (Sally Field), who each get their own episodes as the season progresses (Episode 2 on Monday is Simone's). Dispatches from Elsewhere is heavily influenced by acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich), which means it's whimsical and sad at the same time. - Liam Mathews [Read our review]

Volcano Live!

Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
The problem with television these days is that it's too safe. Did you know that when characters are killed off in your favorite dramas they don't actually die, it's pretend? That won't happen here if highwire daredevil Nik Wallenda missteps as he crosses the mouth of Nicaragua's Masaya Volcano live on TV. One slip and he'll vaporize in a pool of molten lava below. But don't worry, he'll probably be dead from the extreme heat and toxic fumes of one Earth's biggest pimples before he even lands. Brought to you by the fine folks at Disney. (Pro tip: Tune in late to the two-hour presentation to see the actual stunt.) - Tim Surette

Better Things

Thursday at 10/9c on FX
Pamela Adlon's critically acclaimed FX series Better Things is back for its fourth season this week, bringing with it more insightful commentary on life, motherhood, and being a working actress in Hollywood. The new season debuts with back-to-back episodes -- both of which were written or co-written and directed by Adlon -- that find Sam attempting to exert some form of control over her life as she approaches middle age and her three daughters continue to grow into realized young woman. The second episode is particularly sharp, as it involves a plot involving Sam having to audition for a role she played for a decade when the producers decide to reboot the show.


Friday on Amazon Prime

Amazon's violent, prestige-y, multi-continental crime epic ZeroZeroZero, produced in partnership with Sky Atlantic and Canal+, could potentially be the answer to Netflix's Narcos. The slick series tracks the cocaine trade between Mexican, American, and Italian organized crime, and stars Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, and Gabriel Byrne as the Americans, who broker the deals and transport the coke via their shipping company. It also follows a Mexican soldier (Harold Torres) on the frontline of the drug war, and Giuseppe De Domenico as a Calabrian gangster who wants to take over his family business. - Liam Mathews


Friday on Hulu
Directed by Nanette Burstein, Hulu's four-hour documentary series Hillary is an intimate portrait of Hillary Clinton that looks at how the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state became one of the most admired -- and yet most vilified -- women in the world. Using extensive footage from Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and in-depth interviews with Clinton herself, as well as interviews with husband and former president Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and friends and journalists, the documentary, while somewhat messy at times, is an interesting examination of Clinton and her career, yes, but also of the sexism built into American culture that has kept a woman from becoming president.

Spenser Confidential

Friday on Netflix
Five-foot-eight action superstar Mark Wahlberg stars in this action-comedy directed by Peter Berg, their fifth collaboration following popcorn flicks like Lone Survivor, Patriots Day, and Mile 22. That doesn't mean we think Spenser Confidential is going to be good, but it will feature some exploding cars and Wahlberg punching many people in the face. Wahlberg plays an ex-cop AND an ex-con, who just got out of the clink after being framed and takes on corruption at the highest levels in law enforcement, probably in Boston or some place like that. Even the explosions have accents. Black Panther's Winston Duke plays Spenser's sidekick Hawk, who is about a foot taller than him. - Tim Surette

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