Regardless of whether you're bae'd up or single, heading into a post-Valentine's Day weekend means one thing: eating your way through a box chocolates while looking for something new to stream. Get out a bottle of wine (and maybe just put two straws straight into the bottle if you're feeling romantic) and get ready to battle over what to watch first. This week we have not one, but two Jordan Peele joints — Lorena, a true crime doc about a woman who cut off her husband's dick, and Weird City, a delightful sci-fi comedy anthology — as well as the highly anticipated release of Netflix's Umbrella Academy adaptation.
These recommendations courtesy of TV Guide are here to help you through your weekend binge. And if you're looking for even more suggestions, head over to TV Guide's Watch This Now! page, which has hand-picked recommendations for all the best shows you can start watching immediately.
1. Weird City
Weird City, produced under Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw banner and created by Key & Peele writer Charlie Sanders, is one of the most delightful anthologies you'll ever binge. Set in Weird City, a goofy, charming, and at times deadly futuristic utopia (for some), these six interconnected tales of its erstwhile citizens are a breath of fresh air for sci-fi fans. Picture the most triumphant episodes of Black Mirror — "Nosedive," "San Junipero," "USS Callister" — and then fold in a wholesome earnestness seasoned with humor to taste and you'll find yourself in the ballpark of Weird City. It's impossible to describe, but an irresistible treat nonetheless.
Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt were possibly the most infamous couple of the early '90s: in 1993 Lorena Bobbitt was arrested for cutting off her husband's penis after experiencing years of emotional abuse and sexual assault at his hands. The story, which involved a tense search for a dismembered dick (Lorena tossed it into a field on her way to work), matching his & hers trials, and incendiary press coverage, captured the nation's attention. Jordan Peele's Lorena, a docu-series that examines her story 15 years later, is both a thrilling and terrifying marker of how the way we talk about abuse against women has changed. As for Lorena herself, it's amazing to watch her thrive.
3. The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy is a comics industry indie darling. Written by Gerard Way and illustrated in the psychedelia style of the Bá brothers, Umbrella Academy serves up one of the most unusual twists of the superhero genre: an eccentric billionaire adopts seven children who were all born on the same day and came from impossible pregnancies. As they grow he trains them in his home, aka the Umbrella Academy, to use their budding powers to help humanity. But the comic — and subsequently the show — is set in the siblings' embittered adult years, where the messiness of their humanity overwhelms their usefulness. The failed team, the failed family rather, is pulled back together when their father dies and they begin to finally understand the secrets that unraveled them in the first place. Deliciously wry and rich, the show only elevates the comic's game — and if that isn't enough for you, Mary J. Blige plays one of the villains.
If you're still looking for something to watch, remember to check out TV Guide's Watch This Now! feature. It's full of hand-picked recommendations, from the talked-about shows to the gems you can't afford to pass up.