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What to Watch on TV Tonight: The Penultimate Better Call Saul

Plus, the return of one of Netflix's best comedies

Our top recommendation for what to watch tonight is only for people who are caught up on Better Call Saul. It's the second-to-last episode of the whole show, so you should definitely not watch it if you ever plan to watch Better Call Saul. You'd be lost anyway. "I thought he was a lawyer," you might say. "What is even happening?" If you haven't caught up on Better Call Saul, we recommend you do, because it's as good as TV gets.

Our list of editors' picks for the week of Aug. 8–14 is below, but if that's not enough and you're looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, sign up for our free, spam-free Watch This Now newsletter that delivers the best TV show picks straight to your inbox. You can also look at our guide to everything to watch in August, as well as our list of suggestions for what to watch next based on shows you already like.

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THE BEST SHOW TO WATCH TONIGHT

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Better Call Saul

Series penultimate episode premieres Monday, Aug. 8 at 9/8c on AMC, AMC+
Only the BEST shows get mentions of their penultimate episodes here, and Better Call Saul is definitely a best show. But this one holds a little extra weight: It's the last episode of the series written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the man who co-created the show and created Breaking Bad. Vince's vision for Breaking Bad has been ever-so-slightly tweaked for Saul, but the trademarks are all still there: putting cameras inside every object you can imagine, a love letter to characters' expertise, a focus on character writing, and TENSION. At this point in Better Call Saul, we don't even have an idea of what time period this episode will take place in. That's how open things are with just two episodes to go. -Tim Surette [Trailer]   


More new shows and movies on TV tonight:

  • Code Name: Emperor (Netflix)
  • Smothered Season 4 premiere (9/8c on TLC)

For everything new to watch tonight, head to our listings page and our live sports page. For more recommendations, check out our Ultimate Guide for What to Watch in August.


THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions

HBO

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions

Series premieres Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10/9c on HBO, HBO Max
Does the NFL have an image problem? Yeah. Does it matter for viewership? Not really. America's favorite sport, warts and all, is on full display in HBO's excellent sports docuseries. Somehow every year HBO convinces a team (now, two teams, following one during training camp and one during the season) to give it unprecedented access to the players and coaches for a look at what it takes to field a Super Bowl hopeful. Or in the case of the cursed Detroit Lions, this year's Training Camp subject, fielding a team that won't embarrass itself too badly. -Tim Surette [Trailer]   

Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Darby Stanchfield, Locke & Key

Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Darby Stanchfield, Locke & Key

Amanda Matlovich/Netflix

Locke & Key

Season 3 available Wednesday, Aug. 10 on Netflix
The TV drama with the highest concentration of keys per minute is back for its third and final season, and you won't believe what they've unlocked this time. The Locke kids get more than they bargained for when Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) finds a time travel key, which is unfortunately great news for the power-hungry British Redcoat Captain Gideon (Kevin Durand). You know they're really in for it this season because Kinsey (Emilia Jones) says ominous things in the trailer like, "Things are finally kinda normal." Never say that, Kinsey! -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Alan Tudyk, Resident Alien

Alan Tudyk, Resident Alien

SYFY

Resident Alien

Season 2 returns Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10/9c on Syfy
One of our favorite aliens on TV (a surprisingly stacked category) is Resident Alien's Harry Vanderspeigle (Alan Tudyk), an extraterrestrial in disguise as a small-town doctor. His mission used to be to kill all humans, but what do you know — now he might be humanity's only hope, even if he still kind of wants to stab everybody with a fork. Season 2 returns after a five-month break. We needed this win. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Alone: Frozen

Alone: Frozen

The History Channel

Alone: Frozen

Series premiere Thursday, Aug. 11 at 9/8c on History Channel
Alone, a reality competition in which people try to survive out in the wilderness with nothing but their wits and some tools, is a huge hit. Alone: Frozen, a reality competition in which a group of veteran Alone competitors try to last 50 days on the frigid Canadian coast with nothing but their past experience and some tools, will probably be a huge hit too. There's just nothing like a show that you can watch from the comfort of your home while saying, "I could totally do that." -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Never Have I Ever

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Never Have I Ever

Netflix

Never Have I Ever

Season 3 premieres Friday, Aug. 12 on Netflix
In many ways, Never Have I Ever Season 2 gave me everything I wanted — a huge win for Team Paxton (Darren Barnet), namely — but this is first and foremost a show about a high school love triangle, and I understand that my happiness will probably be short lived in its upcoming third (and penultimate) season, after Eleanor (Ramona Young) told Ben (Jaren Lewison) about Devi's (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) feelings for him in the finale. Still, I'm enchanted by this show's mix of silly teen rom-comedy, compassionate musings on the lingering pervasiveness of grief, and the omniscient narration of John McEnroe. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Abbi Jacobson and D'Arcy Carden, A League of Their Own

Abbi Jacobson and D'Arcy Carden, A League of Their Own

Anne Marie Fox/Amazon Studios

A League of Their Own

Series premieres Friday, Aug. 12 on Prime Video
Penny Marshall's classic 1992 baseball film gets extra innings in this eight-episode series about the formation of a World War II era all-women's baseball team. The setup is mostly the same, but the longer run time — and 30 years of progressive cultural movement — means the Prime Video series will get to explore ideas like race and sexuality more fully. The cast is full of all-stars, too, including Abbi Jacobson (who co-created the show), D'Arcy CardenChanté AdamsKate BerlantRoberta Colindrez, and Nick Offerman. -Tim Surette [Trailer] 

Jodi Balfour, For All Mankind

Jodi Balfour, For All Mankind

Apple TV+

For All Mankind

Season 3 finale Friday, Aug. 12 on Apple TV+
Apple TV+'s alternate history drama has a reputation for finishing strong. Season 1 ended on a high, and Season 2's finale, "The Grey," solidified For All Mankind as one of TV's best dramas, using white-knuckle action and a confluence of storylines to help us almost forget all about Danny and Karen. Can Season 3 pull off a similar trick? This time around, the stakes are higher, as returning home from the moon is like a trip around the block compared to returning from the Red Planet. Season 2 ended in death; expect more honorary statues commemorating heroism coming in Season 4. #RIPGordoandTracy -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Vera Farmiga, Five Days at Memorial

Vera Farmiga, Five Days at Memorial

Apple TV+

Five Days at Memorial

Limited series premieres Friday, Aug. 12 on Apple TV+
Journalist Sheri Fink's account of the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on a New Orleans hospital was supposed to be the source material for a season of American Crime Story, but it was scrapped after years in development. Instead, John Ridley and Carlton Cuse adapted it into this eight-episode miniseries for Apple TV+. The series follows an investigation into a New Orleans hospital, where dozens of people died in the aftermath of Katrina, while flashing back to the events that led to the tragedy. It is S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L. Vera FarmigaCherry Jones, and Cornelius Smith Jr. star. -Tim Surette [Trailer

Jamar Malachi Neighbors, Frankie Quinones, and Chris Estrada, This Fool

Jamar Malachi Neighbors, Frankie Quinones, and Chris Estrada, This Fool

Gilles Mingasson/Hulu

This Fool

Series premieres Friday, Aug. 12 on Hulu
Comedian Chris Estrada plays a 30-year-old man who isn't in any rush to grow up; he still lives at home with his parents in South Central Los Angeles, he's more than happy to avoid any confrontation with the gang members in his neighborhood, and he works at a gang rehabilitation non-profit called Hugs Not Thugs with his cousin, who just got out of jail. -Tim Surette [Trailer]        

Owen Wilson, Secret Headquarters

Owen Wilson, Secret Headquarters

Hopper Stone/Paramount Pictures

Secret Headquarters

Friday, Aug. 12 on Paramount+
HBO Max is pulling away from making straight-to-streaming movies (RIP Batgirl), so you'll have to go Paramount+ if you want Netflix-style movies that aren't on Netflix. Paramount+ is still making them, as far as we know. The latest, Secret Headquarters, comes from directing duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who previously made the 2020 Netflix superhero movie Project Power. They return to the superhero genre for this family film, which stars Walker Scobell (The Adam Project) as a boy who figures out that his boring, mild-mannered father (Owen Wilson) is actually a superhero. Secret-superhero-dad somehow feels like the perfect role for 2022 Owen Wilson. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Mike Colter, Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi, Evil

Mike Colter, Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi, Evil

Elizabeth Fisher/Paramount+

Evil

Season 3 finale premieres Sunday, Aug. 14 on Paramount+
We'll have to talk to the five-eyed horned Manager about this: Evil is only giving us 10 episodes this season instead of lucky No. 13. But the fiendishly good Paramount+ drama has made the most of every hour in Season 3, bouncing between bizarre cases of the week and chilling new twists in the big picture. What's the Entity's endgame with David (Mike Colter)? Is Kristen's (Katja Herbers) daughter Lexis (Maddy Crocco) in danger... or a danger? Can someone help Andy (Patrick Brammall) PLEASE??? Expect the season finale to raise at least as many new questions as it answers, because that's Evil's way. As Herbers told TV Guide after the season premiere, creators Robert and Michelle King love to end each season by writing themselves into a corner. Few shows do it better. -Kelly Connolly


RECENTLY RELEASED

Luck

Luck

Apple TV+

Luck 

Now on Apple TV+ 
This family film is Apple's first foray into Pixar-style animated movies, produced by controversial former Pixar filmmaker-executive John Lasseter. It's about a young woman named Sam, the unluckiest person in the world, who bumbles her way into the World of Luck, where magical creatures try to help her turn her luck around. Reviews have been bad, but the trailer has racked up a good number of views on YouTube, so Apple is probably betting on good luck with this one. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

The Outlaws

The Outlaws

Amazon Studios

The Outlaws

Season 2 now on Amazon Prime Video
Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in! Season 2 of Elgin James and Stephen Merchant's British crime comedy The Outlaws sees the misfit group of strangers — including Christopher Walken — performing community service yanked back into the world of organized crime when a drug lord comes looking for his money that they "found." As if wearing those orange vests wasn't enough. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Thira "Aum" Chutikul and Viggo Mortensen, Thirteen Lives

Thira "Aum" Chutikul and Viggo Mortensen, Thirteen Lives

Vince Valitutti / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures

Thirteen Lives

Now on Amazon Prime Video
Ron Howard directs this thriller film about the 2018 Tham Luang Thai cave rescue of a boys soccer team and its coach by an international group of cave divers. It's one of three projects about the rescue, including National Geographic's already released (and excellent) documentary The Rescue, which focused on the divers and the rescue efforts and is on Disney+, and Netflix's upcoming limited series Tham Luang, which focuses on the rescuees. This film covers the whole shebang, with Viggo MortensenColin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton playing the heroes. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Inc.

Licorice Pizza

Now on Amazon Prime Video
One of 2021's most cherished films is Paul Thomas Anderson's romance, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Set in 1973 in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, it follows a 15-year-old actor (Cooper Hoffman) and his budding relationship with an early-20s photographer's assistant (Alana Haim). -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Rob Youngson / Focus Features

Belfast

Now on HBO Max
Kenneth Branagh won (ahem, stole from Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza) the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his well-liked coming-of-age drama set in Northern Ireland, about a young boy growing up during The Troubles in the late '60s. Jamie Dornan and Outlander's Caitríona Balfe star. If you didn't see it during Oscar season, now you can watch it for free. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

The Predator and Amber Midthunder, Prey

The Predator and Amber Midthunder, Prey

David Bukach

Prey

Now on Hulu
This Hulu original sci-fi film sounds like it was conceived at 4:20 in a dorm room at the University of Vermont: What if the Predator from the Predator films came to Earth before the first movie and fought against some Comanche Native Americans in the 1700s? Here you go, guy who knows all the words to Phish's "You Enjoy Myself." -Tim Surette [Trailer] [Review

Gwendoline Christie, The Sandman

Gwendoline Christie, The Sandman

Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix

The Sandman

Now on Netflix
When I say this blockbuster fantasy series is long-awaited, I mean it. An adaptation of Neil Gaiman's beloved comic series has been in development on and off since 1996. And it's honestly a good thing that it didn't get made into a movie back then, because TV is a much better format for a story this sprawling. It tells the story of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), who breaks free from a century of human captivity and sets out to restore his place as the ruler of dreamworld. It's a fantasy-superhero epic that features Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, who is technically the same character as Tom Ellis' Lucifer Morningstar from Lucifer (the shows share source material), just a drastically different interpretation. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]