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What's on TV This Weekend: Stranger Things 4 Takes Us Back to the Upside Down

Plus, Obi-Wan Kenobi forces his way onto Disney+

Today marks the release of two of the year's biggest shows, Stranger Things 4 and Obi-Wan Kenobi. While Netflix and Disney+ spend the weekend duking it out for the title of Best Streaming Service, you can also check out the new Letterkenny spin-off Shoresy, the Jose Andres documentary We Feed People, and the Season 9 finale of The Blacklist. And next week, Norm Macdonald's posthumous stand-up special hits Netflix.

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THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND 

Ewan McGregor, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Disney+/2022 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Obi-Wan Kenobi 

Limited series premieres Friday, May 27 on Disney+
Ewan McGregor has been keeping his Jedi skills fresh by using the Force to open automatic doors, practice that will finally pay off when he gets his lightsaber back in his new Disney+ limited series. Obi-Wan Kenobi picks up with the Jedi master 10 years after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and it also marks the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. Defenders of the prequels, this is your time to shine. Here's everything we know about the series. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

David Harbour and Tom Wlaschiha, Stranger Things

David Harbour and Tom Wlaschiha, Stranger Things

Netflix

Stranger Things 4

Season 4 premieres Friday, May 27 on Netflix
The beloved sci-fi adventure series is finally back for its fourth season after an interminable three-year break. It's Netflix's TV event of the year. It might single-handedly revive the steamer's stock price. There's a lot riding on this season, and if the trailer is to be believed, the Duffer Brothers & Co. are going to deliver. The kids face a new threat from the Upside Down, while Hopper (David Harbour) fights to survive in a Soviet prison camp. The first seven episodes drop on Friday, with the final two coming July 1. -Liam Mathews [Trailer | Review]

Shoresy

Shoresy

Hulu

Shoresy

Series premieres Friday, May 27 on Hulu
This spin-off of Canadian comedy Letterkenny gives more screen time to one of the show's most popular characters, hockey bro and insult dispenser Shoresy. And when I say more screen time, I mean it; we'll actually see the normally hidden Shoresy's face. And you know what? He looks an awful lot like Letterkenny creator Jared Keeso. Letterkenny's been quality for years, so there's no reason to think this won't be good, too. Give your balls a tug and tell your mom to check it out. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Sam Bloch and Jose Andres, We Feed People

Sam Bloch and Jose Andres, We Feed People

National Geographic/Sebastian Lindstrom

We Feed People 

Friday, May 27 on Disney+
Ron Howard directs this National Geographic documentary about Jose Andres, Michelin-starred chef and founder of the World Central Kitchen, an NGO that provides meals to people affected by natural disasters. Andres is an inspiring figure, and this moving documentary shows the work that goes into organizing large-scale food preparation and delivery operations in disaster areas. -Liam Mathews [Trailer

James Spader and Fisher Stevens, The Blacklist

James Spader and Fisher Stevens, The Blacklist

Zach Dilgard/NBC

The Blacklist 

Season 9 finale Friday, May 27 at 8/7c on NBC 
One of broadcast's longest-running dramas ends its ninth season with criminal mastermind Red Reddington (James Spader) facing off against Marvin Gerard (Fisher Stevens), his attorney who betrayed him. Red can't have Gerard as an enemy, because he could bring down Red's whole criminal empire if he starts running his mouth to the right people. Plus, Gerard was involved with the death of Liz Keen (Megan Boone), so he's gotta go. We'll be seeing Red at his most vengeful. -Liam Mathews  


More highlights this weekend:

  • Bosch: Legacy Season 1 finale (Friday on Freevee)
  • Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s) (Friday at 9/8c on Showtime)
  • NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 7: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat (Sunday at 8:30/7:30c on ESPN)

For everything new to watch tonight, head over to our listings page.


THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special

Monday, May 30 on Netflix
Before his death last year, Norm Macdonald made a one-hour stand-up special in secret, which he intended to be released after he passed. This is that special. Macdonald, who had privately been living with cancer since 2012, recorded Nothing Special in his living room without a live audience, and it will be released alongside a bonus featurette filled with interviews from Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, and David Spade discussing their experiences with him. More than anything, it feels right that Macdonald got to craft his own send-off, especially considering how shocking news of his death was to so many people. -Allison Picurro

Louis Partridge and Anson Boon, Pistol

Louis Partridge and Anson Boon, Pistol

Miya Mizuno/FX

Pistol

Series premiere Tuesday, May 31 on Hulu
Danny Boyle is one of the biz's most daring directors, and he takes a big swing — more Trainspotting than Slumdog Millionaire — with this dramatization of the Sex Pistols' rise from working-class degenerate obscurity to punk rock legends. Shot as though it was made in the '70s, Boyle splices and dices stock footage and classic music performances (Bowie! Hawkwind!) into this original drama for a frenetic ride that ultimately honors the revolutionary era of music in England. It's also messy and hedonistic, maybe too much so, a bit like the Pistols themselves. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Iman Vellani, Ms. Marvel

Iman Vellani, Ms. Marvel

Marvel Studios

A Fan's Guide to Ms. Marvel

Wednesday, June 1 on Disney+
Ms. Marvel doesn't make her official TV debut until June 8, but you can hype yourself up a week early with this documentary short. A Fan's Guide to Ms. Marvel is, like it says on the tin, your complete guide to the upcoming Disney+ series, giving you everything you need to know about the character's comic book history and taking you behind the scenes of the show. The documentary also features interviews with the star of Ms. Marvel, newcomer Iman Vellani, as well as the filmmakers. Getting in on the ground floor of the next big thing? That's super. -Kelly Connolly [Ms. Marvel trailer]

The Orville: New Horizons

The Orville: New Horizons

Michael Desmond/Hulu

The Orville: New Horizons

Thursday, June 2 on Hulu
Another show that you forgot existed because the pandemic delayed it into near oblivion, Seth MacFarlane's underrated The Orville returns for Season 3 more than three years after it last aired, on a new network (it was previously on Fox), and with a new title. When it's good, it's a wonderful homage to Star Trek with self-contained stories that span a wide range of genres and themes about humanity and technology. When it's not as good, it's a show that can't figure out what tone it's going for. A move to Hulu could mean better special effects, which were already sometimes pretty good for a network sci-fi series. -Tim Surette [Trailer

Ben Whishaw and Ambika Mod, This Is Going to Hurt

Ben Whishaw and Ambika Mod, This Is Going to Hurt

Anika Molnar/Sister Pictures/BBC Studios/AMC

This Is Going to Hurt

Thursday, June 2 on AMC+
Ben Whishaw trades in his red hat and duffel coat for a pair of scrubs in this seven-part medical dramedy based on Adam Kay's memoir about an overworked OB-GYN at a British hospital. Whishaw has never given a bad performance, but he's especially impressive in this, expertly playing a man with a high-pressure job who's teetering on the edge because of it, inviting the audience in on his inner musings via Fleabag-style fourth-wall breaks. It aired in England earlier this year, to great reviews. -Allison Picurro [Trailer


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XXXTentacion, Look at Me: XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion, Look at Me: XXXTentacion

Hulu

Look at Me: XXXTentacion

Now on Hulu
Documentaries about deceased celebrities are always dicey territory, made even dicier when the subject is someone as polarizing as XXXTentacion. Before his murder in 2018, the young rapper, real name Jahseh Onfroy, gained a cult following throughout his short career as he wrote about struggling with mental illness. His legacy is also inextricably linked with his legal issues and history of violence, most notably his 2016 arrest for brutally abusing his girlfriend, Geneva Ayala. Look at Me gives Ayala the space to speak for herself about their relationship and the intense backlash she faced from his fan base, while also featuring interviews with his family, collaborators, and XXXTentacion himself. No one would blame you for wanting to avoid anything related to such a controversial figure, but directed by Sabaah Folayan, this film doesn't seem like the average posthumous canonization. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

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