This weekend I have … an hour, and I want something nutritious.
‘Planet Earth III’
When to watch: Saturday at 8 p.m., on BBC America or AMC+.
When “Planet Earth” premiered in the United States in 2007, it was a huge deal — I still remember walking home one night and noticing every TV that glowed through a window seemed to be tuned to the same ocean episode. Since then, sumptuous, epic nature documentaries have proliferated, and televised opportunities to be hypnotized by the majesty of nature abound. Now the third installment is here, as gorgeous and immersive as ever, and reaffirming the franchise’s spot at the top of the genre. Things kick off with “Coasts” — “coasts are on the front line,” David Attenborough says — and segments include seals collectively ganging up on a shark, a turtle resting its head on a rock and drooling in exhaustion and a vulnerable flock of flamingos.
… an hour and I want stand-up.
‘Zainab Johnson: Hijabs Off’
When to watch: Now, on Amazon.
This new stand-up special from the comedian Zainab Johnson covers the difficulties of dating, the role of candy in child abduction, how Harlem has changed and the perils of keeping a journal in a household with 13 children. She has a patient rhythm that belies the tightness of each segment and adds levity to some dark topics. This is also one of the more aesthetically ambitious specials in recent memory; Johnson performs in the round, and the lushness of the visual language creates a sense of a festive grandeur.
… two hours, and I want something happy-sad.
When to watch: Now, on Netflix.
William Spetz created and stars in this Swedish dramedy (in Swedish, with subtitles, or dubbed) about Tore, a 27-year-old with a failure to launch, though he says he’s perfectly happy living at home and working at his father’s mortuary. But in the first episode, his beloved father dies, and now he has to launch wether he wants to or not. Tore bounces between wild denial (working extra hard, avoiding caring for his father’s dog) and broad attempts to spread his wings (befriending a drag queen, cultivating a crush on a cute florist). If you like distinctive delayed-coming-of-age stories, watch this.