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There’s plenty to watch on TV this Easter. (Image: The Spinoff)

Pop CultureApril 7, 2023

All the TV we’re watching this Easter Weekend

Two cute bunny rabbits on telly.
There’s plenty to watch on TV this Easter. (Image: The Spinoff)

From stand-up comedy specials to road rage revenge sagas, here’s what we’re looking forward to bingeing over the long weekend.

Jerrod Carmichael – Rothaniel (NEON)

Jerrod Carmichael’s star has been steadily rising over the past decade with his own short-lived sitcom and a notorious Golden Globes hosting stint. Neon has all three of his stand-up specials and while the first two are great, messing with form and structure in their own way, they’re mere set-ups for Rothaniel. That 2022 special, directed by Bo Burnham, is a fascinating twist on the stand-up format, less an hour of punchlines and more an exorcism with the occasional, well-earned laugh. If this is all you read about Rothaniel, read no further, just go and watch it. I’ve seen it twice and eagerly await the third. / Sam Brooks

Am I Being Unreasonable (TVNZ+)

Daisy May Cooper is a comedic force to be reckoned with. She’s a master of panel shows, especially her stint on Taskmaster UK, as well as writing and acting in things like This Country. In Am I Being Unreasonable, she manages to utilise her comedic chops while also finding room to give an impressive dramatic performance. What starts out as a pretty straightforward sitcom soon becomes anything but. It’s at times thrilling, emotional and yet always funny. It’s very hard to describe this show – go in blind and have fun with it. At an easily-bingeable six episodes, this is a perfect long weekend watch. / Stewart Sowman-Lund

Emergency NYC (Netflix)

One of the first shows to capture what life was really like for hospital staff coping with the first Covid outbreaks was Lenox Hill, a Netflix reality documentary series that just happened to be filming fly-on-the-wall in a New York hospital when the pandemic began. Clearly, that was gripping enough for producers to plan a second show, so Emergency NYC is born. Filmed in the same hospital, it’s an unofficial sequel that follows some of the same doctors, nurses and surgeons during their working life. Yes, there’s plenty of drama but it’s also the little moments, the personal touches that happen in between the life-and-death situations, that make this feel far more relatable to someone who doesn’t deal with scalpels, sickness and surgery on a daily basis. / Chris Schulz

The Power (Prime Video)

With savvy-switching an entrenched behaviour in our house, we dip in and out of subscriptions to various streaming services. Right now, the Amazon-run Prime Video is worth signing up to. At $8 a month, it’s definitely the cheapest of the streaming services. In the last couple of weeks I’ve binged Donald Glover’s deeply unnerving and moreish satire about fan culture, Swarm; started The Power, the TV adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name starring Toni Colette; and am romping through the highly watchable 70s music nostalgia fest that is Daisy Jones and the Six. The final season of the delightful if slightly irritating Marvelous Mrs Maisel hits on April 14 and the service’s back catalogue includes the TV version of A League of their Own and A Very British Scandal starring Claire Foy. That should be more than enough to get you through the Easter weekend if your plan is to lie down. / Anna Rawhiti-Connell

Physical 100 (Netflix)

I will admit it took several weeks of Duncan Greive fizzing about this Squid Game-inspired Netflix reality show on The Real Pod before I took the plunge. I’ve never been particularly charmed by macho shows like American Ninja Warrior and Wipeout, so the idea of watching 100 strong folks coming together to show off how strong they are was pretty low on my priority list. Too low brow for me, I thought, I’m too busy getting to the bottom of the latest MAFS sexting scandal.

I am unfortunately here to say that Duncan Greive was right. Physical 100 is a hugely compelling watch, bringing together Korea’s finest Olympians, dancers, body builders, muscly car dealers and wiry mountain rescuers to decide which physical form is… the best?… or something? Whatever the point is, the challenge structures are spectacular, the characters are loveable and the deft cliffhanger endings will keep you binge-watching while contemplating doing a single push up. / Alex Casey

Tiny Beautiful Things (Disney+)

Grab the tissues for the latest drama from Reese Witherspoon’s production company, because it looks like Tiny Beautiful Things wants to give you plenty of  big feels. Based on the best-selling novel by Cheryl Strayed (Wild, another Witherspoon project), Tiny Beautiful Things follows Clare (Kathryn Hahn), a writer who is struggling to simultaneously navigate the breakdown of her marriage, a hormonal teenage daughter and the death of her mother decades before. I feel drained just typing that, but who doesn’t love both tiny and beautiful things? Plus, Kathryn Hahn will never let you down. / Tara Ward

Party Down (TVNZ+)

Party Down is older than I would have guessed – it predates Glee, to which it lost Jane Lynch midway through the first season, and Parks and Rec, to which it lost Adam Scott at the end of its second. Like the equally bittersweet comedy Freaks & Geeks, it’s a prematurely-cancelled cult hit with stars who mostly went on to bigger things (Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan and Jennifer Coolidge even pops up in a few episodes). But unlike Freaks & Geeks, it’s now been revived after a 13-year hiatus. Is that a good thing? I’ll find out this weekend. / Calum Henderson

BEEF (Netflix)

I sit in a lot of traffic. I get cut off, undertaken, honked at, yelled at and given the fingers. I’m a good driver, honestly! The people in Beef are not. Netflix’s new series is about an extreme version of exactly that. It stars fiery comedian Ali Wong and The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun who have a minor car clash that escalates into the pair unleashing all hell on each other. They’re both at fault, yet they refuse to back down, and reviews say what follows is an escalating game of cat-and-mouse taken to extremes. The star turn, says Indiewire, is by Wong, who “tears into her most fearsome scenes with giddy satisfaction”. Can’t wait to head off on my holidays – calmly – through some traffic to see this one. / Chris Schulz

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