How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?


Our TV critic recommends a roller-rink show for young viewers, a dreamy restaurant reality show and a music competition series that bucks the usual format.

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By Margaret Lyons

This weekend I have … a half-hour and a pair of roller skates.

When to watch: Now, on Disney+, or Fridays at 9 p.m., on Disney.

This darling comedy for the elementary school set follows three friends (played by Danielle Jalade, Daria Johns and Peyton Basnight) on the South Side of Chicago who love to skate at Saturdays, the local roller rink. The show has faster and better jokes than most kid fare, and the subplots about the parents would be at home on any ABC comedy. If it’s been a minute since you laced up your skates, the terrific choreography here will be the nudge you need. The first six episodes are streaming now, and the show airs new episodes weekly, on Fridays.

… an hour, and I’d pickle a blueberry.

‘The Lost Kitchen’
When to watch: Now, on HBO Max or Discovery+.

If you watched “The Bear” and thought, “I like this, but I also wish everything about this show were different,” try “The Lost Kitchen,” a dreamy reality series about a fine-dining restaurant in small-town Maine, where everything and everyone are exceptionally lovely and loving. The show follows the chef Erin French and her restaurant The Lost Kitchen, which serves locally sourced food and accepts reservations only by postcard. While most other food reality shows are screechy and contrived, this is cozy and radiant, a perfect option to nurse you through a heartbreak or at least to make you Google “move to Maine how good idea change life.”

… a few hours and this here guitar.

‘My Kind of Country’
When to watch: Now, on Apple TV+.

It’s hard to think of a more saturated market than singing competition shows; “American Idol” and its iterations and descendants remain network staples, less dominant than they were a decade ago but still ubiquitous. Luckily, “Country” tweaks the format, and instead of the standard “sing song, then listen to judges,” this is more supportive and collaborative, with mentors offering meaningful guidance and support. The show is also less flashy than, say, “The Voice”; there are no huge arenas or cattle calls, and climactic moments include moving an arrangement up a half step. (It really makes a difference!)

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