The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of April 17, 2017

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.


Fargo: S3E1

(Season Premiere)

Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX

Why: The third season of Noah Hawley's nearly universally acclaimed FX series centers on the Stussy brothers (both played by Ewan McGregor), whose sibling rivalry (stemming from a collectible stamp, believe it or not) sets off a chain of events that leads down an increasingly dark path. Joining McGregor are the extraordinary Carrie Coon (currently seen on another of the year's best dramas, The Leftovers) as the local chief of police, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a recent a parolee with a passion for competitive bridge, and David Thewlis as the mysterious representative for a company that is in business with the more successful Stussy brother, Emmit. Set in 2010, this installment is more of the same from Hawley (who's also behind the stellar Legion). Don't get it twisted: that "same" is pretty great. But if you found the accents grating or thought the tone was odd or found the mix of quirky humor and bloody violence somewhat off-putting, you'll feel the same about Season 3.

Prepare to talk about: TV's newest MVP, Carrie Coon; how even a balding, pot-bellied McGregor could probably get it; which Season 1 character is the one making an appearance in a later episode.


Bill Nye Saves the World: S1E1

Bill Nye Saves the World
(Series Premiere)

Friday at 3 a.m. on Netflix

Why: The world could use some saving, no? As anti-science voices become louder and more mainstream, Bill Nye is coming back to TV and taking us back to school. The scientist, author, inventor, and, not irrelevantly, spotlight seeker is the star of Netflix's second talk show. In each of the 13 episodes, Nye explores the science behind a specific topic (ranging from climate change to videogames) and dispels associated myths. He's joined by a team of correspondents made up of comedians, an engineer, a scientist, and a supermodel. Yes, Karlie Kloss joins Nye in the pairing we didn't know we needed. (Kloss, it turns out, studies at New York University and has a camp for teen girls to learn coding.) Among this season's guests are Zach Braff, Rachel Bloom, Tim Gunn, Donald Faison, and nerd royalty Wil Weaton.

Prepare to talk about: Nye's "controversial" educational background; how much more frequently Rachel Bloom is popping up lately, and yet it's not enough.


Silicon Valley: S4E1

Silicon Valley
(Season Premiere)

Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO

Why: Silicon Valley, the place, is described by the people behind Silicon Valley, the show, as the "epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success." It's so real, you guys. So what's up this season for the Pied Piper boys? The biggest news is that Richard, still struggling with the company's pivot (buzzword!) toward video, makes a bold move in an attempt to put his algorithm to better use. His grand dream: build a new, decentralized internet powered by cell phones. While previous seasons have been built around the team banding together to battle outside forces, much of the conflict now comes from within the group.

Prepare to talk about: Haley Joel Osment's insane beard and how it's still surprisingly, somehow, that he's no longer a little kid; how/why T.J. Miller became a thing; how we're all still recovering from that horse sex scene.


T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He doesn't get T.J. Miller. Follow him on Twitter.



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Apr 14, 2017 7:57PM EDT

All three of these, plus "Mary Kills People" starring Caroline Dhavernas (from Wonderfalls, and, yes, Hannibal :-).

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Apr 15, 2017 7:52PM EDT

Fargo is spectacular. The first season was some of the best telly I have ever seen. The second was a little less good writing wise but it had Kirsten Dunst and Jean Smart acting excellently so I loved that too!

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Apr 20, 2017 6:52AM EDT

Looking forward to all of these! Also season 2 of Versailles starts this week, can't wait!

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