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HBOs Last Week Tonight served up its first show since the presidential inauguration on Sunday night, and the finish was a doozy. ...Read More... //www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/arts/television/john-oliver-last-week-tonight-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of February 6, 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.   Legion (Series Premiere) Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX Why: A Marvel show... on FX... starring that guy from Downton Abbey ? Sounds cray, but best believe this is one of the most intriguing and visually inventive premieres of the television season. In a role about as far away from Downton as possible, Dan Stevens plays David, a diagnosed schizophrenic in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years who may just be the world's most powerful mutant. Stevens is stellar in a complicated role. Complicated is a fair way to describe the entire episode, but it's a fun sort of confusion. The episode jumps around, mostly between a present-day interrogation and a previous hospital stay, with flashbacks to some of the difficult-to-explain events in David's past. Yes, this is a comic book show, but not in any of the traditional senses. Fargo 's Noah Hawley has created a wonderfully weird series about mental illness and mutant powers that's more Mr. Robot than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Prepare to talk about: Dan Stevens' total disappearance into the role; the wicked-smart casting of Aubrey Plaza in an important supporting role; what the what is really going on.   Girls (Season Premiere) Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO Why: Love it or hate it, there's no denying that Girls will go down as one of HBO's most talked-about series. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, "a voice of her generation," the series about a group of girls in their 20s begins its sixth and final season with most of the characters having shown at least a little growth. As Hannah tries to capitalize on her celebrated Moth performance, she meets a waterski instructor played by fellow HBO star Riz Ahmed. Divorced from Desi, Marnie tries to remain independent. Jessa and Adam continue to confound in a relationship that makes no sense and total sense at once. And Shoshanna, finally flourishing professionally, realizes her friendships are probably very toxic. In addition to returning guest stars like Rita Wilson as Marnie's mom, Jon Glaser as Laird, and Corey Stoll as Dill, watch out for appearances by Matthew Rhys and Tracey Ullman. Prepare to talk about: Lena Dunham's place among this generation's auteurs; whether the world has finally forgiven poor Allison Williams for that Peter Pan fiasco.   Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season Premiere) Sunday at 11 p.m. on HBO Why: Weekends have become surprisingly newsy under the new administration, so it's helpful to have someone around on Sunday nights who can make sense of the seemingly incomprehensible. It's even better when that someone is as smart, funny, and talented as John Oliver, who returns for the fourth season of his Emmy-winning show. With the new president's every move getting so much media attention, it will be interesting to see whether the British comedian's tradition of finding a relatively obscure story to bring to light for a single, long segment holds or whether he spends his time running through a list of Washington absurdities. Either way, it will be equally comforting and upsetting to once again have a weekly reminder that we're not crazy and this is really happening. Prepare to talk about: What fresh hell is coming our way next; John Oliver and Samantha Bee, two foreigners saving Americans' sanity one episode at a time.   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He's a boy who likes Girls . Follow him on Twitter . div.post p { text-align: justify; }