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This weekend I have … a half-hour and an imagination
When to watch: Now, on Apple TV+.
“Fraggle Rock” has come and gone from streaming platforms over the years, and happily four seasons of it have resurfaced, this time on Apple TV+. (The platform is also home to the very charming current reboot, “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!”) The show debuted in 1983, but its themes of mutuality and curiosity are timeless. If you’re picturing the bouncy earnestness that defines a lot of Muppet material for young viewers, there is plenty of that, but “Fraggle Rock” also has a lot of the dreamy melancholy that’s more “Muppet Show” than “Sesame Street.” “Why do caterpillars crawl?” Mokey sings in one episode. “Why is there a sky? Why is there a world at all? Why do I ask ‘why’?” Big sigh.
… a half-hour, and I need tenderness
When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on Fox.
Oh thank God, “Bob’s Burgers” is back for its new season, and not a moment too soon: We could all use some love, understanding, patience, support, mild sexual energy and recipe suggestions right about now. The season kicks off with Bob feeling bad about being vaguely irresponsible and Tina facing a crisis of not being able to do those hand-clapping playground games and songs. If you miss the “Schitt’s Creek” vibe of “we are a family who supports one another, and especially supports one another’s quirks, strange passions and rigid rules around certain kinds of social behaviors,” consider “Bob’s Burgers” your next move. (Previous seasons are on Hulu.)
… several hours, and I read a lot of headlines
‘30 for 30: The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius’
When to watch: Arrives Sunday on ESPN+.
The South African Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in 2014 for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home. But as with any instance of catastrophic violence, the story starts earlier and ends later than it seems. This new four-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary is a thorough look at Pistorius’s life, his country’s history and the mesmerizing circus that arises when sports, celebrity and crime overlap. “Trials” is perhaps more intriguing than strictly illuminating, but there’s never a bad time to think about how societies enact justice and on whose behalf.