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This weekend I have … 50 minutes, and I like pep talks.
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Apple TV+.
Some of the characters on “Ted Lasso,” like the show itself, face a tricky question here at the end of Season 2: What happens to underdogs when they’re not underdogs anymore? Ted (Jason Sudeikis) can’t understand why his protégé Nate has taken such a heel turn, and Keeley can’t seem to accept both personal and professional success at once — a fitting, frustrating end to a season whose theme turned out to be that our greatest obstacles are internal. Yes, the show has already been renewed for a third season.
… an hour, and I like crime documentaries.
When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on Showtime.
This four-part series recounts a case from the 1990s in which a California woman said she had repressed but recently recovered memories of her father raping and murdering her best friend 20 years earlier. “Buried” comes out in weekly installments, but if you know about the details of the case, or about the controversies around theories of memory and trauma, the structure feels a little misleading; it takes a while for experts to show up and argue against the notion of so-called recovered memories. Given the way the documentary world seems to work these days, I’m looking forward to the sharper, more contextualized approach to this story that I assume will emerge in, I don’t know, six months.
… a few hours, and I like space.
‘Among the Stars’
When to watch: Now, on Disney+.
While we wait for the superb space-race drama “For All Mankind” to return for its third season (please! hurry!), this six-part documentary about NASA will have to suffice. It is wholesome and energetic, and it mostly follows the astronaut Chris Cassidy as he prepares to return to the space station, a process that is exhilarating and exhausting for all involved. “Among the Stars” balances the transcendence of space travel with the grueling grind of research, study and practice; some of the best scenes are in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, where astronauts rehearse spacewalks in a giant pool. If you like behind-the-scenes stories and could use a chance to marvel at the human experiment rather than despair in it, watch this.