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A Week's Worth of DVR

What New TV Shows And Movies Time-Strapped Dads Should Watch This Week

Life is busy. And after all of your dadly duties, you’re lucky if you have a few hours a week to spend to catch up on the latest show or movie, let alone decide what to watch (because, well, there’s a new series that pops up every week) To keep you from wasting your precious downtime channel-surfing or scrolling through Amazon Prime’s hypnotic interface, here’s a curated list of some shows and movies you should be sure to catch this week.

On Television 

The Americans

The fifth season of the spy thriller (following former Russian KGB officers posing as Americans) feels weirdly topical as it premiers this week, despite being set in the 1980s. If you’ve never watched the series before, now’s the time to jump on the double-agent band wagon, because this is the penultimate season. The show is regarded by critics as one of the best dramas on TV. That’s saying a lot considering The Americans doesn’t have any dragons, zombies, crystal meth or Omar from The Wire.

The Americans begins March 7 on FX

Samurai Jack

The beloved, cutting-edge animated series from 2001 returns for a fifth and final season … 13 years later. Just in case you’re rusty, the swordsman was last seen banished to a distant future where his rival Aku rules. This season finds Jack 50 years later and he doesn’t look any older (it’s gotta be kung-fu). The creators have promised a conclusion to Jack’s story and hopefully put an end to Aku’s “Gray’s Sports Almanac” cheating ways.

Samurai Jack begins March 11 on Cartoon Network

TV In Digital Stores

Westworld

If you want to see Westworld but don’t want to subscribe to HBO, now’s your chance. The sci-fi/western drama by Jonathan Nolan (he’s Christopher’s brother) just hit digital stores this week and some providers are giving the first episode for free. It’s great if you’re looking for a mind-scrambler of a show (basically: robots become self-aware in an adult cosplay theme park on steroids). Plus, you’ll finally understand what your coworkers were talking about last summer.

Westworld is on iTunes and Amazon

Movies In Digital Stores

Passengers

It’s kind of like a rom-com with gravity issues! Star Lord (Chris Pratt) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) are slumbering on their way to a distant colony planet with thousands of other passengers. But the ship malfunctions and accidentally wakes up the two most beautiful people in space, because how else can you do a meet-cute among the stars? There is some action. So don’t fret.

Passengers is now available on iTunes and Amazon

In Theaters

Kong: Skull Island

Not even King Kong is immune to reboots of reboots, but here it is: everyone’s favorite monstrous ape beating up a menagerie of CGI beasts. It still looks infinitely better than any Transformers film. Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson lead a team to a mysterious island, where it turns out monsters have a fight club. It’s Skull Island, do you really need an incentive to see Kong smash? Plus, this might be the second building block Legendary Pictures (the film’s production company) needs to make the inevitable “Kong v. Godzilla Dawn of Monster Justice” you wanted when you were 10-years-old.

Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10

 

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