The Atlantic Daily: Five Shows to Spice Up Your Weekend

No hygge here: Our culture writer offers five rollicking television shows to keep your energy high through the last chapter of 2021.

A woman dressed in elegant clothing and a man dressed in less ostentatious attire sit at a table and make a toast in the candlelight.
The Great wryly observes how rhetoric plays a role in causing people to avoid unpleasant facts. (Ollie Upton / Hulu)

Now that it’s December, you may be tempted to settle in and get cozy. That doesn’t mean your entertainment has to be bland.

To help spice up this first weekend of the last month of the year, I asked our culture writer Shirley Li to pick a few spunky or nerve-wracking shows to stave off the winter slump. Happy watching.

1. Yellowjackets

This new coming-of-age survival thriller is “sort of like Lost meets Lord of the Flies meets Jennifer’s Body,” Shirley tells me. “The pilot is one of the best I’ve seen this year, and the show is incredibly twisty.”

Where to watch: Showtime

2. The Great

“The black comedy’s satirical tone captures how theatrical and nearsighted politics can become amid a crisis,” she wrote in 2020.

Where to watch: Hulu

3. Hawkeye

Small-scale in focus, but not in ambition,” as Shirley notes in her review, the new series frees the least exciting Avenger—Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner—from Marvel’s universe-building.

Where to watch: Disney+

4. Succession

The HBO show is a favorite at The Atlanticnotwithstanding some concerns about season three’s trajectory. If you’re already a fan, you can read Shirley’s review of the latest episode on our site.

Where to watch: HBO

5. Cowboy Bebop

No, not the new live-action remake: Shirley recommends streaming the original anime, “a cult success” that first aired in the U.S. in the early 2000s and is “anchored by a collection of vividly drawn personalities.”

Where to watch: Netflix and Hulu

A black train travels along rails set next to snowy trees and a lake
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