This weekend I have … 30 minutes, and I miss ‘Homeland.’
‘The Accidental Wolf’
When to watch: Now, on Topic.
Kelli O’Hara stars as Katie, a wealthy woman who feels trapped in her life and marriage when a wrong-number — or was it? — phone call from what sounds like a war zone disrupts everything. “Wolf,” created and written by Arian Moayed, who plays Stewy on “Succession,” is a political and psychological thriller, as Katie’s quests put her in conflict with the authorities and her own family. The show’s first season was originally released as a web series in 2017; those chapters have been repackaged on Topic as four half-hour episodes, and the six-episode second season is now available. Start at the beginning.
… a few hours, and what if revivals are good?
When to watch: Season 4 arrives Friday, on Netflix.
This revival of the “Karate Kid” franchise remains way better than it has any right to be — self-aware, occasionally funny, more obsessed with fathering and father figures than any show in living memory. This season, Daniel and Johnny (Ralph Macchio and William Zabka) have to team up, though their aspirations of burying the hatchet don’t quite materialize, and instead they re-enact their lifelong rivalry through their respective children and karate students. “Cobra Kai” is one of the most physically violent current shows, with adolescents and people in their 70s alike beating one another senseless. If you enjoy nostalgia or are considering a martial arts-related New Year’s resolution, watch this.
… many hours, and I need a cleansing cry.
When to watch: Season 6 arrives Friday, on Netflix.
The sixth season of “Queer Eye” takes the festivities to Texas, and just when you think the feel-good makeover formula is becoming too rote, something as simple as exposing one’s natural hairline becomes one of the bigger surprises I’ve seen on TV in a long time. “I have never been this shocked in my life!” gasps Jonathan Van Ness, and I agree. As always, Bobby Berk seemingly does the most, like building an entire house in one episode, and Antoni Porowski seemingly does the least, like offering encouragement while someone else bakes a cake. If you need emotional validation along with your couch time, watch this.