Author Headshot By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

Dear Watchers,
Adult Swim announced on Wednesday that it has ordered a 12th season of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” Elsewhere, Netflix said “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” will return on Feb. 24, and HBO announced that “Succession” will return on March 26.
Have a magical weekend.

This weekend I have … an hour, and I like sunshine.

Charles Edwards, left, and Rebecca Gibney star in “Under the Vines.”Jae Frew/Acorn TV
‘Under the Vines’
When to watch: Now, on Acorn TV.
If you like the fish-out-of-water setups of “Schitt’s Creek” and many made-for-TV Christmas movies, but you want something more substantial, try this warm ensemble dramedy. Lewis and Daisy (Charles Edwards and Rebecca Gibney) both think they’re the sole heir to a lush New Zealand vineyard — bequeathed by his uncle, her stepfather — only to discover that they are instead the shared “soul heirs,” and the vineyard might not be as lucrative as they thought. Sun-soaked high jinks ensue. The six-episode first season makes for a happy binge, and the first two episodes of Season 2 are available now, with new episodes arriving on Mondays.

… several hours, and I love the ’90s.

Jessica Prunell in a scene from the 1990 adaptation of “The Baby-Sitters Club.”HBO
‘The Baby-Sitters Club’
When to watch: Now, on RokuTubi or Freevee.
In recent years, Netflix aired two seasons of a well-liked modern adaptation of the “Baby-Sitters Club” books by Ann M. Martin, but if you thrive on the low-definition, high-earnestness children’s programming of yesteryear, watch this earlier version from 1990. Everything is as you would expect: Our young heroines spend their days supporting one another’s passions, agonizing over crushes and familial strife, eating pizza and indeed occasionally babysitting. Prepare to experience profound phantom scrunchie syndrome while reveling in the show’s surprisingly jazzy theme song. There are 13 episodes, and different platforms have them in different orders.

… many, many hours, and I want a little TV project.

Brent Butt, foreground, is the creator and star of “Corner Gas.”CTV
‘Corner Gas’
When to watch: Now, on Freevee.
There are 107 episodes of this fantastic Canadian comedy, which debuted in 2004, as well as a movie and a 48-episode animated spinoff — enough happily dorky banter to carry you through until summer. Brent Butt created and stars as the owner of a small-town Saskatchewan gas station, which also serves as the central gathering place for all the local oddballs; nothing ever happens, but everyone is glad to be there. The plot is secondary to the marvelous patter-y dialogue, as if “Gilmore Girls,” “Letterkenny” and “Sports Night” joined forces. If you are filled with rage every time you remember “Northern Exposure” is not available to stream, watch this.

Your newly available movies

Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel as the troubled couple in “Shotgun Wedding.”Ana Carballosa/Lionsgate/Amazon Prime Video
Our critics find little to recommend on this sleepy final weekend in January. But there are a few acceptable time-passers in the bunch, including “Shotgun Wedding,” a Jennifer Lopez-Josh Duhamel rom-com adventure; “You People,” a Netflix collaboration between the “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Jonah Hill; and the hit horror-comedy “M3gan,” about a robot companion that machine-learns murder.
Unless otherwise noted, titles can generally be rented on the usual platforms, including Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. SCOTT TOBIAS
The director Jérôme Salle shows interest in the realpolitik of Mathieu’s situation, and his film scopes out the grim safe rooms and fluorescent meeting halls where Russian political schemes and French political failures take place. But Salle’s approach leaves the physical details of Mathieu’s escape foggy. — Teo Bugbee (Read the full review here.)
‘Life Upside Down’
This tissue-thin social satire, written and directed by Cecilia Miniucchi, pokes its head into how the pandemic affected a wealthy strata of Angelenos. It’s a shallow look at shallow people. — Amy Nicholson (Read the full review here.)
In early January, when prestige holiday fare tends to give way to trashier pleasures, a good monster and a sense of humor can be enough. This movie has both, and it makes up for a slow start, some absurd dialogue (“You didn’t code in parental controls?”) and a by-the-book conclusion. — Jason Zinoman (Read the full review here.)
‘The Mission’
One hopes that such access would yield new insights into the church. But as the events unspool, the film struggles to crystallize more than a handful of compelling points. — Natalia Winkelman (Read the full review here.)
‘Shotgun Wedding’ (Amazon Prime only)
As a couple whose destination wedding is interrupted by hostage-taking pirate-terrorists, the two bicker and banter with classic screwball brio, with a love-hate rapport that is both delightful and effortlessly convincing. Much of the dialogue feels canned and phony in the style of a badly written sitcom. But coming out of J. Lo’s mouth, I believed it. — Calum Marsh (Read the full review here.)
‘You People’ (Netflix only)
[Jonah] Hill and [Lauren] London build on a nice vibe. Their characters are playful and frisky, in sync with their eye rolling and mouthing of apologies from across a room. Like the betrothed, viewers recognize the shoals but remain optimistic they can navigate them. — Lisa Kennedy (Read the full review here.)
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