Some big American network shows return in the UK this week. Top of the bill in this PSA is, of course, the terrific Lethal Weapon. I sat down to watch the first episode with, frankly, low expectations, and was blown away by just how good it was. And then it kept on being good, week after week. It’s capable of being moving, thrilling, charming, and funny, all in the same episode. It has a great ship, a lovely marriage, plenty of big, dumb action sequences, and a sense of humour about all of them. It has proper acting (most notably from Damon Wayans, Clay Crawford, Kevin Rahm, and Keesha Sharp, although there isn’t a weak link in it). And in the engine room it has writers and director who know what the hell they’re doing. In short, it’s one of the best network shows available at the moment, and if you’re not watching you’re missing out. I might even review this time round (tonight, ITV, 9pm).
Then there’s Bull, which is a perfectly passable way to spend an hour: a proper ratings success, as these things go, and a show which feels as if it has quite a lot of potential being held in reserve. I like it (tonight, FOX UK, 10pm).
And… then there’s How to Get Away With Murder, which returned earlier this week for its fourth season, and which I gave up on during its second year when I realised that I didn’t know who any of the characters actually were. Having said that if the rumours of a Shondaland crossover are true, I am THERE for any scene in which Viola Davis and Kerry Washington face off (Tuesdays, Sky Living, 10pm).
A couple of other things. Both seasons of now-cancelled Appalachian family drama Outsiders have made their way to UK Netflix. Reviews for this show were mixed, but there are some trustworthy critics who really, really like it. I suspect it’s worth a look. Also on Netflix: David Letterman’s new talk show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, a six-part series in which Dave goes one-on-one with some seriously big names, He starts with Barack Obama, though, which is likely to provoke the most exquisitely painful nostalgia (both available now).