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This weekend I have … a half-hour and a toddler.
‘Rolie Polie Olie’
When to watch: Now, on Disney+.
If you like your children’s shows on the gee-whiz wholesome side, it’s hard to beat the darling “Rolie Polie Olie,” about a little robot dude who lives in a teapot house and inhabits a world where every object is anthropomorphized. The couch, the door, the sun — everybody smiles on Planet Polie. The show first aired on the Disney Channel in 1998, and now five (of six) seasons are streaming. One note of caution: The show’s bouncy theme song — “howdy! … howdy! hurray! … hurray!” — will unfortunately be stuck in your head for the rest of the days you wander this earth.
… an hour, and I like sports documentaries.
‘All or Nothing: The Toronto Maple Leafs’
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Amazon.
The “All or Nothing” documentary franchise turns its attention to hockey for the first time, having covered football, soccer and rugby teams the past few years. Narrated by Will Arnett, the show follows the Maple Leafs during the 2021 season, so it’s about Covid and coping, too; in addition to the various on-ice dramas, the show also includes what happens when everyone on the team needs a haircut. If you’ve been candied in “Ted Lasso” syrup and need a break, but you still crave the overall vibe of being with a team through a season, watch this.
… many, many hours and a chocolate babka.
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Netflix.
“Seinfeld” has come and gone from streaming platforms before. Now all nine seasons have made their way to Netflix, so we can all yada yada yada anew. The characters’ prickliness and distaste for pointless social rituals feel apt for our justly embittered present day, and many episodes still feel perfectly current — except for one thing. Some “Seinfeld” episodes clock in at a full 23 minutes, but most current network comedies are closer to 19 minutes long, and sometimes even shorter; that’s a big difference in terms of rhythm and pacing, and the more episodes you binge, the more noticeable it becomes.