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Three Shows to Watch This Week

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I Like Damaged Protagonists

Nika McGuigan, left, and Seána Kerslake in “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.”RTE

‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’
When to watch:
Now, on Netflix.

Aisling (Seána Kerslake) and Danielle (Nika McGuigan) are two Irish women in their 20s who have left their smaller hometown for the big city, where the bulk of their lives is spent on wild, binge-drinking nights and miserable, hung-over mornings. Their friendship swings from selflessly devoted to toxic and damaging, often in a single conversation. There are only 12 episodes of the show, but even in that short span it manages to be spiky and insightful, like “Girls” without all the baggage, or “Insecure” without the same emphasis on sex and romance. “Cope” is brimming with bad behavior, but it balances the gleeful fun of a ridiculous encounter with the adult consequences of eventually confronting everything you’ve been avoiding.

My Heart Is Open

Wyatt Russell in “Lodge 49.”Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

‘Lodge 49’
When to watch:
Monday at 10 p.m., on AMC.

This new low-key drama from AMC reminds me of two of my favorite shows: “Terriers,” thanks to its lovable degenerate lead and surfer vibes, and “Enlightened,” for the way it tenderly sees dignity in people even at their lowest moments, and how it objects to the dehumanizing systems of corporate America. Like the characters on those shows, the people on “Lodge 49” know life can surprise you with its sad turns but that people can surprise you with happy things, too.

Wyatt Russell stars as Dud, a down-and-out surfer who is psychologically crippled by the debt his beloved father left him and his twin sister when he died, and is physically hobbled by a snake bite on his ankle that just won’t heal. Through a series of coincidences, he finds himself at the doorway of a Lynx lodge, a fraternal order steeped in ancient and cockamamie lore, and he finds himself drawn to the building’s decaying splendor and delighted by the group’s few remaining members. There’s an ease to the show, a happy slowness that might frustrate anyone looking for a more propulsive story. But it’s one that I found totally enchanting.

Read the full review.

I Like Cooking Shows With a Story

A scene from “Eat. Race. Win.”Joe Pugliese/Amazon

‘Eat. Race. Win.’
When to watch:
Now, on Amazon.

Food is fuel, as we’re reminded several times in this six-part docu-series, but human beings aren’t machines — so what fuels us is excitement, variety, passion. Hannah Grant is the head chef for Australia’s Tour de France team, and during the race she cooks up some pretty wild meals while sourcing most of her ingredients from farms and vendors along the race’s route. This is equal parts travelogue, food show and sports documentary, and it’s interesting to see a story about cycling that’s not about doping. Don’t be a drug cheat, but do be a cheese enthusiast.


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