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How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

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No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every Friday for new suggestions on what to watch.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular’
When to watch: Friday at 8 p.m., on VH1.

We need more holiday specials, and we especially need more from reality contest shows, like this one-off from “Drag Race” — essentially an all-star episode that condenses the premise of the show into one wintry bonanza. “Top Chef” should do this, “Project Runway” should do this, and “Ink Master,” “Top Model,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Amazing Race” and most especially “Making It” should all do this next year and every year hence.

‘Counterpart’
When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on Starz.

Typically, I’m a fan of just starting a show whenever you feel like it and knowing you can catch yourself up. But not for this Season 2 premiere — start with Season 1, for sure. This show is at points a spy caper, a sci-fi drama and a psychological thriller, and there’s a lot to keep track of: J.K. Simmons (right) stars as Howard, a low-level cog at some kind of international intelligence agency, who one day is shocked to learn that an East German experiment during the Cold War created a parallel universe, and that everyone here has a counterpart there. If you like ambitious shows that eschew narrative hand-holding, watch this.

‘Bramwell’
When to watch: Now, on Amazon.

Combine the saltiness of Lady Mary from “Downton Abbey” with the old-timey medical practices of “The Knick,” and then make everything move with the zip and pep of an “Anne of Green Gables” adaptation, and you’ve got “Bramwell.” It’s 1895, and Eleanor Bramwell (Jemma Redgrave) is following in her father’s footsteps as a doctor in London. A lady doctor. People underestimate her, of course, but her talent, her passion for science, her profound ethical grounding and her admirable stubbornness mean no one can dismiss her for long. This is a quintessential “Masterpiece Theatre” show in the best possible ways.


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