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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Catastrophe’ and ‘Searching’

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

Binge through the (short) final season of an irreverent romantic comedy series on Amazon. Or follow a father’s painstaking search for his daughter in a thriller on Starz.

CATASTROPHE on Amazon. It’s the beginning of the end of this acerbic comedy series about a married couple, Rob (Rob Delaney) and Sharon (Sharon Horgan). Over the past three seasons, we’ve watched them awkwardly fall in love after an unplanned pregnancy, parent two children and try to stay above financial struggles. Season 4 opens after Rob’s car accident puts him in a neck brace and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. That, combined with family loss, infidelity and health scares, offers plenty of comical yet achingly relatable material for the final six episodes. James Poniewozik named the show a Critic’s Pick in his review for The New York Times, writing that “‘Catastrophe,’ it is clear, refers not to a single occurrence but to a state of being — the chaos of life, which this comedy depicts with deadly honest charm.”

TEA WITH THE DAMES (2018) stream on Hulu; rent on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu or YouTube. The formula behind this documentary by Roger Michell is pretty straightforward: Gather four renowned British actresses, set up some cameras and the rest will flow. The result is a wonderful hour-and-a-half of witty fun. The dames in question — longtime friends Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins — swap raunchy anecdotes and reminisce about their prolific careers during a weekend in the country. (The title borrows from the 1999 biographical drama “Tea With Mussolini,” which stars Smith, Dench and Plowright as artsy “Scorpionis” in prewar Florence.) We learn of their relationship troubles, their fears about acting and how frustrating it is to be patronized about one’s age: When Michell asks them to discuss “getting old,” Dench snaps back with an expletive that rhymes with “buzz off.”

SEARCHING (2018) 8 p.m. on Starz. This clever psychological thriller by Aneesh Chaganty can be summed up by a hashtag created once the story gets going: #FindMargot. John Cho stars as David, a single father who takes to social media to find his teenage daughter, Margot (Michelle La), after she goes missing. His search plays out entirely on screens, as if it’s the viewer who’s logging onto Margot’s Facebook account or calling her classmates on FaceTime. (The technique recalls the “Unfriended” movies.) As clues hint that Margot had a lot to hide, David consults with a detective (Debra Messing), but her investigation only leads to more questions.

ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP: IMAGINED BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL 8 p.m. on CBS. Cirque du Soleil performs its out-of-this-world circus show — centered on a theme of “man and nature” — in this seventh annual fund-raising event benefiting One Drop, a nonprofit organization that focuses on safe water initiatives. Kevin Frazier of “Entertainment Tonight” and the former figure skater Tara Lipinski host, while Blue Man Group makes an appearance.

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