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1980s food, Big Brother Canada: here’s what’s streaming on Crave, Netflix and more this week


With so many different streaming platforms and cable offerings to navigate, choosing what to watch has never been harder. To make things easier, here are our best tune-in tips for the week ahead.

MONDAY

Adam Eats the 80s

Gen Z will never understand. It really doesn’t matter if you lived through the ’80s or not, the pop culture goodness of the decade that gave us big hair, big toys and now big nostalgia is undeniable. In this new series, food author Adam Richman travels to different locations, tasting some of the most iconic food of that time period. He examines what fries tasted like in the ’80s, the origins of the Dairy Queen Blizzard, the Cool Ranch flavour of Doritos and the Pepperidge Star Wars cookies that debuted in 1983.

History, 10 p.m.

TUESDAY

Worst Roommate Ever

This five-part doc series highlights stories of seemingly harmless roommates who turned into real-life nightmares for their victims. Produced by Blumhouse Television, the true stories chronicle what can happen when you choose the wrong person to live with.

Netflix

WEDNESDAY

Big Brother Canada All-Access

Ahead of tonight’s season premiere, “ET Canada” has put together a special preview. It features “ET Canada” host Sangita Patel and last season’s winner, Tychon Carter-Newman, previewing the new season and also offers the first tour of the house, led by host Arisa Cox.

Global, 7:30 p.m.

Big Brother Canada

Breaking new ground in the realm of Canadian reality television with its longevity, the 10th instalment of “Big Brother Canada” premieres Wednesday. The show features a group of strangers living in a “house” completely outfitted with cameras and microphones. Expect plenty of twists and turns for the 10th anniversary. “Big Brother Canada” will air Wednesdays, Thursdays and Mondays this season.

Global, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY

The Dropout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7rlZLw9m10

This incredible new series features Amanda Seyfried playing Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, a health-tech company that soared in valuation after claims it was able to revolutionize blood testing. The show was filmed while Holmes was on trial in real life. “The timing of this was just bananas in so many ways. Because new information was always coming through to us,” Seyfried said during a Television Critics Association panel. “Sometimes you’re on set and you forget that the things you are saying actually were said by real people.” A must-see.

Disney Plus

Pieces of Her

Based on the New York Times bestseller by Karin Slaughter that has sold over 35 million copies around the world, this thriller focuses on a random act of violence that sets off a chain of events for Andy Oliver (played by Bella Heathcote) and her mother Laura (Toni Collette). The series sees Andy trek across the country to find her family’s hidden secrets.

Netflix

Central Park

The critically acclaimed, animated musical comedy series from Loren Bouchard returns with new episodes. In the sophomore season, the Tillerman family continues to live in the world’s most famous park. This time around, Molly (voiced by Kristen Bell) experiences the trials of adolescence; Paige (Kathryn Hahn) continues to track the mayor’s corruption and Bitsy (Stanley Tucci) gets closer to gaining total control of the park. Guest stars this season include Aparna Nancherla, Catherine O’Hara and Billy Porter.

Apple TV Plus

Dear…

The second big Apple TV Plus launch for the week is the new season of “Dear…” The show examines the impact of internationally recognized leaders, entertainers and athletes through letters written by their fans. This season will feature the late André Leon Talley, Viola Davis, Malala Yousafzai and Canadian Sandra Oh.

Apple TV Plus

Lucy and Desi

Amy Poehler directs this look at one of the most unlikely partnerships and power couples in Hollywood. On the heels of “Being the Ricardos,” the documentary promises an “intimate peek behind the curtain” of who Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz truly were. The film features interviews with Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Norman Lear, Desi Arnaz Jr., Carol Burnett and Bette Midler.

Prime Video

Top Chef

Hard to believe that tonight marks the 19th season premiere of the ultimate cooking competition. This season, 15 new chefs head to Houston, offering their own take on regional dishes each week as they vie for the $125,000 (U.S.) grand prize. The first challenges will have you asking “Where’s the beef?”

Food Network Canada, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

This series chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sport’s most revered dynasties. The star-studded cast includes John C. Reilly as Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Adrien Brody as coach Pat Riley, Sally Field as Jessie Buss and newcomer Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson. Showrunner Max Borenstein uses a tongue-in-cheek method of storytelling in which the characters talk to the audience directly.

Crave, 9 p.m.

Shining Vale

This horror-comedy series is about a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town where their new home is a place of unspeakable atrocities. The only one who seems to notice is Patricia “Pat” Phelps (Courteney Cox), a former “wild child” who rose to fame by writing a raunchy women’s empowerment novel.

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Murtz Jaffer is a Toronto-based Entertainment writer and a freelance contributor for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @murtzjaffer

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