This Weekend I Have … a Half-Hour, and My Kids Miss the Outdoors
‘Hilda’ When to watch: Now, on Netflix.
This sweet, whimsical cartoon follows Hilda and her mom as they move from a woodsy locale to the city of Trolberg. It’s a big adjustment, especially because Hilda has a special connection to unusual wildlife, but she finds plenty of enchanting creatures in urban living, too. “Hilda” is darling, and its distinctive use of color elevates its storytelling in beautiful ways. If you’ve ever felt strongly that a particular rock is a “good rock,” watch this.
… an Hour, and I Miss Bar Trivia
‘Pointless’ When to watch: Now, on BritBox.
You don’t only need right answers on the game show “Pointless,” you also need obscure answers, like a backward “Family Feud.” The questions can get tough in a good way, although because this is a British show, some of the categories are nearly impossible for Americans. I find the player chit-chat segments to be excruciating and always fast-forward them, but the gameplay is interesting and different, and Richard Osman is always fun as the in-house sage. If you believe the best kind of correct is technically correct, or if you were bored by the recent college tournament on “Jeopardy!,” watch this.
… Several Hours, and I Miss Sports (and the ’90s)
‘The Last Dance’ When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on ESPN.
For those of us who have resorted to watching raindrops race each other down a window pane, this 10-part documentary about Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls arrives not a moment too soon. It’s hard to make a Michael Jordan documentary without its turning into the Chris Farley show — remember that? that was awesome — but “Last Dance” tries to avoid straight hagiography. There’s great archival material, including never-released behind-the-scenes footage shot during the 1997-98 season, and some frank conversations from the present day; every segment is compelling, even if individual episodes don’t all gel. Two episodes air each Sunday for the next five weeks.