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Altered Carbon is here, and let us assure you: This show fucks

Illustration for article titled iAltered Carbon/i is here, and let us assure you: This show fucks

Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

Altered Carbon (Netflix, Friday): Netflix must have spent a lot on money on its new sci-fi murder-mystery series, because it looks spectacular, like something you’d see rolling out on 3,000 movie screens, not a humble streaming service. But as we know, there’s nothing humble about Netflix any more: They are here. To. Destroy. And this new 10-part series is a valiant effort, even if our pre-air review points out that the show is “often quite a bit of fun, but its flaws are large and glaring.” But you might not notice amid all the sex and nudity—and hoo boy, is there a lot of both. Enjoy. We’ll be back to chat about it on Monday.


Regular coverage

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Friday, The CW, 8 p.m.) 
Jane The Virgin (Friday, The CW, 9 p.m.) winter premiere
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Friday, ABC, 9:01 p.m.)
Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC, 11 p.m.) (Host: Natalie Portman; musical guest: Dua Lipa)


Wild card

The Trade (Friday, Showtime, 9 p.m.): This new five-part series comes from Oscar nominee Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land), who continues his documentary investigations with this close-up look at the opioid epidemic on both sides of the border, as seen through “the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web.” It probably won’t be a tremendously fun watch, but it’ll be undoubtedly powerful.


Alex McLevy is a writer and editor at The A.V. Club, and would kindly appreciate additional videos of robots failing to accomplish basic tasks.

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