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What's on TV this week—Reservation Dogs and Heartstopper make welcome returns

Plus, The Righteous Gemstones ends (for now), two underrated series kick off new seasons, and more

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Paulina Alexis, Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai in Reservation Dogs; Joe Locke and Kit Connor in Heartstopper
Paulina Alexis, Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai in Reservation Dogs; Joe Locke and Kit Connor in Heartstopper
Photo: Shane Brown/FX; Teddy Cavendish/Netflix

Welcome to What’s On, our weekly picks of must-watch shows. Here’s what you need to watch from Sunday, July 30 to Thursday, August 3. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekend edition of What’s On drops on Fridays.]

The biggies

Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu, Wednesday, 12:01 a.m.)

Reservation Dogs | Season 3 Official Trailer | FX

The TV gods giveth (Reservation Dogs is back!) and they taketh away (it’s the final season, sadly). FX’s sublime comedy finds Elora (Devery Jacobs), Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis), Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), and Cheese (Lane Factor) finally in California after the season-two finale. But their mission now is to get back to their Oklahoma community. Sarah Podemski, Dallas Goldtooth, Zahn McClarnon, and Jana Schmieding also star. The A.V. Club will recap the show weekly.


Heartstopper (Netflix, Thursday, 3:01 a.m.)

Heartstopper: Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Could you use a strong dose of the feels? Heartstopper, Netflix’s sweet British teen rom-com, is back for a second season with 10 new episodes that delve into the love story of Nick (Kit Connor) and Charlie (Joe Locke) now that everyone knows about their relationship. Look out for The A.V. Club’s review on Thursday.


Hidden gems

Dark Winds (AMC, Sunday, 9 p.m.)

Dark Winds Season 2 Trailer | Premieres July 30 | Ft. Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Jessica Matten

If you missed out on Dark Winds last year, catch up just in time for the six-episode second season. Loosely based on Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn & Chee novels, the gritty crime drama follows Navajo Nation police officer Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) who, in season two, investigates a murder related to a mysterious cult. Kiowa Gordon, Jessica Matten, Elva Guerra, and Deanna Allison co-star.

Breeders (FX, Monday, 10 p.m.)

Breeders | Season 4 Official Trailer | FX

Reservation Dogs isn’t the only FX comedy gearing up for its final season. Breeders, a joint collab between the U.K.’s Sky One and the American network, also wraps up with its fourth run. The scathing show centers on parents Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard), who struggle with their two kids. The new episodes continue the series’ time-jump tradition, with the couple on the verge of splitting up while dealing with unexpected news about their son, Luke (now played by Oscar Kennedy). (Zoë Athena takes over the role of their daughter, Ava.) The A.V. Club’s review of the final season publishes Monday.


Mixtape (Paramount+, Tuesday, 3:01 a.m.)

MIXTAPE | Official Trailer | Paramount+

To mark hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, Paramount+ drops Mixtape, which explores the importance of, yes, mixtapes on the genre. Directed by Omar Acosta, it features interviews with artists like 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled, Mark Ronson, DJ Bobbito, Doo Wop, Fat Joe, Shaq, DJ Jazzy Joyce, and DJ Kay Slay.


More good stuff

WWE American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes (Peacock, Monday, 3:01 a.m.)

WWE American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Matt Braine helms WWE American Nightmare, a documentary charting the rise of Dusty Rhodes’ son, Cody. It goes behind the scenes to explore his 15-year career and includes never-seen-before footage of his journey, with Arrow’s Stephen Amell, Rhodes’ longtime friend, narrating.


Run The Burbs (The CW, Monday, 9 p.m.)

Run The Burbs | Trailer | The CW

Kim’s Convenience’s Andrew Phung stars in The CW’s Run The Burbs, a Canadian sitcom that’s now getting its U.S. debut. The show follows a Vietnamese-South Asian family’s unique approach to living life to the fullest in the suburbs.


Can’t miss recaps

The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, Sunday, 10 p.m., season three finale)

And Just Like That... (Max, Thursday, 3:01 a.m.)

What We Do In The Shadows (FX, Thursday, 10 p.m.)

Arriving now

Bump (The CW, Monday, 10 p.m., season two premiere)

Physical (Apple TV+, Wednesday, 12:01 a.m., season three premiere)

Ending soon

Joe Pickett (Paramount+, Sunday, 3:01 a.m., season two finale)

Last Call: When A Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York (HBO, Sunday, 9 p.m., season one finale)


Goliath (Showtime, Sunday, 10 p.m., season one finale)

Cruel Summer (Freeform, Monday, 10 p.m., season two finale)

Hijack (Apple TV+, Wednesday, 12:01 a.m., season one finale)

The Lincoln Lawyer (Netflix, Thursday, 3:01 a.m., season two, part two)