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Wild Wild Country explores a bizarre cult history from the ’80s

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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17. All times are Eastern.

Wild Wild Country (Netflix, Friday): We’re kind of fascinated by American cults, but even we were unaware of this story about a hack religious movement that took over an entire town in Oregon. Netflix and executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass explore the notorious Rajneeshpuram movement over six gripping episodes. Katie Rife notes in a review posting later today, “Watching the disciples of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh try to explain away the group’s involvement in everything from immigration fraud to attempted murder to intentionally contaminating salad bars with salmonella as a test run for a potential mass poisoning, you can’t help but wonder how these self-absorbed Baby Boomers’ quest for enlightenment got so tainted with myopia and greed.” Mass poisoning via salad bars is the most ’80s crime we’ve ever heard of; we can’t wait to check this out.


Regular coverage

Jane The Virgin (The CW, Friday, 9 p.m.)
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday, 9:01 p.m.)


Wild card

Saturday Night Live (NBC, Saturday, 11:30 p.m.): We’re going to go out on a limb and call Bill Hader our all-time favorite SNL cast member, so we’re delighted to see him return to that particular stage on Saturday night. If the rap-filled promo is any indication, it’s gonna be pretty great. Plus Stefon’s got to show up, right? Herb Welch? It’s the wrong season, but can we possibly hope for an appearance by Vincent Price? It will take all of Arcade Fire to equal the magnetism of one Bill Hader.