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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Nov. 13, 2017

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “The Punisher” makes its long-awaited debut and “The Mindy Project” ends after six seasons

“Future Man,” Hulu, Tuesday

The new sci-fi comedy series from executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg debuts this week. A janitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night, played by “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, is tasked with preventing the extinction of humanity after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.

The Mindy Project,” Hulu, Tuesday

Mindy Kaling’s comedy series comes to an end after six seasons. Kaling stars as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, who finally got married going into the final season. But she must decided whether “having it all” is really all she ever wanted. The series also stars Ed Weeks, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Xosha Roquemore, Ike Barinholtz, and Garret Dillahunt.

“You’re The Worst,” FXX, Wednesday, 10 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

The critically-acclaimed FXX comedy series wraps up its fourth season with two new episodes. In the first episode, Gretchen spends the day with Boone and his daughter in an attempt to distract herself from having slept with Jimmy the previous night, while Jimmy tries to prove to himself he’s moved on. In the second episode, Edgar finds closure with Max while Lindsay figures out a way to solve Becca, Vernon, and Paul’s problems all at once.

The Punisher,” Netflix, Friday (CRITICS’ PICK)

At first, “Marvel’s The Punisher” seems like another misstep. In the television landscape at large, another overwhelmingly gray and brutally violent show centered on a dysfunctional antihero is superfluous. Within the superhero genre, it’s even more so. But “The Punisher” transcends what it appears to be. Not completely, and not always; this is still a very violent show, saturated in tortured masculinity. (In just the opening credits, an array of semiautomatic weapons float in the air to arrange themselves in the skull-shaped logo of the Punisher.) But thanks to Jon Berthal’s seamless performance as the non-superpowered vigilante Frank Castle and showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s sharp, conscious storytelling, “The Punisher” approaches the high points of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” by introducing a damaged, deadly character and telling his story as one piece of an unjust whole. Despite first impressions, Frank Castle is in fact a marginalized figure — because he is a veteran. (Read the full review here)

 

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