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, “Stranger Things” returns for its second season and the 2017 World Series begins.
World Series Game 1, Fox, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
The LA Dodgers clinched a trip the World Series with a decisive win over the reigning champions, the Chicago Cubs, in this year’s National League pennant race. The Dodgers will face off against the Houston Astros, who defeated the New York Yankees in the American League Championship series.
“Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild,” TBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m.
TBS has teamed up with rapper and actor Snoop Dogg for a new spin on the classic game show “The Joker’s Wild.” Snoop Dogg, who counted the original as his favorite game show growing up, hosts TBS’ new version set in his very own casino that includes a gigantic slot machine, giant dice and playing cards. The game will feature cameos by celebrities like Seth Rogen, Wiz Khalifia, Karlie Kloss, Michael Strahan, Method Man, Regis Philbin, Kelly Osbourne and Karrueche Tran.
“Drop the Mic,” TBS, Tuesday, 10:30 p.m.
The new rap battle series is based on the popular “Late Late Show” segment with James Corden attached as an executive producer. Hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin, each week the show will pit four stars from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture to face off against each other in a rap battle royale. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience votes to determine the winner.
“The Goldbergs,” ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
The popular ABC sitcom celebrates its 100th episode this week. In the episode, after Adam and Jackie disagree over their Halloween costumes, Murray teaches Adam to be a shell of a man to keep Jackie happy. However, it backfires quickly also causing an issue for Murray and Beverly. But they soon all learn to compromise in their own special way.
“Stranger Things,” Netflix, Friday (CRITICS’ PICK)
“Not many shows would attempt to swerve from an ‘X-Files’ monster-of-the-week adventure to a John Hughes movie with barely a pause between them, and truth be told, “Stranger Things” doesn’t always navigate those turns gracefully. But when it ties its scare-driven storytelling to meditations on isolation, unruly emotions and connection, and gives its excellent actors material they can sink their teeth into, it’s just about irresistible.”