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How A lot Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?


‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal’
When to watch: Now, on HBO Max or the Adult Swim website.

This cartoon about a cave man and a dinosaur and their episodic adventures has the breathless violence of a pulpy sci-fi anthology, the spooky mysticism of an elaborate fantasy epic, the rhythms of an odd-couple comedy and the emotional depth of a modern lyrical mini-series. It’s all told without dialogue and with an animation style so simple it feels almost like storyboarding. No show is doing more with less.

The second season of “Primal” premiered on Thursday at midnight, and it picks up with the exact cliffhanger where Season 1 left off; start at the beginning and hang on tight. If you still think about the prehistory flashback opening from Season 2 of “The Leftovers,” watch this. Even though some shots have an angry “Jungle Book” look, the show is way too scary and sad for young viewers.

‘The Other One’
When to watch: Now, on Acorn.

In Season 1 of this snappy Britcom, the half sisters Cat and Cathy (Lauren Socha and Ellie White) learn of each other’s existence only after their father’s death, and then they and their mothers form an ad hoc oddball family unit. In Season 2, which arrived on Monday, they learn more about their dearly departed dad’s secrets and possible further branches on the family tree. What could be the setup for a murky relationship drama becomes instead a bright and endearing comedy, vivid but still breezy and fun. If you like hearing different people pronounce the name Callum, watch this.

‘Blown Away’
When to watch: Season 3 arrives Friday, on Netflix.

Fans of earnest, skill-based reality contest shows such as “The Great British Baking Show” have plenty to enjoy with this glassblowing competition, practically bursting with conviviality and earning bonus points for its half-hour episodes. It’s painfully low-budget — winners receive a measly $60,000 as a prize, while over on Amazon, winners of “Making the Cut” win $1 million — but it is also the only show where you will hear a guest judge complain that the contestants’ work is “too didactic.” I’m not sure why “Blown Away” insists on keeping its patter segments so forced and awkward, but the participants and their techniques remain fascinating.

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