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The Crown's Fourth Season Sees a Queen Out of Her Comfort Zone

ALSO: The Reagans, Murder on Middle Beach, The Good Lord Bird, Bob's Burgers, and more.
  • Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. (Netflix)
    Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. (Netflix)

    The Crown enters the decade of padded shoulders and big hair as Season 4 tracks the often tense relations between between The Queen and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and the ill-fated courtship and marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

    Also this weekend: Showtime revisits the Reagan years, an unsolved mystery rattles a New England beach town, and Bob's Burgers celebrates a milestone. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:


    SERIES PREMIERE: The first episode of History's Greatest Mysteries looks into the unsolved case of hijacker D.B. Cooper, who leapt from a plane with $200,000 in 1971, and was never heard from again. 9:00 PM ET on History

    SEASON FINALE: The season closer of Eli Roth's History of Horror looks at nine classic horror movies that defy categorization. 10:00 PM ET on AMC

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Ashley (Tiya Sircar) returns home to learn that her uncle has sold a car that holds countless holidays memories in Christmas on Wheels. Fortunately, a handsome new acquaintance (Michael Xavier) is willing to join the rescue effort to recover her beloved vehicle. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    CABLE PREMIERE: HBO's big Saturday night movie premiere this week is Dolittle. Robert Downey Jr. stars as the title character, a doctor with the uncanny ability to talk to animals. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODE: Austin-based singer/songwriter Jackie Venson headlines tonight's Austin City Limits, which also features a 2012 performance from Mavis Staples with special gurst Bonnie Raitt. Airs on PBS (check local listing for time)


    COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON: The fourth season of The Crown opens with Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) becoming Prime Minister, leading to a period of growing tension for Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) that only grew more pronounced after Charles (Josh O'Connor) married Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) two years later. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: Around the same time Margaret Thatcher was stepping onto the global stage in the UK, Ronald Reagan was setting his sites on the White House. The four-part docuseries The Reagans revisits the consequential years in which Reagan and his wife Nancy occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    SERIES PREMIERE: Madison, Connecticut is a small New England beach town that regularly ranks as one of the safest community's in the state, a detail that made it all the more shocking when resident Barbara Hamburg was found murdered in the yard of her home in 2010. In the four-part docuseries Murder on Middle Beach, Hamburg's son Madison looks into his late mother's private life, including her connections to a criminal pyramid scheme known as the "gifting table" and the people suspected of her still-unsolved murder, a list that includes the director's own father. Read review. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    SERIES FINALE: Troops surround abolitionist John Brown (Ethan Hawke) at Harper's ferry in The Good Lord Bird's series finale. Watch preview9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    MILESTONE EPISODE: A broken stove forces the Belchers to get creative in the 200th episode of Bob's Burgers as the restaurant prepares for one of the busiest days of the year. 9:00 PM ET on Fox

    NEW EPISODE: A video conference makes Rook (Tim Heidecker) homesick on Moonbase 8. Meanwhile, Cap (John C. Reilly) is trying to stop an unwelcome visitor, and Skip (Fred Armisen) is searching for ways to suit up more easily. 11:00 PM ET on Showtime

    SERIES PREMIERE: Kristin Chenowith hosts the new Food Network series Candy Land. Based on the timeless boardgame, the competition requires players to navigate such terrifying challenges as the Lollipop Woods and the Peppermint Forest. 9:00 PM ET on Food Network

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: The Crown, Netflix, Emma Corrin, Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman