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It's Always Sunny Returns for Its 16th Season of Sublime Awfulness

Plus: The Idol courts controversy, and Tom Holland and Amanda Seyfried squeeze into The Crowded Room.
  • Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 16 (Photo: Patrick McElhenney/FX)
    Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 16 (Photo: Patrick McElhenney/FX)

    Looking for your next binge-watch, or just need to fill an hour? Welcome to Your Weekly Watch List, our curated collection of the best shows on television. Here’s what to watch from Sunday, June 4 through Saturday, June 10.

    This week, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia proves that 16 seasons of being the pits is just what the world needs. Meanwhile, The Idol seeks to recapture Euphoria’s controversial mix of sex and drama, The Lazarus Project uses time travel to save humanity from ourselves, and Tom Holland stars as a troubled murder suspect in Apple’s The Crowded Room.

    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 16 Premiere

    Wednesday, 10:00 PM ET on FXX

    The longest-running live-action American comedy of all time is back for another season featuring the five worst people in Philadelphia (which automatically makes them the five worst people in the world). While stars Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Glenn Howerton, and Danny DeVito have branched out in shows like Welcome to Wrexham and Mythic Quest, the core It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gang always returns home to Paddy’s Pub for more disreputable, hilarious antics.

    Two episodes air Wednesday: In the first, Dennis (Howerton) and Mac (McElhenney) fight inflation; later, they attempt to take Frank’s (DeVito) gun away after he — as the title of the episode indicates — “shoots every member of the gang.”

    The Idol

    Sunday, 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    Buzz and controversy have already greeted The Idol, the Cannes-debuting series from Euphoria’s Sam Levinson and co-creator and star Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd). Levinson’s latest follows a successful young pop star, Joss (Lily-Rose Depp), who falls under the sway of a darkly charismatic nightclub owner (Tesfaye) as she seeks to rebound from a career setback. Like Euphoria before it, the series has been dogged by rumors that it promotes exploitative “torture porn,” and, according to Rafa Sales Ross’ review for Primetimer, it emerges as a “dangerously superficial exploration of sex and power.”

    Viewers who stick around will be met with a “visually immersive experience,” writes Ross, and a strong supporting cast. Look for Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Hank Azaria, and Jane Adams when the first episode premieres Sunday.

    The Lazarus Project

    Sunday, 9:00 PM ET on TNT

    It’s high-concept heroism in this British import about a top-secret agency using time travel to wind back the clock and avert extinction-level world events. Starring I May Destroy You’s Paapa Essiedu as George, the organization’s latest recruit, The Lazarus Project examines just how far outside the rules of the space-time continuum a guy’s willing to go when his time-wielding bosses refuse to let him use his powers to save his wife.

    Based on a True Story

    Thursday, Peacock (Full Season)

    Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina star in a mystery-comedy about a financially strapped married couple whose pursuit of the lucrative true-crime podcast market runs afoul of the serial killer stalking Los Angeles. Peacock’s West Coast answer to Only Murders in the Building, Based on a True Story also stars Tom Bateman, Priscilla Quintana, Liana Liberato as friends getting in way over their heads. All eight episodes premiere on Thursday.

    The Crowded Room

    Friday, Apple TV+

    Tom Holland and Amanda Seyfried butt heads in this intense drama inspired by the 1981 nonfiction novel The Minds of Billy Milligan. With Holland on hand as an executive producer, the 10-episode limited series examines the mysterious circumstances surrounding a 1979 killing, as Seyfried’s investigator attempts to determine how her subject’s (Holland) troubled past led to the horrible crime. The Akiva Goldsman-created series boasts an excellent cast beyond its two stars, including Christopher Abbott, Emmy Rossum, and Jason Isaacs. The first three episodes drop Friday.

    If You Have...

    An Hour

    The Eric Andre Show Season 6 Premiere: Monday, 12:00 AM ET on Adult Swim
    Stars on Mars: Monday, 8:00 PM ET on Fox

    An Evening

    Destination: European Nights: Tuesday, Paramount+
    Arnold: Wednesday, Netflix

    A Full Day

    Somewhere Boy: Wednesday, Hulu
    Never Have I Ever Season 4: Thursday, Netflix

    Up Next

    Amy Schumer: Emergency Contact: Tuesday, June 13 on Netflix
    The Full Monty: Wednesday, June 14 on Hulu
    Black Mirror Season 6: Thursday, June 15 on Netflix
    The Walking Dead: Dead City: Thursday, June 15 on AMC+

    Dennis Perkins is a freelance entertainment writer with bylines at The A.V. Club, Paste, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Portland Press Herald, and elsewhere.

    TOPICS: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Based on a True Story, The Crowded Room, The Idol, The Lazarus Project