Every Monday, the Times TV critic Margaret Lyons picks the best of what’s ahead before the weekend. Check back each week for more recommendations.
I Want Something About Regular People
When to watch: Now, on Acorn.
If you like the jangly sprawl of the British “Shameless” but want something less bleak, or if you like the straightforward narrative of the teen show “Degrassi” but want something more adult, try this British series about the staff and students at a working-class high school. The show is grounded and unfussy — no montages, no flashbacks, no twists — and while the plot points can tend toward the soapy, they feel authentic and earned. (People have affairs in real life, too, not only on schmaltzy dramas.)
“Ackley” isn’t big on cliffhangers, but it still makes for a dangerously easy binge because the characters are people you want to spend time with, which can feel like a rarity these days.
When to watch: Monday at 8 p.m., on PBS. (Check local listings.)
This episode is titled “Kooky & Spooky” and features only the most haunted of all random but potentially valuable junk. Please let this be the premise for the next season of “American Horror Story.”
I Feel Bad and Would Prefer to Feel Good
When to watch: Now, on Netflix.
Season 4 of this quirky fish-out-of-water comedy is now available on Netflix, and it is by far the show’s best season — the jokes are quicker and arise more naturally, and the stories are warmer and less glib. Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara star as Johnny and Moira Rose, a formerly wealthy couple who in the wake of financial ruin move to a small town with their adult children, David (Dan Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy). As you might expect, high jinks ensue. The characters on “Schitt’s Creek” get away with outlandish behavior because at the show’s heart, it is completely earnest and loving, even a little schmoopy with its romance arcs. The show wants its characters to succeed. If you’ve rewatched “Parks and Recreation” a dozen times, this is the show for you.
“Schitt’s” returns for a holiday special on PopTV Dec. 19, and Season 5 starts Jan. 16. Prepare your outrageous David-inspired knitwear outfits accordingly.