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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 08/17/2020

A little something for fans of video games, comics, and animation.

Netflix provides all the Channel Surfing TV picks this week. Whether you like real stories, comics, or animation, they have you covered. High Score examines different aspects of retro video games from the culture to the consoles to the genres. For a devilishly good time, look no further than Lucifer and the start of its fifth season. If the first round of the NBA playoffs has you wanting for more basketball but with comedy, Hoops can fill that fix.

The Golden Age of Video Games

Around the late 70s and early 80s, video games first began achieving main stream appeal. Not only were there arcade games such as Space Invaders, Asteroid,and Pac-Man, early gamers began playing in the privacy of their own home with consoles including the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision. There’s a whole rich history of early video games from the then well into the early 90s and a lot of it is covered in the new docuseries, High Score.

High Score follows the stories behind classic video games from the creators themselves. Learn about different subjects such the origin of arcade culture, influential consoles like Atari, Nintendo, and Sega, and specific genres such as fighting and role-playing games. All six episodes of the docuseries drop Wednesday, August 19, on Netflix.

Double the Devil Pleasure

After being cancelled on Fox, Lucifer gained a second life on Netflix. The soapy crime fantasy drama based off of the DC Comics character is set to return this Friday, August 21 for the first part of its fifth season. When we last saw the devil, he decided to go back to Hell and to sit on his throne but not before sharing a passionate kiss with Chloe.

For the fifth season, the rest of the gang are trying to move on after Lucifer’s departure but it seems some are having a harder time than others. Imagine their surprise when he surprisingly pops back up in the real world. However, it’s really his twin brother looking to mess up everything the devil has built in L.A. Will his friends be able to detect the fraud?

Coachin’ Ain’t Easy

Coaching high school basketball can be tough, especially when your team is god awful. It’s no surprise that Coach Hopkins is so foul mouthed and angry when you see the sad bunch he’s responsible for. Unfortunately for him, they happen to also be his only shot of hitting the big leagues in the comedy, Hoops.

If you caught their panel at Comic-Con@Home, the show’s creator, Ben Hoffman, was trying to create a show so dirty that no one would pick up. Lucky for us, Netflix did and we can watch the entire first season when it also drops on Friday, August 21.

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