5. “Chef’s Table” Volume 6 (available February 22)
Why Should I Watch? “Chef’s Table” remains one of the most gorgeous and intimate food shows out there, taking advantage of unique points of view to tell wildly different stories about the people making great dishes. Last season told stories of an undocumented immigrant chef and an artist trying to preserve ancient recipes in danger of being forgotten. There’s always a curious new angle here, just like there are always umpteen staggering shots of appetizing plates.
Bonus Reason: Listen, there’s no more “Bake-Off.” You’ve seen all the episodes. Don’t you dare go back and re-watch that one season you kind of napped through. You know what happens, and you already went back to watch the episodes you kind of, sort of missed. Just move on! There are so many more cooking shows! And “Chef’s Table” is a good-spirited one, at that.
6. “Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie” (available February 27)
Why Should I Watch? This was meant to be USA Network’s answer to FX’s “American Crime Story,” Nat Geo’s “Genius,” and all the other ongoing anthology series that rack up big viewership along with plenty of Emmy nods. That plan hasn’t really worked out — yet. Things could change if the show performs well on Netflix, and who knows what other “Unsolved” cases could come under the microscope in future seasons. As for this edition, it’s an easy watch with a great soundtrack baked in, so if you’re at all interested in Biggie and Tupac’s lives, deaths, and legacy, you’ll probably find something to enjoy in this by-the-book chronology.
Bonus Reason: Jimmi Simpson has a thin mustache that he somehow makes work to his advantage, while Josh Duhamel walks around in period appropriate backward hats, and t-shirts over long-sleeved t-shirts. These are silly reasons to watch an eight-hour limited series, but they are also a few of the best reasons to watch this eight-hour limited series. Sometimes you’ve just got to see something that sounds ridiculous to understand why it works.
7. “Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy” (available February 15)
Courtesy of Netflix
Why Should I Watch? Larry Charles is at least partly responsible for some of the greatest comedies of the last 30 years. He produced and wrote for “Seinfeld” and “Mad About You.” He produced and directed episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as well as the short-lived cult gems “The Tick” and “The Comedians.” Oh, and he also directed “Borat,” “Bruno,” and “The Dictator,” so it’s not like he’s lost his step over the years. Now, in this docuseries, he’s traveling to Russia, China, India, Iran, Nigeria, Turkey and more worldwide locales to talk to comedians about what makes their work meaningful, dangerous, and, of course, funny. Whatever he’s cooking up, he’s got a wealth of knowledge to draw from, and an excellent track record to rely on — count us in.
Bonus Reason: If you watch this, odds are you’ll give Larry Charles’ last, great, under-appreciated scripted effort a chance: “The Comedians.” Starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, the meta FX comedy about making an FX comedy never took off with the masses, but it’s well worth a binge via Hulu. Charles directed every episode (and makes a memorable cameo), so give that a spin when you’re done taking his international tour.
The Rest of Incoming TV
“Siempre bruja” Season 1 (available February 1)
“True: Happy Hearts Day” (available February 1)
“Bordertown” Season 2 (available February 2)
“Romance Is a Bonus Book” (available February 2)
“Nailed it! Mexico” (available February 8)
“ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke” (available February 8)
“The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants” Season 2 (available February 8)
“Unauthorized Living” Season 1 (available February 8)
“The Break” Season 2 (available February 9)
“Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine” (available February 11)
“Dating Around” Season 1 (available February 14)
“The Dragon Prince” Season 2 (available February 15)
“GO! Vive a tu manera” (available February 22)
“Rebellion” Season 2 (available February 22)
“Suburra” Season 2 (available February 22)
“The Big Family Cooking Showdown” Season 2 (available February 22)
“Workin’ Moms” (available February 22)