Three Shows to Watch This Week

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David Pearse and Janet Moran in “Trivia.”CreditGrand Pictures

‘Trivia’
When to watch: Now, on Acorn.

“Trivia,” a gentle Irish comedy about people who play on the same pub quiz team, is like a less upbeat “Gavin and Stacey” — not an unhappy show, but a show with some occasionally unhappy characters. Everyone is good at bar trivia, but no one is quite as obsessed as Lawrence, a sort of George Constanza type whose crowning achievement is the team’s almost yearlong winning streak. There are only two six-episode seasons, so “Trivia” is a brief journey, but the characters are well defined and substantial enough that it’s worth it.

A very minor warning: The song over the opening credits and bumpers for “Trivia” is weirdly reminiscent of the theme song for “The Partridge Family,” so be prepared to be incongruously singing “c’mon get happy” the whole time you’re watching this show.

I Want to Know What All the Fuss Is About

Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland) in “Rick and Morty.”CreditAdult Swim

Rick and Morty
When to watch: Now, on Hulu.

The third season of the Adult Swim sensation “Rick and Morty,” about a maniac supergenius and his sidekick grandson, is now available to stream, including the instantly iconic “Pickle Rick” episode — in which Rick transforms himself into a pickle in order to avoid family therapy. Even better, though, is “The Ricklantis Mixup,” in which we visit the “Citadel of Ricks,” basically an alternate world populated only by iterations of Ricks and Mortys. It’s part of a continuing story on the show, but it works as a hilarious, nightmare-tinged intro to the series as a whole. If you like “BoJack Horseman” or “Futurama,” watch this.

A scene from “Puppy Prep.”Creditvia Hulu

‘Puppy Prep’

When to watch: Now, on Hulu.

Some days you want the epic sprawl of a “Game of Thrones,” or the surprising ups and downs of “Wild Wild Country,” or the slow poignancy of a British period drama. This is the complete opposite of all those things. This is a show about training service dogs, the episodes are all 15-minutes, and not a single bad thing happens. The dogs are, of course, perfect creatures, and the narrator is cheeky and charming (“Kaya is beautiful, and I love her,” he says, referring to a spirited golden retriever). I would watch 1,000 episodes of this show. Sadly, there are only five.

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