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’m Watching With Kids
When to watch: Monday at 8 p.m., on Disney Channel.
Andi Mack (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) is the plucky feminist hero dreams are made of, bright and funny and determined, ethical and creative. She reminds me a lot of Jane from “Jane the Virgin” — the kind of character who can weather a storm because she was raised by people who really love her. In Andi’s case, they’re her grandparents, who she thought were her parents until discovering that the woman posing as her older sister was actually her mother. But it all worked out!This third season premiere finds Andi’s far-flung friends and family returning to her orbit: Pops is back from his overseas adventure, her bio dad is back from his band’s big tour, and her main love interest, Jonah, is back from summer camp. If you’re looking for a grounded but joyous tween show, watch this.
‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’
When to watch: Starting Thursday, on Netflix.
Our culture is a big, floppy failure on a lot of levels, but there is one small patch where we’re mostly succeeding, and it is food programming. “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” hosted by Samin Nosrat and based on her book of the same name, is the latest sumptuous, educational, globally minded food show, and it’s among the more poetic in the genre. (Nosrat is also a columnist for The Times Magazine.) The show is upbeat while still being high-minded; Nosrat is like the happiest professor you ever had, and the four episodes go by in a flash.
I Love Sports Documentaries
‘Basketball: A Love Story’
When to watch: Tuesday at 7 p.m., on ESPN.
ESPN is touting this as a 20-hour documentary, but it’s really more a colossal anthology of short films than one big story: Watching it is like falling into a majestic basketball k-hole on YouTube, except all the videos are pretty good. The documentary is airing in four-hour blocs over the next five Tuesdays, although the order of the shorts doesn’t appear to have any real impact; dip in or out as desired. Some of the films are quite specific — say, the saga of the 1978 Portland Trailblazers — and others more broad, like musings on the nature of coaching.
I Want a Soft Goodbye
When to watch: Monday at 10:25 p.m., on AMC.
Because “Lodge 49” is a dreamy, gentle series about human hope and the inertia of loneliness, I was worried it would be too precious for this world and meet a swift cancellation. But the TV gods have shined their favor on their faithful servant (that’s me), and “Lodge 49” has been renewed for a second season. Wyatt Russell stars as Dud, a doofy but lovable surfer dude who is still in denial about his father’s death. He stumbles upon a Lynx Lodge and becomes completely enchanted by the fraternal organization. This week is the season finale, but you can watch the previous nine episodes on the AMC site with a cable login.
Other season finales this week: “Better Call Saul” (Monday at 9 p.m., AMC); “MTV Floribama Shore” (Monday, 10 p.m., MTV); “Sorry for Your Loss” (Tuesday, Facebook Watch); “Mr. Inbetween” (Tuesday, 11:30 p.m., FX).