By EW Staff
September 08, 2017 at 01:43 PM EDT

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Not sure what to binge this weekend? We’re here to help: Each Friday, the EW staff reveals which TV shows and movies, new and old, they’ll be streaming once work’s over. Below, check out our picks for the weekend ahead.

One Mississippi, season 2 (Amazon)

Tig Notaro has been through it: breast cancer, a life-threatening bacterial infection, the sudden death of her mother — and she chronicled the immediate aftermath of this fraught period in the first season of her darkly funny, semi-autobiographical Amazon comedy. However, this time around, the comedian’s covering some new ground by focusing on topics like discrimination in the South, sexual assault, and the fluidity of sexuality — all subjects the series treats with sensitivity, intelligence, and, of course, Notaro’s brand of dry wit. Like the excellent first season, this new set of episodes made me cry laughing — “I’ve seen the documentary called Jurassic Park, and it’s kind of hard to argue with that,” Notaro deadpans at one point in response to someone claiming dinosaurs aren’t real — and regular-cry at the raw, tender moments her character shares with both family members and her “friend” Kate (played by real-life wife Stephanie Allynne). Plus, it’s just the right size: With six 30-minute episodes, One Mississippi will perfectly fill a lazy afternoon. Read our interview with Notaro about it here. —Ariana Bacle (@iambacle)

BoJack Horseman, season 4 (Netflix)

In the first episode of the new season, Vincent D’Onofrio says “This D’Onofrio has had enough-rio!” So, this is how I will be spending my weekend. —Ray Rahman (@RayRahman)

A Monster Calls (HBO)

Continuing HBO’s string of September additions is A Monster Calls, a truly heart-crushing tale that EW’s own Devan Coggan called “a little simplistic” but packed with “spellbinding visuals and honest emotion.” The story about a young boy dealing with insurmountable grief through a giant talking tree beast was adapted by Patrick Ness, who wrote the original novel. This comes at a time when Ness’s Doctor Who spin-off Class just got the ax and another of his works, Chaos Walking, is becoming a feature film. —Nick Romano (@NickARomano)

Atypical (Netflix)

As time goes on, I find it harder to talk myself into checking out new streaming series. Most of them are okay, but few truly hook you and refuse to let go. Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why was the last one for me, and it consumed every evening of my life for weeks this summer. Now, I’ve found another. Atypical, also on Netflix, is not just as good as 13 Reasons. It may be better. It follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old boy with autism, as he struggles to navigate teen romance and, he hopes, find a girlfriend. If that sounds like an exercise in heartbreak, it is at times. What’s surprising, though, is how funny and charming he — and the series — are. Beneath Atypical’s sweet premise is a deep and unflinching examination of how Sam’s condition has shaped his parents (Michael Rappaport and Jennifer Jason Leigh, both in top form), his younger sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine), and every aspect of their family. These are complex characters with rich inner lives, and they keep pulling you forward, episode by episode. I binged this first season in a single sitting, and now find that I can’t stop thinking about them. I won’t tell you whether Sam finds love, but I will promise that you’ll adore him. —Sean Smith (@seansmithew)

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