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This weekend I have … an hour, and I like art
‘American Masters: Keith Haring: Street Art Boy’
When to watch: Friday at 9 p.m., on PBS. (Check local listings.)
This brief biography almost feels like a table of contents for what could be a dozen other episodes. It covers not only the artist Keith Haring but also street art of the 1970s and ’80s, rad parties, the evolution of one intersection as a microcosm for gentrification in New York City, recreational drug use and the role of public art. In one archival clip, a woman with short gray hair asks Haring about a chalk drawing on a subway platform. “Who are you doing it for?” she says. “Um, for everybody, I guess,” Haring replies, and a little smile spreads across the woman’s face.
… an hour, and I like cuddling
‘Baby Chimp Rescue’
When to watch: Saturday at 8 p.m., on BBC America.
Every show about nonhuman primates includes a lot of impish snuggling, but this three-part series about a sanctuary facility in Liberia is on another plane thanks to 21 affectionate baby apes who all want to be held, groomed and in on the action. Cuteness abounds, and depending on how many toddlers are in your orbit, so does familiarity: Why, what better to hang on and then fling myself from than this here doorknob? If you’re more of a rescue dog person than a rescue chimp person, fear not, there are dogs on this show, too.
… a few hours, and I’m earnest
‘The Hardy Boys’
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Hulu.
Don’t be fooled by the hazy visuals, retro aesthetic and moody lighting — this isn’t really part of the “Riverdale” darkly horny teen soap genre. It’s a lot more wholesome, in a good way. Think “Everwood” crossed with “Stranger Things”: It’s the 1980s, some spooky stuff is afoot, and the Hardy boys (Alexander Elliot and Rohan Campbell) have moved back to the small town where their recently deceased mother grew up. While 13 episodes is a few too many, the show has a fun, confident energy. If you liked “Locke & Key,” watch this.
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