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What to watch this weekend: ‘Altered Carbon,’ ‘2 Dope Queens,’ Puppy Bowl

FOOTBALL SUNDAY:PUPPY BOWL AND KITTEN BOWL

So there's a big football game this weekend between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Do we really need another year of watching Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl? No, but at least there will be some hilarious and culture-defining commercials. And then there are two more important competitions on Sunday as well: the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark and the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.

The Kitten Bowl features a bunch of furry felines up for adoption and vying for the National Championship of Feline Football trophy. The feline fun starts at noon on Hallmark.

And for the past 14 years, Animal Planet has provided the cutest alternative to the Super Bowl with the Puppy Bowl. Two teams of adoptable puppies (Team Ruff and Team Fluff) attempt to play football in a model stadium while a sideline "repawter" and "rufferee" officiate. The puppies were rescued from areas hit by natural disasters in 2017. Be on the lookout for two Tampa Bay pups, Henry  and Kelly Barkson, from the Suncoast Animal League. The Puppy Bowl preshow starts at 8 a.m. and the big game kicks off at 3 p.m.

Tampa Bay pups: Look for Kelly Barkson and Henry on the Puppy Bowl

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GRITTY CYBERPUNK: ALTERED CARBON

Netflix is upping its sci-fi game with a new series based on the classic cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan. Altered Carbon is set more than 300 years in the future and is a gritty, hard-boiled noir tale of murder and technological betrayal. Its futuristic aesthetic and harsh commentary on greed and humanity make it feel like a mashup of Blade Runner, Black Mirror and Electric Dreams. In the future, consciousness has been digitized and human bodies are interchangeable, dubbed "sleeves." The very rich control the city and are capable of seemingly living forever. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman, Will Yun Lee and Byron Mann in flashbacks) is a former interstellar warrior "woken up" from an artificial womb some 200 years after his former self was killed on a distant planet. His mind was imprisoned until an impossibly wealthy and long-lived man essentially buys his consciousness to help solve his own murder. It's a complicated and trippy story, but the visuals are like candy for sci-fi fans. Now available on Netflix.

Review: Altered Carbon is a dark and dizzying cyberpunk thriller

Yas Queen Yas: 2 Dope Queens

Comedians and podcast hosts Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson are two of the funniest humans on the planet, and they're finally getting their own HBO special this weekend. The hit podcast 2 Dope Queens arrives as a series of four hour-long episodes directed by fellow comedian Tig Notaro (One Mississippi). Some of the special guests include Uzo Aduba, Tituss Burgess, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jon Stewart. The show features these fun, fearless queens dishing on everything from dating white baes and New York living to channeling Beyonce and breaking down black hairstyles. They're two hilarious, raunchy, unapologetic and geeky blerds (black nerds) who are guaranteed to have you in tears by the end of the first episode. You don't have to be caught up on the podcast to enjoy the special, but the 2 Dope Queens would totes appreesh it if you did. 11:30 p.m. Friday, HBO

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UPCOMING STREAMING RELEASES

Friday: Cabin Fever (Netflix)

Sunday: Broad City Season 4 (Hulu)

Tuesday: Valor Season 1 (Netflix)

Wednesday: The Expanse Season 2 (Amazon)

Feb. 9: Brockmire Season 1 (Hulu)

Feb. 14: Star Trek (Hulu)

Feb. 16: Logan Lucky (Amazon)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at [email protected] Follow @chelseatatham.

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What to watch this weekend: ‘Altered Carbon,’ ‘2 Dope Queens,’ Puppy Bowl