Friday TV: ‘End of the [Something] World’

the-end-of-the-fucking-world-netflix-696x348The darkness and deep cynicism of a new, streaming coming of age series from the UK is indicated by the asterisks necessary in its title. “The End of the F***ing World” (Netflix, streaming) stars Alex Lawther as a teen who fancies himself a sociopath, to the point where he plans a classroom killing.

He meets his mach, though, in the equally antisocial Jessica Barden, and the two embark on a wild outlaw road trip in the dark comedy.

Also online, the new six part documentary series “Rotten” (Netflix, streaming) looks into the often unappetizing world behind the scenes in the global food industry, from chicken raising to dairy farm shortcuts to the making of ersatz honey.

This has happened for a while: Children helping adults answer trivia questions. Fred Savage hosts and Ricky Gervais faces the small fry to get the answers on the new “Child Support” (ABC, 8 p.m.). Some sort of prizes are involved, as well as some measure of embarrassment.

Soledad O’Brien looks back on high profile cases of the past on “Mysteries & Scandals” (Oxygen, 9 p.m.).

On “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 8 p.m.), the three remaining chefs have to create fancy pasta dishes on the cheap.

A sixth season starts for the animated “The Amazing World of Gumball” (Cartoon Network, 6 p.m.).

Darryl has a superpower on “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

Contessa hosts a throwback pool party on “Married to Medicine” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

“MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.) is now being promoted as “MacGy.” I don’t think it will catch on.

McGarett looks for the killer of an FBI agent on “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Danny and Baez revisit an old case after a journalist disappears on “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

The 10th season starts for “Treehouse Masters” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.), which has always had a tenuous relationship with animals.

Daisy’s life is on the line on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

“Josh Gates’ Destination Truth” (Travel, 9 p.m.) travels to Antarctica.

A guy with a live shark clamped on his thigh is one of the “Untold Stories of the E.R.” (TLC, 9 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies is devoting Friday nights this month to survival movies. It begins with “The Naked Prey” (8 p.m.), “Deliverance” (10 p.m.), “The Most Dangerous Game” (midnight), “Run for the Sun” (1:15 a.m.) and “The Wild North” (3:15 a.m.).

NBA action includes Minnesota at Boston (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Washington at Memphis (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball has Akron at Toledo (CBS Sports, 6:30 p.m.), Wisconsin at Rutgers (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), St. Peter’s at Iona (ESPNU, 7 pm.), Northwestern at Penn State (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.), Northern Kentucky at Oakland (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), Wright State at Detroit (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) and Oregon at Oregon State (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m.).

Women’s games include Providence at Seton Hall (Fox Sports 2, 7 p.m.).

The U.S. championships continue in figure skating (NBC Sports, 4 p.m.; NBC 8 p.m.) and Olympic Trials also continue in speedskating (NBC Sports, 6 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Blake Lively, Milo Ventimiglia, Uzo Aruba. The View: Dan Harris, Niecy Nash. Harry Connick: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Tai Beauchamp, Stacy Piagno, Tiffany Aliche (rerun). Steve Harvey: Yvette Nicole Brown, Sheila E. Ellen DeGeneres: Kumail Nanjiani. Wendy Williams: Mario Cantone, Alex Guarnaschelli (rerun). The Real: Brandy Norwood, Sheryl Lee Ralph, William Allen Young, Countess Vaughn, Shar Jackson, Marcus T. Paulk, Ray J (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Neil deGrasse Tyson. Jimmy Kimmel: Armie Hammer, Jason Clarke, THEY. Jimmy Fallon: Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Irwin (rerun). Seth Meyers: Ice T, Michael Showalter, Midland (rerun). James Corden: Gael Garcia Bernal, Jason Momoa, Sam Smith (rerun). Carson Daly: Maria Bamford, Kevin Devine, Bria Vinaite (rerun).

 

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