Friday TV: Politics, Texas Teen Style

Leave the rancor of the current political season for the one created at the 2018 Texas high school confab “Boys State” (Apple TV+, streaming), where the conservative-leaning delegates are surprisingly cynical in their mock runs for governor, but the filmmakers wisely choose to follow one humble kid who quietly forges a path forward and almost instills hope in the process. It’s an engrossing and thought-provoking documentary.

Jason Sudeikis brings a sunny cluelessness (and sporty mustache) to his character “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+, streaming), yet another Amierican in UK comedy, this one about a U.S. college football coach hired to run a competitive UK soccer team — something he doesn’t know a thing about. Three episodes drop today and will return Fridays for new ones. 

Joseph Gordon Levitt and Jamie Foxx star in the new sci-fi thriller “Project Power” (Netflix, streaming). The movie about people who can get superpowers for five minutes also stars Courtney B. Vance and Machine Gun Kelly. 

Adam DeVine and Gillian Jacobs star as magicians returning to their youth camp to help teach kids  in the family film “Magic Camp” (Disney+, streaming), a kind of “School of Rock” for magic. 

When it premiered in 1995, “Eco-Challenge” was one of the first outdoor adventure races for reality TV. Now Mark Burnett has revived it in the renamed “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji” (Amazon Prime, streaming). Bear Grylls hosts and there are 66 teams competing, but years of producing such shows makes it easy to hone in on a handful of interesting competitors to begin with. 

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