Also on Friday: Amazon’s Trippy ‘Utopia’

“Utopia” (Amazon, streaming) has already been a British series about a bunch of comic book fans finding a conspiracy behind their favorite title. But the new version by Gillian Flynn (of “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects” fame) brings a freshness and vitality to the tale. Funding by the streaming service makes for a very credible version of a ComicCon where the central characters meet and the surprising crime story begins. That it has to do with an imminent pandemic makes it either prescient or just extra compelling. Its biggest stars are listed as John Cusack and Rainn Wilson; neither appear in the fast moving pilot. 

“Secret Society of Second-Born Royals” (Disney +, streaming) is a new sci fi superhero film starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee as a princess who learns she has special powers and is part of a league of heroes meant to protect  the kingdom. 

A family man falls into this old footwear obsession in the new series “Sneakerheads” (Netflix, streaming) with Allen Maldonado, Andrew Bachelor and Jernest Corchado. 

In the new Israeli spy series “Tehran” (Apple TV +, streaming), from the director of “Homeland,” Niv Sultan plays a Mossad agent going undercover in Iran’s capital. The first three episodes are available tonight with 

Corporate synergy is alive in the new National Geographic-produced “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” (Disney+, streaming), which looks at the natural world of animal worlds found in the unnatural worlds of Disney parks. It’s narrated by Josh Gad of “Frozen.”

The disarming comic from “Late Night with Seth Meyers” breaks through with her own bi-weekly topical program “The Amber Ruffin Show” (Peacock, streaming).

Many people will be happy about the return of “The Great British Baking Show” (Netflix, streaming) for its eighth season. 

In the imported new South Korean series “The School Nurse Files” (Netflix, streaming) a young nurse has an extra responsibility: saving students from only monsters she can see. 

The German equivalent of the JFK assassination — the 1991 murder of politician Detlev Rohwedder — are covered in the new documentary series “A Perfect Crime” (Netflix, streaming). 

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