Category Archives: What’s On TV

Friday TV: Oscar-Contending ‘Mudbound’

I’m all for the trend of Netflix buying big movies at film festivals and debuting them online the same day they premiere in theaters. The latest one, a likely Oscar contender, “Mudbound” (Netflix, streaming), is Dee Rees’s drama about two families in rural Mississippi struggling to survive during and after World War II. The singer Mary [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Better Things’ Ends Season

It’s been a difficult time for Pamela Adlon of “Better Things” (FX, 10 p.m.) — largely because of what we’ve learned about her mentor and producer Louis C.K. Still, true to the character she plays on TV, she rises above all adversity on the second season finale of her top notch season; it will be [...]

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Scott Kelly On That Space Station Smell

Last year’s documentary on astronaut Scott Kelly’s 12-month stay on the International Space Station, seen as a precursor to an eventual trip to Mars, “A Year in Space” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), gets a followup documentary, about his return and adjustment to Earth life with “Beyond a Year in Space” (PBS, 9 p.m., check [...]

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Also Wednesday: 2 Chainz’ ‘Expensivest’

The rapper 2 Chainz is half fascinated and half appalled by the excess he’ll sample in his new series “Most Expensivest” (Viceland, 10:30 p.m.). He’s more entertaining than Robin Leach in trying out gold-flaked doughnuts or $10,000 steaks. He’s joined by fellow rapper and Viceland host Action Bronson in trying some of these things tonight, [...]

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Tuesday TV: The Dim New ‘Future Man’

The golden age of TV also finds room for something as repellant as “Future Man” (Hulu, streaming) about a slacker who is sought by future warriors based on his modern day video game skills. “That’s the exact pot of ‘The Last Starfighter,” says Josh Hutcherson’s slacker character. But that doesn’t make it less true. Who [...]

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Monday TV: Veterans Day Documentaries

Two bearded, thoughtful Iraq veterans deal with their war memories and deal with their moral injuries by taking a cross country walk from Milwaukee to Santa Barbara, Calif., in which they also raise funds for a veterans’ place in Wisconsin. The trip is chronicled in the film “Almost Sunrise,” by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco, [...]

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Sunday TV: Elizabeth Smart Tells Her Story

Speaking of 14-year-old girls in peril, Elizabeth Smart was famously abducted from her home in Salt Lake City in 2002 and rescued nine months later. The case has been the subject of books, movies, TV specials and speaking tours and now it’s the basis of a two part documentary. “Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography” (A&E, 9 p.m.) [...]

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Saturday TV: Shepard Fairey Documentary

Shepard Fairey, the street artist who plastered the streets with Andre the Giant stencils and helped boost Barack Obama’s candidacy with his famous “Hope” poster, is profiled on the new documentary by James Moll “Obey Giant” (Hulu, streaming). James Franco produced; Dhani Harrison did the music. Abby Cadabby is featured on the new special “The [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Lady Dynamite,’ Foo Fighters

Maria Bamford’s bold and experimental “Lady Dynamite” (Netflix, streaming) returns for its second season, with her character living with a new boyfriend and having a new job at a streaming service, perhaps like the one she’s on. Something different for Friday night public TV arts programming — the Foo Fighters performing a big rock show [...]

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Thursday TV: The 300th ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Somehow “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.) has reached its 300th episode, bypassing “Murder, She Wrote,” “Fraiser,” “Perry Mason” and “Cheers” in longevity. Started in 2005, it spends tonight’s show dealing with with a possible metaphor, a roller coaster accident, and remembers some of the original cast members, long since gone. Sam goes on a trip [...]

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