What I Watched This Week: 7 Jan 2018

This Is Us – “The Fifth Wheel” (A-)
Its resolution is much too tidy and it features an absolutely dreadful monologue from Randall, but the rest of the episode – most of it set in just two locations, plus one in flashback – is right up there with the best the show has ever done.

The Good Place – “Best Self” (A)
The show proudly burns it all down once more, setting up the rest of the season (and possibly Season 3), as our sextet forge into the real Bad Place in their attempt to escape to the Good Place. Possibly the show’s warmest episode to date.

Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation (C+)
There are moments when Chappelle stumbles into something brilliant about capitalism, racism and sexism in this country. Yet he undercuts his insights with weak, offensive jokes that he delivers with an “Ain’t I a stinker?” grin. It makes for an uneven special, one that’s not nearly as focused and funny as Equanimity.

The Good Place – “Leap to Faith” (A-)
The best party on TV, complete with a roast, double-crossing, a heist and DJ Bad Janet, who alternates between Puddle of Mudd’s “She Hates Me” and “Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer.”

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2017 in Review: Box Office Report

Another year, a few more record-setting films and still fewer tickets sold than any time since the 1990s. It’s only going to get worse, but it seems audiences may finally be wising up: rejecting some tired franchises and championing original films (or at least ones that aren’t based on comic books, theme park rides and toys).

SURE-FIRE HITS – The Kings of the Box Office
*Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($517.2 million)
Beauty and the Beast ($504 million)
Wonder Woman ($412.5 million)
It ($327.2 million)

SURPRISE SUCCESSES – They got there through word-of-mouth or succeeded where others failed
Get Out ($175.4 million)
*Wonder ($121.5 million)
Girls Trip ($115.1 million)
Baby Driver ($107.8 million)

CONSOLATION PRIZES – Didn’t do so hot here, but made up for it overseas
Despicable Me 3 ($264.4 million) – made $767.7 million outside North America
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($172.5 million) – made $622.2 million outside North America
The Great Wall ($45.1 million) – made $289.3 million outside North America
Wolf Warrior 2 ($2.7 million) – made $867.6 million outside North America

DISAPPOINTMENTS – Movies that should have done better
*Justice League ($225.5 million) – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made $330.3 million
War for the Planet of the Apes ($146.8 million) – previous film made $208.5 million
Transformers: The Last Knight ($130.1 million) – previous film made $245.4 million
Alien: Covenant ($74.2 million) – Prometheus made $126.4 million

FLOPPIEST FLOPS – These cost a lot and didn’t come close to returning their investment
The Mummy ($80.1 million) – cost $125 million and killed Universal’s Dark Universe
Ghost in the Shell ($40.5 million) – cost $110 million
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ($40.4 million) – cost $177.2 million
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ($39.1 million) – cost $175 million

LOW BUDGET VICTORIES – Low-cost, high-yield successes
Annabelle: Creation ($102 million) – cost $15 million
Happy Death Day ($55.5 million) – cost $4.8 million
The Big Sick ($42.8 million) – cost $5 million
Wind River ($33.7 million) – cost $11 million

SADDEST STATISTIC – The Emoji Movie made $86 million.

*still in release

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2017 in Review: The Best Performances – Film

Unlike years past, there were very few performances that I absolutely adored this year. Plenty I liked, but there was a real dearth of those memorable roles that I’ll be thinking about for years to come. So while some of the choices may come from left field, these were the performances that made the most lasting impressions or, in some cases, stood out as being the most interesting.

Best Ensemble Cast

The cast of Mudbound
The sprawling ensemble of Dee Rees’ Mudbound all rise to the occasion, showing all the hurt, anger and resentment that’s built up over years of having their dreams taken from them and how hard they’ve had to work just to eke out an existence in a world that wants nothing to do with them.

Best Actor in a Drama

Robert Pattinson in Good Time
Robert Pattinson in Good Time
I’m not quite as enamored with the Safdie Brothers’ wild crime drama as everyone else, though I appreciated that it was the rare movie that I had no idea where it would go from scene-to-scene. Robert Pattinson fully sheds his modern day matinee idol persona with a fully committed performance as a two-bit crook who will stop at nothing to get his mentally challenged brother (and patsy) out of jail. It’s a fully committed performance for a character that will commit crime after crime just to make up for a crime that cost him more than he gained.

Best Actress in a Drama

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Whether or not time is kind to Three Billboards, we’ll always remember Frances McDormand’s performance as Mildred Hayes. She’s all fire and fury as the mother of a murder victim who’s killer hasn’t been (and might never be) caught. Her character’s anger makes sense, even if her actions rarely do.

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2017 in Review: The Best + Worst Movies

It’s no surprise that in a year as polarizing as 2017, the movies this year would be just as divisive. While there was rapturous agreement about my No. 9 and No. 6 picks, people had passionate, disparate reactions to my No. 10 and No. 4 picks. Even a movie that was mostly beloved like my No. 7 engendered wildly different reactions to its ending, to say nothing of the debate No. 5 sparked about whether a movie so free should pan away during its sex scenes. But if there’s a theme that runs through most if not all of these movies, it’s one of hope: hope that we can reconcile, hope that we can start again, hope that we can fight on, hope that we can find connection. In 2017, we needed a lot of that, and we’ll need it again in 2018.

Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (dir. Martin McDonagh)
A movie as messy and in-your-face as this caustic dramedy deserved to have long conversations about the thought-provoking messages it puts forth. Instead, we got into virtual shouting matches over whether it’s racist or not. Here’s what I do know: the performances are fantastic across the board; the script, while making some clumsy character choices and inexcusable mistakes in how characters are used, is exceptional; and its exploration of grief, forgiveness and redemption is absolutely not meant to say any of the reprehensible things its characters do are justified or should be forgotten. This movie is going to get compared to Crash, which is unfair because it’s better, more incendiary and after far different things. Whatever you may have heard, don’t take that person’s word for it.

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird
9. Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig)
An exemplary coming-of-age movie that’s remarkably universal despite the fact that very few of us were teenage girls going to a Catholic high school in Sacramento in the early 2000s. But Gerwig’s terrific script and steady hand (her solo debut for both, no less!) has a deep sense of place and catches the misplaced confidence of so many high school seniors, while also tackling contentious parental relationships AND exploring how growing up working-class can affect all your hopes and dreams. That it does all of this, and features three of the best performances of the year – including career-best film work from Laurie Metcalf – takes it up yet another level.

Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund in Mudbound
8. Mudbound (dir. Dee Rees)
Netflix still has a long way to go in promoting its festival acquisitions, which it hoards and then unceremoniously dumps throughout the year. But its best film to date is Dee Rees’ arrival into the big leagues. Adapting Hillary Jordan’s novel with Virgil Williams, she delivers a heartbreaking look at two struggling families – one black and one white – in the Mississippi Delta after World War II. The year’s best ensemble cast acts the hell out of this, nailing every emotion, so that even when you question their characters’ choices, you perfectly understand what led them there. It also deftly explores how little racial progress we’ve made in the last 70 years. It’s a downer to be sure, but one of the most vital films of the year.

Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project
7. The Florida Project (dir. Sean Baker)
Sean Baker’s commitment to documenting the stories of lives we rarely see on-screen, using actors we rarely see on-screen, deserves more credit than I could possibly bestow. An episodic journey of the lives of the barely-hanging-on residents of an extended stay motel outside Orlando, The Florida Project is deeply empathetic to its characters’ plight while never once being preachy. This is the movie that we’ll be showing future generations to show what life was like for a lot of people in 2017.

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
6. Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele)
Lots and lots and lots of people have said that Get Out seemed to be “the movie of the moment,” yet it would have still been that even if Donald Trump hadn’t won the 2016 election. This is not a movie whose villains are racist rednecks or AR-15-toting Confederate flag-wavers. The horror comes from the people who act like voting for Obama was something heroic, the people who want to be activists without getting their hands dirty, the people who rely on tradition as an excuse for changing nothing. And literally the people who want to use black bodies for their own ends and then dump them the second they’re no longer useful to their agenda. But enough about subtext. This is one of the most confident directorial debuts I’ve ever seen, with a razor-sharp script and pitch-perfect performances from its ensemble cast. That a little $5 million movie from a horror shingle caused a worldwide phenomenon, memes upon memes, and introduced a necessary concept into the lexicon (the Sunken Place) would be cause for celebration. That it’s also a terrific horror-comedy to boot makes it one of the best films of the year.

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2017 in Review: The Best Songs

As before, the abundance of music to fill your earholes during your commute, work or attempts at exercise is worth it if only for the variety of songs that end up on this list. One song I have to highlight, because it’s only on Tidal, which no one besides its investors cares about, is the best track from JAY Z’s latest album, the confessional but underwhelming 4:44. That album’s title track is its finest moment, as he drops all pretense and lays bare his sins. The album’s many music videos were far more interesting than anything else on the music itself.

JAY Z – “4:44”

Animal Collective – “Jimmy Mack”
Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”
Dan Auerbach – “Shine on Me”
Bear and the Beasts – “Bones”
Beck – “Up All Night”
Bleachers (feat. Lorde) – “Don’t Take the Money”
Benjamin Booker (feat. Mavis Staples) – “Witness”
Phoebe Bridgers – “Smoke Signals”
Broken Social Scene – “Halfway Home”
Colony House – “You Know It”
Mac DeMarco – “On the Level”
DJ Shadow feat. Nas – “Systematic”
Drake – “Passionfruit”
Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy”
Craig Finn – “God in Chicago”
Foxygen – “Avalon”
Nelly Furtado – “Pipe Dreams”
Future Islands – “Ran”
Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Sylvia Says”
HAIM – “Little of Your Love”
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos – “Slide”
The Horrors – “Something to Remember Me By”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “If We Were Vampires”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Cut to the Feeling”
Kesha – “Praying”
Kendrick Lamar feat. U2 – “XXX”
Lorde – “Liability”
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers – “Caroline”
N.E.R.D. feat. Rihanna – “Lemon”
New Found Glory – “Party on Apocalypse”
nothing,nowhere. – “Marykate”
Paramore – “Hard Times”
Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
Margo Price – “All American Made”
David Ramirez – “Good Heart”
St. Vincent – “New York”
Mavis Staples – “No Time for Crying”
Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery of Love”
The Struts – “One Night Only”
Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
Topknot – “Seeping Scalp”
U2 vs. Kygo – “You’re the Best Thing About Me”
The War on Drugs – “Thinking of a Place”
Jessie Ware – “First Time”
Washed Out – “Hard to Say Goodbye”
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
The xx – “Say Something Loving”

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2017 in Review: The Best Albums

Last year I vowed not to overdo it in 2017. Yet, with so many albums available to me, catching up with just the “Important” stuff proved daunting. So my top 10 feels a little bit like a blur. You could easily change the order around and I wouldn’t have much objection. You could pull in some of my honorable mentions and that would be fine too. There was a lot of very good music, but very little truly great music. So, have a look and a listen.

10. G A S – Narkopop
Wolfgang Voigt hadn’t made a full album in 17 years, but his return was worth the wait. Ominous and mysterious but mostly full of curiosity, this album of sound collages is engrossing, exciting and truly memorable.

9. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Speaking of worth the wait, James Murphy’s reunited aging hipsters haven’t lost a step. As much as things changed, the also stayed the same and the feeling of “I’m too old for this shit” remains.

8. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Until now, I didn’t “get” Kendrick as it were. I understood what critics admired about him, and certainly loved “Myself” and “Alright,” but this was the album that finally clicked for me. From the boisterous bragging of “Humble” to the ultimate pump-up anthem of “DNA” to my personal favorite: the melancholy U2 collaboration “XXX,” these were the moments that brought it all together to have a brush with greatness.

7. David Ramirez – We’re Not Going Anywhere
This Austin singer-songwriter still hasn’t had his big break, but he’s here to stay. With the devastating opener “Twins,” Ramirez immediately announces he won’t pull any punches, and “Good Heart” is an all-time rambler anthem. There were a whole lot of country-adjacent dudes who followed the trails that Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson blazed, but this year, Ramirez was the best.

6. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
Annie Clark is restless. Even after winning a Grammy for her last album, she opted to change her sound and appearance once again, going for the effortless sensuality of Prince and pulling it off. Even with the focus on sex, she still manages to pull off a stunner like “New York.”

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2017 in Review: The Best Performances – Television

In an effort to highlight even more of the best TV of the year, I’ve added a Best Ensemble category. I spread the love a little bit this year, partly because there was a lot of turnover in my favorite shows that didn’t come back for one reason or another, and because there were a lot of newcomers worth highlighting.

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Dan Stevens in Legion
Dan Stevens in Legion
When Stevens asked for his character to be killed off on Downton Abbey, many asked why he’d get off the gravy train so early, let alone to try something as fickle as American movies and TV? It took a while, but this year the gamble finally paid off. In addition to being in the year’s biggest movie (Beauty and the Beast), as well as two low-key charmers (The Man Who Invented Christmas and Colossal) among others, Stevens gave one of the best performances of the year as David on FX’s X-Men-adjacent series. Stuck with a mind that might either be the most powerful on earth, or just afflicted with mental illness, Stevens handles all the complex emotions brilliantly. This is a show obsessed with psychology and identity, and he kept it from ever feeling repetitive.

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale
In a grand bit of irony, Moss brilliantly plays a woman trapped in a cult, while she’s trapped in one in real life. As Offred, the formerly independent wife and mother forced into sexual slavery, Moss carries the quiet rage on her face, and every act of defiance (whether that be kindness, deception or having an honest-to-God orgasm) registers even deeper.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Chrissy Metz and Chris Sullivan in This Is Us
Chris Sullivan in This Is Us
It’s no surprise this show includes a tissue box emoji in its official hashtag, because the show is here for the express purpose of giving you a good cry every week. (Lord help all the newbies who get blindsided with its post-Super Bowl episode in 2018.) And while the core trio is doing the heavy lifting with the big storylines (fostering for Randall, a pregnancy for Kate and addiction for Kevin), Sullivan is quietly doing the best work on the show under that fat suit. In Kate’s story, which – spoiler alert – ended in a miscarriage, Sullivan underplayed every moment, saving the big emotion for his powerful speech to Kate (Chrissy Metz), letting her know that he’s in just as much as pain as she is, and to deny him that is cruel. It’s stellar work.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Aubrey Plaza in Legion
Aubrey Plaza in Legion
Plaza was magnificent (as was everyone) on Parks and Recreation. But since that show went off the air, no project has managed to capture her mix of dark humor, sass and allure. That is, until Legion. She begins the show as one of David’s only friends, until the season slowly reveals that not only is she not flesh and blood, she’s actually the (literal) demon that’s haunted him for most of his life. Most shows would turn her into an actual scary witch at this point, but Legion would rather tease out the horror, leaving room for her captivating dance to “Feeling Good.”

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

Orange Is the New Black
By this point, there’s not a whole lot that can be revealed about long-time characters on this show. Yet all their history that we’ve seen over the course of four seasons comes to a head this season as the inmates take over the prison, demanding justice for Poussey and basic improvements in their daily lives. Their alliances are fraught and their motivations not always pure, but together their stand feels greater than any one individual performance.

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2017 in Review: The Best Shows – Honorable Mentions

The (ultimately meaningless) struggle of Peak TV got even worse this year. Even with this now annual inclusion of 10 stand-out achievements that didn’t make my top 10, I still didn’t have a place for shows I enjoyed watching, including Crashing, Grace and Frankie and The Tick. That’s the abundance of options we have now. Here, then, are some other standouts. (If I were ranking individual episodes, many of these would best the shows on my top 10, but the seasons they came from weren’t as consistently great.)

Jimmy Tetro in American Vandal
American Vandal
– “A Limp Alibi”
Though most people cited the series’ game-changing fourth episode, in which Peter releases his documentary online, as the high point of this true crime parody, I knew I was hooked on this incredibly stupid/brilliant show in its second episode, when Alex Trimboli’s eyewitness testimony comes into question when he lies about receiving a handjob from one of the school’s most popular girls. It’s an intricate web of lies that begins to unravel, brought to life by a parody of cheap Taiwanese animation.

Alex Jennings and Claire Foy in The Crown
The Crown
– “Vergangenheit”
Were I to rank individual episodes of TV this year, this would likely be at or near the very top. Elizabeth faces a moral crisis when her uncle, who abdicated the throne, returns to England in hope of receiving an important post to give his life some meaning. While there had been whispers that he and Wallis were Nazi sympathizers, the full scope of his betrayal is truly shocking. Elizabeth’s guide through this is Billy Graham (guest star Paul Sparks), who never preaches directly at her, instead giving her practical advice based on Christian teaching. Even in its historical context, this episode is surprisingly timely, given the Nazis hiding in many families, and how far Franklin Graham has fallen from his father by getting into bed with white supremacists himself.

Larry David and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
– “Fatwa!”
The first season of Curb in six years wasn’t always consistent, and nowhere near the heights of past seasons. But all the shenanigans came to a head in the season finale, which included a busty sign language interpreter, Larry David’s pettiest moment ever and a duel with Lin-Manuel Miranda that recalled Hamilton, but with paintball guns.

Steven Spielberg in Five Came Back
Five Came Back
Netflix’s stellar documentary mini-series adapts Mark Harris’ terrific book, pairing five modern filmmakers with the five American directors who spent much of World War II overseas shooting propaganda for the U.S. government. The series reveals a lot about this program (that most don’t even know about), including the directors’ challenges to the Pentagon, their struggles adjusting to life back home and the troubles they had completing projects on such a large scale.

Betty Gilpin in GLOW
– “Debbie Does Something”
This female-focused show took a while to get going, but once it found its voice, it was among the most joyous watches this year. The debut season’s fifth episode is when everything kicks into high gear, as Debbie (Betty Gilpin) finally puts aside her doubts and embarrassment over wrestling and realizes it’s not all that different from her years on soap operas.

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2017 in Review: The Best Shows and Specials


Merrit Wever and Michelle Dockery in Godless
10. Godless (Netflix)
Scott Frank’s Western takes full advantage (maybe too much advantage) of Netflix’s flexibility, with some episodes going on for more than 90 minutes, and others just barely 30. But even as he steps right into some clichés, he avoids just as many others, building a rich world with complex villains and cowardly heroes, where the women can be just as strong and foolish as the men.
Standout episodes: “The Ladies of La Belle,” “The Wisdom of the Horse,” “Homecoming”

Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
It’s very possible that the end of Season Five will mark the end of this show – though a shortened Season Six isn’t out of the realm of possibility – so if we have to begin to say goodbye to this stellar workplace comedy, the show has left behind 100 episodes (to date) of character-based humor and sweetness that never feels phony. This year saw bank heists and prison sentences, but also its first Very Special Episode, tackling racial profiling that was done thoughtfully and without losing the tone of the show. More than any show since Community, this is a great series about a surrogate family doing whatever it takes to stay together.
Standout episodes: “Moo Moo,” “HalloVeen,” “99”

The Handmaids at a ritual in The Handmaid's Tale
8. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
An uneven string of episodes in the middle of the season kept this from being ranked higher. But it righted itself as the seemingly disparate plot threads came together in one act of defiance in the season finale. This is a show that, while not always consistent, is consistently horrifying, from the casual violence to the unknown consequences that come about from trusting the wrong person.
Standout episodes: “Offred,” “A Woman’s Place,” “Night”

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell in The Americans
7. The Americans (FX)
OK, sure. When it’s all said and done, you could probably skip Season Five and not miss much. But even as “nothing really happened,” the show continued to be a tense, thoughtful exploration of identity and family. And that weird feeling you often got in the first four seasons when you found yourself rooting against your own country? The show flipped the script on the audience, so now you realize that (at least in the context of the Jennings’ mission this season), you’re supposed to be.
Standout episodes: “Lotus 1-2-3,” “Dyatkovo,” “The Soviet Division”

Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies
6. Big Little Lies (HBO)
Binged all in one lazy summer day, I may not have been able to fully absorb all the nuance and character beats that kept audiences rapt all throughout the winter. But wow, what a show. Jean-Marc Vallée directs the sumptuous Monterey sunsets with a painter’s eye, and David E. Kelley is doing the best writing of his career, finding those hidden conversations between put-together people when they’re finally honest with each other. The core trio of women is absolutely phenomenal, but that’s no disrespect to Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern and Adam Scott. Forget serialized investigations and fantasy series, this is what the future of Prestige TV should be.
Standout episodes: “Living the Dream,” “Once Bitten,” “You Get What You Need”

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Streaming Picks: January 2018

While I’d focused on Netflix for the last two years, I figured it was high time I expanded my gaze, especially since they’re hardly the only game in town. I’m still being judicious with my selections. Gone are the endless library of reality shows. Instead, I’m focusing on recent movies, original content and comedy specials, with a few offerings of complete back-seasons of shows. I may expand further in the year, but for now I’m focusing solely on the big three streaming-only outlets.

Top Picks
The Godfather Trilogy – Netflix 1/1
A Futile and Stupid Gesture – Netflix 1/26
The former marks the first time (I believe) Francis Ford Coppola’s crime saga has been available on a streaming-only platform. It contains two of the greatest films ever made (both Best Picture winners) and one belated sequel (a Best Picture nominee) that’s either the worst thing to ever happen or actually pretty good once you adjust your expectations.

The latter is David Wain’s long-in-the-works comedy about the early days of National Lampoon magazine. Though that topic has already been explored in the documentary (and book) Drunk Stoned Nearly Dead, this dramatization will hopefully bring more laughs.

Recent Selections
A Ghost Story – Amazon 1/7
Ingrid Goes West – Hulu 1/22
Detroit – Hulu 1/24
Cars 3 – Netflix 1/31

Before I Wake – Netflix 1/5
Rotten – Netflix 1/5
The Polka King – Netflix 1/12
The Open House – Netflix 1/19
Dirty Money – Netflix 1/26

Top Picks
Grace and Frankie (Season 4) – Netflix 1/19
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Season 1) – Amazon 1/12

The former is the very funny and very touching comedy about two older women (a dynamite pairing of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) and their attempt to forge a friendship after their husbands come out as gay and leave them for each other.

The latter is a British-American co-production, adapting the numerous short stories from the brilliant sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, whose works were adapted into highlights like Blade Runner and low-lights like Paycheck.

Glace (Season 1) – Netflix 1/1
Lovesick (Season 3) – Netflix 1/1
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season 10) – Netflix 1/5
DEVILMAN crybaby (Season 1) – Netflix 1/5
Disjointed (Part 2) – Netflix 1/12
Somebody Feed Phil (Season 2) – Netflix 1/12
The Path (Season 3) – Hulu 1/17
Tiempos de Guerra (Season 1) – Netflix 1/18
Drug Lords (Season 1) – Netflix 1/19
Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 1) – Netflix 1/19
Just Add Magic (Season 2) – Amazon 1/19
Llama Llama (Season 1) – Netflix 1/26
One Day at a Time (Season 2) – Netflix 1/26
The Adventures of Puss in Boots (Season 6) – Netflix 1/26
El Ministerio del Tiempo (Season 3) – Netflix 1/28
Beyond Berlin (Seasons 1-2) – Netflix 1/30
Retribution (Season 1) – Netflix 1/30

Doctor Who (Season 10) – Amazon 1/1
Episodes (Seasons 1-5) – Netflix 1/6
Grimm (Season 6) – Amazon 1/6
Colony (Season 2) – Netflix 1/12
Grantchester (Season 3) – Amazon 1/30
Fear the Walking Dead (Season 3) – Hulu 1/30
Uncle Grandpa (Season 5) – Hulu 1/30

Top Pick
The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish – Amazon 1/1
Amazon is broadcasting original content live for the first time (their broadcasts of Thursday Night Football don’t count) with this parody commentary from Cord and Tish, played by SNL alumni Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon.

Other Specials
Alejandro Riano Especial de Stand Up – Netflix 1/10
Tom Segura: Disgraceful – Netflix 1/12
Arango y Sanint: Riase El Show – Netflix 1/17
Todd Glass: Act Happy – Netflix 1/23
Ricardo Quevedo: Hay Gente Asi – Netflix 1/24
Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down! – Netflix 1/26
Mau Nieto: Viviendo Sobrio… Desde El Bar – Netflix 1/26
Sebastian Marcelo: Wainraich – Netflix 1/26

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