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ANGRY BIRDS TOONS: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
If you’ve ever wondered why those birds in the wildly popular game are so angry, here’s your answer. This Finnish cartoon fleshes out the inner lives of characters like Red (the red bird — duh), Matilda (the chicken) and Bubbles (the orange Oriole) as well as their pig nemeses. The episodes are all less than three minutes and feature no dialogue, only sound effects, so chances are none of them are long enough to make you angry.
STEPHEN FRY LIVE: MORE FOOL ME (Netflix)
Hugh Laurie’s old comedy partner, better known these days for his recurring role on Bones, takes the stage in London to read from the third installment of his autobiography More Fool Me. In it, he recounts his days and nights of heavy drug use (he snorted coke at Buckingham Palace and in the House of Commons!). In short, Stephen was often fried.
I’ll HAVE WHAT PHIL’S HAIVNG: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
Sure, Everybody Loves Raymond, but everybody really loves Phil Rosenthal, the classic sitcom’s creator and one of Hollywood’s most famous mensches. He’s also a major gourmand, and this PBS travelogue follows him around the globe as he savors the local cuisines in France, Italy and more. Along the way, you’ll see some familiar faces, like Martin Short, Allison Janney and oh yeah, that Raymond guy.
THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX: SEASON 16 (Hulu)
The long-running U.K. semi-reality show rolls into its not-so-sweet 16th season of following the lifestyles of the glamorous and amorous. (Think of it as Jersey Shore with an English accent.) Popular cast member Lauren Pope, a model/DJ who was supposedly once involved with Prince Harry, departs this season, but there are still plenty of fireworks with Arg, Ferne, Liam, Diags, Lockie, Vas and other people with vaugely British-sounding names.
TRAFFIK (Acorn TV)
The original 1989 British miniseries, which inspired Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning 2000 film Traffic, weaves three stories together. The first follows Afghan and Pakistani opium growers, the second German heroin dealers and the third British smack users, including a young Julia Ormond as the addict daughter of a Scottish drug czar, played by Bill Patterson, who’s now a lawyer on Starz’s Outlander. Sorry: no Benicio del Toro.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.