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GRACE AND FRANKIE (Netflix)
Sure, you could look at this Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin sitcom as a 9 to 5 reunion. But we prefer to see it as a meeting of the Aaron Sorkin repertory company, as Fonda is joined by her fellow Newsroom alum Sam Waterston and Tomlin rejoins ex-West Wing-er Martin Sheen. The women play wives whose husbands fall in love with each other, and since it’s created by Friends alums Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, they speak more slowly than Sorkin characters. Oh, and the cast isn’t made up entirely of senior citizens: Swimsuit model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker co-stars as Fonda’s daughter.
THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS (Netflix)
Five new episodes of the animated Shrek spinoff feature a new nemesis for our feline hero (Eric Bauza, replacing Antonio Banderas from the movies): El Moco (voiced by Machete himself, Danny Trejo), a villain who’s sworn to get vengeance against Mayor Temoroso (Reno 911’s Carlos Alazraqui). Doesn’t he know not to mess with Puss… in Boots?
MCCALLUM (Acorn TV)
No, it’s not a biopic of Man from U.N.C.L.E./NCIS veteran David McCallum. Rather, John Hannah (The Mummy, Damages) stars in this eight-episode 1995-98 drama as forensic pathologist Dr. Iain McCallum, who works in the morgue of St. Patrick’s Hospital in London’s East End. So, not all that different from McCallum’s medical examiner Ducky on NCIS!
THE STRANGE CALLS (Hulu)
It’s like The X-Files. Only it’s Australian. And it’s a comedy. This 2011 sitcom follows a small-town police officer (Toby Truslove) who investigates mysterious emergency phone calls that put him on the trail of mermaids, reincarnated cats and people who turn into chickens. Even Fox Mulder would have been freaked out by these cases.
OTHER SPACE (Yahoo Screen)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 devotees rejoice! The cult-favorite comedy’s stars Joel Hodgson and Trace Beualieu have joined forces with Bridesmaids mastermind Paul Feig for this sci-fi sitcom about a spaceship’s motley crew. Also, watch for Dave Franco—whose big brother, James, got his big break on Feig’s Freaks and Geeks.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. His work has also been published in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Emmy Magazine, Vulture and TheMid.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.