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Class may have been dismissed on Yahoo’s Community, but Greendale’s own Britta—aka Gillian Jacobs—is back as another feisty female in this anti-rom-com co-created by Judd Apatow. She plays a bad-girl radio-station employee who gets into a rebound relationship with a geeky musician (co-creator Paul Rust). Also watch for appearances from Andy Dick, Married veteran Brett Gelman, and MadTV alums Will Sasso and Bobby Lee. All ten episodes—two of which were directed by Mad Men’s John Slattery—are now streaming, just in time for your post-Valentine’s Day love hangover.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan put together this four-part documentary series based on his book of the same name. Organized by the elemeents of fire, water, earth and air, Cooked follows Pollan as he travels around the globe talking with professional and amateur chefs alike about the importance of making and eating real food, not processed garbage. Fun fact: Michael Pollan is Tracy Pollan’s brother and thus Michael J. Fox’s brother-in-law!
THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS (Amazon Prime)
Inspired by the venerable magazine, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (who’s up for another Academy Award this year for his Scientology exposé Going Clear) leads a diverse team of filmmakers to create a video version of the publication’s mix of investigative journalism (Gibney’s probe of pre-9/11 intelligence failures), artsy features (a profile of provocative artist Marina Abramovic), short stories (acted out by Alan Cumming), poems (read by Andrew Garfield) and cartoons (drawn by Roz Chast). It’s often illuminating and only occasionally irritating—just like a real New Yorker should be.
SNERVOUS TYLER OAKLEY (Hulu)
Never heard of Tyler Oakley? Ask a millenial. The twentysomething YouTube sensation opens up about his life in this documentary, which includes interviews with his friends and family members. Oakley talks to his father about how coming out of the closet affected their relationship and chronicles the international tour of his live show. And he’s globe-trotting again in the social-media themed season of CBS’ The Amazing Race.
SUSPECTS (Acorn TV)
Cops meets Curb Your Enthusiasm in this semi-scripted UK crime drama. Set in London, it follows a trio of detectives played by Ripper Street’s Damien Molony, Children of Men’s Clare-Hope Ashley and Cold Feet’s Fay Ripley as they investigate and close a case each week. The improvised dialogue gives Suspects a rough-hewn verismilitude. Season 1 is now on Acorn TV, Season 2 rolls out Feb. 29, and three more are in the pipeline.
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.