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CHELSEA PERETTI: ONE OF THE GREATS (Netflix)
If you can’t get enough of her as brutally sardonic assistant Gina Linetti on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine — and who can? — check out the stand-up’s hysterical hour-long special, filmed at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. She takes aim at targets like dog owners and hipsters (“Do you guys think it’s worse to wear a fedora or kill 15 people?”). And wait until you hear about her real pet peeve: “I don’t like eating bananas in public. That is so stressful if you’re a girl.” But never fear: She reveals the secret to “de-dicking” the phallic fruit.
LOUIE, SEASONS 1-3 (Hulu)
Fun fact: Chelsea Peretti played Louis CK’s date in the 2010 pilot for his FX comedy. She’s only one of the many fellow brilliant comics who have guested on the lo-fi cult fave. Watch for Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, Sarah Silverman, Robin Williams and more. Oh, and don’t miss Season 2’s “Joan,” in which our red-headed single-dad anti-hero sleeps with the late, great Joan Rivers. Or Season 3’s “Telling Jokes/Set Up,” for which Melissa Leo won an Emmy as Louie’s hostile hook-up.
HIGH MAINTENANCE (Vimeo)
The video platform’s first original series returns with a new batch of episodes depicting the comic misadventures of a Brooklyn pot deliveryman known only as “The Guy.” He’s played by Ben Sinclair, who created the series along with his real-life wife Katja Blichfeld. His customers include a bigwig’s stressed-out assistant and a sexually frustrated magician (aren’t they all?). Bong not included.
THE HOUR (Acorn)
Between playing roguish Baltimore cop Jimmy McNulty on HBO’s The Wire and adulterous author Noah Solloway on Showtime’s new drama The Affair, Dominic West embodied another charming ne’er-do-well, Cold War era British anchorman Hector Madden, in this 2011-2012 BBC drama. Mixing espionage with media history, the Emmy-winning thriller boasts an outstanding ensemble: Romola Garai (The Crimson Petal and the White), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), a pre-Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, and Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin, among others.
THE PARADISE (Amazon)
It’s another British period piece, but this one’s more like a cross between Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge. The soapy drama, based on an Emile Zola novel, takes place in England’s first department store, The Paradise, in 1875. Both eight-episode seasons of the BBC-PBS co-production are now available on Amazon. Keep an eye out for Ben Daniels, better known as Robin Wright’s House of Cards paramour, in Season 2.
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, Vulture.com, Fast Company, New York Daily News, Digital Spy, DuJour Magazine, the Sundance Channel’s website and RogerEbert.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.