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LOUIS C.K. LIVE AT THE COMEDY STORE (LouisCK.com)
Want to see why the stand-up just sold out four nights at Madison Square Garden (although one was canceled by the blizzard-that-wasn’t)? Check out his latest special, taped at L.A.’s famed comedy club on the Sunset Strip. In it, Louis mines fresh material from topics like babies on planes (“there’s a reason why babies cry on planes, and it’s because they’re upset that gay people are getting married”), Boston accents (“it’s not an accent, it’s a whole city of people saying most words wrong”) and drugs (“I never do drugs, never. So that when I do, they’re way more fun”). And it’ll only cost you $5. Such a deal!
MAS*H: Seasons 1-5 (Netflix)
The Korean War lasted three years. CBS’ Korean War sitcom—based on Robert Altman’s movie—ran for 11 years. The first five are now streaming on Netflix, and they’re arguably the show’s best. They include the (SPOILER ALERT!) shocking death of Col. Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson), the upgrade of Trapper John (Wayne Rogers) with B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell), and the classic extramarital shenanigans between Majors Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit). Plus, Hawkeye (Alan Alda), Radar (Gary Burghoff) and cross-dressing Cpl. Klinger (Jamie Farr). As William Christopher’s Father Mulcahy might say, “Jocularity!”
FOYLE’S WAR: SEASON 8 (Acorn TV)
Three new feature-length episodes of the beloved British spy series roll out on Feb. 2, 9 and 16. Michael Kitchen stars as Christopher Foyle, senior intelligence officer in the Secret Service, with Honeysuckle Weeks as his trusted assistant Sam Wainwright. Based on real Cold War events, the installments — entitled “High Castle,” “Trespass” and “Elise” cover the role of American business in propping up Hitler’s regime and the creation of the State of Israel. Good news: Frasier vet John Mahoney guest stars in the opener as an ailing ex-Texas oil tycoon. Bad news; These will be the last three episodes of Foyle’s War. But all eight seasons will be available on Acorn TV starting Feb. 16.
A much less heroic British war series than Foyle’s War, this sitcom follows a trio of young men who choose not to fight in World War I and are branded outcasts in their small village full of women. Created and written by stars Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), Joe Thomas (Fresh Meat) and Jonny Sweet (Babylon), the show ran for six episodes in 2013. Watch for a cameo by Barry Humphries—without his Dame Edna drag get-up—as the local headmaster.
Therapist/hypnotist/Simon Cowell’s self-proclaimed best friend Paul McKenna interviews those he’s dubbed “the 100 most interesting people in business” and gets them to share the secrets of their success. The list includes Roger Daltrey, Roger Moore, and Richard E. Grant. What do they all have in common? Well, they’re British. As is McKenna. He does talk to some Yanks, too, like Ryan Seacrest, Rachael Ray and Harvey Weinstein. These are our representatives of America?
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, New York Daily News, Vulture, and Digital Spy. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.*