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THE SLAP (Hulu)
If you can’t wait until Feb. 12 to see NBC’s Americanized version of Christos Tsiolkas’ best-selling novel, you can already stream the 2011 Australian adaptation. Jonathan LaPaglia and Hotel Rwanda Oscar nominee Sophie Okenedo star as a married couple whose world is torn apart after a cousin smacks another couple’s child at a birthday barbecue. Melissa George, who played the boy’s mom in the original, reprises her role in the U.S. incarnation. We always knew the Alias alum was a double agent!
LITERALLY CAN’T EVEN (Snapchat)
It’s not just for dick pics anymore: The wildly popular app Snapchat has launched its first series, cowritten by and starring Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, the comely daughters of Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn. In keeping with the disappearing-photo concept, the five-minute episodes mine comedy from the lives and loves of these young Los Angelenos and vanish 24 hours after being posted each Saturday. Judging from the early reviews, some might wish it would vamoose sooner.
TREVOR NOAH: YOU LAUGH BUT IT’S TRUE (Netflix)
“If ever this comedy thing doesn’t work out, then I’ve got poverty to fall back on,” jokes the South African stand-up in this one-man special. The product of a biracial — and at the time, illegal — marriage between his Swiss father and Black South African mother (“you know how the Swiss love chocolate,” he quips), Noah learned how to laugh at racism early on. So far, it seems to be working out: He was recently hired as the newest correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
EVER AFTER HIGH: SPRING UNSPRUNG (Hulu)
If the Bratz dolls and Tinkerbell somehow made babies together, they might resemble the denizens of the fairy-tale land in this animated series inspired by the popular toys. In their latest adventure, the girls must unite to fight an evil villain who has cast a spell over their world. Spoiler alert: As the title implies, our high-school heroines live happily ever after.
DANGER 5: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
A quintet of swinging international spies battle Hitler, dinosaurs and Japanese robots in this freewheeling comedy from Australia. Cocreators David Ashby and Dario Russo star as the heroic Jackson (who gets all kinds of action) and the Fuhrer, respectively, with the lovely Natasa Risic and Amanda Simon as the team’s female members. Good news: After a long delay — blamed, in part, on ISIS — the second season began airing last month. Terrorists never win!
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.*