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ARCHER: SEASON 6 (Hulu)
Before Season 7 of FX’s animated spy spoof debuts on March 31, catch up with Archer’s most recent adventures. His agency is no longer called ISIS for obvious reasons, and guest voices include Christian Slater (as Slater, natch), Burn Notice vet Coby Bell, Fargo’s Allison Tolman, Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani, Veep’s Gary Cole and Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein. Also, The Americans’ undercover KGB agent Matthew Rhys uses his real acccent in an episode he inspired about Welsh separatists! And watch for visual references to Bullitt and The Eiger Sanction, among many other pop-cultural touchstones.
HAPPY VALLEY: SEASON 2 (Netflix)
Sarah Lancashire returns for a second season of the award-winning British crime drama as Catherine Cawood, a tough-minded cop who patrols a drug-ridden neighborhood named Happy Valley. This time, she finds herself a suspect in a string of serial killings that includes the murder of the mother of the rapist who drove her daughter to suicide. Meanwhile, the product of that rape, Catherine’s grandson, begins to show sympathy for his imprisoned dad (War & Peace’s James Norton). A sitcom, Happy Valley ain’t.
THE TRENCH (Acorn TV)
Six years before he became 007, Daniel Craig starred in this British indie movie as Telford Winter, a combat-hardened sergeant who whips his troops into shape on the eve of World War I’s Battle of the Somme. Among his young charges are Ben Whishaw (later to become Agent Q!), Agent Carter’s James D'Arcy and Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy. Oh, and it was written and directed by William Boyd, author of such novels as A Good Man in Africa, An Ice Cream War, Restless and the James Bond adventure Solo.
VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS: SEASON 1 (Acorn TV)
James Corden has gone viral with his “Carpool Karaoke” videos on The Late Late Show, and he also appeared in this four-episode Brit-com based on a popular Twitter account about behavioral peculiarities in the U.K. Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Julie Walters (Educating Rita), VBP examines such issues as discussing the weather and drinking tea. Oh, how veddy British.
CAMERON ESPOSITO: MARRIAGE MATERIAL (Seeso)
Only two days before she wed fellow comedian Rhea Butcher, lesbian comic Cameron Esposito held her bachelorete party at Thalia Hall outside her hometown of Chicago! Ok, so it’s more of a stand-up special than a shindig, but she does get big laughs by discussing issues ranging from her menstrual cycle to gun control and dropping references to Taylor Swift, Han Solo, Allison Williams’ Peter Pan and Linda Hamilton’s Terminator 2 arms—in other words, a pair of guns that cannot be controlled.
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.