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MASTER OF NONE (Netflix)
Aziz Ansari stars in this wry semi-autobiographical sitcom as a struggling New York City actor named Dev. Each episode boldly tackles a different theme, such as one in which Dev deals with being the son of first-generation immigrants (well-played by his real-life parents). Guest stars include adorable SNL alum Noel Wells as Dev’s on-again/off-again girlfriend, plus a surprisingly funny Claire Danes as an adulterous hookup and The Americans’ Noah Emmerich as her obnoxious husband. The unpredictably brilliant Master stands as the year’s best new comedy, streaming or otherwise.
AMAZON PILOTS (Amazon)
It’s that time of year again, when Amazon rolls out its latest batch of pilots and lets users vote on which ones deserve to be picked up to series. The newest crop features Good Girls Revolt, about female staffers at a Newsweek-like magazine in 1969; Edge, a post-Civil War revenge drama from Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black; One Mississippi, a semi-autobiographical sitcom starring stand-up Tig Notaro; and Z, starring Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerland. Let the voting begin!
THE AWESOMES: SEASON 3 FINALE (Hulu)
Seth Meyers’ animated superhero parody wraps up its third season with the aptly titled episode “The Final Showdown.” In it, Prock (voiced by Meyers) and his illegtimate brohter, Perfect Man (voiced by Meyers’ brother Josh) team up to try and turn their evil father, Mr. Awesome (Tonight Show announcer Steve Higgins), good again via blood transfusions. Sounds… awesome.
LINE OF DUTY: SERIES 2 (Acorn TV)
The highest-rated BBC2 drama of the last decade, Line of Duty returns with cop Lindsay Denton (Upstairs, Downstairs’ Keeley Hawes) under suspicion of foul play as the sole survivor of an ambush on her anti-corruption police unit. Among the cast members who are back is The Crying Game’s Adrian Dunbar; among those who aren’t is The Walking Dead’s Lennie James.
THE PRINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA (Netflix)
Not to be confused with the 1988 Keanu Reeves dramedy of the same title, this entry in ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series tells the bizarre-but-true story that inspired last year’s film Foxcatcher. Featuring new interviews and archival footage, it focuses on how millionaire John DuPont’s obsession with Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz led to murder. Strangely, Foxcatcher is never mentioned, but it’s fascinating to compare the drama with this doc.
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.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.