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BLACK JESUS (Hulu)
From Aaron McGruder, the creator of The Boondocks, comes this irreverent live-action sitcom in which the Messiah (Gerald “Slink” Johnson) returns to walk the Earth — the streets of Compton, to be exact. Watch for veteran comics Charlie Murphy (Chappelle’s Show and, you know, Eddie’s brother) and John Witherspoon as neighborhood denizens who bust the savior’s proverbial balls. Catch up on the 10-episode first season before it’s resurrected for Season 2, coming soon on Adult Swim.
EL SEÑOR DE LOS CIELOS (Netflix)
As Netflix prepares to roll out its own drug-kingpin telenovela Narcos soon, the service is offering up earlier examples of the genre, like last week’s La Reina del Sur and this popular Telemundo series. The first two seasons — totaling 154 episodes in all — follows “Lord of the Skies” Aurelio Casillas (Rafael Amaya) as he battles rival drug dealers, the DEA and Mexican authorities. In other words, it’s Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.
DEATH IN PARADISE: SEASON 3 (Netflix)
The title of the British-French crime dramedy becomes all too literal in its third season, when detective Richard Poole (Ben Miller), who’d investigated wrongdoing in the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie in the first two seasons, is murdered. His ne'er-do-well fellow London detective Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) arrives on the scene to try and crack the case. Think of it as Law & Order: Club Med.
VERA: SEASON 5 (Acorn TV)
Two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Secrets and Lies, Little Voice) stars in the latest installment of her acclaimed British mystery. She’s cast as DCI Vera Stanhope, a cranky genius detective who solves crimes in the Northeast of England. A new episode of the series, based on Ann Cleeves’ best-selling novels, comes out every Monday in July. Watch for rising Broadway star Cush Jumbo (who recently played opposite Hugh Jackman in The River) to reprise her role as DC Bethany Whelan.
KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: SEASON 2 (Netflix)
The original anime series returns to Netflix for more interstellar adventures. Set in the year 3394, a thousand years after the residents of Earth escaped when it was demolished by giant alien shapeshifters, the story follows the crew of the spaceship Sidonia, who may be the last humans alive in the universe. Which wouldn’t be so bad, as long as the ship gets Netflix.
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.