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SHAKE THE DUST (Vimeo)
Rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones executive-produced this inspiring documentary about how breakdancing has saved the lives of young people in slums, ghettos and favelas around the globe. Directed by journalist Adam Sjöberg, the film features amazing footage of gravity-defying dancers that proves we’ve come a long way from Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.
HALAL IN THE FAMILY (Funny or Die)
Aasif Maandvi co-created and stars in this series of sitcom-spoof shorts about a Muslim family, the Qu'osbys, trying to live the American dream—and fighting stereotypes in the process. House of Cards’ Sakina Jaffrey co-stars as his wife, and watch for cameos by Maandvi’s Daily Show cohorts Samantha Bee and Jordan Klepper as well as the Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.
Pac (Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Tyler Labine) is back for Season 2 of the supernatural comedy. This time, the stoner medium is romancing the recently deceased Sue (Lucy DeVito), and guest stars include Danny DeVito (Lucy’s real-life dad), James Franco, Fred Armisen, Michael Ian Black, Jim Norton, Gilbert Gottfried and Zach Levi.
SCROTAL RECALL (Netflix)
Well, you can’t say this British sitcom doesn’t have a memorable title. The “infectious comedy,” as it’s billed, concerns Dylan (rocker-actor Johnny Flynn), who’s diagnosed with Chlamydia and must contact all of his previous sex partners to inform them. High jinks — and flashbacks — ensue.
CHRIS D'ELIA: INCORRIGIBLE (Netflix)
You’ve seen him on the NBC sitcoms Whitney and Undateable, but D'Elia’s first love is stand-up, as he proves in this concert special filmed at L.A.’s Wiltern Theatre. Among the topics: dating, babies, and how to fix the NFL (“I would watch if it was real Bears against real Dolphins”).
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, Vulture and TheMid.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.