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REAL ROB: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
Not to be confused with ¡Rob!, the short-lived 2012 CBS sitcom starring Rob Schneider and loosely based on his life marrying into a Mexican family, this eight-episode Netflix sitcom uses Schneider’s actual Mexican family playing themselves. He’s also recruited fellow comedians like George Lopez and fellow SNL alums Norm Macdonald and David Spade. Reminiscent of not just his own old show but also Louie, Maron and The Jim Gaffigan Show, Real Rob looks like Schneider is once again “makin’ copies.”
TYKE: ELEPHANT OUTLAW (Netflix)
It’s Blackfish for pachyderms. This harrowing Australian documentary tells the story of Tyke, an African circus elephant who killed his trainer in front of a horrified audience and ran wild on the streets of Honolulu before being shot and killed in 1994. The archival footage can be difficult to watch, but it’ll make you think twice the next time you shop for tickets to the circus.
BROADCHURCH: SEASON 2 (Netflix)
Gracepoint, the Americanized version of the smash British miniseries Broadchurch, didn’t make it to a second season. But David Tennant (who starred in both versions as well as Marvel’s Jessica Jones, not to mention a little show called Doctor Who) returns for another go-round of the original UK crime drama. Now he’s dealing with the trial of an accused child murderer as well as new cases — and new costars, including Charlotte Rampling, James D'Arcy and Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who’s been doing American accents for so long on Without a Trace and Blindspot that it’s a shock to hear her true British enunciation again.
SENSITIVE SKIN: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
Another British series that’s been remade — in this case, there was a Canadian version starring Kim Cattrall — the 2005-2007 romantic comedy concerns a wealthy London copule (Absolutely Fabulous’ Joanna Lumley and Star Wars Denis Lawson — who’s also Ewen McGregor’s uncle!). At 60, they deal with sexual and professional conflicts as well as a 30-year-old son (James Lance) who refuses to grow up. In other words, their lives are anything but absolutely fabulous.
ONE-PUNCH MAN (Hulu)
Based on the wildly popular Japanese webcomic, this animated series follows Saitama, a superhero who fights monsters in the fictional metropolis of City Z. He’s so strong, however, that he can beat any opponent with one punch (hence his name). So he’s easily bored and always looking to fight someone his own strength. Where’s Hercules when you need him?
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.