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UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (Netflix)
Developed for NBC, the new sitcom from 30 Rock co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock has rolled out its entire 13-episode first season on Netflix — which has already picked it up for a second. It’s not hard to see why: Bridesmaids’ Ellie Kemper charms as the titular optimist, who survives 15 years in an apocalyptic cult’s underground bunker and emerges determined to make it in New York City. 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski co-stars as Kimmy’s rhymes-with-rich employer, but it’s Broadway veteran Titus Burgess (as a flamboyant actor who’s been reduced to playing a cut-rate Iron Man…excuse me, Metal Hero Friend… in Times Square) who’s truly unbeatable.
BESS OF BOTH WORLDS (Hulu)
Given a punny new title for non-Aussie audiences, the sitcom Upper Middle Bogan follows Bess (Annie Maynard), a posh doctor who discovers she was adopted and her birth family is a team of drag racers. For more TV from Down Under, Hulu has also just started streaming Season 28(!) of Home and Away, the small-town soap that launched the careers of Chris Hemsworth, Heath Ledger, Guy Pearce, Isla Fisher and Naomi Watts, among many others.
JO (Acorn TV)
Big-screen badass Jean Reno’s first TV series, this English-language French production casts him as a Parisian homicide detective with as many skeletons in his closet as there are corpses at the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and other iconic locations. Creator Rene Balcer recruited a few fellow Law & Order alums, including Jill Hennessy (as a plain-clothes nun!) and Sam Waterston, plus the legendary Leslie Caron and Geraldine Chaplin. Despite high ratings, the show was cancelled after only one season. Now that’s a real mystery.
Adapted from the popular manga books, this anime series explores what happens after high-schooler Shinichi Izumi finds his body infiltrated by a mysterious parasite that ends up taking the place of his right hand. We hate when that happens!
SMALL ANIMAL HOSPITAL (Acorn TV)
John Barrowman has dealt with some pretty wild situations on Torchwood and Arrow, but nothing like this: He hosts this reality show that documents the work of the staff of Glasgow University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Cases range from fat cats to horses with hoof problems.
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 Digital Spy. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.