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GARFUNKEL AND OATES (Netflix)
IFC may have foolishly canceled this delightful comedy after only one season, but now you can enjoy all eight episodes streaming on Netflix. Taking their names from the lesser halves of famous musical duos, Garfunkel (Riki Lindhome) and Oates (Kate Micucci) are a feminist folk-rock duo with hysterically catchy songs. Think of them as Tenacious D with boobs. I mean, better boobs than Jack Black’s and Kyle Gassner’s man-boobs. And with songs like “Pregnant Women Are Smug,” “I Would Never (Have Sex With You)” and “Accidental Slut,” who can resist these two?
TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON (Netflix)
The Canadian cult comedy debuts its latest season exclusively on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, how to describe it? Well, Wikipedia refers to it as “a Canadian mockumentary crime black comedy-drama sitcom,” which pretty much sums it up and completely confuses the issue at the same time. Suffice it to say follows the lives of a group of trailer park residents, many of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In Season 9, the park gets turned into an old folks community. And as you can imagine, high jinks ensue. Good news for fans: Netflix has already greenlit Seasons 10 and 11, so these Trailer Park Boys won’t be driving off into the sunset anytime soon.
THORNE (Acorn TV)
Before he became the Governor on The Walking Dead, David Morrisey starred in this 2010 six-episode series based on the crime novels of Mark Billingham. Morrissey—who co-created the show with Billingham—plays Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, who tracks down serial killers with ruthless efficiency. And Morrisey’s not the only familiar face: Also keep an eye out for The Wire/Game of Thrones“ Aidan Gillen, Ray Donovan’s Eddie Marsan, Californication’s Natascha McElhone and Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh.
FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (CONtv)
This new reality competition brings new meaning to Survivor. Eight contestants battle to survive 24 hours of a simulated zombie apocalypse. Gory challenges test the competitors, who are whittled down until there’s one final winner (but no prize, aside from pride). Filmed at Sybil Brand Women’s Prison in Los Angeles, Fight of the Living Dead feels all too real at times as the targets race against time and flesh-eating monsters to find the antidote that could save mankind. Brains not included.
INSPECTOR GADGET (Netflix)
Go go Gadget! The beloved inventor/policeman returns with all-new episodes. Get Smart’s Don Adams voiced the title character in the 1983-86 original (and Matthew Broderick played him in an ill-fated 1999 live-action movie, but this time, he’s brought to life by the considerably less famous Ivan Sherry. The inspector comes out of retirement after his arch-enemy, Dr. Claw, gets defrosted and escapes his Antarctic prison, threatening to wreak havoc on the world again. Somehow we’ve got the feeling Gadget will have just the right tool for the job.
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.