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THE LEAGUE: SEASON 7 (Netflix/Hulu)
FXX’s fantasy-football sitcom scores big laughs with a final season of 13 episodes featuring the return of such popular guest stars as Fox NFL Sunday’s Rob Riggle, The Office’s Zach Woods, Last Man on Earth’s Will Forte, The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz and, um, Popular’s Leslie Gibb. Plus, the Deflategate controversy is addressed, but in The League’s own raunchy way — think breast implants. Have we really seen the last of Andre (Paul Scheer), Ruxin (Nick Kroll), Pete (Mark Duplass) and the gang? Don’t bet on it.
VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER (Netflix)
The 1984 animated series gets a high-tech reboot with 13 new episodes following the adventures of five warriors and their robotic lions who come together as Voltron and defend the universe from the evil empire of Galra. Among the familiar voices: The Walking Dead’s Steven Yuen as Red Lion pilot Keith, Scream’s Bex Taylor-Klaus as Green Lion pilot Pidge and Deadbeat’s Tyler Labine as Yellow Lion pilot Hunk. Although, given his love of food, a better name might be Chunk.
CILLA (Acorn TV)
She may not be a household name in the U.S., but Cilla Black was one of the U.K.’s top-selling singers of the ‘60s, along with her pals The Beatles, and this three-part biopic charts her rise to fame. Sheridan Smith delivers an award-winning performance in the title role — and provides her own vocals. Sadly, Black died at the age of 72 last year, but she lived long enough to see this drama, writen by Oscar nominee Jeff Pope (who cowrote Philomena with Steve Coogan), revive her career in Britain.
UMBRE: SEASON 1 (Hulu)
This Romanian adaptation of the Australian crime drama Small Time Gangster tells the story of a Bucharest taxi driver (Serban Pavlu) who moonlights for the Mob as a debt collector and accidentally kills a man. The eight 45-minute episodes originally aired on HBO Europe, and despite the subtitles, Umbre utilizes the same gritty visual language as shows like The Sopranos and The Wire. It’s proof that no matter where you are in the world, crime pays, at least when it comes to cable dramas.
Sadly more relevant than ever, this animated short fairy tale by acclaimed author Daniel Errico (The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived) depicts the adventures of the titular heroine who travels through the dangerous woods to prepare a picnic for her same-sex sweetheart. Narrated by Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), Rosaline teaches an important lesson in love for viewers of all ages.
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. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.