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2019
Jun
5
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Season 5 of Black Mirror is only three episodes long – but that was true of Season 1, and look how well that turned out. All three of these new editions are impressive, one is astounding, and every one is better than anything CBS has yet served up with its Twilight Zone reboot. Black Mirror is the modern spiritual and creative descendent of Rod Serling’s classic anthology series, yet Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have made this series their
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
5
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Coming on the stiletto heels of Netflix’s Bonding comes another series flirting with the slowly expanding “sexual desire” genre of TV pay-for-play players, which may have originated with Showtime’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl. This new entry, like Bonding, adopts the male point of view, and tells of a struggling writer named Nikhil (Vishaal Reddy) who decides to raise money by working as a male escort. And as with Fleabag, another obvious influence along
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
5
 
 
Tonight’s episode of Archer: 1999 has Archer and his team used by aliens as entertainment: forced to compete in arenas, battling one another for survival, as in a vintage Star Trek episode.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
4
 
 
I highly recommend: Perpetual Grace LTD. Yes, it has a terrible title, and it was switched from the even worse Our Lady LTD. But its cast list is remarkable, even in an era of quality TV...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
4
 
 
This is one of the only worthwhile things on TV tonight – but at four hours long, it should fill the bill. This expanded 1994 version of the classic Woodstock documentary, originally released in 1970 as a visual record of the seminal 1969 rock concert, makes room for additional performances, including more by Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Canned Heat. Other performers include Richie Havens, Joan Baez, The Who, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, a seminal set by Joe Cocker, and, in
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
4
 
 
DuMont's Cavalcade of Stars debuted on this day in 1949...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
3
 
 
This day in 2001 marked the debut of the HBO drama, Six Feet Under...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
3
 
 
After two games in this season’s Stanley Cup Finals, the St. Louis Blues had eked out an overtime win in Game 2 to even the series. In Saturday’s Game 3, the Boston Bruins dominated thoroughly, especially when taking advantage of power-play opportunities, and now has a 2-1 game advantage heading into tonight’s Game 4. Watch, again, for times when the Blues draw a penalty that puts a player off the ice and in the box – and how aggressively the Bruins attack to turn that te
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
3
 
 
This is a rare prime-time showing of German director G.W. Pabst’s 1929 silent film, which presented Louise Brooks as Lulu – a once-innocent showgirl who descends into a whirlpool of sin and depravity, leaving many men (and even a woman or two) in her hedonistic wake. One small but fun footnote: Brooks was an American actress, born in Kansas, who was hired by Pabst and flown to Germany to star in Pandora’s Box. Another, even smaller footnote: On the occasions when Bewitched star
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
2
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This excellent crime series, starring Idris Elba as intense investigator John Luther, has been dormant for five years. But now, thank goodness, it’s back, and it arrives with a surprise: Ruth Wilson, who played sexy killer Alice Morgan, is back as well. And that’s a surprise, because we last saw her character at the end of Season 3 in 2013. When Season 4 began, she and John Luther had gotten together and broken apart (all of it out of sight of TV audiences), and he s