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The problem with Jon Stewart

Spirit mixed with despair… Jon Stewart. Photography: Apple TV +

Apple TV +, starting Thursday, September 30
Perhaps inevitably, satirist Jon Stewart couldn’t stay away from the dumpster fire that is American public life for long. This new weekly show – which will be accompanied by a regular podcast – will address one major issue per episode. Stewart will once again tape his show to a studio audience in New York City with a style that mixes a sharp wit with a degree of sincere liberal desperation. A short teaser, which addressed the pressing issue of Dicks in Space (don’t pretend you don’t know exactly who he’s talking about), also suggested a handful of skits, mixing social commentary with a hint of surrealism.


BMF

Based on a true story… BMF.
Based on a true story… BMF. Photograph: Jessica Miglio / 2021 Starz Entertainment, LLC

Starzplay, from Sunday September 26
Black criminal families are generally not allowed to tell vaguely sympathetic origin stories like, say, Italian-Americans. So, for that alone, this series – produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson – deserves to be noticed. Set in the unruly Detroit of the 1980s, it’s based on a true story – the rise of the title Black Mafia Family, led by Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest” Flenory. Big Meech’s son, Demetrius Jr, plays his father and sees Snoop Dogg as a morally ambiguous clergyman.


Hollywood clichés attack!

Meet cute… Rob Lowe examines movie tropes.
Meet cute… Rob Lowe examines movie tropes. Photography: Adam Rose / Netflix

Netflix, starting Tuesday, September 28
The visual equivalent of Roger Ebert’s Bigger Little Movie Glossary (inventor of the action thriller trope ‘Flame and Steam Factory’), this unique comedic documentary from Charlie Brooker’s satirical stable takes a look at the addiction of the film industry American with regard to the banal and the hackneyed. Actor Rob Lowe is our guide through a celluloid story of “the cute encounter,” “women running in stilettos” and “running away from explosions” (pictured below), among many other crimes against the originality, with ironic comments from the A-list actors, writers, academics and critics.


Ada Twist, scientist

Fun fueled by Obama… Ada Twist, scientist.
Fun fueled by Obama… Ada Twist, scientist. Photography: Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix, starting Tuesday, September 28
“Science is the best,” according to eight-year-old Ada in this American animated series for children from Higher Ground Productions by Barack and Michelle Obama. Along with her friends Rosie Revere, engineer, and Iggy Peck, architect, Ada faces everyday problems, such as her older brother’s smelly shoes or how to carry a stash of pet stones, and tests hypotheses to solve them. . The show keeps the educational aspect light, while a regular epilogue has an actual scientist giving an accessible mini-lecture on their specialization.


Housemaid

Margaret Qualley with Rylea Nevaeh Whittet in Maid.
Gritty… Margaret Qualley with Rylea Nevaeh Whittet in Maid. Photography: Ricardo Hubbs / Netflix

Netflix, from Friday October 1
Inspired by Stephanie Land Maid’s bestselling memoir: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, this drama series from the production team behind Shameless is a brutal but ultimately redemptive take on life at the bottom of the ladder. American. Margaret Qualley is Alex, a woman who runs away from an abusive relationship for the sake of her little girl and soon sees every door slam in her face. It’s the American dream filtered through precarious housing, low-paid work and thwarted aspirations.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld
Modern friends… Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld. Photography: YouTube

Netflix, from Friday October 1
For anyone lucky enough who hasn’t seen America’s Greatest Sitcom, all 180 episodes of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David’s comedy “No Hug, No Learn” are streaming on Netflix. Get ready for the ultimate binge-watch – ideally paired with a bowl of cereal or soup to go. Although it is pre-social media – the show ran from 1989 to 1998 – there is something decidedly modern about the obsession of his New York friends Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer and their almost total lack of empathy for their colleagues, their partners, their parents. or each other.


Diana: the musical

Jeanna de Waal in Diana: The Musical.
Kitsch value… Jeanna de Waal in Diana: The Musical. Photography: Netflix

Netflix, from Friday October 1
If you can’t wait for your next The Crown patch, this Broadway musical might be the help for you. Jeanna de Waal lacks the heartbreaking intensity of Emma Corrin as a doomed princess, and as is often the case with American interpretations of British stories, many of the supporting characters are from the 1940s. But, at the very least , it has a certain kitsch value which is reinforced by the musical involvement of Bon Jovi’s keyboardist, David Bryan. Diana’s life often felt like a ballad of melodramatic, maximalist power, so why not?

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