Sense8

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dvr this First season streaming on Netflix Netflix’s latest binge-fest is a science fiction mindbender from the Wachowskis called Sense8. Eight different people from all over the world are mysteriously psychically connected by a dying woman (Daryl Hannah) pursued by black-clad villains. The thriller aspect of the story is less interesting than the individual dramas [...]

Outlander

dvr this Starz, Saturday, May 30, 6 p.m. The finale of the first season of Outlander airs May 30. The show is about British World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp (Caitriona Balfe) who is transported two centuries in the past to 18th century Scotland. How this happens is somewhat irrelevant, but the proto-feminist fish out [...]

Bessie

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dvr this HBO, repeatedly on multiple times or on demand While Queen Latifah may never come out and say she’s a lesbian, her performance as the great bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith is so raw, honest, sexy and believable I really don’t care. She’s made a great film about a queer icon. Bessie went from [...]

Grace and Frankie

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dvr this On Netflix When I heard that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were going to team up for a comedy about two very different women thrown together when their husbands leave them for each other, I imagined a new Golden Girls, with broad comedy and lots of zingers. I was shocked and immensely surprised [...]

Silicon Valley

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dvr this HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m. The tech bros of the Bay Area are lovingly satirized in Mike Judge’s fantastic sitcom Silicon Valley. Now in its second season, the show has figured itself out after a shaky beginning, and it is now one of the funniest on TV. Thomas Middlemarch plays Richard, a delightfully awkward [...]

Penny Dreadful

dvr this Showtime, Sunday, May 3, 10 p.m. The season premiere of the postmodern horror drama introduces a new big bad: witches, led by mystic Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory). She becomes the nemesis of our heroine, the disturbed medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), who I think is the most exciting character on television right now. [...]

Cucumber and Banana

dvr this Logo, Mondays, 10 p.m. Russell Davies, who created Queer as Folk and rebooted Doctor Who, has returned to gay dramedy with two shows Cucumber and Banana, which have already premiered in the U.K. and have now landed in the U.S. on Logo. Davies’ original version of Queer as Folk was leaps and bounds [...]

Daredevil

dvr this Streaming on Netflix The first series in the Netflix portion of the Marvel Comics cinematic universe, Daredevil sets the scene for a gritty Manhattan-based world featuring Jessica Jones, Power Man and Iron Fist, all who will eventually form the Defenders. I’ve always found Daredevil to be one of the more fascinating superheroes. An [...]

Wolf Hall

dvr this PBS, Sundays, 10 p.m.   The first episode of Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Book Prize winning novel, is sitting on my own DVR. One of the highest rated television shows in British history, it was also wildly praised by critics, and PBS’s Masterpiece is bringing it to the U.S. [...]

iZombie

dvr this THE CW, Tuesdays, 9 p.m. When I watched the premiere of iZombie, I felt like I was wrapped in a familiar blanket of easy fun. Then I discovered it was created by Rob Thomas, who also gave us Veronica Mars. And iZombie is a cross between that iconic CW show and Buffy the [...]

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