3/16: Review (Comedy Central)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for the return of this delightfully deranged reality competition show spoof for what feels like eons. Review stars Andy Daly as critic Forrest MacNeil, who reviews life experiences as the host of a same-named show, giving each viewer-suggested experience a star rating out of five. Hilarity ensues, and Forrest’s life is slowly but surely ruined as the show goes on. Review returns this month for its third and final season, with a shortened episode count that’s not yet determined. Savor these final morsels of comedic genius.
3/17: Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix)
If you liked Jessica Jones and managed to drag yourself through Daredevil and Luke Cage, Iron Fist is the superhero franchise installment for you. Marvel continues its slow takeover of television with this new Netflix series about billionaire kung fu master Danny Rand (Finn Jones), who returns to his native New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years — and promptly begins whooping ass.
3/22: Shots Fired (Fox)
This new drama series from filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights) and her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood, premiered to glowing reviews at Sundance in January. A ten-episode “event” series starring Love & Basketball’s Sanaa Lathan, Shots Fired explores the aftermath of a racially-charged police shooting in a small North Carolina town. A Justice Department investigation reveals a cover-up; the governor is up for re-election; and a real-estate mogul who owns a private prison is implicated. With a cast that includes Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss, Shots Fired promises to be appointment viewing.
3/31: Five Came Back (Netflix)
This one’s for all you film buffs and World War II geeks. Adapted from film historian Mark Harris’s 2014 book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, Five Came Back is a three-part docu-series about Hollywood’s influence on WWII, and vice versa — told through the stories of five directors who spearheaded the American propaganda effort: William Wyler, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens, and Frank Capra. The series enlists five modern-day filmmakers — Guillermo del Toro, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan, and Steven Spielberg — to contextualize the importance of their work. Meryl Streep narrates, and as a bonus, Netflix is making available 13 documentaries that are mentioned in the series.