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'Plague' recalls 1900 epidemic with dark shades of 2020

By Kevin McDonough "Plague at the Golden Gate" on "American Experience" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) recalls history from more than a century ago with terrifying similarities to recent, controversial actions and social … more

Potentially poignant story derailed by cosmic debris

By Kevin McDonough Streaming has been a blessing and a curse for storytellers. Just because something can stretch out to eight hour-long episodes doesn't mean it should. Amazon Prime's "Night Sky" stars two Oscar winners, Sissy Spacek and J.K. … more

HBO celebrates long association with George Carlin

By Kevin McDonough The two-part profile "George Carlin's American Dream" (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA) concludes. Perhaps second only to Richard Pryor, Carlin is the most influential comedian to emerge from the turbulence of the 1960s and … more

A civics lesson; billboard celebrity; 'Ipcress'

By Kevin McDonough A "Schoolhouse Rocks" for a cynical age, "The G Word With Adam Conover" debuts on Netflix. The host of "Adam Ruins Everything" offers tongue-in-cheek descriptions of our government at work, highlighting the nuts-and-bolts … more

The end of the line for many network series

By Kevin McDonough Cat Deeley returns to host "So You Think You Can Dance" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-PG). Stephen Boss, Matthew Morrison and Jojo Siwa will preside as judges. This marks the 17th season of a series that hallmarks the end of the broadcast … more

'Black Gold,' Lionel Richie and history's echoes

By Kevin McDonough Paramount+ streams the three-part docuseries "Black Gold." A tale of scientific discovery, betrayal and coverup, it details how Exxon and the oil industry discovered more than 40 years ago that fossil fuels were a direct cause … more

Danes, Hiddleston star in 'Essex Serpent'

By Kevin McDonough Apple TV+ has another winner with "The Essex Serpent," a stylish period piece series starring Claire Danes ("Homeland") and Tom Hiddleston ("The Night Manager"). Cora Seaborne (Danes) is first seen at the deathbed of her … more

'Top Gun' sequel 36 years after original is creepy, sad

By Kevin McDonough CBS dedicates its Saturday night to the 1986 thriller "Top Gun" (8 p.m.), presumably to promote the May 24 release of "Top Gun: Maverick." Hollywood has a long history of remakes and sequels, but making one a full 36 years … more

Leaving Las Vegas on a new season of 'Hacks'

By Kevin McDonough "Hacks" returns for a second season, streaming on HBO Max. Jean Smart, who has been great in so many roles, from "Designing Women" and "Frasier" to "24," "Fargo" and "Mare of Easttown," plays Deborah Vance, a Las Vegas-based … more

Fantasy competition series 'The Quest' begins

By Kevin McDonough You have to admire the genius of "The Quest," now streaming on Disney+. You may not watch it or like it, but you've got to stand back and admire its ability to blend scripted elements and reality TV tropes in a world out of a … more

'American Masters' recalls a forgotten giant

By Kevin McDonough Jason Momoa ("Game of Thrones") narrates "American Masters: Waterman - Duke: Ambassador of Aloha" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings). That's entirely fitting, since its subject is literally larger than life. This … more

Apple TV+ offers 'Big Conn,' new season of 'Tehran'

By Kevin McDonough What's in a name? Now streaming on Apple TV+, "The Big Conn" recalls the infamous Eric C. Conn, who stole a half-billion dollars from the government before going on the lam. The docuseries is both detailed and whimsical, as … more

TV's relationship with mothers, Mother's Day

By Kevin McDonough TV has a weird relationship with Mother's Day, because TV has so often been weird to mothers. In so many shows airing over so many decades, mothers were all but wiped out. From "My Three Sons" to "Bonanza" to "The Andy … more

New takes on 'Star Trek' and 'The Staircase'

By Kevin McDonough "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" begins streaming today on Paramount+. The streamer has doubled down on comfort food over the past two weeks, serving up a "Godfather" origin story with "The Offer" and now a prequel of classic … more

Documentary recalls 'Three Mile Island' meltdown

By Kevin McDonough Not made available for review, the Netflix documentary "Meltdown: Three Mile Island" debuts today. Created by producers behind the Oscar-winning movie "Erin Brockovich," it … more

'Who Do You Believe?' offers voyeuristic buffet

By Kevin McDonough Most people I know try to avoid gossip and getting caught up in other people's drama. But where's the fun in that? "Who Do You Believe?" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14) asks viewers to wallow in both sides of an ugly situation, … more

Are we ready for a home-shopping cancer comedy?

By Kevin McDonough Shows set in show business tend to be weak. They generally ask viewers to find life-and-death consequences in mere entertainment. At the same time, the show-within-a-show comedy series "Episodes" remains one of the best … more

Elisabeth Moss returns in thriller 'Shining Girls'

By Kevin McDonough Sometimes the best series are the ones you don't quite understand. It's never quite clear what's going on in "Shining Girls," starring Elisabeth Moss, who also serves as executive producer. Apple TV+ will stream the first three … more

'The Offer' recalls the making of 'The Godfather'

By Kevin McDonough Paramount+ streams the 10-part series "The Offer," a period piece about the drama behind the writing and creation of "The Godfather." It's also a love letter to one of the most fruitful periods in Paramount history. Early in … more

Both powerful and vile, 'The Survivor' airs on HBO

By Kevin McDonough Can a film be powerful and repulsive at the same time? The 2021 drama "The Survivor" (8 p.m., HBO, TV-MA) is based on the true story of Harry Haft (Ben Foster), a haunted man who left Auschwitz alive after making a deal with … more
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