According to theCenter for Disease Prevention and Control, approximately one in six American children have a diagnosable developmental disorder, such as autism, speech-related impairments or cerebral palsy.
What do an R&B singer-songwriter, a genius playwright, a rock ‘n’ roll legend and a California hitmaker all have in common? To any practical person, they are all insane. But they’ve also come together as subjects for the four-part docuseries “Song Exploder,” hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, which emerged from the popular podcast of the same name. Each episode focuses on one of these iconic musical artists and takes fans on a televised journey, revealing how their most beloved songs were created.
In the world of “South Park,” the only cardinal sin is self-righteousness — the attitude that personal beliefs and convictions are completely unassailable. Whether it’s religion or race, politics or personality, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“The Book of Mormon”) always manage to blur the lines between sacred and immoral, showing that both sides of any debate are odious.
Let me just complain for a minute: Paris. I was supposed to go to Paris last May. Spring. In Paris. For a week. To visit a friend. Let me just repeat: Spring, in Paris, with other college juniors. And then the virus hit Europe and the trip was canceled. Understandable, it is a pandemic after all. So, imagine, how excited I was for “Emily in Paris” — a moment in October, in the middle of midterms, to leave Ann Arbor and enjoy the escapism that is, in essence, a glorified romantic comedy? Count me in.
Alex Gibney’s latest docuseries “Agents of Chaos” breaks down Russian interference in the 2016 election to an effect similar to the way Scooby-Doo villains are unmasked — uncovering that beneath the grand mystery are several small and seemingly meaningless pieces that are the real “monsters.”
Featuring a niche cult with an obsession for buying and selling shoes, Netflix’s “Sneakerheads” attempts to highlight the phenomenon in which peoples’ love for sneakers ends up compelling them to spend $5,000 on a storage space chock-full of partially-identifiable shoeboxes.
One day, I’ll finally get around to watching that original, U.K. version of “Utopia.” When it made its debut in 2013, it was met with rave reviews and soon amassed a diehard fanbase. Unfortunately for them, what they had in passion, they lacked in size — the show was canceled before it could make it to Season 3. But now, after six years, “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn is resurrecting the series with an uncomfortably topical remix. Thanks to Flynn’s knack for mind-bending twists and spine-chilling psychopaths, my first experience with the world of “Utopia” was an absolute thrillride.
“Archer” is a show full of surprises. With a long tenure on FX, the show has managed to stay both popular and well-received. Each episode of the new, eleventh season is crafted in line with the show’s successful formula, but adds new, interesting elements that keep the audience on its toes and wanting more. Still, we never lose sight of the small band of lovable characters that made the show what it is.
It seems like Netflix has an original movie for every genre. Cringey horror movie? Try watching “The Influence.” Corny holiday romcom? “Holiday in the Wild” is particularly good. With their newest original movie, now it seems like Netflix has finally dipped its toes into one of the most specific and successful genres of the 2000’s: the Disney Channel Original Movie. “Julie and the Phantoms” is a charming, colorful, wholesome spin on this modern genre for a new generation of kids.