What To Watch: 05/25/2021

It’s been a year since Derek Chauvin and police inaction led to the wrongful death of George Floyd, and there are multiple programs examining the year since it happened. On the other side of the spectrum, yet also somehow on the same side, Sasha Baron Cohen releases more footage from his most recent Borat movie–and Republicans (and some Dems) wince at what stupid things their politicians did when somehow not recognizing him as one of the most famous pranksters in the world. It’s a TV Tuesday and here’s what we got for you.

BRAD’S PICK:
Borat Supplemental Reportings Retrieved from Floor of Stable Containing Editing Machine [Amazon Prime]
The world needs Borat more than ever? Well we aren’t in the same predicament we were when Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was released, but Trump is still in the wings ready to pounce and his supporters are more unhinged and as dangerous as ever. So yeah let Sacha Baron Cohen hold conspiracy theorists Ferrari the fire of there own ignorance. We don’t have time to play nice with these lunatics.

FIONA’S PICK:
Cruel Summer [Freeform, 9p]
Last week we unraveled a little more of the Turner’s story and finally found out where Cindy Turner ran off to. Jeanette seems to be opening up a little to Angela and perhaps her relationship with her dad is salvageable? This week we’re back on Kate as we explore her birthday in ‘93, ‘94 and ‘95. 

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer [PBS, 8p]
Tonight’s episode is about medicine and explains the “more recent medical inventions that combat illness directly, particularly antibiotics, and the development of antiviral drugs for HIV.” The development has been rapid and incredible! So this one looks particularly good.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Whether or not you accentuate the positive,eliminate the negative, and latch on the affirmative, you truly should not mess with FX’s Mr. Inbetween since, like Barry Berkman and Mike Ehrmantraut, he’s one of those TV hitmen in the midst of an existential crisis. Its third and final season begins tonight.
  • Get those handkerchiefs ready (who uses handkerchiefs anymore, our editors aren’t 80) as tonight This Is Us will generate a new kind of tears–the kind one gets when witnessing a happy nuptual celebration. The NBC tentpole marks the end of its fifth (man, time flies?!) season with the wedding of Kevin and Madison.
  • Whoever calls the legendary boxer a “complicated individual” in the ABC documentary Mike Tyson: The Knockout, airing tonight, is dealing in understatement. He’s inspired people, spent time in prison, bitten off a rival’s ears, beaten titans, lost to a guy named Buster, rocks a face tattoo, raises pigeons, and co-starred with an animated pigeon voiced by Norm Macdonald.
  • ABC is just the most prominent network looking at the life and aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. Their special is called After Floyd: The Year That Shook the World.
  • BET launches the first chapter of its three-part suite of documentaries about George Floyd, police brutality, and all around systemic racism. Bars & Ballads For George Floyd uses the power of music to eulogize the man and denounce the forces who made his name nationally known for the worst possible reason. Performers include Nas, Jon Batiste, Bun B, and Anthony Hamilton.
  • Oprah’s OWN network notes the occasion with the more general Widen the Screen: A Fuller View of Black Life.

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