As we celebrate the most crashboombangy of holidays (please hug your pets and easily-frightened humans), most of the TV shows go to reruns, but there’s a few fun and/or informative programs out there if you don’t want to watch people celebrate the independence of America by blowing up a small portion of it.
We The People [Netflix]
Ten musicians (H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Brittany Howard, Daveed Diggs, etc.) get a “civics remix” through animation. An improved way to spend the holiday.
The One and Only Dick Gregory [Showtime, 9p]
Dick Gregory is a stand up legend and remarkable social activist. He deserves the documentary treatment and it’s finally here. The One and Oy Dick Gregory features interviews with Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart and others. Watch to see exactly why he is a legend.
Kevin Can F**k Himself [A&E, 9p]
If you are not an AMC+ subscriber (and who can keep up with all of the streaming services these days), you can finally see this brilliant road trip episode of one of the truly innovative shows of the 2020s. On the sitcom side, Kevin and his dumb pals ineptly assemble the worst escape room ever while on the dark comedy side, Allison and Patty travel to Vermont to find painkillers for Allison’s secret plan to murder Kevin.
Blindspotting [Starz, 9p]
As Ashley adjusts to the new normal, Rainey wants her to open up and share her feelings about Miles’ incarceration. From the looks of it, Ashley isn’t the only one who’s been withholding.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Why exactly Macy’s is the company with the monopoly on excessive holiday celebrations is beyond me, but is probably a subject of at least a few YouTube videos in the real life lore genre, but it’s Fireworks Day and one of the places to watch mini-explosions on the teevee is on NBC for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular held in New York City.
- If you’re feeling a bit more forgiving of DC these days given a slightly less yelly, less autocratic, less ridiculous resident of the White House, there’s also A Capitol Fourth hosted by Vanessa Williams and featuring performances from non-controversial artists like Train, Cynthia Erivo, and Jimmy Buffett–and you know what, “Margaritaville” might as well be our national anthem these days, or (as Alan Jackson will be there too: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere“). It’s brought to viewers like you by the Public Broadcasting Service.
- AMC is not the only game in town for new episodes of shows today, but it’s the main one as in addition to that Kevin show, it’s offering a new season 3 episode of A Discovery of Witches where Diana gets a package.