What To Watch: 05/20/2022

It’s the Streaming Friday of Streaming Fridays as a famous piece of cartoon nostalgia hits the movie with a fun AF voice cast and a unique take on animation. RuPaul gives her fans the All-Star experience we’ve been waiting for. Two different groundbreaking and subversive comedy forces get the documentary treatment. JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek finally connect on a supernatural drama (as was inevitable… maybe?). And there’s even a decently reviewed farce with New Girl‘s Max Greenfield that we’re barely even noticing.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers [Disney+]
I never watched Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers when it was first on, but I’m admittedly intrigued by this new film. For one thing, it has John Mulaney and Andy Samberg voicing the titular characters (that alone makes it worth watching). Even better, it also incorporates cameos from various Disney characters and different styles of animation. a big part of memoirs wants to see if they pull it off.

Night Sky [Amazon Prime]
Our beloved Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons star as a married couple whose world(s) are turned upside down when their secret portat into a strange deserted planet is revealed to be, well, possibly more, upon the arrival of an “enigmatic young man” (never trust one of those!) All episodes stream today!

George Carlin’s American Dream [HBO, 8p]
Stephen Colbert is not exaggerating when he calls the late stand-up Carlin “The Beatles of comedy.” The metaphor works both in that he was one of the biggest and most influential acts of all time and in that he started simple before transforming multiple times from his benign hippy-dippy weatherman to the subversive linguist of his classic “7 Words You Can’t Say on TV” to his later days as a critic of society, capitalism, fools, etc. Judd Apatow and Mike Bonfiglio look at his six-decade stand-up career through the eyes of his famous peers and spiritual descendants and it should be a fun, fascinating time.  

RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 7 [Paramount+]
I’m pretty sure this cat is out of the bag, but the All-Stars most Ru fans have been waiting for for years just got even better as the one non-former-winner competing is about the best choice that could be, second season runner-up, make-up maven and drag superstar Raven. We get to see the hosts of the iconic Fashion Photo Ruview face off for the first time. Plus, we have Jinxx Monsoon, Yvie Oddly, Shea Coulee and other greats. Really, the only queens who would have made it better would be Bob the Drag Queen and/or Bianca del Rio (and that last one was just never gonna happen anyway). 


  • Now and Then starts from a classic thriller set-up: one of a group of young friends on vacation (in Miami) does not make it home and years later the survivors have to carry the burden of the secret. Rosie Perez leads the cast of the bilingual Apple TV series.
  • Hollywood celebs get embroiled in a romantic farce in a remake of a classic 2008 film The Valet (both share that name). Samara Weaving, Eugenio Derbez, and Max Greenfield star in the Hulu flick.
  • It’s potentially a huge day for innovative, mixed-form animation as ostensibly Love Death + Robots returns for a third season on Netflix, but we’re hearing mixed messages here on that one.
  • The Canadian comedy fivesome who gave us some of our weirdest and most absurd laughs of the 1980s and ’90s have returned with a new series. They also are the topic of a delightful looking Amazon Prime documentary The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks featuring interviews with all the members and, of course, their peers (expect a lot of crossover with the Carlin doc).
  • Eventually stand-up Sam Jay may get her own documentary–she’s certainly worthy–but for now the SNL writer will have to settle for her own HBO talk show. Hey, it’s worked out pretty well for John Oliver. The second season of Pause with Sam Jay debuts tonight.

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