What To Watch: 06/10/2022

Modern day vampires, very, very flawed superheroes, a beloved family TV icon known for a much darker sense of humor in real life, old-timey British gangs, and a cavalier chicken who is also a hare… maybe? All that leads the charge of a busy Streaming Friday (yup, we’re still trying to make that happen).

KATHERINE’S PICK:
First Kill [Netflix]
This teen drama asks, what if Twilight were a little more gay? A nervous teen vampire makes a move to her “first kill,” who, oops, is an experienced vampire hunter.

BRAD’S PICK:
The Boys [Amazon Prime]
The third season continues and boy has it been a banger. In this show’s universe, nothing is scarier than Homelander losing his grip on reality and that seems to be happening. Starlight has been made co-captain of The Seven and that means she’s right on the line of fire. Hughie is still sewing with the last revelations… in other words, it’s about to get real.

JASON’S PICK:
Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute [Netflix]
While I’ve never been a huge Saget fan, I’ve always been fascinated by the dichotomy of his screen life as one of the most mild and tender fathers on screen in the saccharine-but-beloved Full House contrasted with his standup persona as one of the raunchiest comedians in the biz (hence the special’s title). It doesn’t hurt that he was known IRL as one of the kindest, most supportive souls in the game. This should be a fun lovefest with a lot of dark humor. What’s not to love?

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • It’s a big day for all you Blinderheads as the sixth and final series of the cult series about British gangs starring Cillian Murphy hits stateside today on Netflix. It’s not the end of the line for Peaky Blinders as a movie is planned. Wait, was that the sound of a million Community and Deadwood fans sighing at once? Well, one of those DID finally happen, even if it took longer than a decade.
  • And you members of FaxGang are not left out either. Amazon Prime unveils the second season of the animated high school comedy Fairfax today.
  • Fiancee fans, you’ll get yours as well, but then it seems like few days pass without a new season of one of the iterations of 90 Day Fiance streaming new seasons. This one is on Discovery+ and the pairs are meeting up in the tropics for 90 Day Fiance: Love in Paradise.
  • The Mars Mission continues–if not in some Telsa jerk’s feverdream–at least on Apple TV’s For All Mankind. The sci-fi exploration drama goes quietly into its third season, at least for a Ronald Moore show starring Joel Kinnamon.
  • Given the title is Intimacy and it hails from Spain, you can get a decent idea that this new Netflix film is gonna be pretty steamy. It’s about a politician who becomes embroiled in a sex scandal that threatens to tear her apart.
  • The second of three new movies from overseas is easily the darkest as the Rwandan film Trees of Peace takes place during the 1994 genocide.
  • Somewhere between Over the Hedge and Chicken Run lies the new Netflix animated flick with the awesome title Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness. It’s from France’s nWave Studios, and it tells the story of a chicken who lives in the shadow of his adventurer parent and disguises himself as a hare to avoid mockery. I’m sure the movie and the book its based on make it make sense.
  • More familiarly, Disney+ goes back to the well of one of its most beloved franchises for the spin-off movie Beyond Infinity: Buzz Lightyear and the Hamster of Darkness. It’s pretty much what it sounds like, but it’s great that Tim Allen is finding work after that cocaine bust back in the 1970s.
  • We were ready to dismiss the latest home makeover show on Freevee (Freevee?), but then saw in the trailer that the first doorbell rung is the absolutely awesome Fortune Feimster. So, check out Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis if you can find Freevee. Just try to retrace your steps. It’s often where you least suspect.
  • And Lifetime, as it so often does, leaves us with the most perfect of places to end on. They’re going sinister (as they are wont to do) on this one with Happily Never After, in which we presume someone is getting stalked. It’s the bride. By the wedding planner.

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