What To Watch: 12/08/2022

Two of the quirkier shows on streaming return with new seasons, while documentaries debut–ranging from a look at the British royal couple to a deep dive into the two decades of war in Afghanistan.

BRAD’S PICK:
Doom Patrol [HBO Max]
That oddest group of super heroes is back in new season form–its fourth overall. We have taking dancing butts, sentient buses and Brendan Fraser! What more do you need? If you have friends that say all superhero fiction is the same, show them this show.

JASON’S PICK:
Retrograde [Nat Geo, 9p]
Known for the critically acclaimed 2018 docu-series The Trade, filmmaker Matthew Heineman sets his camera to the effects of decades of war on Afghanistan. It will also be streaming on Hulu and Disney+.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • It was kind of inevitably that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would pull their own mini-Brexit as they are just too likeable for that royal world. Liz Garbus’ documentary Harry & Meghan drops its first half (three episodes) today on Netflix with an insane look inside one of the world’s most famous couples, often from the voice of the twosome themselves.
  • An Indian couple adopts an orphan elephant named Raghu in The Elephant Whisperer (also on Netflix), a nature doc that will surely transform the way you look at the treatment of the intelligent mammals.
  • The third of three new Netflix docs goes much, much darker. In Broad Daylight: The Navarte Case examines 2005’s brutal murders in the Navarte section of Mexico.
  • In Bashir Saluhaddin and Diallo Riddle’s South Side, that titular directional of Chicago is not only the baddest part of town but also one of the goofiest. Its third season on HBO Max opens today.

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