Is Marlon the best Wayans? Should rappers be judged by the content of their lyrics? How are so few people aware of a network drama featuring two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank in the Last Frontier? Is it our fault? Well, we’re here to try to rectify that shortcoming with our selections of what. to. watch!
Marlon Wayans: God Loves Me! [HBO Max]
Having the Wayans name has been a blessing and a curse for the family’s youngest brother. While it opened doors, it also masked that Marlon might just be the most talented and is often the funniest of the bunch. It’s irrelevant here, but he also showed he might be the clan’s best actor way back when with Requiem for a Dream. The 50-year-old comic’s latest special should be a must-watch for any fans of stand-up as he weaves personal stories around his contention that he was responsible for The Slap[TM].
Drill Rap [Vice]
A new Vice special on the most controversial recent hip-hop subgenre airs tonght. It’s surely isn’t the first time the rap genre has been investigated on TV. Drill’s rap sheet may be a little more street level. Say what you want about Vice, but their reporters get in the thick of it, and given Erik Adams’ hard-on for taking down drill rap, it’s needed indeed.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- After a one-week delay, the Hilary Swank drama Alaska Daily returns to reveal the first of the last three episodes from its first season. The show chronicles a veteran journalist who relocates to Anchorage and quickly finds herself embroiled in covering a tragic tale of disappearing indigenous women.
- In the latest Shudden original, Spoonful of Sugar, an allergy special is called in for the challenging case of a young boy who might just be the most allergic child not living in a bubble young John Travolta-style. Of course, there’s more than meets the eye to the plight of the child and horror happens; if it didn’t, it wouldn’t be on Shudder.
- Is your child–or your most high version of yourself–ready for the animated Netflix program Karate Sheep. They’re sheep who know karate, what else do you need to know?
- Sarah Shahi’s Billie continues to decide between her adult life and her wilder past on the aptly named Sex/Life. The Netflix drama’s second season drops in its entirety today.
- Call it International Streaming Thursday as there’s no shortage of new streaming shows from beyond the U.S. borders. HBO Max brings us the Mexican musical comedy Mariachis starring Pedro Fernandez. The new content from Netflix includes (in alpha order): Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery whose origins and plot points are pretty much packed into the title, but the slapstick Italian series returns for a second season today; the offbeat and pointed Saudi animated comedy Massameer County is also back for a sophomore turn; finally, the French docu-series Monique Olivier: Accessory to Evil looks into the psychology behind a woman who would pledge her allegiance to a serial killer.
- We’ll end this dance of new content in the LHV (Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex) where Lifetime’s new movie comes out on its subsidiary LMN. My Diary of Lies is about… well, does it really matter. If you are a Lifetime movie fan, ironically or un-, the plot isn’t the point here.