What To Watch: 04/21/2023

We’ve got a bunch of dead ghost beasts in our recommendations. You’d think it was Halloween and not Earth Day Eve. Then again, the supernatural is just a representation of the natural, so let’s fight to preserve the netherworlds, the creatures who walk this land until their spirits are calmed. And let’s do that by watching the TV. Happy Streaming Friday. Buckle up, cuz there’s a lot. Don’t be distracted by Ana de Armas, Brad! Oh, and by the way, one of those rec’s IS actually Earth Day related.

Dead Ringers [Amazon Prime]
Rachel Weisz takes on the role of twin gynecologists originally played by Jeremy Irons in the original 1988 David Cronenberg film of the same name. As in the film, the pair share drugs and sex partners while keeping up with their practice. The series is bolstered by a terrific supporting cast led by the always awesome Poppy Liu.

Ghosted [Apple TV+]
Ana De Armas plays a CIA agent while Chris Evans plays her hapless wannabe boyfriend. Join them, won’t you, on globetrotting adventure: spies, guns, love and maybe some laughs. If anything, this film casts a wide net to get the biggest audience possible.

Big Beasts [Apple TV+]
Tom Hiddleston narrates Apple’s Earth Day series about the world’s charismatic megafauna. It’s from the same team that brought us Tiny World and takes a look at the gray whale, the elephant seal, the giant otter, the gorilla, the hippopotamus, the brown bear, the ostrich, the orangutan, the tiger, and the polar bear. 


  • Taking its name from one of its subject’s biggest hits, Dear Mama dives into the short, complicated life of rapper/poet/actor Tupac Shakur (oft shortened to 2Pac). It’s hardly unexplored territory, but there’s also a lot of story to be told.
  • Disney+ selects a more modern genius, bringing us a documentary about SUGA, best known as one of the leaders of the current biggest band in the world, BTS. We’re not sure what SUGA: Road to D-Day‘s title is supposed to mean. We’re pretty sure he’s not writing a concept record about the turning point of WWII, but why would be not, either?
  • It’s a big day for biographical docs as one of the titans of young adult writing is at the center of Amazon Prime’s Judy Blume Forever. Novels like Are You There, God, It’s Me Margaret! and Superfudge showed off her uniquely blunt take at the terror of being teen or younger revolutionized the genre.
  • If you’re a fan of the Sliding Doors, The Roku Channel’s new sci-fi rom-com Slip will almost certainly appeal to you. Zoe Lister-Jones portrays a woman who is sad in her relationship and finds herself in a multiverse of alternate couplings.
  • Joe Bob Briggs has been a legend in the shock and gore universe for decades. The Texan’s marquee show. The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs drops a new season on, where else, Shudder.
  • We have been told since childhood how elephants never forget, but did we know there were Secrets of the Elephant? You cheeky mammals! Learn these tidbits on the new Nat Geo special.
  • Forces of France and Japan team up to create the new Apple TV+ series Drops of God, based on a manga of the same name. The neat premise is that of a woman who must battle an oncologist in games revolving around wine to inherit her estranged father’s vineyard.
  • All the rest of the streaming imports are on Netflix and there’s a lot of them. In alpha order, there’s: Chokehold, a sensual thriller from Turkey about Yalin, who can live anywhere (whatever that means); a third season of Indian Matchmaking, whose title tells both where it’s from and what it’s about; One More Time is about a Swedish woman who, facing her 40th birthday, transports (somehow) back to 2002 and her 18th bday party; the Belgian crime series Rough Diamonds is a thriller taking place in a Hasidic world; finally, the Spanish sci-fi thriller Welcome to Eden features a mysterious island and is pretty clearly influenced by the 1960s cult classic The Prisoner. Its second season debuts today.
  • We’ll end in kind of an unusual landing spot for us. A second season of Diary of an Old Home, pretty self-explanatory, starts on Discovery+ today.

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