This week: Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Miracle Workers, This Is Us, Grown-ish, Chicago Med, Deadly Class, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, How to Get Away with Murder, The Umbrella Academy
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
“Censorship In China” New episodes Sunday On Netflix
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Remember when Netflix decided to remove the Saudi Arabia episode of Patriot Act? The internet was shook and Hasan Minhaj isn’t about to let it go. On his first show of 2019 he’s about to get himself even more #banned—but, boy, he’s gonna do it in style. Freedom of speech and information is so incredibly important and Minhaj will take you on a journey, from personal experience to the bigger picture, to break down censorship in other countries. When you see the creative ways some activists get around censorship you’ll be ready to join them…using emojis. It’s funny and searingly honest with a touch of terrifying—all to get you thinking deeper. We’re so glad Patriot Act is back to help us all make sense of this world.
From Netflix: Minhaj’s weekly comedy show will explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity. Each week, Minhaj will bring his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to investigate the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.
“Hit or Miss” – Series premiere Tues Feb 12 On TBS
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Steve Buscemi is God. Um, yeah, we’re talking about on his new TBS show Miracle Workers, where he plays the Almighty himself…well…a drunk, depressed version of Him at least. God watches the state of the world and even He is feeling lost. But one of his angels, Eliza (Geraldine Viswanathan), still has faith and works to make a difference (via some accidental natural disasters)…if God doesn’t bring about the apocalypse first. To save the world, she teams up with Craig (Daniel Radcliffe)—who is possibly even more lost than God—and makes a bet to answer an impossible prayer. Based on the book What in God’s Name by Simon Rich, Miracle Workers is a quirky new comedy that’ll get you questioning the afterlife and what’s really important. With the popularity of The Good Place it’s no wonder afterlife shows are getting new…well…life and Miracle Workers fits right in. The new show has some hilarious moments but unfortunately the writing is very hit and miss—the random jokes that are slotted in don’t always make sense. That being said, Miracle Workers is a pretty enjoyable effort to tide you over ’til you’re back in The Good Place.
From TBS: Frustrated with the mess that earth’s become, God contemplates the end while two determined Angels try to change his mind.
This Is Us
“Songbird Road: Part 2” – Season 3, Episode 12 Tues Feb 12 – 9PM On NBC
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**idobi rated: ❤️❤️**
This Is Us have kept us in suspense for three whole weeks…or maybe it was to give us time to process what Nicky (Griffin Dunne) told us about what really happened in Vietnam. We still can’t get the image out of our minds. The repercussions of that fateful day have taken their toll on the present Pearson family timeline. But we all know that, while the Pearson kids might be wondering if they really knew their father at all, they were raised by Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) to be kind-hearted and compassionate. When there’s a soul in need of saving they’ll do everything they can, especially when it’s family.
From NBC: Kevin attempts to help Nicky. Randall and Kate reflect on differing memories of their childhood.
“Workin’ Me” – Season 2, Episode 7 Wed Feb 13 – 8PM On Freeform
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**idobi rated: ❤️❤️**
Everyone needs a #rebrand every once in a while…especially when your competition is kicking your ass in Insta likes. The Forster Twins are a little jealous of the hot new female athlete on campus but Zoey (Yara Shahidi) sees it as an opportunity to style them. Now they just need to agree on their vision. Get ready for an honest and heated conversation about empowerment and sexuality, ’cause your Grown-ish girls are about to get real.
From Freeform: Zoey decides to give styling a try and offers to help the twins revamp their image in the hope of boosting their social media following. Knowing that sex sells, Jazz wants to play up her sexuality more than the other girls are comfortable with, sparking a conversation about image and empowerment. Meanwhile, Ana’s new romance heats up.
“Can’t Unring that Bell” – Season 4, Episode 14 Wed Feb 13 – 8PM On NBC
From NBC: Will’s personal issues continue to interfere with his relationship with Natalie and his life at the hospital. Dr. Bekker tries to mend things with Dr. Rhodes. Goodwin questions Maggie’s life-threatening decision and Dr. Charles tries to lend a hand to the daughter of a new friend.
“Saudade” – Season 1, Episode 5 Wed Feb 13 – 10PM On SYFY
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Nothing before the acid matters. When you’re trying to hide something it only becomes obvious—it’s the beating heart beneath the floorboards, it’s the lack of eye contact, it’s the blood on your hands… How many more secrets can our crew keep? This week Deadly Class is going on a trip—road or otherwise—to Vegas to do what any teens would: Get high and plan some patricide. This show doesn’t take its foot off the gas and will make you feel all kinds of weird. You’ll feel like you’re tripping right there on the rippling carpet next to them…and then things take a turn into gruesome and you’ll be thankful you didn’t end up where they do at the end of the night.
From ABC: Annalise gathers everyone together for the holidays while she wrestles over a difficult decision about her future, and the investigation into Miller’s murder starts to widen.
The Umbrella Academy
Season one Fri Feb 15 On Netflix
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**idobi Rated: ❤️❤️**
The Hargreeves aren’t your typical family unit. Made up of seven miraculous children, adopted by the visionary but super-strict Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), these kids (the only seven Hargreeves could “obtain”) are The Umbrella Academy. Oh yeah, six of them have superpowers (more on that later) and they’ve been vigorously trained to become heroes. Totally normal, right? Fast-forward to adulthood, the team is disbanded and disillusioned… What could bring this dysfunctional family back together under one big ole mansion roof? The mysterious death of their father, of course. Also there may be an, um, apocalypse coming. So…take out your black umbrellas and get ready for one helluva good storm…
This is the kind of show that will take your jaded, I’m-so-tired-of-superhero-adaptations mindset, screw it up, and blow it away. The original comics were instant classics. Writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá cleverly ripped open the seams of superheroics to reveal the messy stuffing inside. The stories felt familiar and yet explored the aftermath of being “super” in ways we hadn’t seen. Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater get why we love the books, and they manage to give us a fresh take on a fresh take. Fans of the comics will recognize many of the plot threads but there’s so much they won’t see coming. That’s part of what makes the series so exciting to watch. The Umbrella Academy inherently feels like its comic book counterpart—the artsy cuts, the vivid color palettes, and oh, the action sequences—are like you’re turning the pages as the story leaps forward. Also, the snark, the deliciously vicious snark. Bravo, to the writers. Take a bow. (read our full [p]review)
From Netflix: On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeve’s passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.