, Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons and his wife Justine Simmons invited viewers into their home and their personal lives, providing a squeaky-clean hip-hop spin on the celeb-reality format first popularized by in the early '00s.
Evidently looking to stretch their legs creatively, the real-life husband and wife duo star as lightly fictionalized versions of themselves in this ultra-formulaic family sitcom, which started life as a pilot at ABC before ending up at Netflix.
The saga follows Clay (Dylan Minnette), a loner of a high schooler, as he tries to defog his crush's mysterious rationale for suicide.
(Viewer discretion advised: suicide, drinking, and sexual assault.) The heartbreak is real. In this show, Michael Douglas stars as Sandy Kominsky, a washed-up acting coach teaching his craft to mostly starry-eyed millennial students, and Alan Arkin plays his best friend and agent.
It's unlikely that the titular role in this sitcom he created will join the ranks of his most memorable.
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manny for a spoiled brat kid of another DJ (Piper Perabo)? This show, from husband and wife duo Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco, looks like an ensemble comedy, but it's much more of a fucked-up love story.
But a shout-out to Angela Kinsey, who's great as a bad mom. This sitcom, adapted from an Israeli program of the same name, pairs TJ (Josh Groban), a saintly good cop morally opposed to breaking any rule, with Tony Sr.
It's the kind of show that'll make you feel like you're not sober when you're sober, but it's surprisingly hard to put down, and after the third episode it becomes pure fun.
Idris Elba has portrayed a host of classic TV characters, among them Stringer Bell and Luther.
There's some mild Hollywood satire at play here -- Jay Leno pops up in the second episode to lightly roast himself -- but the focus is mostly on the relationship between Arkin and Douglas, who get a chance to play scenes about grief, sickness, and aging that you don't often see in shows like this.
(There are lots of jokes about struggling to pee.) Still, that doesn't necessarily mean A truly strange concoction from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig that blends Adult Swim sensibilities with retro anime stylings.
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Unsurprisingly, it really does feel like a network show: broad gags, tired plotlines, and an accompanying laugh track.