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What's on TV Tonight: Lena Waithe Takes on the 1980s Music Industry

Plus, Stranger Things prepares to wrap up Season 4

Yes, yes, we'll get to Stranger Things Season 4 Part 2 when it drops this Friday, but there are other things to watch on TV until then, if you can believe that. Netflix's latest film, Beauty, comes from writer/producer Lena Waithe (Master of None) and follows an up-and-coming singer navigating the cutthroat music industry in the 1980s. A&E is also giving us a history of Black comedians with the special Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution

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THE BEST SHOWS TO WATCH TONIGHT

Grace Marie Bradley and Aleyse Shannon, Beauty

Grace Marie Bradley and Aleyse Shannon, Beauty

Netflix

Beauty

Wednesday, June 29 on Netflix
Writer and producer Lena Waithe takes on the 1980s music industry with Beauty, a new Netflix movie that's more than skin deep. Gracie Marie Bradley plays a gifted young singer named Beauty who's offered a recording contract that could change her life. As she navigates the cusp of stardom, she has to balance the pressures of the industry, the input of her concerned parents (played by Niecy Nash and Giancarlo Esposito), and her love for her girlfriend. Andrew Dosunmu directs. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution

Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution

A&E

Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution

Part 1 premieres Wednesday, June 29 at 9/8c on A&E
Right to Offend is a provocative title for a documentary about comedians right now, but that's the point. Give all your online debates a history lesson with this four-hour documentary (airing across two nights) that traces the evolution of Black comedy and its role in driving social progress. Kevin Hart produces the film, which features interviews with stars like Tiffany Haddish, Wayne Brady, W. Kamau Bell, D.L. Hughley, Katt Williams, Robin Thede, and Kenan Thompson, who weigh in on the influence of stars like Moms Mabley in the '50s and '60s, Richard Pryor in the '70s, Eddie Murphy in the '80s, and Issa Rae today. True to its title, the doc is not afraid of controversy (Cosby is mentioned), but it's more interested in revolution. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

More highlights tonight:

  • All Star Shore (Paramount+)
  • The Upshaws, Season 2 (Netflix)
  • The Flash, Season 8 finale (The CW, 8/7c)

For everything new to watch tonight, head over to our listings page and our live sports page. For more recommendations, check out our Ultimate Guide for What to Watch in June.


THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK

The Bridge

The Bridge

HBO Max

The Bridge

Season 2 out Thursday, June 30 on HBO Max
This silly British reality competition with high stakes mixes elements of Survivor with The Mole (or Rat in the Kitchen for you young 'uns). The unusual premise sees a team of strangers tasked with building a bamboo bridge from a beach to an island to get 200,000 pounds. The Vietnam-set Season 2 adds a huge twist: There's a second team trying to do the same thing, but neither team is aware of the other. Adding to the intrigue, each team is infiltrated by a mole unwittingly sabotaging progress. It's ridiculous, but if the twists can keep coming and the moles can successfully frustrate everyone, it could be entertaining. -Tim Surette [Trailer]      

Millie Bobby Brown and Matthew Modine, Stranger Things

Millie Bobby Brown and Matthew Modine, Stranger Things

Netflix

Stranger Things 

Season 4, Volume 2 premieres Friday, July 1 on Netflix 
The last two episodes of Season 4 will pick up after the stunning revelation of Vecna's true identity, as the Hawkins crew tries to stop him from killing more teenagers and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) works to regain her powers so she can defeat him once and for all. But we just want to hang out with our new buddy Eddie (Joseph Quinn) some more! -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Chris Pratt, The Terminal List

Chris Pratt, The Terminal List

Amazon Studios

The Terminal List

Series premieres Friday, July 1 on Amazon Prime Video 
Chris Pratt stars in this hybrid conspiracy/revenge thriller that features the most unspeakable use of a hatchet this side of Blood Meridian. He plays James Reece, a Navy SEAL on a mission to punish the people responsible for killing the other members of his unit. There's a conspiracy behind it, but he doesn't care too much about the why. He mostly just cares about the how he's going to kill everyone. It's a well-made if cliched action show that fits in well with Amazon's other tough guy offerings like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan and Reacher. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

The Bad Guys

The Bad Guys

DreamWorks

The Bad Guys

Friday, July 1 on Peacock
The biggest animated movie of 2022 so far comes to Peacock after a successful theatrical run. The good-natured comedy is about a gang of anthropomorphic animals with bad reputations — a wolf, a shark, a snake, a tarantula, and a piranha — who decide to stop being bad and start being good. The voice cast includes Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, and Awkwafina, and it has a really cool, Into the Spiderverse-influenced animation style. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

National Geographic for Disney+

America the Beautiful

Series premieres Monday, July 4 on Disney+
Michael B. Jordan narrates this National Geographic nature docuseries celebrating America's natural beauty. Each of this six-part doc's episodes profiles a different region of the country, with one episode devoted to the people making it their mission to preserve the land for future generations. We live in the most geographically diverse country on the planet, from arctic tundra to arid desert and everything in between, which is extremely cool. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

The Great Muslim American Road Trip

The Great Muslim American Road Trip

Courtesy of Adam McCall

The Great Muslim American Road Trip

Series premieres Tuesday, July 5 at 9/8c on PBS
Ease your post-July 4 blues with this PBS miniseries that truly shows off what America is about. Muslim American couple Sebastian Robins and Mona Haydar travel the famed U.S. artery Route 66, exploring how Islam is woven into the melting pot of America. -Tim Surette [Trailer]


RECENTLY RELEASED

Sáshenka Gutierrez, Endangered

Sáshenka Gutierrez, Endangered

HBO

Endangered

Now on HBO Max
Somehow, the free press — "moderators of truth," as one of Endangered's subjects puts it — has become a target of mistrust in supposedly democratic nations by those who would rather get "news" from sources that support their own ideas instead of reality. Jesus Camp directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady follow four journalists from the U.S., Brazil, and Mexico City as they come under attack by politicians, the public, and the faceless internet for reporting the truth. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building

Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building

Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu

Only Murders in the Building

Season 2 premiere now on Hulu
The show that appeals to the microscopic center of the Venn diagram that covers fans of Steve MartinMartin Short, and Selena Gomez returns (but the charm of the comedy and the rapport between these unlikely co-stars is making that common center a lot bigger). This season, the true crime-loving nosy neighbors become implicated in a murder, compete with a rival podcast, and must roam their apartment building with accusatory eyes on them. Relatable! -Tim Surette [Trailer]   

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