First look at Kung Fu and Rebel

Two new network shows started recently. I’ll discuss first impressions of them. They are Kung Fu on the CW on Wednesdays and Rebel on ABC on Thursdays.

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Calls is a different kind of sci-fi mystery

Calls is a series of short episodes that are versions of phone calls. You never see anyone’s face, it’s all voice work and a visually engaging screensaver type representation of words, connections, and emotions. It’s streaming on Apple TV+.

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The Irregulars tries hard but drags

The Irregulars is a what-if riff on the Sherlock Holmes universe with an array of supernatural and mysterious plots tossed into a stew featuring a group of street kids. The series is streaming on Netflix.

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Genius: Aretha strikes a chord for genius

Genius: Aretha is the third season of a National Geographic series about geniuses. The first two seasons were about Picasso and Einstein. Now we have Aretha Franklin. The series isn’t a traditional biopic. It’s more about the music than anything else. After streaming on the National Geographic channel, it’s now on Hulu.

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The One provides mystery combined with a sci-fi look at love

The One begins with the sci-fi premise that DNA can be used to match you up with your one true love. It uses that premise to tell a complex story about power, greed, love, murder, and corruption. This series from the UK is streaming on Netflix.

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The Attaché brings themes of home and belonging

The Attaché is an Israeli series about a family that moves to Paris for a year. It begins streaming on Acorn TV today (March 22). I had the impression from the promos and constant references to a terrorist attack that this would be a political thriller. In fact, it’s a story about the immigrant experience and how a family deals with it.

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My Holo Love is a K-Drama with holograms

My Holo Love is part high tech thriller, part love story, and part psychological exploration. This 12 part series from Korea is streaming on Netflix.

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Ethos (Bir Başkadır), a layered saga from Turkey

Ethos (Bir Başkadır) is an 8 part series from Turkey, streaming on Netflix. It’s the story of several interconnected people from various walks of life who live in Istanbul. It’s partly a love song to Turkey and the Turkish people, and partly a very good story with fascinating characters.

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Tell Me Your Secrets, an entire symphony of evil

Tell Me Your Secrets is a complex crime series streaming on Prime Video. It operates on the premise that if you keep throwing every known evil at the cast and most of it sticks, you soon have a suspenseful tale to tell.

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Ginny and Georgia, surprisingly dark family dramedy

Ginny and Georgia surprised me. It was supposed to be a mother and daughter comedy like The Gilmore Girls. When the first episode began I thought it looked vapid and unwatchable. By the end of the first episode I was wondering what the heck just happened, and I was definitely going to keep watching. This series is on Netflix.

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