Behind the Attraction, a Disney documentary series

Behind the Attraction tells the history of 10 Disney attractions. Their history, their creation, the artists and engineers who worked on them, and how they were built. If you’ve been to even one Disneyland location, you can’t help but be fascinated by the creativity and inventiveness that went into making them.

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AlRawabi School for Girls, bullies, power, and mistakes

AlRawabi School for Girls brings drama from a girls’ high school in Amman, Jordan to Netflix. Thematically it deals with bullying and retribution. It’s packed with mean girl tropes, but grows more nuanced as the episodes progress.

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Adult Material, a look into the adult film industry

Adult Material is a funny but grim story about a p0rn star. It explores her personal and professional life, her background, and her decision to be a whistleblower for the abuses in her industry. The 4 part British mini-series is streaming on HBO Max.

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Review: Open Your Eyes (Otwórz oczy), season 1

Open Your Eyes (Otwórz oczy) brings mystery and sci-fi from Poland in a six episode series that keeps you guessing to the end. The end feels more like opening a new phase of the story to be told in a second season (which I haven’t seen announced yet). The series is on Netflix.

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The Unusual Suspects: No, it isn’t those guys

The Unusual Suspects comes from Australia. In 4 episodes, it takes a group of women on a journey of discovery, connection, and into a heist. It’s full of wonderful performances and some, dare I say it, unusual comedy. This mini-series is on Hulu.

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My Life is Murder, season 2: Lucy Lawless still has it

My Life is Murder, season 2, begins on Acorn TV on August 30 (today!) with two episodes dropping. The remainder of season 2 will be released weekly each Monday. Lucy Lawless stars as a retired cop who keeps her hand in with special cases as a police consultant.

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Diary of a Future President, season 2, wholesome and inclusive

Diary of a Future President, season 2, streaming on Disney+ is cheerful and wholesome. It tells the story of a Cuban-American girl in middle school who grows up to be President of the United States.

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Schmigadoon! A meta musical

Schmigadoon! is about two modern-day New York City doctors who wander into a real life musical they can’t escape. They bring their skepticism and 21st Century sensibility into a place where the only hope of getting out is to surrender to the music and find true love. The 6 episode series is on Apple TV+.

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The Chair, good but not great

The Chair has a terrific cast with Sandra Oh and Jay Duplass leading a large group of excellent actors. This Netflix dramedy was full of good performances that couldn’t quite pull the 6 episode series over the line into greatness. It was good. It was enjoyable. But not great.

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Reservation Dogs, episodes 1-3

Reservation Dogs is a new comedy series on FX (and Hulu) about Native American teens in a small community on a reservation in Oklahoma. Based on the first three episodes, I think it’s going to be an outstanding series.

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