This weekend I have … an hour, and I can’t separate the art from the artist.
‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’
When to Watch: Sunday at 10 p.m., on Showtime.
In the first hour of this four-part documentary, the comedian W. Kamau Bell interrogates the legacy of Bill Cosby, “America’s Dad,” who became “America’s Dad Accused of a Pattern of Serial Drugging and Rape.” (His 2018 conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault was overturned in 2021.) Using archival footage, clips from Cosby’s comedy albums, talking-head interviews and testimony from several of his more than 50 accusers, Bell begins to unpack Cosby’s complicated cultural standing. Or, as he puts it, “What do we do about everything we knew about Bill Cosby and what we know now?”
… 3 hours, and I definitely didn’t peak in high school.
When to Watch: Beginning Friday, on AppleTV+.
“Nothing can ruin this night!” a man says of his 15-year high school reunion. Then a dead body plummets to the beach below. The first three episodes of this murder mystery comedy arrive Friday, with five to come. The shtick? Each episode embodies a different cinematic style. (Does this story really need eight episodes? Are the generic lampoons successful? You decide!)
But the casting department has outdone itself, with an ensemble that includes Tiffany Haddish as the lead investigator, alongside Zoë Chao, John Early, Dave Franco, Ilana Glazer and Sam Richardson. If the mystery itself palls, you can always luxuriate in Haddish and her one-liners. “Get the cornstarch,” she tells Early’s junior detective. “The plot thickens.” Here’s the real mystery: Does anyone actually look forward to high school reunions?
… 3 hours, and I have an inquiring mind.
‘Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness’
When to Watch: Arrives Friday, on Netflix.
Have you ever wished that John Wilson had better hair? Or that David Attenborough sometimes sang? Then please enjoy this eclectic documentary series from Jonathan Van Ness, the grooming expert of “Queer Eye.” Inspired by Van Ness’s podcast of the same name, this six-episode series finds him indulging his passions (hair care, snacks, ice skating, unmaking the gender binary) and investigating the occasional not-so-burning question (How are skyscrapers built? Do insects taste nice?) His investigations are not especially rigorous. But his enthusiasm feels genuine. And his hair? Perfection.