By EW Staff
August 04, 2017 at 03:04 PM EDT

Comrade Detective

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Not sure what to binge this weekend? We’re here to help: Each Friday, the EW staff reveals which TV shows and movies, new and old, they’ll be streaming once work’s over. Below, check out our picks for the weekend ahead.

Comrade Detective (Amazon Prime)

This concept — Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt provide voiceovers for a fake hit 1980s Romanian cop show promoting Communist ideals — is too convoluted and crazy not to check out as I recover from an unbearable cold (you clicked into this post to listen to me whine, right?) —Breanne L. Heldman (@BreanneNYC)

Hot Fuzz (Netflix)

If you fell in love with director Edgar Wright’s crazy, kinetic style in Baby Driver, do yourself a favor and watch his high-octane action-comedy Hot Fuzz (which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year). All three films in Wright’s Cornetto trilogy — Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End — are madcap masterpieces, but Hot Fuzz is a particular delight, starring Simon Pegg as a big-city cop who transfers to a seemingly tranquil British village. Before long, of course, all hell breaks loose, and the result is a brilliant buddy-cop comedy that’s part old-school action flick, part Agatha Christie whodunnit — with explosions that would make Michael Bay blush. Devan Coggan (@devancoggan)

Shadow of Truth (Netflix)

This four-part docuseries looks at how a quiet town in Israel’s Golan Heights responds to the murder of a 13-year-old girl, found dead in a bathroom stall at her school. The riveting series dissects the crime from several shocking angles and has even generated a decent amount of controversy. If you’re looking for your next The Keepers, this will fascinate you — in half the time. —Jami Ganz (@JamiGanz)

Mommy Dead and Dearest (HBO GO)

Erin Lee Carr constructs a fascinating documentary around one of the most disturbing criminal cases of the century, chronicling the run-up to and aftermath of the murder of Dee Dee Blancharde, a suspected sufferer of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Blancharde reportedly held her daughter, Gypsy Rose, captive from birth, lying to her, medical professionals, and charity organizations alike about Gypsy’s health while steadily reaping goodwill benefits. Gypsy later plotted an escape from her mother’s clutches alongside her online boyfriend, who ultimately traveled to Dee Dee’s Missouri home and stabbed her to death. Carr’s delicate treatment of the material poses complex questions about the black-and-white nature of our justice system and offers an overwhelmingly emotional portrait of a victim-turned-convicted-criminal failed by nearly everyone around her. —Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi)

Borderline (Netflix)

Imagine if The Office characters worked at an airport, and you get Borderline, a British mockumentary series that follows the boredom and drama of border agents in the U.K. The humor is dry; the characters are quirky; the Jim and Pam of the group have a fun, flirty thing going in a story line that feels fresh even in its familiarity. And it’s only six 22-minute episodes, a perfectly sized binge for when you want to play spectator to some hilariously awkward situations for an afternoon. —Ariana Bacle (@iambacle)

Kung Fury (Netflix)

Meet Kung Fury, the meanest cop in Miami circa 1985, who buddies up with his dinosaur-headed partner Triceracop to battle evil video game consoles come to life, travel through time, and conquer… an eagle-riding Adolf Hitler. This supremely bonkers Netflix treat started out as a Kickstarter dream that soon became a viral sensation: It made over three times its goal amount, ended up screening to vociferous approval at Cannes, and is reportedly slated to eventually receive a feature-length follow-up. Drawing on pretty much any fun ‘80s reference you can think of (everything from Terminator to Karate Kid, Big Trouble in Little China to Tron), the pop culture homage doesn’t just go over the top — it blows the top clear away with an arcade game-style bazooka. With effects that are surprisingly high-end, Insta-style retro filters, and faux “tracking” playback issues, this may very well be the best half-hour of your summer weekend. —Dan Heching (@MoodyHeching)

Comrade Detective

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