This Week's Must List: black-ish, TGIF, and American Made
Happy Juneteenth! The hilarious sitcom starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross pays tribute to the holiday celebrating the end of slavery in its powerful Hamilton-inspired season premiere. (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC)
Going Into Town by Roz Chast
This gorgeous graphic memoir is fashioned as a deeply personal love letter to NYC. The New Yorker cartoonist's drawings craft a vibrant picture of Manhattan in all of its machinations, interweaving moving anecdotes with guidebook-like details of the city's many treasures, from restaurants and subways to museums and theaters.
Harmony of Difference, Kasami Washington
Jazz-sax whiz Kamasi Washington believes in quality and quantity. His 2015 album, The Epic, ran three hours, and now, the frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator delivers again with EP Harmony of Difference, featuring six earthy, excellent, lengthy tracks.
Super Dark Times
If you thought the wide-eyed youngsters of Stranger Things had it bad, let the lads at the center of Super Dark Times prove you wrong. Following a group of teens embroiled in the cover-up of a grisly accident, this riveting indie drama is packed with suspense, forcing you to watch as just about everything that can go wrong does.
Tom Cruise puts a fun twist on his signature character type as a charmingly grimy CIA operative-turned-drug smuggler in this thrilling action-comedy adapted from the real-life exploits of renegade airline pilot (and bygone Narcos character) Barry Seal. Joining him is Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as his handler, who is not quite aboveboard.
Search Party's Brandon Micheal Hall and Lea Michele star in this delightful comedy about a charismatic rapper who becomes mayor of his hometown after running as a publicity stunt. With its charming cast and timely premise, The Mayor is fall's most promising new network comedy. (Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC)
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The follow-up to Egan's 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad works as both a dizzying noir thriller and a moving portrait of wartime America. Egan laces sharp insights about gender and family into a mystery about a woman living in New York during World War II who's looking for her missing father.
Get in the Halloween spirit with this 11-episode series from the Snap Judgment team that features short real-life tales of supernatural experiences told by the people who lived them. After hearing accounts of visits from the recently deceased and the effects of a hidden voodoo doll, you may want to sleep with the lights on — or at least the flashlight on your phone.
Now, Shania Twain
Fifteen years after her last LP — and with a split from her former husband/producer, Mutt Lange, in the rearview — Twain returns with an album that doesn't skimp on her signature sass. She wrote every song, covering topics from taking chances to hope. That does impress us much.
TGIF on Hulu
To fete Full House's 30th anniversary, the sitcom — along with the rest of ABC's classic '90s lineup (Family Matters, Step by Step) — will finally be available in one place. With over 800 hours of programming, you'll get your fill of "Did I do that?"s and "You got it, dude"s.