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Now that Game of Thrones has left you for dead, you probably have a lot of free time on your hands. Abandon ye Reddit threads for three binge-worthy shows that will capture your imagination — or at least help you while away the weekend. Netflix is debuting a campy new thriller starring Renée Zellweger called What/If; the second season of Spike Lee’s phenomenon, She’s Gotta Have It, returns this weekend; and Starz’s Vida explodes back onto the small screen after becoming a critical darling.
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Here’s what you need to know about Netflix’s new thriller What/If: Renée Zellweger spends an entire scene passive-aggressively shooting arrows at her young protégé played by Jane Levy. An examination of power and wealth in the upper echelons of society, What/If veers unpredictably from Lifetime movie to existential prestige drama to generational family tragedy. If you like watching characters and storylines crash into each other seemingly at random, this campy mess centering on a cold-blooded angel investor saving a revolutionary scientist’s company for her own personal gain is definitely for you.
2. She’s Gotta Have It
The Netflix adaptation of Spike Lee‘s classic She’s Gotta Have It was created with Lee’s blessing and creative guidance. Despite an uneven first season, Nola Darling’s (DeWanda Wise) new exploits are refreshingly modern and complicated, mostly due to the fact that TV Nola is significantly more queer than movie Nola. Picking up from Season 1’s cliffhanger, which left Nola deciding she was ready to take a risk and pursue something real with the woman she couldn’t bring herself to leave, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 takes us on a whole new journey of self-discovery.
In just six episodes, the first season of Vida captured a very specific portrait of a very specific community. Two sisters travel home to Eastside to bury their mother, only to discover not just a mountain of debt, but their mother’s wife, whom they had never known about. The sisters reckon with these bombshells in different ways; one in particular is forced to examine why she still lives in the closet despite the fact that her mom was married to woman. Critically lauded for its unflinching look at queer Latinx culture in L.A., Season 2 of Vida kicks off with an examination of a different force that shapes diaspora communities: colorism. Intense, fraught, and filled with delicious insider conversation rarely seen on TV, Vida Season 2 is a must watch.
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