A documentary on PBS dissects the culture surrounding offensive memorabilia. And Michael Almereyda’s reimagining of a pivotal social experiment lands on Hulu.
What’s on TV
INDEPENDENT LENS: BLACK MEMORABILIA (2019) 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In an interview with “Independent Lens,” the director Chico Colvard said that he grew up “unconsciously consuming a steady diet” of racist black memorabilia. While the objects he mentions — such as mechanical banks or kitchenware — were created years ago, the tropes they perpetuated live on: Last month, a video of white students at a New York private school in blackface went viral, and old photos of a Florida state official in blackface were resurfaced by a local paper. In this documentary, Colvard explores where those objects and images stand in today’s society. His research takes him to a Chinese factory that manufactures racist figurines; a flea market in North Carolina where vendors sell Confederate collectibles; and a neighborhood in Brooklyn where a black artist tries to reclaim minstrel-show themes.
MAN WITH A PLAN 8:30 p.m. on CBS. In this sitcom’s Season 2 finale, Andi (Liza Snyder) proposed she and Adam (Matt LeBlanc) flip houses together to keep their family afloat. They take the leap, and in Season 3, they learn the ups and downs of working with a spouse. In this episode, Adam tries to make his office more welcoming for his new business partner.
ELVIS GOES THERE 10 p.m. on Epix. The film critic Elvis Mitchell, who formerly wrote for The New York Times, joins filmmakers and actors on trips to locations that inspired their work in this four-part documentary series. It opens with a visit to the “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler’s hometown, Oakland, Calif.
EXPERIMENTER (2015) stream on Hulu or Netflix; rent on Amazon, iTunes, or Vudu; watch for free on YouTube. Peter Sarsgaard stars in this biographical drama about Stanley Milgram, a social psychologist who administered troubling experiments in the 1960s in which participants delivered what they believed to be electric shocks to strangers simply because they were ordered to. Writing in The Times, Manohla Dargis named the movie a Critic’s Pick and called it a “nimble, low-frequency high.”
TOGETHER on Acorn TV. If you gravitate toward romantic comedies with will-they-won’t-they couples, this six-part British series is for you. Tom (Jonny Sweet) and Ellen (Cara Theobold), 20-somethings in London, hit it off immediately. But every step toward a relationship comes with a challenge — like when Tom’s parents reveal early on that he still lives with them.
END GAME (2018) on Netflix. The documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“The Celluloid Closet,” “Paragraph 175”) shine a spotlight on two medical facilities in San Francisco that are spearheading innovative methods for palliative care. This Oscar-nominated cinéma-vérité documentary goes into hospital rooms where patients confront the end of their lives with trepidation, acceptance and support. Another nominated short documentary, “Black Sheep,” about a black man living among racists, is available on YouTube or Amazon.
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