This week’s Channel Surfing TV picks feature a round of new shows. An entering high schooler tries to break into the popular crowd in Chad. 1950s Compton is nothing like its present counterpart. Watch the horrors as the first black family moves into the neighborhood in Them. Then superpowered women fight for their rights and even the world in The Nevers.
Cringe Comedy at its Best
High school can be the most awkward and confusing period in people’s lives so no wonder there are so many television shows set during that age. Actress, Nasim Pedrad, created and stars in the latest addition to teen comedies.
She plays Chad, a 14-year-old Persian boy entering as a freshman into high school. His only dream is to become one of the popular and cool kids. That means he’s willing to do and say anything to make it happen. Imagine how uncomfortable it can be watching that one person try so hard to impress and fit in. It’s a different type of cringe rather than relying on gross out humor. Two episodes of the upcoming sitcom were screened during SXSW and if you can overcome all the uneasiness, there’s some pretty hysterical situations.
Chad premieres Tuesday, April 6, on TBS.
Lovecraft Country arrived with much buzz and positive reviews when it aired on HBO late last summer and into the fall. It was able to successfully combine relevant social issues into a period piece with supernatural and science fiction aspects. Now, Amazon Prime has its own historical horror drama in Them.
The story follows an African American family who move from North Carolina to settle in the predominantly white neighborhood of Compton, California in the 1950s. Once settled, they must manage threats from their neighbors next door along with the otherworldly ones found in their own home. There’s less road trips and Lovecraft but still plenty of the paranormal and racism.
Them will be available to stream Friday, April 9, on Amazon Prime Video.
League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen
In the new series, The Nevers, Victorian London is rocked by an uncanny event that grants certain individuals, who are mostly women, superpowers. All of these recently changed people are in grave danger and only a widow, Amalia True, and an intelligent inventor, Penance Adair, can protect them.
There are powerful people amongst the British elite who want to rid the world of these “Touched.” Amalia and Penance want to help them but there are some of those afflicted who have their own agenda and plans.
The first episode of The Nevers airs Sunday, April 11, on HBO.
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