En español | Got Quibi? It’s time to take a closer look at Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s big investment in tiny (as in snackable) TV this week. Check out what our critics think is worth watching as this provocative short-form medium matures, and enjoy two free weeks of the service to draw your own conclusions. Plus: our grownup-forward guide to the Emmy nominations and a new trivia quiz inspired by the cast of Friends.
Critic’s Pick of the Week
(Quibi, Aug. 3)
The new streaming service Quibi (short for “quick bites” — its episodes are under 10 minutes) unveils its high-profile reboot of the classic ‘60s show (and 1993 Harrison Ford movie) The Fugitive. Kiefer Sutherland plays the detective hunting the fugitive Mike Ferro (Boyd Holbrook of Narcos). But Ferro’s not a doctor accused of killing his wife — he’s an ex-con blamed for an L.A. subway bombing. The bad guy is a beautiful girl, a ruthless reporter who fingers Ferro and ignites a manhunt fueled by social media. The dialogue is gruff and dumb, and the plot obvious, but it’s fun to sample a new kind of “snackable” entertainment, meant to be consumed on your mobile phone (or your TV via Apple TV, AirPlay or Chromecast).
To get Quibi and learn more, go here: Quibi
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10 More Great Stars to Catch on Quibi
While you’re trying out snackable entertainment, check out Quibi’s 10 just-announced Emmy nominees, including Christoph Waltz in Most Dangerous Game and Kerri Kenney-Silver in Reno 911! (nominated for outstanding short-form series). Plus there’s Laurence Fishburne, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Stephan James in #FreeRayShawn; Anna Kendrick in Dummy; Corey Hawkins in Survive; and Kaitlin Olson in Flipped. There’s a 14-day free trial to see what you think (betting you can watch all of these long before the two weeks expire), and it’s $5 a month afterward.
Watch it all here: Quibi
Talk to us! If you try Quibi, do you think that short-form, snackable TV works for grownups, or is it all just too millennial? Let us know in the comments section below. We want to hear from you!
The Emmy Noms Are Out, and We’re Loving Them
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Pandemic or no pandemic, Hollywood’s TV pros have named their favorites for honors this fall, and our critics have culled the best series and performers to call out for your viewing pleasure. Use our new guide to the 2020 Emmy nominations to plan some TV nights, some series catch-ups and, yes, even some weekend bingeing.
Get the noms here: Emmy Nominations Offer a Grownups Guide to Good TV
RELATED: If you’ve seen Emmy’s top honored series this year, Watchmen, you’ve spotted the always-excellent Louis Gossett Jr. in the cast. (And if you haven’t yet dug in, get ready for a ride!) Our critics caught up with the multitalented 84-year-old star to talk about his superhero turn, as well as his new role on the big screen — a Cuban musician with Alzheimer’s disease.
Read it here: Memory Man: Louis Gossett Jr.
Calling All Friends Fans ...
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Could we be any happier that HBO Max is running all 10 seasons of Friends? And can you believe that the entire cast is now age 50-plus? In honor of one of TV’s best ensemble casts ever joining the AARP cohort, we’ve gone down the trivia rabbit hole and emerged with a brand-new TV for Grownups quiz: How Well Do You Know These “Friends”? We’ve got trivia about the real cast members as well as their characters. Have fun testing your recall, and challenge your fellow fans.
Take the quiz here: How Well Do You Really Know These “Friends”?
What Will Fall TV Look Like in the Age of Pandemic?
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to make life uncertain in TV production land, we’ve got the scoop on what’s coming to small screens this fall. Read more about Nicole Kidman’s follow-up to Big Little Lies (The Undoing), Queen Latifah’s The Equalizer, the Downton-ish historical drama Bridgerton by the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, and more.
Get the full report here: What Will Fall TV Look Like in the Year of the Pandemic?
What to Watch Right Now on Amazon
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) plays the first woman to win the Nobel Prize — the radiantly talented, doomed Marie Curie — in an Amazon Original film.
Watch it here: Amazon Prime Video
Feeling primed for Amazon? We couldn’t agree more. Which is why our critics take the time to hand-pick the best new arrivals every month, so you don’t have to. Check out the AARP list of the films and series you can’t afford to miss, right here: 15 Great Things Coming to Amazon Prime Video in July
RELATED: Speaking of biopics like Radioactive, our critics have sifted through the hundreds out there to deliver their picks of great films about fascinating people that are streaming this season. Check it out: 17 Entertaining Biopic Movies to Watch Right Now
The One Thing Not to Miss on Netflix This Week
Michelle Obama debuts her new Spotify podcast this week, so there’s no better time to watch the documentary based on her memoir (which, by the way, has beaten out 50 Shades of Grey as Amazon’s longest-reigning No. 1 best-selling title).
Watch it here: Netflix
Ready to Netflix and chill? It’s the coolest thing to do all summer. And to help you out, we’ve got the very best new shows and movies to stream this month. Don’t miss the best of July’s harvest before August rolls in: The 16 Best Things Coming to Netflix in July
Best New Show for Food Lovers
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
The Top Chef star and best-selling author steps into the world of culinary culture and travel so defined by the tragically departed Anthony Bourdain with her own new travel show about diverse cuisines in the United States: Chinese, Mexican, African American and more.
Watch it here: Hulu
RELATED: Padma Lakshmi discusses filling Anthony Bourdain’s shoes and her personal recipe for happiness. Read AARP’s interview, here.
If You Love Carol Burnett (and Who Doesn’t?), You Need to Know This
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Was The Carol Burnett Show a highlight of your weekly TV life? Remember her Q&A’s with the audience, her hilarious sketch comedy and the cavalcade of stars who appeared with her over 11 laughter- and song-filled years? Then you’ll be thrilled that Shout! Factory TV just released all 11 seasons on streaming platforms (find out more here). We caught up with Burnett recently to chat about her favorite guests over the years, how she’s handled quarantine and her plans for the future.
Read it all here: Carol Burnett, 87, on Her Classic Show and the People She Loves
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Catch Up on Crime
Need to escape into some classic TV mysteries? Pick a favorite from our 9 Mysteries to Binge Watch Now and solve crimes on Vera, Ripper Street, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, among others.
AARP Talks With …
Get behind the scenes of the biggest shows on TV right now with our brand-new interview with ABC reporter Bob Woodruff, 58, who joins up with his son for a new travel show on Disney +; plus Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh, Mrs. America’s Margo Martindale, Making the Cut’s Tim Gunn, and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi.
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(Acorn TV, Amazon)
The latest crime show from Acorn TV, the British streaming service, is one of its best and most thought-provoking. A self-made Glasgow multimillionaire with a reckless temper (Line of Duty cutie Martin Compston) and his dazzling rich-born wife (Bodyguard’s Sophie Rundle) hire a penniless surrogate mother (brilliant newcomer Mirren Mack) to bear their last-chance embryo. A mysterious murder triggers investigation of several characters’ scandalous past — including the girl’s sinister mother (Harry Potter star Shirley Henderson, 54). The plot is trickily twisty, the relationships are deeper than your typical Brit mystery, and it’s a smart moral critique of the consequences of economic inequality. Plus it’s like a trip to spectacular Scotland.
Friends’s David Schwimmer returns to TV comedy in Intelligence as a brash American NSA veteran joining a nutty British cybercrimes investigation unit. It’s got a bit of a Veep vibe, and it’s just one among a zillion shows old and new on the just-launched Peacock TV, which offers 7,500 hours of free entertainment (including Downton Abbey, Frasier and Jurassic Park) and 15,000 hours for those who pay $4.99 a month, or $9.99 for ad-free shows. There’s plenty to discover on Peacock, from Psych 2: Lassie Come Home to SNL to Law & Order.
Watch it here: Peacock TV
RELATED: Actor Dulé Hill talks with AARP about his comedy, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, color awareness and life in quarantine. Read the interview, here.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Michelle McNamara’s best-selling book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, was a riveting read. Now, director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) 50, has adapted the book into the year’s most fascinating murder documentary series. The film doesn’t just focus on Joseph DeAngelo, the empty soul who evidently raped more than 50 women (murdering at least 10) and was nabbed while the doc was in production, but it also plumbs the soul of crime writer McNamara, who died of a heart defect before DeAngelo was caught. If you liked Serial or Making a Murderer or the Robert Durst doc The Jinx, this six-episode series is for you.
Watch it here: HBO
Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Collection
Netflix unveils a useful, intelligently curated menu of 48 or so top titles including When They See Us, Moonlight, Malcolm X and the current must-see, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods (which could win star Delroy Lindo the Oscar he’s deserved for some time, and maybe the Emmy, too).
Watch it here: Netflix
(HBO, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET)
The great John Lithgow plays the legal mentor to Matthew Rhys’ Perry Mason in a reboot of the wildly popular long-ago TV series starring Raymond Burr, now set in 1932 Los Angeles. Don’t expect a weekly witness breakdown on the stand, however. This version is more Raymond Chandler than Burr, and the atmospherics are a whole new world.
Watch it here: HBO
RELATED: Read our interview with stars John Lithgow and Matthew Rhys here: Perry Mason Comes Back to TV With a Raymond Chandler Twist
Yellowstone, Season 3
(Paramount Network, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET)
Kevin Costner rides increasingly high in the saddle in this steadily improving melodrama about Montana’s top rancher who’s beset by ruthless developers, neighbors in a national park and a Native American reservation, his own quarrelsome clan, and a newcomer: a smiling, ominously ambitious hedge fund manager (Lost’s Josh Holloway).
Watch it here: Paramount Network
Great Performances: Ann
(PBS.org and the PBS Video app)
Was there ever a more dramatically promising character than the late, great and always outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards? Or a more talented actor to play her than Emmy winner Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice)? On a career roll at 77, Taylor scored a Tony nomination for her work in the play, filmed for PBS on stage in Austin (the state capital where Richards ruled the roost from 1991 to 1995).
Watch it here: PBS
RELATED: AARP talks with Holland Taylor about Ann Richards, women in politics and how she’s handled life during quarantine. Read the whole story, here.
BBC Television Shakespeare Collection
For the first time, you can binge-watch all 37 of the BBC’s legendary Shakespeare adaptations. Helen Mirren in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, John Cleese in The Taming of the Shrew, Patrick Stewart in Hamlet, Roger Daltrey in The Comedy of Errors, Judy Davis in The Merry Wives of Windsor? We’re there. Free with a trial subscription (There’s a 7-day free trial, followed by $6.99/month or $69.99/year).
Watch it here: BritBox
How to Get Away With Murder, Season 6
The triumphant final season of TV’s intense legal thriller shows why star Viola Davis, as law prof Annalise Keating, became the first black woman to win the lead actress Emmy. Can Annalise survive her high-drama lifestyle? Tune in and see.
Watch it here: Netflix
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 16
Now you can binge-watch the latest season of the longest-running prime-time medical drama (more seasons than ER, Scrubs, or M*A*S*H), and all 15 previous seasons, too. And if you like the lively style of Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, 50, who made Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh famous, binge her other Netflix shows, How to Get Away With Murder, Seasons 1 to 5, and Scandal, Seasons 1 to 7.
Watch it here: Netflix
Cate Blanchett, 50, is sensational as homemaker advocate and Phyllis Schlafly, who torpedoed the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, despite the frantic efforts of feminists Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman, 60), Rep. Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale, 68) and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first black female presidential candidate (Uzo Aduba).
Watch it here: Hulu
Making the Cut
Tim Gunn, 66, and Heidi Klum (who calls him her “TV husband”), 46, didn’t get to do much together on Project Runway. But they sure do on their new show, on which a dozen designers vie for $1 million and their own Amazon fashion line.
Watch it here: Amazon
FBI: Most Wanted
(CBS, Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)
Producer Dick Wolf's Law & Order spin-off Law & Order: SVU spawned the spin-off FBI — and now that's got a new spin-off, about a grownup investigator (FBI's Julian McMahon, 51) whose Fugitive Task Force hunts the worst bad guys on the FBI's top 10 criminals list. It's got a better cast than some Dick Wolf shows, whose spin-offs tend to become hits.
Watch it here: CBS