The first season of “Pose” begins streaming on Netflix. And the primary episode of the four-part Wu-Tang Clan docuseries hits Showtime.
POSE Stream on Netflix. If you had been dazzled by Billy Porter’s elaborate entrance on the Met Gala on Monday evening, you may additionally get pleasure from his efficiency as Pray Tell, the M.C. of extravagant balls, on “Pose.” The present, which incorporates Ryan Murphy as co-creator, transports audiences again to 1987 New York, the place homosexual, transgender and minority youth began strolling within the metropolis’s vogueing competitions. Set across the identical time as “Paris Is Burning,” the collection looks like “an attempt to better understand the present by re-examining the 1980s as an origin story,” James Poniewozik wrote in his New York Times assessment. “It’s a story of struggle — the AIDS crisis is a constant shadow — but it spotlights its characters’ aspirations,” he added. “It’s sincere, buoyant and fun, stunningly designed, mindful that a show about balls should be capable of having one.”
SHÉHÉRAZADE Stream on Netflix. This French love story facilities on two youngsters and unfolds in Marseille’s gritty underbelly. It follows Zachary, performed by Dylan Robert, who’s launched from juvenile detention. He meets Shéhérazade (Kenza Fortas), a former classmate who’s a prostitute. Zachary, in want of money, begins to work as her pimp, and their working relationship bleeds into an advanced romance.
WINE COUNTRY Stream on Netflix. Pour yourself a glass of wine and join Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey and Jason Schwartzman on a debaucherous birthday trip to Napa Valley, Calif. Poehler directs this romp, in which a group of middle-age friends reunite for the occasion, only to unravel as the wine flows and the big personalities clash. There’s Abby (Poehler), who, as the trip’s planner, is worried about every detail; Rebecca (Dratch), who doesn’t seem thrilled about turning 50; and Naomi (Rudolph), who at one point rolls off a piano midserenade. “You wouldn’t want to be in that bar or, really, anywhere these women assemble,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her Times review, “but Rudolph is a treat.”
WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN 9 p.m. on Showtime. When the Wu-Tang Clan emerged onto the New York City hip-hop scene in the early ’90s, the group seemed almost like a team of rap superheroes. Now that many of its members, like RZA, GZA, Method Man and Ghostface Killah, are household names, the filmmaker Sacha Jenkins decided to tell the group’s origin story. In this four-part docuseries, he sits down with each of the nine living members — many of whom where childhood friends in Brooklyn and Staten Island — to talk about how they became one of the most influential rap groups of all time. Weaving together interviews with archival footage and performances, the show reflects on the members’ lyrical genius, entrepreneurship and sociopolitical consciousness, which still resonates with audiences.