What even is TV anymore? The best new shows this spring will stream on services we’re still wrapping our heads around, YouTube, and tried-and-true prestige venues like HBO and Netflix. Between star vehicles like Mare of Easttown and the Yep I talk to my cat owner meme word design shirt and by the same token and culmination of reality-TV classics (bid goodbye to Calabasas, at least as seen through the Kardashian clan), there’s a lot of territory to navigate. Below, our editors’ guide. We live in a post Euphoria TV world, apparently, with every network or streaming service greenlighting its own truth-telling depiction of Generation Z. This iteration of teenage life is projected through a hazy, twilight filter—striving for the feels but chasing it with a large shot of irony. Following the lives of a handful of high schoolers in Los Angeles, the show from father-daughter duo Daniel and Zelda Barnz (she’s 19, so presumably close to the material) and produced by Lena Dunham, among others, celebrates the casual acceptance of inclusivity while still underlining the challenges in growing into an honest version of oneself. —Chloe F. SchamaHow to Watch: Stream on HBO MaxMichelle Obama’s new Netflix children’s show, Waffles + Mochi, follows two playful puppets who dream of becoming chefs. Their big break? Getting hired at a magical supermarket—owned by the former first lady—where they get to travel the world to discover new food. Each episode, they hop in their magic cart and venture out to sample spices in Italy, make miso in Japan, and pick potatoes in the Peruvian Andes. The jovial duo makes plenty of friends along the way too, from Zach Galifianakis to Rashida Jones and José Andrés. Waffles + Mochi encourages even the pickiest of little ones to take a bite of something new. But parents too will find comfort in watching this comfort food. —Elise TaylorHow to Watch: Stream on Netflix Whether you’ve kept up with the Kardashians religiously or begrudgingly, the final season of E! ’s tentpole series marks the end of an era. Even if ratings and public interest began to slip in recent years, Keeping Up With the Kardashians has always played a pivotal role in stretching the Calabasas clan’s 15 minutes of fame into 14 years—and counting. The trailer for the final season promises plenty of tearful goodbyes between the family and the crew that’s been filming their everyday lives since 2007. As for the drama, it remains to be seen which controversial headlines from the past year (Kim’s island birthday bash, Khloe’s reunion with Tristan Thompson, everything Kanye) will be milked for onscreen conflict. If the past 19 seasons have given any indication, it’s difficult to imagine E! sending off the Kardashians with anything less than an appropriately messy bang. —Keaton BellHow to Watch: Stream on HuluComing on the heels of approximately 12,000 superhero movies, WandaVision did the impossible by making the Marvel universe accessible to newcomers. The Disney+ hit won over viewers who couldn’t pick Iron Man out of a lineup by telling a superhero story through the guise of classic sitcom tropes. Just a few weeks after the explosive finale, Marvel is rolling out its next foray into big-budget television. Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier sees its titular duo, played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, team up to take down a group of anarchists named the Flag-Smashers. With a Super Bowl trailer that racked up 125 million views in the first 24 hours, anticipation is clearly high for the next phase of Marvel content. But it remains to be seen whether the same group that tuned in to watch Kathryn Hahn cast spells on WandaVision will be as charmed by Winter Soldier, a much more traditionally Marvel follow-up. —K.B.How to Watch: Stream on Disney+Cynthia Erivo is spellbinding as the queen of soul in this limited series that comes to us courtesy of National Geographic. While the first and second seasons of Genius focused on Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, respectively, it’s refreshing to see the series hone in on a figure from the more recent past whose tremendous impact is still felt across the music industry. The series was meant to hit the small screen last spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed its release back to this March; ultimately, though, this exploration of the life and legacy of one of the U.S.’ most influential singers and civil-rights champions is well worth waiting for. —Emma SpecterHow to Watch: Stream seasons one and two on Hulu What began as a series of anonymous message-board posts in 2017 has metastasized into a fringe conspiracy movement that now counts a growing number of elected officials among its adherents. This six-episode HBO docuseries, the result of a three-year investigation, tracks the disturbing phenomenon of QAnon from its murky origins in 4chan to its beliefs that the world is secretly controlled by a cabal of pedophile celebrities and Democratic politicians and its role in attempting to discredit the 2020 election and fanning the flames of the armed assault on the Capitol—and beyond. Along the way, it confronts the essential questions about the movement: Why do so many Americans find its tenets—a labyrinthine hodgepodge of old racist tropes retrofitted to paranoid fantasies and ideological subterfuge, to put it mildly—so attractive? And is there any way to counter its impact without stomping on our right to free speech? —Corey SeymourHow to Watch: Stream on HBOActor and singer Demi Lovato has been in the public eye since her childhood days as a Disney star, but there’s much more to learn about her, as the new documentary series Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil ably demonstrates. Lovato’s near-fatal 2018 overdose will be discussed, of course, but she (like everyone else who’s struggled with substance abuse) is so much more than her trauma; still, by speaking out about what she endured and the challenges that continue to present themselves as she rebuilds her sobriety, Lovato is sending a powerful message about the societal pressures we place on young women and the ways in which celebrity can function as a double-edged sword. As early-aughts pop stars like Britney Spears are being reexamined in the public eye, it’s particularly impressive to see Lovato wresting control of her own narrative and telling the world that she’s ready to share her story. —E.S.Tina Turner’s extraordinary life story may have been told in a variety of mediums before—from her 1986 autobiography to Angela Bassett’s Oscar-nominated performance in What’s Love Got to Do With It and a hit Broadway musical—but never with the same concision and intimacy as this new HBO-produced documentary. Featuring an impressively researched array of archive footage, the film’s exploration of Turner’s unlikely rise to fame and her tenacity in breaking free of her abusive relationship with her ex-husband feels particularly resonant in the post-#MeToo era. Grappling with the tricky question—one that Turner herself mulls over throughout—of the personal cost of reliving that trauma, it also honors Turner’s legacy in bringing a subject so often clouded in shame and silence into the public eye, lending a voice to her fellow survivors and encouraging many to speak out in the process. Equally moving, however, are the scenes offering a rare insight into her relationship with her second husband, Erwin Bach, and their life in Zuric, delivering the happy ending Turner has long deserved. It’s a moving tribute to one of the world’s most electric performers and a welcome reminder that even at 81 Turner is as fascinating and formidable a presence as ever. —Liam HessHow to Watch: Stream on HBOBased on the bestselling book by Emily Spivak, Worn Stories looks at the meaning behind items of clothing—whether the essential footwear worn by a nudist in Florida or the bright yellow sweater given by a Buddhist monk to an immigrant living in Queens or the baby clothes worn by the author herself, saved for years by her mother. The documentary series has a sweet, welcoming tone, looking at how themes like loss and community intersect with what we put on our bodies. Produced in association with Jenji Kohan, Worn Stories bears the influence of Kohan’s expansive and inclusive vision and wears it lightly.How to Watch: Stream on NetflixA Tahar Rahim project has always been worth seeking out—the 31-year-old French actor has made near-impeccable choices in his career, from Jacques Audiard’s indelible 2009 crime film A Prophet to the sleeper-hit Franco-British jewel-heist series The Last Panthers to his celebrated role in the new BAFTA-nominated film The Mauritanian. Rahim’s latest series, The Serpent, is the true-life story of Charles Sobhraj, a French serial killer who murdered hippie tourists in Southeast Asia in the ’70s. Costarring Jenna Coleman as Sobhraj’s accomplice, The Serpent, a BBC-Netflix collaboration, was a huge hit in Britain earlier this year and mixes sexy, sun-splashed 1970s escapism with the dark allure of true crime. —Taylor AntrimHow to Watch: Stream on NetflixThe migration of A-listers to prestige HBO dramas continues apace with this crime procedural anchored by none other than Kate Winslet (her second HBO series, following 2011’s Mildred Pierce). Here she plays a small-town Pennsylvania detective who is investigating a crime in her blue-collar community. Moody in tone and impeccable in its casting (Guy Pearce, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Cailee Spaeny), it’s the latest project from screenwriter Brad Ingelsby, who has become a sensitive chronicler of a highly specific vision of American working-class life. (He wrote the underrated American Woman with Sienna Miller in 2018 and The Way Back with Ben Affleck.) —T.A.How to Watch: Stream on HBOJustin Theroux and Melissa George lead this hotly anticipated drama series, which is adapted from Paul Theroux’s 1981 bestseller of the same name, coming soon to Apple TV+. In the series, Theroux (Justin, that is) plays Allie Fox, a radical inventor who finds himself tailed by the U.S. government and flees to Mexico with his family in tow. (Casting tidbit: Justin just so happens to be Paul’s nephew—double the Therouxes, double the fun!) The first season will span seven episodes and follow the Fox family on their gripping flight to Mexico; think The Americans meets the 2015 thriller No Escape, with performances from Theroux and George that are sure to draw attention. —E.S.How to Watch: Stream on Apple TV+The category is: final-season ferocity. FX’s history-making, award-winning drama series Pose will sashay away after this third season, filmed during lockdown. What began as a love letter to New York’s underground ballroom community in the mid-1980s became an honest, stirring look at communities rarely seen on screen nor depicted with such feeling. In this abbreviated seven-episode season, it’s 1994, and the ballroom feels like a lifetime ago for Blanca (Mj Rodriguez), who’s stepping into some new shoes: being a mother, a loving partner, and a nurse’s aide. AIDS has become the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44, and Pray Tell (Billy Porter, who in this role became the first openly gay man to win the lead actor Emmy) faces some unexpected health concerns. Oh, and a vicious new upstart house has the House of Evangelista contending with their legacy. With the largest LGBTQ+ cast of all time and an unblinking focus on stories of trans and queer people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and Black and Latinx people, Pose may be taking its final bow, but, in the words of cocreator Ryan Murphy, “its impact will go on forever.” Expect high drama, outrageous ’90s fashion, another showstopping turn from Porter, and a whole lot of tears. —Lisa Wong MacabascoHow to Watch: Stream seasons one and two on NetflixIs it hard to conceive of a world where we don’t have another season of Shrill coming to us? Undoubtedly, but the Aidy Bryant–fronted series might be making a shrewd choice by ending its journey with season three. After all, Bryant’s Annie has grown up majorly since we first met her, slowly coming around to the idea that her weight shouldn’t dictate the entirety of her life, and there’s nothing worse than a coming-of-age series that hangs around so long that we fall out of love with its protagonists. (Not likely in neurotic, lovable Annie’s case, but it’s still nice to know Shrill will be leaving on a high note.) Annie’s best friend Fran (Lolly Adefope) is growing too, learning to take a gamble on a real relationship, and the show’s highly anticipated third season will find both women once again enmeshed in the agonizing process of figuring out who they are. Season two ended with Annie dumping her eye-roll-inducingly medium boyfriend, Ryan (Luca Jones), while Fran struck things up anew with pal Emily (E.R. Fightmaster), and while we don’t know too much about the new season’s arc, it’s safe to say Annie and Fran’s journeys are far from over. —E.S.How to Watch: Stream on HuluZiwe Fumudoh’s Instagram Live show was the bright spot of many a quarantine, so the news that the comedian’s late-night variety and interview series will find a new home on Showtime is pretty objectively stellar. The show scored a straight-to-series order in October, which means fans won’t have long to wait before it airs in May; according to Deadline, the show will feature “interviews, musical numbers, guest stars, sketches, fake commercials, and field pieces,” but Fumudoh’s alternately hysterical and deadly serious on-camera persona is the real draw. True fans will remember Fumudoh no-holds-barred Instagram Live interviews with the likes of Caroline Calloway, Alison Roman, and Jeremy O. Harris, and the odds are good that she won’t have lost her signature ability to make a subject blush and stammer onscreen. Fumudoh is singularly gifted at turning racial tension into art—hilarious art but art nonetheless—and we can’t wait to catch up with her on TV instead of on our Instagram feeds. —E.S.How to Watch: Stream on ShowtimeAdapted from Colson Whitehead’s historical heart-wrencher, The Underground Railroad tells the story of Cora, who escapes the plantation on which she’s been enslaved to make her way north on an actual subterranean train. (Count me firmly in the “book is always better than the movie” camp, but watching that jarring yet effective magical-realist conceit play out on the small screen underlined the virtues of the medium.) This Amazon production is directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk), and the limited series displays his characteristic care and artistry, with eerily beautiful landscapes and maniacally manicured towns relaying a sinister undercurrent that only becomes more pernicious. Sometimes the roots of evil are apparent, and sometimes it takes deeper excavation to make them known. —CFSHow to Watch: Stream on AmazonThe new season of In Treatment, as it’s being billed—though it arrives 10 years after the last season concluded and stars an entirely new cast of characters—picks up the format of the original: A therapist, isolated in her office, speaks with her clients. This iteration, which has Uzo Aduba taking up the reins so ably handled by Gabriel Byrne in seasons one through three, makes gestures toward the present—with asides about vaccination documentation and invitations to use the hand sanitizer. And this time Aduba occupies a sunny, midcentury architectural masterpiece, perched in the hills of Los Angeles, rather than Byrne’s Baltimore office. But the nature and structure of the show remain the same—and similarly powerful. Each episode, focused on a single session with a patient, is seemingly self-contained, allowing the actors playing the patients (including a fantastic Anthony Ramos) to deliver potent, concentrated performances. But the show has an accumulated impact as well: This is not so much a show about personal storytelling, but what happens to self-conception when those stories begin to unravel. —CFSHow to Watch: Stream on HBO MaxTina Fey’s latest boasts an immediately appealing premise: An aging girl group attempts to reclaim their ’90s glory. Starring Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, and Paula Pell, the upcoming Peacock comedy follows the titular girls as they attempt to stage a comeback while also managing spouses, kids, debt, and lower back pain. Girls5eva explores the familiar challenges of finding yourself in middle age with the added bonus of an absurd bubblegum-pop soundtrack: “Gonna be famous 5eva, ’cause 4ever’s too short / Gonna be famous 3gether, ’cause that’s one more than 2gether / So what are you waiting 5?” —K.B.When you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
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Model, actor, and activist Chella Man has spent most of his life dealing with hearing devices. The multi-hyphenate received his first hearing aid at four-years-old, and at 12 received cochlear implants. His experiences with both devices gave him the Yep I talk to my cat owner meme word design shirt and by the same token and ability to hear, but would also go on to be a recurring challenge for him on the fashion front. “The appearance of hearing aids and cochlear implants never felt like me, and I had no control over their designs,” says Man, adding that he often found himself brainstorming ways to reclaim the machinery that had now become part of him. “Even when I’m on set [today], no stylists would know what to do with what’s behind my ear.”Man’s ongoing style conundrum served as the inspiration behind a new jewelry collaboration with the New York label Private Policy. He and designers Siying Qu and Haoran Li met at New York Fashion Week last year and instantly clicked. They came up with an idea together: a line of ear jewelry that celebrates the deaf and hard of hearing communities. “This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for years,” says Man. It resulted in a collection of shapely, gold-plated ear cuffs, priced from $330 to $620, that are meant to draw attention to and accentuate hearing devices or cochlear implants. “The earpiece really stood out for us from a fashion perspective,” says Qu. “We were intrigued by how we can use jewelry to be educational.”The pieces launch today during National Deaf History Month, and 50% of profits also go towards the nonprofit Deaf Queer Resource Center. As a trans individual himself, Man wanted to support a cause close to his heart. “It’s the only nonprofit in existence that is for queer deaf people,” says Man. “I’ve lacked that community for so long. They have a monthly meeting online for deaf queer youth, and I can only imagine what that would have been like to attend as a kid.”To go with the new collaboration, Man wrote, edited, and directed a campaign video starring himself, model Rayly Aquino, and dancer Raven Sutton, who are both also deaf. In the clip, the three stars sign to each other underwater while wearing the ear cuffs. “The video is about amplifying the beauty of being deaf, and what’s more beautiful than the fact that we can communicate underwater?” says Man. Going forward, Man and the Private Policy designers hope to make this new line of jewelry a recurring partnership. “I love that Private Policy supports such crucial matters and makes it beautiful at the same time,” says Man. “It is a symbol of encouraging people to understand the deaf community better, and to educate themselves.”“If people look at the probability, they’ll see that it just makes so much more sense to take the vaccine than to risk [and] not take it.” So says Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day of the COVID-19 crisis. Today’s episode of Good Morning Vogue takes you to Day’s Harlem neighborhood as the couturier makes his way to the Family Institute of Harlem for the second of his two vaccination shots, stopping on the way to speak with friends and pose for fan selfies, and to do a Zoom with Dr. Mary Bassett, the former commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and the director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.