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Humans don’t make a lot of sense to other humans. For aliens, they’re almost impossible to comprehend—which is why they need a special guide. Comedian Jim Rash stars in this very selective, very American walk through human history.
If dogs could talk, surely they’d share philosophical musings, biting insults—and stories of how centuries of selective breeding have altered their genetic makeup. Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo and others voice beloved breeds in this quirky series.
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you didn’t know you needed. Comedian Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) stars in this 12-part holiday special about the silver linings within everything from substance abuse to bankruptcy and existential despair.
Follow five female candidates who are jumping into everything from gubernatorial showdowns to city-council races, getting inside the fascinating, difficult, and inspiring process of campaigning in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency.
In this declining steel town in Western Pennsylvania, meet the people making change in the shadow of the smokestacks. An activist, a filmmaker, a farmer, and a politician fight to bring their town back from the brink.
When a dying sex worker is found in a cabin with a deadly virus in her body, a Finnish officer must team up with a German virologist to track a serial killer and contain the virus before it becomes a full-blown pandemic.
After opening up their marriage to new partners, Nele and Gianni seem to have restrengthened their relationship, until an old flame comes back and threatens their domestic bliss. And two other couples bring a whole new set of marital struggles.
Nele and Gianni have been married for ten years and their love life seems to have died a slow, sexless death. With the help of a therapist, they decide to spice up their sex life in a darkly funny series that is not afraid to break a few taboos!
1993 picks up where the first season of 1992 left off, tracking the collapse of a political system and the chaos that results. Out of the ashes will rise new right-wing parties, like the Forza Italia party founded by media magnate Silvio Berlusconi.
When a gruesomely staged body is found at the German-Austrian border, two detectives investigate. As the ritual-like murders continue, they enter the killer’s sinister world, set in the Alpine wilderness. Originally aired in Germany as Der Pass.
When 66 safe deposit boxes are robbed in Brussels, Police Inspector Paul Gerardi discovers that the victims are all members of a mysterious elite organization called Salamander, and their stolen secrets could bring down the entire country.
The murder of a political refugee in Brussels catches the attention of inspector Paul Gerardi; the victim fled Kitangi, a former Belgian colony in Africa. As Gerardi investigates, he discovers an international conspiracy involving blood diamonds.
In 1992, Milan prosecutors launched the mani pulite investigation into Italy’s political corruption. This series follows six people whose lives are intertwined by the scandal which contributed to the collapse of several major political parties.
Italy drastically changed in 1994 with the election of Silvio Berlusconi. Now, political mastermind Leonardo Notte finds that while it is not easy to win power, holding on to it might prove to be impossible; 1994 will be the year of restoration.
This series features distinct perspectives on, pathways to, and experiences of homelessness. The interviews were conducted in 2015 while each Cast was having their portrait painted or drawn, as part of a project called Face New York.
West Virginia used to run on coal --- but no longer. In this four-part documentary series, former miners, union members, environmentalists, and students work to bring their beloved home state into the 21st century.
What is life like in North Korea? A few years ago, Korean-American filmmaker Christina Choe visited the now-forbidden country to get insight into the lives of its citizens and secretly film her experiences. (Things did not go according to plan.)
Mental health is important! No one knows that better than comedian Maria Bamford. Now she’s opening up the discussion with fellow comedians and artists who share their own experiences. Join their funny, moving, and utterly candid conversations.
The price of war is every life it touches. In the United Kingdom, that includes a town of people who build fighter jets, Quaker activists determined to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and refugees caught in the middle.
Across America, being trans can put your life at risk. Director Tony Zosherafatain visits North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, and Idaho to meet individuals impacted by anti-trans laws and leaves inspired by their fight to exist in their own country.
After a night he can’t remember, Dr. Ari Milus seeks out his sleep disorder specialist. But when the doctor is found dead, he questions his own involvement as repressed memories resurface of a dangerous religious leader known as the Wordmaker.
A dark, visceral drama and a tale of redemption. Joseph is a broken man who decides to confront his painful past, meeting an unexpected kindred spirit along the way. From director Shane Meadows, with a career-defining performance by Stephen Graham.
Most Americans have a special way of discussing issues of death: ignore it. In this new documentary series, five terminally ill people break that silence, offering testimonies about life, faith, love, and fear from a place where death is imminent.
A timely mash-up of original sketches, musical performances, animation and rare Second City footage. Featuring Second City alumni and famous friends and filmed from basements, bedrooms and bunkers from across the country.
The political cartoonists of The Nib have teamed up for a new animated series that strikes at the heart of our present-day dystopia. Now Season 2 is here featuring sizzling satire from the likes of Matt Bors, Jen Sorensen and Emily Flake.
Now that we know he’s a false prophet, Sri Kumare can get even more real with his spiritual guidance. In this season, Kumare tackles modern issues like loneliness, anxiety, and diet with hilarious lessons. Who knew that loneliness was like cheese?
When an earthquake unburies three skeletons, strange phenomena begin to occur around a single dad, his young son, an incarcerated woman, and a mentalist. One officer tries to find the truth, but she’s met with inexplicable revelations at every turn.
Meet the next big names in music. Four young Black women musicians from Chicago talk about their inspirations, personal hardships, and how music has shaped them. Witness their jaw-dropping talent as they rise up in the male-dominated industry.
After a mysterious call sends Katie Bonner on a search for a woman named Tala, she leaves her upscale life behind to enter a dark web of international cover-ups, corruption, and trafficking. She soon realizes her obsession could cost her everything.
In season one, we meet a vastly diverse group of people, from a comedian to a gymnast, who have even more diverse run-ins with the law. Anyone can get stopped by cops, but what happens next largely depends on some pretty unfair factors.
Three short films that examine key issues in the American cultural conversation: incarceration, race, life, death, digital culture, and gender. They may be fictional, but these dizzying one-take videos have the ring of truth.
The road to progress is paved in blood, sweat, and oil. This Nordic drama follows the history-making events that created modern Norway. When a small fishing town discovers something big, six individuals must seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
There are two sides to every story. Ordinary topics—a wildfire, a marketing strategy, racial identity, and a traditional West African dish—become lively debates when they’re told by two storytellers with differing perspectives.
New Orleans lore collides with dark magic in this horror anthology series. Created by Coodie & Chike and starring Chad Coleman, PJ Morton and Omar Dorsey, these “Twilight Zone”-style tales expose chilling corners of the Big Easy.
Cathrine and her live-in boyfriend, Simon, have an almost perfect relationship, but the one thing that’s lacking overpowers everything else. When she starts becoming attracted to her female co-worker Selma, her entire love life is put to the test.
There’s only one way to really get to know a writer: over drinks. Reza Aslan sips Old Fashioneds with today’s most important voices in writing, across multiple disciplines, diving into their process, inspiration, and backgrounds. Cheers.
As a mysterious and deadly pandemic begins to spread, a group of residents in the outskirts of a large US city are thrown into chaos, including a conflicted criminal, a disillusioned paramedic, and a grieving mother looking for answers.
Brilliant peacemaker Ann-Mari Sundell takes one final job: to broker an agreement between Turkey and the Kurds. But she soon realizes the mission is nothing like it seems, as shocking truths unfold to reveal a larger, more twisted political game.
In September 2017, the US Virgin Islands were hit hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Now, those living on the 32-square-mile island of St. Thomas must learn how to rebuild—and thrive—in the face of unbelievable loss.
New European Parliamentary assistant Samy is tasked with a shark finning amendment, but with virtually no experience, he gets duped by lobbyists, tormented by colleagues, and ghosted by his own boss. Can Samy swim with the sharks or get eaten alive?
The city that never sleeps? In this four-part documentary series about New Yorkers who work at night, we follow a baker, a fishmonger, a medical resident, and others whose workdays don’t get going until after the sun goes down.
Five kids, an erratic brother, a sleazy boss, a seductive co-worker, and a wife he can’t let go. Guy Nehama must navigate all of this while chasing his lifelong dream of being a stand-up comedian. No wonder his hair is gray.
The Trump administration is doing everything to keep Mexican and Central American migrants from crossing into the United States. Filmmaker Jordi Ruiz Cirera traveled to Tijuana and asked four migrant children to imagine the life that may await them.
Jacobo Vidal loves his family, he’s just not the most loving guy. His obsession with protecting them ends up causing more problems than solutions. As the family matures over 16 years, he’ll question everything he knew about being a father.
Julien is 31, unemployed, and lives at home with mom. When he runs into his high school sweetheart, she reveals they have a teenage son. Now he’s on a mission to be a good father and win back his girl, but first he’s got some growing up to do.
Would Georgia O’Keeffe have her place in art history if she hadn’t moved to New Mexico? Would Naoshima still be an empty island without Tadao Ando’s touch? See how eight artists and places have forever changed their respective landscapes.
To us they’re mundane objects, but to them they’re priceless. House on Fire asks individuals to save one thing if their house were ablaze. The items they choose tell entire stories about culture, identity, and the true value of material possessions.
Get a glimpse at the future of health and rehab through five individuals testing out groundbreaking new technology and programs, from robotic exoskeletons to virtual reality pain relief. Judging by their stories, the future is bright.
In this darkly comic new digital series, a young woman navigates her way thru New York. It can be hard when you're using an Instagram that time-travels, debating a portal to another dimension, or battling your roommates during an apocalypse.
How do you transform tragic properties like the Flight 93 crash site or the motel where Dr. King was assassinated into a positive communal space? Real estate expert Randall Bell says: don’t erase the past, change the narrative.
The global movement Death Over Dinner encourages friends, colleagues, and even total strangers to get together, share a meal, and build healthier relationships with their own mortality by discussing ideas and feelings about death.
Nathan Silver has been casting his mother, Cindy, in his films since 2012. In this documentary series, we follow the pair as they try to repair their relationship over the dinner table, at the synagogue, and, finally, on the set of a film.
The premise is simple: one random caller is chosen and Chris Gethard talks to that person for 30 unfiltered minutes. From a caller who recently discovered she’s gay to a walking ghost magnet, the stories range from inspiring to downright chilling.
It doesn’t get more iconic than a dance competition set on the streets of NYC hosted by vogue legend Cesar Valentino. Watch as 20 distinctly different dancers twirl, jeté, and flip down sidewalks, steps, and crosswalks to win Best Walk.
At 24, Anne finally has her life in order, but all of that is about to change. She gets restless with her job and relationship, her family is falling apart, and after one ex cuts her off, another shows up on her doorstep. A lot can change before 25.
Recently graduated with her own place, Anne seems to be figuring it all out, but when she runs into her first girlfriend, Lily, she thinks back on all the ex-girlfriends and lovers who have shaped—and confused—her idea of love, life, and adulthood.
There are 75 different categories of American work visas - but one of the best known is O-1, the “genius” visa designated for people who have attained profound professional achievement. We explore what it takes to qualify for this rare status.
Writer, director, and performer Wyatt Cenac stars in this digital series about a Brooklyn resident moonlighting as a crime-fighting vigilante. Nominated for a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.
Dr. Merel Kindt is a clinical psychologist with a new way to treat, or even eliminate, phobias and the effects of emotional trauma. Amazingly, it seems to work. In this four-part series, we follow the doctor as she cares for terrified patients.
This lushly illustrated animated film, presented as a sort of travel notebook, follows a Western traveler as they visit Madagascar and come into contact with a variety of Malagasy customs and rituals—in particular the Famadihana.