The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Netflix)

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The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Netflix) – Premieres 18th February

A weekly bit of pop culture and TV mockery hosted by Joel McHale, the show is more than a little similar to The Soup.

So along with taking the piss out of some US reality shows, there’s also a pre-recorded comedy bit and finishes off a couple of more TV based segments. One where they look at the weirdness of a specific countries programming, then another US TV pisstake.

While there are a couple of decent moments, the longer sections seem to run dry a bit quickly, though it’s an alright way to burn through 30 minutes. That said it’s not a patch on TV Burp.

4.7/10

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Everything Sucks (Netflix)

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Everything Sucks (Netflix) – Premieres 16th February – Renewed

A coming of age comedy set in the 90’s where three friends have just started high school together in the town of Boring, Indiana.

Between the three they decide the best way for folks to take their nerdy selves seriously is to join the AV Club. Where one of the group, Luke, ends up taking a shine to the principals daughter Kate, while his friends fear it could put an additional target on their back.

Along with the standard school romance stuff and 90’s pop culture referencing it’s a pretty bland bit of viewing.

3.2/10

Altered Carbon (Netflix)

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Altered Carbon (Netflix) – Premieres 2nd February 

Sci-fi thriller where after being killed in his pursuit of stopping people to able to transplant their memories into new bodies, called sleeves, thus living for ever. Takeshi Kovacs is ironically brought back 250 years after he was stopped.

After vaguely coming to terms that he is in a body that’s not his own, Takeshi is taken to meet Laurens Bancroft, the man who paid for him to be brought back. There he finds out that Bancroft needs his services to find out who killed him a few days earlier. Where the scene was made to look like a suicide, but the perpetrators failed to stop the remote server downloading his memories into a new body. Meaning that Bancroft can remember everything up to the point of his last memory upload, but misses out remembering who killed him.

Bancroft gives Takeshi a day to think about the offer where either he accepts and gets his freedom, or refuses and is permanently deleted. Settling on the second option, Takeshi decides to spend his remaining time on getting wasted. Until an altercation in the hotel lobby he was signing into piques his interest in the case.

It’s a solid opening episode that goes along at a decent pace, and a plot that’s easy to keep with. Along the addition of the John Wick style hotel scene and it’s a decent watch.

7.2/10

Coach Snoop (Netflix)

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Coach Snoop (Netflix) – Premieres 2nd February 

A docu-series that follows the Snoop Steelers, a team in the Snoop Youth Football League and coached by Snoop Dogg, for a season as they are attempting to get into the national championship game.

The setup is a lot like that of Last Chance U & A Season With, where it focuses on a few of the teams players and parents who come from the rougher parts of LA as well as the coaches as they get them prepared for the games.

The show starts off with Snoop dropping sage words of wisdom and introduces the the rest of the staff that look after the team. Then shows follows the team as the prepare for the upcoming game. Along with this the kids and parents are interviewed where they talk about how the team has been beneficial to them, and finishes off with showing the highlights of the game they were training for.

It’s an enjoyable watch, what with one of the coaches more sweary outlook on motivation, and if you remotely enjoyed A Season With or Last Chance U this is more of the same.

6.0/10

Dirty Money (Netflix)

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Dirty Money (Netflix) – Premieres 26th January

A series from famed documentarian Alex Gibney, where he looks into the scandals of certain big business. Showing how they acted illegally and how the corruption was discovered, along with levels of deception the people in charge went to to try and keep everything under wraps.

The programme beings with giving a brief outline of the scandals that’s being looked in to. Then through interviewing former workers and the people that discovered the corruption, starts to go through how the deception began and manifested itself through the organisation.

The programme also shows some of the deposition footage and reveals how the deceptions not only stayed within the company, but was wider spread then initially thought, and reveals some of the intricate ways they tried to con the system.

As documentaries go this is in depth and keeps your interest throughout. It’s well worth a watch.

6.8/10

Drug Lords (Netflix)

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Drug Lords (Netflix) – Premieres 19th January 

A docu-series where in each episode it focuses on a specific drug kingpin that show the details in their rise to notoriety, what they did during that time and how their reign ended.

During the programme along with showing archive footage of the person in question interspersed with some reenactments. The show interviews the people involved in their capture, along with those that worked for them. There they give details about the main events explaining what both sides we doing and how they were trying to outfox each other.

The programme is like a more polished version of Manhunt: Kill or Capture. Though with the first episode covering Pablo Escobar, it doesn’t really reveal much more to what has been shown in other documentaries or in Narcos, leaving it to become a bit dull.

3.2/10

We Speak Dance (Netflix)

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We Speak Dance (Netflix) – Premieres 1st January

Hosted by Vandana Hart, a dancer who also does work for the UN, this show follows her as she heads off to a major city and samples the popular dance culture within it.

As she begins her tour Vandana chats to dancers and finds out the history of the routines and performances that are native to the country, and then joins in with them as they show her a few of the moves.

While the programme progresses Vandana looks and the newer and more underground aspects of the dance culture, where she interviews the event organisers and its participants, finding out how they got into it and how it is becoming more popular.

The show has a major Viceland docuseries vibe to it all, and for a 20 minute show it gets through a fair amount without feeling rushed through. It is surprisingly watchable.

4.8/10