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Why Should I Watch? In what looks like a timely blend of “X-Men” and “Deadly Class” — though hopefully more of the former — Netflix’s new youth superhero series focuses on a group of seven kids who are born under mysterious circumstances and adopted by a billionaire industrialist who trains them to “save the world.” Years later, after their “father” dies and the team disbands, visions of an apocalyptic future forces the surviving members to reunite and try to fulfill the purpose of their wayward, deceased leader. Based on the comic books and graphic novels written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, “The Umbrella Academy” is the streaming giant’s biggest bet this month — big cast, big budget, big hit? Early reviews are promising, but we shall see for ourselves over Valentine’s Day weekend.
Bonus Reason: You saw Ellen Page’s speech on Stephen Colbert last week, right? OK, well, “The Umbrella Academy” won’t directly deal with Mike Pence, bigotry, or even LGBTQ issues, but it is the reason she got to go on national television and make an impassioned plea for human rights. So that’s a pretty good reason to check out her show, right there — we all owe one to Ms. Page, if not a few donations to the ACLU or GSA Network.
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Natasha Lyonne and Yul Vazquez in “Russian Doll”
Why Should I Watch? If you haven’t started bingeing Netflix’s best new series since “Big Mouth,” get on it. Created by Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, and Leslye Headland (whose 2012 film “Bachelorette” remains one of the most under-appreciated R-rated comedies of this millennium), “Russian Doll” is the kind of show that’s far better the less you know going in — it’s made up of eight, half-hour episodes; it’s a dark comedy with an intriguing mystery driving the plot;...
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