JIM GAFFIGAN: THE PALE TOURIST Stream on Amazon. Jim Gaffigan jokes about poutine in Canada and paella in Spain in this two-part comedy special, which were filmed in Ontario and Barcelona. Among the other highlights of the site-specific sets: A bit about Spain’s many autonomous communities (“Do some of these regions even know they’re part of Spain?”) and an anecdote about showing up early to a Las Vegas nightclub to see Drake, the famous Canadian. “All these Drake fans were waiting to go in,” Gaffigan recalls. “They looked at me like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s Drake’s accountant!’”
THE KISSING BOOTH 2 (2020) Stream on Netflix. In the summer of 2018, “The Kissing Booth” became a surprise hit for Netflix by offering a twinkling 1980s- and ’90s-style rom-com experience to young eyes used to the darkness of contemporary teen movies like “Twilight.” In the pandemic summer of 2020, the very idea of a kissing booth may seem more like a recipe for horror. Still, many will doubtlessly find an escapist thrill in the continued story of Elle (Joey King), a teenager who enters her senior year of high school in this sequel. The drama on the horizon? Elle’s boyfriend, Noah (Jacob Elordi), is leaving for college.
HARRIET (2019) Stream on HBO Max. When audiences are introduced to the title character of “Harriet,” a biographical drama directed by Kasi Lemmons, Harriet Tubman isn’t yet called Harriet Tubman; she’s Minty Ross, an enslaved woman in 1840s Maryland. The film tracks Minty’s transformation into Harriet — a name Ross chooses after escaping enslavement — and then Harriet’s transformation into an icon through her leadership in the underground railroad. Cynthia Erivo plays Tubman, alongside a cast that includes Leslie Odom Jr. and Janelle Monáe as antislavery activists. The result, A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times, is a “rousing and powerful drama, respectful of both the historical record and the cravings of modern audiences.”
What’s on TV
GREAT PERFORMANCES: SHE LOVES ME 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti star in this production of the dreamy 1960s musical “She Loves Me,” about a pen-pal romance between two unwitting employees of a 1930s Budapest perfumery. An extravagant revival staged by the Roundabout Theatre Company in 2016, this version of the show, directed by Scott Ellis, preserves the Broadway spectacle of the original, giving its cast — which also includes the comic actress Jane Krakowski — many opportunities for classic, old-fashioned showmanship. “She Loves Me” is “the great vanilla ice cream musical,” wrote Ben Brantley, who named the show a Critic’s Pick, in his review for The New York Times. “Let me hasten to add that the ice cream I’m talking about isn’t the kind that comes in frost-rimed cartons in chain stores, but the hand-cranked, homemade variety that at its best is a transcendent marriage of human labor and carefully mixed ingredients.”