What’s on TV
YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN (2020) 9 p.m. on HBO. Thirty-one years ago this month, Yusuf Hawkins was killed in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, in what became one of the city’s most notorious hate crimes and a sign of its racial divisions in the 1980s and ’90s. This documentary revisits the case — in which Hawkins, a Black teenager, was pursued by a mob of white youths, then shot — through archival footage and interviews with Hawkins’s family. Also interviewed are public figures like the Rev. Al Sharpton, who led protests after the killing and helped turn the case into an argument for change. “I don’t know who shot Yusuf,” Sharpton said at Hawkins’s funeral in 1989, “but the system loaded the gun.”
THE GO-GO’S (2020) 7:20 p.m. on Showtime. Early in this documentary about the band the Go-Go’s, the guitarist Jane Wiedlin describes her submersion into the Los Angeles punk scene of the 1970s. “People used to cross the street when they saw me,” she says. “I felt powerful for the first time.” By taking the D.I.Y. grit of that Los Angeles scene and finishing it with a pop sheen, the Go-Go’s rose to history-making levels of success. Their debut album, “Beauty and the Beat,” released in 1981, was the first record by an all-female group whose members wrote its songs and played their own instruments to hit No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. In the documentary, which debuted earlier this month, the director Alison Ellwood revisits the band’s punk roots, its rise to fame and the tensions that followed.
MUPPETS NOW Stream on Disney+. Jim Henson’s furry brainchildren get a jolt of internet energy — in more ways than one — in this new streaming series, in which Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and company perform sketches that spoof online video formats. The show is the latest attempt to modernize the Muppets after “The Muppets,” an ABC sitcom with the characters, struggled to recapture viewers’ hearts in 2015. This new show may have better luck. “‘Muppets Now’ improves on the ABC sitcom because it understands what the Muppets are and why we love them,” James Poniewozik wrote in a recent article in The New York Times. “They’re not mopey stand-ins for us but wild, demonic imaginings of ourselves, unburdened by impulse control and the laws of physics.”
ABOMINABLE (2019) Stream on Hulu; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. If you or your children prefer your cute creatures computer-animated, skip Kermit and consider this movie instead. A creation of DreamWorks Animation and the Chinese production company Pearl Studio, written and directed by Jill Culton, “Abominable” tells the story of Yi, a girl (voiced by Chloe Bennet) who goes on a journey with a magical yeti named Everest. It is, Glenn Kenny wrote in his review for The Times, “an exceptionally watchable and amiable animated tale.”