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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Always Be Streaming - 19 June 2021
Betty, Physical, and Dave are three of the big new and returning shows of the week.
There is a wealth of TV shows out there this week - certainly enough to keep you entertained. The standouts, I say, are the second season returns of HBO youth drama Betty (about a group of teenage girl skaters in NYC), and Dave (a VERY funny and crude comedy about the adventures of series star/creator Lil Dicky).
The biggest new title this week is the Rose Byrne dramedy Physical. It's an interesting subject matter and Byrne is fantastic in the lead - but despite the pretension of it being a smart and substantial series exploring the fascinating subject of the aerobics boom of the early 80s, the show never quite does enough to get below its very thin surface. It is on Apple TV+
Betty (s02), Love Victor (s02), Van Helsing (s05), The Owl House (s02), Dave (s02), Black Summer (s02), Elite (s04)
Stars: Stella Baker, Luke Mitchell, Hope Lauren Faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence.
Stars: Jaylen Barron, Helen Hunt As Ashley's partner of 12 years and father of their son, Miles is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she's forced to move in with Miles' mother and half-sister.