Our TV critic recommends an Australian apocalyptic comedy, an expansive climate-crisis drama and a new dance competition series.
This weekend I have … a half-hour, and ‘Yellowjackets’ is too scary for me.
‘Class of ’07’
When to watch: Now, on Amazon.
Zoe (Emily Browning) was going to skip her 10-year reunion at her Australian all-girls boarding school completely, still licking her wounds from a disastrous exit from a “Bachelor”-like show. But when a freak flood sends her scrambling for higher elevation, she winds up crashing the party — and that flood turns out to be the apocalypse, or as she and her former classmates start calling it, “the poco.”
“Class” has the “old friends keep old secrets” vibe of “Yellowjackets,” but instead of horror, it’s a comedy with the feral, silly strangeness of “Last Man on Earth,” happy to bounce between real emotional intensity and gross-out humor. There are eight episodes, and they make for a spirited and not at all depressing binge.
… three hours, and what if the sky actually is falling?
When to watch: Begins Friday, on Apple TV+.
This climate-crisis anthology drama is more interesting as a project than as a show, a parade of high-profile actors dutifully sermonizing (in some cases literally sermonizing; Daveed Diggs plays a rabbi) about the impending death of our planet. The show’s vision of the future is pretty much “now, but worse.” The first episode is set 2037 and the eighth in 2070; global warming grows evermore destructive, and we see its effects through the eyes of loosely connected characters, including a tech billionaire, a truck driver in India and the world’s last humpback whale, voiced by Meryl Streep. The first three episodes drop on Friday, and the rest arrive weekly.
… several hours, and 5, 6, 7, 8.
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Netflix.
For those of us perpetually chasing the high of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” this new competition series scratches a similar itch. Eight choreographers, who also perform in their compositions, compete over six episodes, with 100 dancers allocated among them. But instead of relying on the typical “American Idol” judging style, this show has the dancers themselves give feedback and vote. It’s an intriguing spin on the competition format, especially because the voting is done onstage, and one wonders if the power of social conformity and not just great moves is influencing the outcomes.