Watching: A Short British Comedy

And a new stand-up special.

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

Dear Watchers,

Netflix has canceled “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj,” the host announced yesterday on Twitter. The show premiered in 2018 and ran for 40 episodes.

See you Friday. Stay rad.


I miss ‘Derry Girls’

Liam Williams, foreground, in a scene from “Ladhood.”BBC


When to watch: Now, on Hulu.

If you like coming-of-age stories set in the near past — think “Derry Girls” or “My Mad Fat Diary” — this British comedy is a real treat, gentle and specific like good advice. Liam Williams created and stars in the show, and the story splits itself between teen Liam’s doofy early-2000s shenanigans (and, you know, his growth and development) and adult Liam’s present-day struggles with commitment and depression.


“Ladhood” pulls off the tricky blend of wistfulness and analysis, an “ah, what a young, beautiful idiot I was” story but told with careful clarity. Repeating the same pattern of behavior in our lives can be a vice; or, maybe, it’s a definition of identity. You can wonder, “Why am I like this?” with a laugh and a smile, or you can ask it in total despair and desperation.

The show is only six half-hour episodes, and it goes by in a flash, but thankfully a second season is on its way.

I want stand-up

A scene from the stand-up special “Beth Stelling: Girl Daddy.”HBO Max

‘Beth Stelling: Girl Daddy’

When to watch: Starting Thursday, on HBO Max.

Beth Stelling’s cheery, dry delivery makes her jokes feel sunny even as she covers some pretty dark territory, including sexual violence. But in a funny way! She uses a lot of little asides, which feels like being let in on a fun secret, and that intimacy leads to a cozy casualness with the audience. Eventually, all stand-ups acts are going to have “what I did in quar” material, but it’s so nice to still have specials from Before.


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