Streaming TV drama has been getting trippy for a while now — think Legion or American Gods — but when it comes to stretching the invisible boundary between narrative arcs and hallucinogenic substances, this black comedy takes some beating. Christopher Meloni (pictured above) takes wild-eyed pleasure in dismantling his Law & Order good-guy image as detective-turned-hitman Nick Sax, whose sidekick Happy is an animated purple loon who looks like Daffy Duck. Season two promises psycho Easter bunnies, geriatric brawls and a cast list embracing Ann-Margret and WWE legend Big Show. Available today.
Though we don’t get meltdowns of Bros-style proportions, this behind-the-scenes film charting the ups and downs of the Jonas Brothers is far from a hagiography. You get a sense of sibling love stretched to breaking point by fame, and Nick (above), Kevin and Joe emerge as surprisingly likeable characters. We’re still struggling to name any of their songs, though. Available now.
Summer Of Rockets
It’s interesting that this period drama, underpinned by the unease of an England gripped by the Cold War and the fear of nuclear apocalypse, has been released as a box set. It’s a sharp move: writer/director Stephen Poliakoff constructs his stories like a jigsaw and the pace can feel glacial when set against frenetic modern thrillers. So a binge watch (six hour-long episodes — be sure to take a comfort break) is the best way to dive into his world as Toby Stephens and Keeley Hawes (pictured) play characters whose very different worlds collide in unusual circumstances. Season available now.