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Penn Badgely and Victoria Pedretti are back for another season of You.

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What new TV shows hit Netflix this week? Any more scintillating smash-hit South Korean dramas like Squid Game? Well, not exactly.

On Monday, you can watch the first season of The King’s Affection (2021). It’s a Korean drama, but more of a dewy romance than a violent survival drama. Also on Monday: Season 11 of Shameless and season 2 of The Baby-Sitter’s Club.

On Tuesday, take a gander at season 3 of entertaining docu-series The Movies That Made Us, covering Aliens, Robocop, Halloween, Coming to America and more.

Nothing on Wednesday, but then on Thursday, keep an eye out for season 3 of crime comedy series In The Dark. You could also watch season 2 of Another Life, if you need a sci-fi hit. The thriller doesn’t have the greatest reviews, but again, it could scratch that sci-fi itch.

On Friday, in comes the big one: Season 3 of You. That’s right, the insanely addictive psychological thriller that stars Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti. There’s also season 1 of My Name, a Korean series about a woman who joins a gang to avenge her father. Netflix is apparently loving South Korean titles at the moment.

Here are last week’s arrivals: season 8 of The Blacklist, season 1 of A Tale of Dark & Grimm and season 1 of House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths. For even more, scroll down to find a list of Netflix’s best original shows.

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Squid Game (2021—)

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There’s a reason Squid Game became one of Netflix’s most-watched programs within a matter of weeks. The South Korean survival drama has everything: high production values, an original premise and superb performances. Centered on a deadly contest of survival, hundreds of players from different walks of life compete for a huge life-changing money prize. While the social commentary on class division doesn’t break new ground, the rest of the components are total winners. The intense drama and action thrills lead to genuinely dark and terrifying places (make sure you’re in the right mindset to embark on this journey). A scintillating triumph. Note: Make sure you’re using the right subtitle settings.

Lupin (2021—)

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If you enjoyed Money Heist, then meet Lupin, another non-English language show with a propulsive action-packed story. This time we’re in France, where professional thief Assane Diop enacts his revenge mission on the man responsible for his father’s death. Inspired by a book about gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, Assane uses disguises, thieving know-how and a good dose of charisma to expose the wealthy and powerful Hubert Pellegrini’s crimes.

Bodyguard (2018)

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Bodyguard broke records when it first aired in Britain, climbing from cliffhanger to cliffhanger at a relentless pace. This might be the definition of the unstoppable binge, not surprising given it comes from the mind of Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio. Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden plays the titular bodyguard, who suffers from PTSD after serving in the Afghanistan war. On top of that, he’s assigned to protect the Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes), whose politics he despises. Taking provocative turns, and crafting one of the best-ever 20-minute opening scenes, Bodyguard is an expert tension-building balancing act.

Dark (2017-2020)

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Germany’s answer to Stranger Things deliberately takes its time before stepping into completely compelling and original places. A sci-fi noir, Dark folds time travel, conspiracies and estranged families into a generation-spanning story kicked off by a child’s disappearance. If those kinds of meticulously-crafted layers are what you’re after in your storytelling, settle in. All three seasons of Dark’s meditative look at time travel and its effect on human nature are waiting to hit you at full force.

House of Cards (2013-2018)

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While Kevin Spacey’s sexual harassment allegations ended up marring this slick, fourth-wall breaking slice of politics’ dark side, it’s still worth watching if you dig power games and the occasional backstabbing. Initially following Spacey’s Frank Underwood, House of Cards’ sixth and final season pivots to follow his wife Claire (Robin Wright) as she takes on more and more power in the Oval Office.

Horror

Midnight Mass (2021)

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From the auteur who brought us The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor, comes another slow-burning horror series that’ll haunt you for days. Midnight Mass is Mike Flanagan’s latest creation, a meticulously crafted mystery spanning seven hourlong episodes. Riley Flynn, still paying the price for a drunk driving accident four years ago, returns home to Crockett Island, where the arrival of a charismatic new priest coincides with astonishing miracles around the town. Pregnant with a sense of foreboding and dread, Midnight Mass is an eloquent interrogation of faith, with horrifying supernatural monsters along for the ride.

Kingdom (2019—)

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Netflix’s first original Korean series doesn’t pull any punches. A zombie horror with a Joseon period political backdrop to sprawl over, Kingdom is for those partial to a blood-pumping genre-meld with a gory imagination. Season 1 sees Crown Prince Lee Chang wrapped up in a political conspiracy, when he’s not investigating a mysterious plague. He’s swept up in a life or death thriller, with a dash of royal dynasty at stake.

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

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Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House, loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, weaves its horror into a deeply affecting story about a broken family. Fractured after growing up in a haunted house, the Crains can’t ignore their past and must do what you never want to do: Go back down those dark corridors. The impressive set-pieces will please horror fans, but it’s the sad story of the Crains that will, yes, haunt you for days. Good news: The second chapter of the anthology, The Haunting of Bly Manor, is out for Halloween.

Crazyhead (2016)

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If you were a fan of Howard Overman’s insanely entertaining Misfits, Crazyhead might be where you want to head next. Overman’s follow-up show, which first aired in the UK in 2016, is a comedy-horror starring Cara Theobold (the voice of Tracer in Overwatch) and Susan Wokoma as unlikely friends who bond over being able to see demons gallivanting about in normal society. Their brilliant double-act is at the heart of this disturbingly entertaining series, featuring exorcisms, accidental roommate killings and demon fathers. Yeah, you need to watch this for yourself.

Fantasy

Sweet Tooth (2021—)

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This fantasy based on Jeff Lemire’s comic book is the definition of weird and wonderful. Sweet Tooth follows Gus (a stellar Christian Convery), a half-deer half-human child, who lives a sheltered life in the forest with his dad Pubba (Will Forte). Events relating to The Great Crumble, a viral pandemic, sweep Gus into an adventure branching down mysterious, action-filled and highly entertaining paths. Echoes with real-world struggles can be heard in the treetops of this immersive, riveting fantasy world. Genre fans settle in for this fantastic ride.

Shadow and Bone (2021—)

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Netflix’s vault of young adult fantasies is bulging at this point, but Shadow and Bone makes this list as the cream of the crop. While our hero Alina Starkov hits the conventional Chosen One story beats, rising up the ranks of the magical Grisha army as she discovers her powers, you’ll find a ton of world-building and rich supporting characters. Ben Barnes’ General Kirigan is a standout as the morally questionable and powerful Darkling. At the center of the piece is the Shadow Fold, a stretch of dangerous land splitting the kingdom of Ravka down the middle. It’s up to Alina and General Kirigan to bring it down once and for all. Eight hours of peak young adult fantasy await you.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019)

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We weren’t ready for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Canceled after one season, the critically acclaimed fantasy series is, well, a gem. A prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film, the series returns to the planet Thra, where three Gelflings inspire a rebellion against the absolutely diabolic Skeksis. The puppet design and performances — from a stunning cast including Taron Edgerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel — sneak up on you. You’ll find yourself deeply invested in the poor, oppressed Gelflings’ lives, hurt just as much as the puppets whenever one of their own is harmed. A full-on fantasy epic, built with love, care and staggering detail.

Crime

Criminal (2019—)

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Criminal gives you four series of Line of Duty-channeling police procedural, with each episode centered on a suspect picked apart in an interrogation room. The twist: Each series takes place in a different country and language — Spanish, French, German and English — but they use the exact same concept and set. As well as the tightly-scripted, cat-and-mouse interrogations, featuring masterclass performances from the likes of David Tennant, Hayley Atwell — and in season 2, Kit Harington — it’s fascinating to see how the limited sets are used differently by different police teams.

Unbelievable (2019)

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This miniseries, based on a true story of rape, deftly navigates its disturbing and tricky subject matter with the help of a remarkable performance from Kaitlyn Dever. She plays Marie, a teenager who’s charged with lying about being raped, but of course it’s more complicated than that. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever team up as whip-smart detectives who see what others fail to, adding another layer to Unbelievable’s delicate, powerfully moving triumph.

When They See Us (2019)

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Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us comes under the tough but essential viewing banner. It depicts the real-life events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case, involving five male suspects of color who were falsely accused of rape and assault. Not only sensitively drawing the humanity of the boys into focus, When They See Us demands outrage at the injustice of systemic racism.

The Sinner (2017—)

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Three fascinating seasons of The Sinner await to be cracked open, each one focused on a murder committed by an unlikely offender in even stranger circumstances. Season 1 follows Jessica Biel’s Cora, who stabs a man to death on a beach in a sudden frenzy, but has no idea why. It’s up to Bill Pullman’s Detective Ambrose to unravel the shockingly disturbing events embedded in her psyche that lead to her being triggered.

Money Heist (2017—)

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This series is loved by many (and Netflix loves you for it), but in case you haven’t heard what all the fuss is about, Money Heist is, yep, about a heist. The mastermind doing Ocean’s Eleven-level prep work with equally satisfying reveals is The Professor. He’s got banks in his sights and we see how his intricate plans come together with slick flashbacks, time-jumps and even an unreliable narrator. This is captivating TV with a distinct Spanish identity — don’t let the subtitles put you off.

Ozark (2017—)

Touted as the next Breaking Bad, Ozark only gets better and better as you watch the Byrde family’s life spiral out of control. Beginning with a bang, Ozark sees financial advisor Marty’s (Jason Bateman) money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel go wrong. His solution? Move his family to the Lake of the Ozarks, where he’ll set up a bigger laundering operation. Building on all that potential, Ozark crafts a smart, but most importantly, entertaining story, with a superb stand-out turn from Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde. Great news: Ozark was renewed for a fourth and final season, which will consist of 14 episodes and be split into two parts.

American Vandal (2017-2018)

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The first two seasons of this mockumentary series burst onto Netflix with a potent combination of potty humor and social commentary. A parody of true crime documentaries such as Netflix’s own Making a Murderer, American Vandal follows the aftermath of a high school prank gone wrong. After 27 faculty cars are left fatally vandalized with grievous phallic images, it’s up to a couple of sophomores to crack the crime, before the wrong person is expelled for good. Yep, this is a satire. But it weaves a surprisingly engrossing mystery that creates an accurate bigger picture of contemporary high school life. A hefty achievement.

Alias Grace (2017)

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This miniseries is from a couple of years ago, but in case you missed it, it’s definitely worth checking out. In the vein of The Sinner, Alias Grace steps back into its young female protagonist’s past to figure out why she commits murder, of which she has no memory. An adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel, the show stars a hypnotic Sarah Gadon as Irish immigrant Grace, navigating a turbulent life as a servant for a family in colonial Toronto. Partly based on a true story, this isn’t a straightforward mystery with straightforward answers and that’s what makes it all the more captivating.

Mindhunter (2017-2019)

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David Fincher directs a stash of episodes in this psychological crime thriller’s two-season run (the third is on indefinite hold), so meticulous visuals and captivating storylines are a given. Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) is a special agent in the FBI, sent to interview serial killers in prison to build a profile of what makes them tick. Cameron Britton as real-life serial killer Ed Kemper is absolutely chilling. Mindhunter is smarter and richer than your average crime show, somehow growing with its complex characters. It would be a shame if the third season didn’t happen (although that seems to be the case).

Narcos (2015-2017)

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Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is the subject of this, yes, addictive series that races through his rise to becoming the infamous cocaine distributor and billionaire. A true-to-life account that blends in archival footage, Narcos manages to present a sympathetic side to Escobar without undermining the gravity of its material. Plus, the DEA’s hunt to bring Escobar down ratchets up the suspense. After you finish the three series, head to Narcos: Mexico, a companion series that focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico.

Peaky Blinders (2013—)

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Netflix wisely snapped up the rights to Peaky Blinders and there are five seasons, with two more coming, to traverse the stunning rise of 1900s Birmingham gang leader Thomas Shelby. Prepare yourself for a mesmerizing performance from Cillian Murphy in this family saga that has a fantastic amount of fun and flair showing Shelby’s dealings with other gangs, the police and the occasional lover.

Romance

Bridgerton (2020—)

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Bridgerton is practically a show designed to be addictive. Known as Jane Austen but with sex, the period piece has a tad more going for it: With lavish production design and colorful costumes, this is Regency London like you’ve rarely seen it. In the early 19th century dating scene, the Bridgerton siblings’ adventures in love are captured by a scandalous newsletter, written by Regency London’s version of Gossip Girl, voiced by none other than Julie Andrews. Settle in for this gorge-worthy viewing.

Love (2016-2018)

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Love is a Judd Apatow creation that draws the best out of the talented Gillian Jacobs (Britta in Community) and Paul Rust. They play Mickey and Gus respectively, an opposites-attract couple, who go to messy, frustrating and endearingly down-to-earth places that make this an honest look at a relationship being built over time. Iris Apatow is a standout as the unhappy child actress Gus tutors who gets away with just about anything.

Lovesick (2014-2018)

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Lovesick is easy, enjoyable viewing with a premise ripe for embarrassment humor we can all relate to. Helpless-in-love Dylan discovers he has chlamydia and must track down past flings and inform them that they might have it too. A flashback narrative keeps things interesting, especially when the focus turns to Dylan and best friend Evie’s feelings for each other. It never goes into soapy territory, with an eccentric but loveable supporting cast playing English flatmates in a Glasgow setting.

Comedy

Never Have I Ever (2020—)

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Devi is your average high schooler who wants nothing more than to be cool and get a boyfriend. But it’s hard to stay chipper after your dad dies. Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age story covers familiar territory and yet it stands out from the pack in multiple ways. Get this: Its narrator is John McEnroe. The sporting connection is just one layer of this surprising, charm-your-socks-off show, depicting an Indian family living in California. You’ve seen these stories before, but not with these unique characters.

Julie and the Phantoms (2020—)

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Stick with Julie and the Phantoms’ silly premise before making any judgements. Julie is a teenager who accidentally summons a boy band from the ’90s — The Phantoms. While Julie helps the band achieve their potential, they help her enjoy music and life again after the death of her mother. As music tends to do, the catchy tunes will send you soaring through the joyous, ridiculously entertaining and, of course, romance-filled first season. Ghost jokes are included.

Feel Good (2020-2021)

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Comedian Mae Martin’s Feel Good really does try to do what it says on the tin. It follows the repressed George (Charlotte Ritchie) as she falls for Martin’s Mae after seeing her stand-up show. Their London-based romance sees George grappling with coming out to her middle-class friends and family, while Canadian Mae has a drug problem that makes their love even more difficult. A confidently told story with its sense of humor nailed on from the start, Feel Good exudes sweetness and grace.

Sex Education (2019—)

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Binging Sex Education is a no-brainer: The self-aware, John Hughes-possessed mishmash of American and British high school culture is a joyful breeze to watch. We follow Otis (Asa Butterfield), the son of a sex therapist (Gillian Anderson), as he embarks on his sexual awakening. The explicit sex talk and scenes are addressed in refreshingly healthy and honest ways. Built around a diverse cast with pure charisma, the show gets even bigger in season 3.

Russian Doll (2019—)

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Russian Doll takes its Groundhog Day premise and wrenches it apart in the most unpredictable ways. Natasha Lyonne is the crackling spark at the center of its time-looping mystery, playing Nadia, a game developer who repeatedly dies on the night of her 36th birthday party. The Amy Poehler co-created show uses time travel to explore self-reflection on a whole new level, making this a definite one-sitting appointment.

Dead To Me (2019—)

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If you’re looking for a female-led show with a dark sense of humor and a mystery, Dead To Me delivers all that in spades. This underrated series is all about the friendship between Linda Cardellini’s Judy and Christina Applegate’s Jen, total opposites who bond over wine, family and murder. The twists and reveals keep momentum going, while you enjoy spending time with these flawed but brilliant women.

After Life (2019—)

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After Life might not be a classic like Ricky Gervais’ The Office and Extras, but it’s a show you’ll want to settle in with. Set in the fictional sleepy town of Tambury, it follows newspaper journalist Tony, played by show creator Gervais in impressively dramatic territory. Tony’s grieving after the love of his life’s death from cancer. While the show’s steeped in melancholy, there are magic moments when Tony unleashes priceless brutal takedowns of the eccentric and annoying (to him) townsfolk. But you always know he’s on track to come to terms with his grief and form lovely relationships with the people around him.

Cobra Kai (2018—)

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Initially Cobra Kai, a series based on the Karate Kid films, might sound like a cynical money-making spinoff of the martial arts franchise. But it’s become one of Netflix’s most popular shows, thanks to well-written characters and a good measure of nostalgia. The series follows Johnny Lawrence, 34 years after he was jump-kicked in the face by Daniel LaRusso. Taking this subversive viewpoint, Cobra Kai is three seasons of self-aware, light-hearted and full of heart fun.

Derry Girls (2018—)

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Another unmissable show, Derry Girls follows the mishaps of Erin and her friends in 1990s Derry, Ireland. Their teenage woes are paired with antics from their equally hilarious parents, set on a backdrop of the Northern Ireland conflict. While you can make comparisons with The Inbetweeners, Derry Girls draws from its own well of sweet charm and the historical context paves ground for surprisingly dark humor.

On My Block (2018—)

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As teen comedy-dramas go, On My Block treads the pavement at the head of the pack. The series is set in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood called Freeridge, where a diverse group of friends start to feel the seams of their friendship tugged apart as they head to high school. This meticulously crafted window into young lives glows with charm, giving us a grounded, realistic view of underrepresented communities. Prepare to become invested in your next binge.

The Kominsky Method (2018-2021)

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A comedy starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin? Yep, it’s as good as it sounds. Douglas plays Sandy Kominsky, an ex-actor in Hollywood who’s now an acting coach, going through all that comes with growing older. Arkin plays his pal and agent Norman Newlander. The two leads, along with side characters played by the likes of Emily Osment, are what elevate this show into poignant, warm-your-heart territory.

Maniac (2018)

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This dark comedy miniseries boasts stunning pedigree on and off screen. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star as two strangers, Annie and Owen, who sign up for a mysterious pharmaceutical trial (because that’s a good idea) that induces wild, often distressing dreams. Entrenched in dazzlingly crafted visuals, Maniac is a multilayered dive into the subconscious. Which means it’s dark and unpredictable, with a surprising touch of the warm sentimental stuff.

GLOW (2017-2019)

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A show inspired by the true story of the first pro female wrestling syndicate in the ’80s? Starring Alison Brie? Produced by Jenji Kohan? Dreams do come true. GLOW’s purely fun comedy, packed with eccentric female characters, teams campiness with underdog triumph and soars. Season 3 progresses deeper into the lives of its diverse ensemble, shifting the series to Las Vegas. A fourth and final season was in the works, but sadly production fell victim to the pandemic and Netflix cancelled the show.

Dear White People (2017-2021)

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This provocatively titled show delivers a timely look at modern race relations through the eyes of a different character each episode. Following several Black students at Winchester, an Ivy League institution, Dear White People manages to blend its social commentary with a sharp sense of humor. The fourth and final season is set to arrive this year, capping off this powerful eye-opener.

The End of The F***ing World (2017-2019)

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If you like your dark British humor, look no further than The End of The F***ing World. Psychopath James (Alex Lawther) comes up with a plan to kill Alyssa (Jessica Barden) while on the run from their lousy parents. But as they soar across the open road and commit a couple of violent crimes, their callous hearts soften and they develop feelings for one another. Surprising, fast-paced and surreal, both seasons of this deadpan teenager of a show, with its headphones pumping the best sad ’50s, ’60s and ’70s doo-wop, will blow you away.

Crashing (2016)

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Before she electrified everyone with the word-for-word perfect Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote a six-part comedy that showcased the early stages of her astonishing talent. Crashing follows six twenty-somethings living in a disused hospital, casually observing the strict rules in exchange for cheap rent. The oddball characters subvert expectations wherever hilariously possible, with Waller-Bridge dropping in as the ukulele-playing Lulu. Not only disrupting the Friends setup, she gets herself into occasionally jaw-droppingly dark situations (see the all-too-touchy Aunt Gladys).

Master of None (2015—)

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On the surface a comedy about a 30-year-old New Yorker who loves his pasta, Master of None casually throws in nuanced and moving episodes about immigrant families and their second-generation children. Then it drops an entire episode about Tinder. Dev’s relatable experiences bubble with creator and star Aziz Ansari’s wit and charm and, personal controversy aside, the romantic and cultural themes he explores are remarkably mature. Season 3 takes things down a different road again, starring Lena Waithe and Naomi Ackie. Ansari features in an episode, letting us know where Dev’s at in his love life.

Call My Agent! (2015-2020)

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Thinking about dipping your toe into more of Netflix’s international content? French comedy Call My Agent! hosts an ever-growing list of famous actors playing themselves, from French stars to Americans like Sigourney Weaver (!) in the latter seasons. But we look at the world of showbiz from the perspective of the long-suffering agents, including Camille Cottin’s scene stealing powerhouse agent Andréa Martel, who rebuffs male colleagues with lines like: “When I moved on from guys to girls, it was like graduating from the sandpit to the football pitch.” A brilliant series with four seasons poking fun at the entertainment industry.

BoJack Horseman (2014-2020)

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When it comes to cartoons that lower your guard before gut-punching you with reflections on mental health, BoJack Horseman takes the cake. Set in an LA filled with anthropomorphic animals, it follows a washed-up ex-sitcom star who tries to climb back to his former celebrity by releasing an autobiography. While at first it might take you some time to digest this unconventional cocktail, BoJack Horseman soon astounds you with its truths about struggling with depression and addiction on the path to getting your life back on track.

Sci-fi

Stranger Things (2016—)

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It wouldn’t be a best list without Stranger Things. If somehow you’ve missed the Duffer Brothers’ ode to ’80s horror and Steven Spielberg, things are about to get tubular. We follow El, a near-mute girl who was the subject of scientific experiments. She develops telekinetic powers, which she uses to fend off monsters who invade from a frightening alternative dimension. The world of Indiana, Hawkins, is lovingly detailed for anyone in need of an ’80s nostalgia hit and the misfit characters, played by a stellar young cast, are part of everything that makes this show a tour de force.

The OA (2016-2019)

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From the minds of Britt Marling and Zal Batmanglij, The OA has it all: mystery, sci-fi, the supernatural and even a dash of fantasy for good measure. We follow Prairie, a young woman who reappears after being missing for seven years. She used to be blind, but not anymore! Now she calls herself the OA and she sweeps a host of Midwestern locals of all ages and backgrounds into her dimension-hopping mission to save lives. Sadly, Netflix canceled The OA after season 2, but this big, inventive and human sci-fi is still well worth taking a look at.

Travelers (2016-2018)

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Full disclosure: Netflix sadly canceled Travelers after its third season, but this tightly plotted sci-fi out of Canada does manage to end with an ambitious bang. We start with Marcy, a disabled woman who’s beaten up after helping a friend escape thugs. She dies — then comes back to life. This strong character-driven sci-fi reveals its secrets in clever ways, following operatives from the future tasked with preventing the collapse of society but also navigating the tricky territory of living a double life.

Black Mirror (2011—)

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While Charlie Brooker’s bleak tech anthology series can be hit and miss, at its best, Black Mirror packs its mini-movies with an exploration of futuristic technological ideas through painfully human stories. One of those is San Junipero, following two women in the ’80s (cue banging soundtrack) as they fall for each other in ways they couldn’t do in their “real” lives outside the beach city. The tech aspect is revealed with genius timing and, in general, the show explores the consequences of our plugged-in lives in disturbing and occasionally uplifting ways.

Drama

The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

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How do you make chess the thrilling centerpiece of a coming-of-age tale? You shake it into a cocktail of stylish visuals, a rocking ’60s soundtrack and the magnetic Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon, one of the youngest (and few female) chess players in the world. The fictional story in The Queen’s Gambit, named after a chess opening, follows her rise from an orphanage to toppling the best players in the world — as long as her drug addiction and bags of wine bottles don’t get in the way.

Unorthodox (2020)

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This miniseries is based on a memoir and told primarily in Yiddish with painstaking detail. Almost a thriller, Unorthodox follows 19-year-old Esty Shapiro, who escapes her arranged marriage in an ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn. She ends up in Berlin, exploring a new life outside the strict beliefs she grew up in, but her community doesn’t let go that easily. Featuring a stunning performance from Shira Haas, Unorthodox lets you take a step into a relentlessly compelling world.

13 Reasons Why (2017-2020)

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The first season of this YA show stuck most closely to its source material, a novel by Jay Asher that revolves around a teenage girl’s suicide. Hannah Baker leaves behind a box of cassettes, which her thoughtful friend Clay Jensen listens to to find out why she chose to take her life. This is deep stuff, dealt with in confronting ways (at one time deemed too confronting), but the social issues like suicide, sexual assault and mental health are handled maturely. A high school drama through fragile, lost young adults draws you in and doesn’t let go.

Godless (2017)

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This miniseries carves itself firmly into the Western genre, with a female-led cast boasting Merritt Weaver and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery. With its 1880s New Mexico vistas swirling around it, Godless draws up the violence in a tale that sees an outlaw on the run from his boss seek refuge with an outcast widower. Oh, Jeff Daniels is in this too, if the show wasn’t enticing enough.

The Crown (2016—)

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Sumptuous is one word to describe the production values of The Crown’s drama about the British monarchy. Following Queen Elizabeth II’s life, starting in her 20s with a powerhouse performance from Claire Foy, The Crown captures the grand workings of historical events from deep within Buckingham Palace. Figures like Winston Churchill, Princess Margaret, Margaret Thatcher and more are treated with the highest cinematic sophistication. A fifth and sixth season are on their way to round out your knowledge of the queen’s reign into the early 21st century.

New trailers: The Beatles: Get Back, Narcos: Mexico, The Batman, Hawkeye, and more

Happy Succession day to all of us who are celebrating, the show returns tonight and I look forward to being welcomed back by the dissonant piano chords of its theme song and the utter lunacy of the Roy family.

Yesterday at DC FanDome we got to see a slew of new trailers for games, TV shows, and movies; the biggest of course was the latest trailer for The Batman, with the Black Adam teaser a close second. Plenty of non-superhero trailers this week as well, including a new teaser for The Tragedy of Macbeth, a new season for Narcos: Mexico, another peek at Hawkeye, a time-traveling flick with a corny name, and a look at the “new” Beatles documentary.

The Beatles: Get Back

As the story goes, a film crew got access to document The Beatles at work in 1969, but the footage has been locked in a vault until now, and has been restored by filmmaker Peter Jackson (with the blessing of the surviving Beatles and their families). The group had three weeks to write and record a new album and it’s really fascinating to see the four of them work through what were half-written songs then, that we now know well, and argue over whether to do a live show. And as usual, Paul McCartney looks unbelievably young. It’s really poignant when you realize the film is leading up to what will be their last live performance, on a London rooftop. The Beatles: Get Back, directed by Peter Jackson, will roll out over three days —November 25th, 26th, and 27th— on Disney Plus.

Hawkeye

This second look at the Marvel/Disney series is really leaning in to the whole “this is a Christmas show” bit. Clint Barton/Hawkeye and the family head to New York to see a show: “Rogers, The Musical,” according to the marquee (we get a glimpse of Thor and Captain America on stage with a puzzled Clint in the audience). A one-minute teaser set to Andy Williams’ Most Wonderful Time of the Year doesn’t tell us a whole lot more about the show, which is a little disappointing. Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, and Florence Pugh star in Hawkeye, which comes to Disney Plus November 24th.

The Batman

The second trailer for the Matt Reeves/Robert Pattinson version of the Dark Knight dropped during FanDome and it’s very moody and grim and has cool explosions and gunfire effects and rain, but I wished we could have seen a tiny bit more of Paul Dano’s serial killer Riddler (a far cry from the beloved but campy Frank Gorshin version). Colin Farrell is completely unrecognizable as the Penguin, and Zoe Kravitz is a mysterious, flirty Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Also I’m a little obsessed with the question mark in the Riddler’s latte (I realize it’s probably the work of an FX artist and not a barista, but still). After what feels like several hundred pandemic-related delays, The Batman will arrive in theaters March 4th, 2022.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

I need more, Apple, these short teasers are just not sufficient. “Whence is that knocking?!” asks Denzel Washington’s Macbeth. Just you wait, mister, shit is about to get real. Oh hi, Frances McDormand looking totally innocent as Lady Macbeth (ha not really). Directed by Joel Coen, The Tragedy of Macbeth will be in theaters December 25th and on Apple Plus TV on January 14th. Hopefully we get a longer trailer between now and then.

Narcos: Mexico

This is reportedly the final season for this excellent series about drug cartels, the third in the Mexico series and the sixth for the entire Narcos franchise (multiverse?). A new generation of cartel leaders are battling for power; throw in some truth-seeking journalists and ethically flexible government agents, and you got yourself a show. Narcos: Mexico returns to Netflix for season three on November 5th.

Peacemaker

To my surprise, John Cena is delightful in this teaser for Peacemaker, a series spun off from The Suicide Squad. The series takes place after the events of the movie and gives some insight into Peacemaker’s origins. It looks goofy and fun, and all eight episodes of this first season were written by The Suicide Squad director James Gunn, obviously a huge plus. Cena stars along with Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Freddie Stroma, and Chukwudi Iwuji in Peacemaker, which debuts on HBO Max January 13th.

Needle in a Timestack

A movie with stars this talented should have a better name. But Needle in a Timestack is based on the 1966 short story of the same name by Robert Silverberg, so we just gotta live with that title. The trailer itself looks not terrible: A blissfully happy married couple have their lives disrupted when her jealous ex goes back in time to change their lives so that the couple never meets. Leslie Odom, Jr., Cynthia Erivo, Freida Pinto, and Orlando Bloom star in Needle in a Timestack, which is in select theaters now.

Y: The Last Man Canceled at FX as Its First Season Nearly Ends

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With three episodes left to go of Y’s first (and currently only) season, Clark insists that fans should continue to watch the remaining episodes. “They’re epic, I promise,” she tweeted, adding that viewers should tell their friends to watch the show to increase its chances of returning. With the hashtag of #YLivesOn, Clark wants to spur the audience the show has to keep it alive. It’s a tactic that’s worked in the past for shows shows cut down before their prime like Young Justice, the excellent Warrior, and The Expanse. Time will tell if she gets a second chance with her series, or if Yorick’s journey will end with an abrupt cliffhanger.

Y: The Last Man has three more episodes to go of its first and currently only season. The newest episode will premiere on Monday, October 18.


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Squid Game skit on SNL: Pete Davidson and Rami Malek deliver a deadly parody – CNET

Squid Game, the South Korean Netflix hit about a deadly tournament of kids’ games, spawned memes and Halloween costumes galore. Now it’s spawned a country-music video. Saturday Night Live on Saturday ran a scarily realistic Squid Game sketch starring host Rami Malek and Pete Davidson as rural guys who find themselves in need of cash, so decide to sign up for the Squid Game.

All the elements from the show are there — the green numbered track suits worn by contestants, the red guard suits with black masks, the creepy Red Light, Green Light robot, the contestant egg meal, the cookie challenge, the glass bridge — even a great version of Player 212 (Han Mi-nyeo), who looks just as murderous as ever. 

The song may sound familiar to some. It uses the tune of Turn Up On The Weekend, by the duo Branchez & Big Wet. (Watch the real thing below.)

Will there be a second season of Squid Game? Maybe, and we have some plot and character thoughts.

In SNL’s version, both Malek and Davidson sing about the realities of the tournament as they move through the familiar sets and games. 

“They got symbols on their faces like the ones on PlayStations, and the mean guy looks like Dr. Doom,” Davidson sings about the guards and the iconic Front Man. And in the Red Light, Green Light game, Davidson successfully hides behind cast member Chris Redd, which doesn’t end well for Redd, who ends up in the organ transplant room. But as the catchy song goes, “That’s what happens in the Squid Game.”

Emily Hampshire explains how her Demi Lovato interview turned into clickbait – CNET

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Emily Hampshire plays Rebecca Morgan in the horror-drama series Chapelwaite, on Epix.

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This story is part of I’m So Obsessed (subscribe here), our podcast featuring interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and creative types about their work, career and current obsessions.

It was about 20 minutes into my interview with Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire when she declared us best friends. She was my guest on CNET’s I’m So Obsessed podcast to discuss her new show on Epix, called Chapelwaite. She stars along with Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody in the series, adapted from a Stephen King short story.

I’ve interviewed many talented actors and artists for I’m So Obsessed, but what made talking with Hampshire such a high point was her humor, empathy and relatability. She was happy to share how wonderful it was working with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara on Schitt’s Creek. She was vulnerable and shared the awkwardness she felt after publications wrote clickbait headlines and stories based on things she discussed during an interview with Demi Lovato.

Hampshire made me feel like a friend instead of just a fan. Being a nice person was a theme that came up several times during our 30-minute chat. She shared how Levy and O’Hara on Schitt’s Creek would out-nice everyone else.

“They are so Canadian, to the point where they are so polite. If somebody offers them coffee, they will be like, ‘no, no, no.’ And they will go get the entire crew coffee. And then you feel, next to them, like you’re an asshole because you’re not getting everyone coffee,” said Hampshire.

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Emily Hampshire says there’s a blurry line between something that’s funny and something that’s dramatic.

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Then there’s Chapelwaite, which takes place in the 1850s and is based on the King short story Jerusalem’s Lot. Hampshire’s character, Rebecca Morgan, was added to the series as a balance to Brody’s character, Captain Boone.

“It’s basically about this man, Charles Boone, who brings his children back to his ancestral home that he’s been bestowed and ends up having to battle the darkness within,” said Hampshire. “Then I come a knockin’ in the guise of being a governess. But really I am a writer who has a story and I’m having writer’s block. So I go into this house thinking it’s going to be a lot of info for me and ultimately I get more info than I bargained for.”

Chapelwaite is an excellently balanced tale of horror and drama, and you can watch it on Epix with new episodes coming out every Sunday.

During my interview with Hampshire we discuss her obsession with interior design and architect Horace Gifford. She opens up about never having seen an episode of Friends. And she explains how author Stephen King has showed up in her life several times. For example, she once dressed for Halloween as “Stevie King,” a hybrid of the writer and her character Stevie from Schitt’s Creek. She has yet to hear from King.

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MacBook Pro 2021: Every rumor we’ve heard ahead of tomorrow’s Apple event – CNET

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Two things we expect to disappear this go-round: the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Touch Bar.

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If you’ve been holding off on shelling out for a new MacBook Pro out of FOMO or indecision, Apple may soon hold the answers you’ve been waiting for. The company announced its next event, slated for Monday Oct. 18, with an invitation theme of “unleashed,” indicating we’re finally going to hear about Apple’s high-performance systems. (Here’s how to watch Apple’s October event live tomorrow and what we expect to see.)

As we get down to the wire, Rumors signal that not only is a 14-inch MacBook Pro model on the horizon, both it and a new 16-inch may sport new, high pixel-density Mini-LED-based screens, along with a new higher-powered version of Apple’s M1 processor similar to that of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the return of much-missed connectors and the ditching of the not-much-loved Touch Bar.

The upcoming announcements follow Apple’s big event in mid-September where the company showed off the iPhone 13Apple Watch 7iPad Mini 6 and updated entry-level iPad

Read more: No Macs at the Apple iPhone 13 event, but the year isn’t over yet

When will the new MacBook Pros be announced?

It’s almost a given that the company will launch new MacBook Pros and possibly other new Macs next week on Oct. 18. This jibes with Mark Gurman’s assertion in a recent Power On newsletter that he expects new MacBook Pro models to debut sometime this month. He previously speculated the new models would arrive by the end of this year.

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Apple’s “Unleashed” invitation to its event on October 18.

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A more powerful Apple M1X (or M2) CPU?

This is pretty much a given. Apple’s M1 CPU has made it as far as the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Mac Mini and iPads, but thus far we haven’t seen any of Apple’s home-grown silicon in systems for power users. Multiple sources agree that there will be a new version of the CPU — and it’s reportedly already in production — for the larger MacBook (currently a 16-inch screen version) and possibly for upcoming new desktops. 

There’ve also been rumors that there will be two variants of the new chip, both with 10 cores (eight high-performance and two energy efficient), but with different integrated graphics core configurations: 16 or 32. In contrast, the M1 has eight cores, split equally between performance and power saving, and either seven or eight graphics cores. Doubling or quadrupling the number of cores promises significantly better performance that, in combination with the tight integration with MacOS, could rival the performance of a discrete AMD GPU. And it’s unclear whether a discrete GPU remains an option. 

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A higher-power version of Apple’s M1 chip may be on the horizon.

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Having two variants (with rumors of future versions with even more core options intended for the Mac Mini and Mac Pro) makes a lot of sense: In my testing, the M1 chip has performed almost identically regardless of device, giving the iPad as much power as the Mac Mini. That doesn’t make sense for buyers of high-end equipment, where opting for a lesser processor can potentially save you thousands or where a discrete GPU may be essential. 

The two variants could explain why guesses about the name of the new CPU, M1X or M2, haven’t tipped conclusively toward one or the other. 

As for Intel offerings, as early as last January we began hearing predictions that there wouldn’t be Intel versions of the MacBook Pros and to date there haven’t been any indications to the contrary.

When will we be able to buy them?

Thanks to chip shortages, you probably won’t be able to get one right after they’re announced. Earlier this month there were reports that the shortages would at least delay shipments until around the end of October or early November. And those delays are independent of the roadblocks to producing the Mini-LED-based screens, which may result in only a limited volume of laptops available in 2021.

A new size, but at a higher starting price?

In addition to an upgraded model of a 16-inch MacBook Pro, we might be in for a 14-inch replacement for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which could mean a 14-inch screen that fits into the chassis roughly the same size as the 13 — thanks to smaller screen bezels. That follows a similar trend we’ve seen in Windows laptops and the same approach Apple took when it transitioned from the 15-inch to 16-inch MacBook Pro models. If the 14-inch uses a new panel technology as indicated by the resolution rumor below, that would explain a price hike as well.

Most industry watchers think there will be a price hike for the 14-inch model over the 13-inch, starting at closer to the top end of the latter’s price range. Given the more expensive screen technology and current shortages, I wouldn’t be surprised. It makes you wonder if Apple will continue to offer the M1-based MacBook Pro 13 as a lower-cost option. 

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We expect the MacBook Pros to have Mini-LED backlit displays like the iPad Pro 12.9 (left).

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A whizzy new Mini-LED screen?

A Mini-LED backlight-based display seems to be another given and an extremely welcome one: It would allow MacBook Pros to better support HDR at higher brightness and with better local dimming, essential for video editing or producing content for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and its Mini-LED screen. Hopefully, it will be accompanied by an update allowing the MacBook Pro to play HDR content in 4K.

Most recently, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (who correctly described the iPad Mini months before it was announced), tweeted that Apple would use screens from LG Display and Sharp — “MiniLEDs, 100% confirmed.”

The oxide backplane and Mini LED (but not the 120Hz refresh rate) backlight are two technologies utilized by Apple’s Pro Display XDR, which bodes well for black levels.

MacRumors spotted a reference to new screen resolutions in a late beta of MacOS Monterey: “3,456×2,234 Retina” and “3,024×1,964 Retina.” The first would deliver almost the identical pixel density — 226 ppi — as the current 16-inch MacBook display. Apple always likes to keep to a given range for its Retina screens, but the latter differs only slightly from the current 3,072×1,920; that’s a strong sign that Apple will be offering a new panel. Alternatively, both resolutions would deliver the same 257 ppi on the 16-inch and 14-inch models, respectively. 

A new aesthetic?

Rumors here vary. Almost every device Apple has announced this year, from the iPad to the iMac, has adopted the flat-edged profile aesthetic that harkens back to the iPhone 4. But it remains to be seen if Apple will adopt that for the MacBook Pro, given its clamshell design. And there hasn’t been much traction to suggestions that the MacBooks might come in bright colors a la the iMac 24.

Goodbye, Touch Bar? 

I have never been a fan of the Touch Bar, especially as a replacement for fixed function keys, so I receive these well-regarded rumors about the deprecation of the Touch Bar and return of real function keys with a bit of chair dancing — and will be very disappointed if they turn out to be untrue. Also, since Mini-LED typically generates more heat than other backlights, Apple could probably do with less need for heat dissipation near the display.

Return of old favorites?

Apple had stripped its MacBook Pros of connectors a lot of people had come to rely on, including an HDMI connection, SD card slot and MagSafe connector (not to be confused with the MagSafe charger for the iPhone). Some rumors indicate that we’re getting those back, along with another pair of USB4/Thunderbolt ports. Some news has also indicated a return of the MagSafe connection, but it’s also possible they’re confusing them with rumors about a new version of the recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission for a MagSafe charger for the iPhone

A 1080p webcam, but still no Face ID?

As Apple introduced an upgraded 1080p webcam first with the 27-inch iMac (and discontinued iMac Pro), then with the 24-inch iMac, it makes sense to integrate one into the MacBook Pro as widely rumored, since it’s probably used for videoconferencing more than many other of its systems. But while Touch ID is likely to remain, there hasn’t been any welcome word about much-requested Face ID (or 5G) since we heard in January that it wouldn’t be included.

Facebook disputes report its AI has little effect on hate speech – CNET

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Facebook on Sunday responded to a news report that its artificial intelligence program has had little effect at curbing and removing violent content from the social network. The Wall Street Journal cited internal documents from 2019 in its reporting that the social network’s engineers estimated the company’s algorithms remove only a small fraction of problematic content that violate rules.

“The problem is that we do not and possibly never will have a model that captures even a majority of integrity harms, particularly in sensitive areas,” a senior engineer and research scientist wrote in a mid-2019 note, according to the Journal.

The company has been under more scrutiny to do a better job of moderating content especially after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, which underscored how online hate can spill into the real world.

But Facebook contends that prevalence of hate content on the platform has declined nearly 50% in the past three quarters to about 0.05% of content view, or about 5 out of every 10,000 views.

“Data pulled from leaked documents is being used to create a narrative that the technology we use to fight hate speech is inadequate and that we deliberately misrepresent our progress,” Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post on Sunday. “This is not true.

“We don’t want to see hate on our platform, nor do our users or advertisers, and we are transparent about our work to remove it,” Rosen wrote.

The company has been spending more time in the weeks after Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee-turned-whistleblower, disclosed thousands of documents and internal communications that showed Facebook was aware of the dangers of its products but downplayed these effects publicly. Lawmakers across the political spectrum have so far responded with renewed interest in holding Facebook to account.

Haugen appeared before a US Senate subcommittee earlier this month and alleged that Facebook’s products “harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized Haugen’s testimony, saying it presented a “false picture” of the social network.

Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Trailer is Pretty Good as a 1960s Cartoon

Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Remixed with 1967 Spidey Show

It’s debatable as to whether or not the ‘67 cartoon, was actually any good. As the first animated go at the hero, voiced by the late Paul Soles, it’s primarily lived on through many, many memes that you’ve seen on social media recently. Its three-season run had some episodes were absurd as hell at best and a total snooze at worst. It makes trailers like this one fascinating glimpses into history that may inspire younger viewers to check the show out and see how the hero has evolved in animation…y’know, assuming the show ever actually comes to Disney+.

Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters on December 17.


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Facebook disputes report that its AI can’t detect hate speech or violence consistently

Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen wrote in blog post Sunday that the prevalence of hate speech on the platform had dropped by 50 percent over the past three years, and that “a narrative that the technology we use to fight hate speech is inadequate and that we deliberately misrepresent our progress” was false.

“We don’t want to see hate on our platform, nor do our users or advertisers, and we are transparent about our work to remove it,” Rosen wrote. “What these documents demonstrate is that our integrity work is a multi-year journey. While we will never be perfect, our teams continually work to develop our systems, identify issues and build solutions.”

The post appeared to be in response to a Sunday article in the Wall Street Journal, which said the Facebook employees tasked with keeping offensive content off the platform don’t believe the company is able to reliably screen for it.

The WSJ report states that internal documents show that two years ago, Facebook reduced the time that human reviewers focused on hate speech complaints, and made other adjustments that reduced the number of complaints. That in turn helped create the appearance that Facebook’s artificial intelligence had been more successful in enforcing the company’s rules than it actually was, according to the WSJ.

A team of Facebook employees found in March that the company’s automated systems were removing posts which generated between 3 and 5 percent of the views of hate speech on the social platform, and less than 1 percent of all content that was in violation of its rules against violence and incitement, the WSJ reported.

But Rosen argued that focusing on content removals alone was “the wrong way to look at how we fight hate speech.” He says the technology to remove hate speech is just one method Facebook uses to fight it. “We need to be confident that something is hate speech before we remove it,” Rosen said.

Instead, he said, the company believes focusing on the prevalence of hate speech people actually see on the platform and how it reduces it using various tools is a more important measure. He claimed that for every 10,000 views of a piece of content on Facebook, there were five views of hate speech. “Prevalence tells us what violating content people see because we missed it,” Rosen wrote. “It’s how we most objectively evaluate our progress, as it provides the most complete picture.”

But the internal documents obtained by the WSJ showed some significant pieces of content were able to evade Facebook’s detection, including videos of car crashes that showed people with graphic injuries, and violent threats against trans children.

The WSJ has produced a series of reports about Facebook based on internal documents provided by whistleblower Frances Haugen. She testified before Congress that the company was aware of the negative impact its Instagram platform could have on teenagers. Facebook has disputed the reporting based on the internal documents.

Apple’s iPhone 13 models compared: iPhone 13 vs. Mini vs. Pro vs. Pro Max – CNET

Apple announced its new iPhone lineup at its September event alongside the Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and updated entry-level iPad. The new flagship, named the iPhone 13, mirrors last year’s iPhone 12 collection with standard, Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions. The updated iPhone runs on iOS 15, which is now publicly available to install, and features a few camera upgrades, upped storage, a new A15 Bionic processor and more. (Here’s how you can get the iPhone 13 and how the iPhone 13 compares to the iPhone 13 Mini.)

Read more: CNET’s iPhone 13, 13 Mini13 Pro and 13 Pro Max reviews. And here’s what to expect at Apple’s October event.

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The iPhone 13 lineup has arrived. Here’s how the different models compare. 

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The iPhone 13 models vary in a number of key ways. First of all, storage size. Not only is the iPhone 13’s starting storage impressive — the standard and Mini model are offered in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB options — but the Pro and Pro Max storage is downright huge. You can get one of the Pro models with a whopping 1TB of storage

Although the iPhone 13 lineup mirrors the iPhone 12, Apple’s 2021 iPhones offer a slightly new design, updated cameras and feature upgrades for a similar price as 2020’s iPhone 12 models. Here’s everything to know.

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Price: iPhone 13 line (mostly) matches the cost of its predecessor

The iPhone 13 lineup mostly mimics the pricing for the iPhone 12. Although Apple has since done away with the 64GB storage option for its standard and Mini options, the pricing of the iPhone 13 have stayed the same. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $699 for 128GB of storage. The standard iPhone 13 starts at $799, the Pro starts at $999 and Pro Max at $1,0999. 

The prices for the Pro versions are similar to other high-end smartphone models like the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra, which cost $1,000 and $1,200, respectively. 

The prices for the new iPhone increase as you go up in storage, especially since the iPhone features a 1TB storage option for the first time. The extra storage is only available on the Pro models and ups the price of an iPhone 13 Pro Max to $1,599. 

Here are US prices for each of the iPhone 13 models:

IPHONE 13 SERIES US PRICES AND STORAGE

128GB storage 256GB storage 512GB storage 1TB storage
iPhone 13 Mini $699 $799 $999 NA
iPhone 13 $799 $899 $1,099 NA
iPhone 13 Pro $999 $1,099 $1,299 $1,499
iPhone 13 Pro Max $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $1,599

Storage: iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have 1TB options

Apple has ditched its 64GB storage option for its new iPhone. The standard iPhone 13 and Mini now come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options, while the Pro and Pro Max also come in a 1TB storage option. This is the first time you have the option to get 1TB of storage on an iPhone.

Size and design: All iPhone 13 models have a 20% smaller notch

All four versions of the iPhone 13 are thicker and heavier than their counterpart in last year’s lineup, but with a smaller notch. Apple has included a notched display on every iPhone since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the selfie camera. The iPhone 13’s notch is 20% smaller than it was on the iPhone 12. 

The design of the camera setup shifted for the iPhone 13 Mini. The camera lenses are now situated diagonally from each other, rather than one atop the other like on the iPhone 12 Mini. 

The iPhone 13 lineup ranges in screen size from 5.4 inches to 6.7 inches. The iPhone 13 Mini is 5.4 inches, the standard iPhone 13 and Pro models are both 6.1 inches and the Pro Max is 6.7 inches.

iPhone 13 sizes

iPhone 13 model Size
iPhone 13 Mini 5.4 inches
iPhone 13 standard 6.1 inches
iPhone 13 Pro 6.1 inches
iPhone 13 Pro Max 6.7 inches

Display: Only iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have 120Hz refresh rate

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models both feature a 120Hz display. The number of hertz a phone screen is rated for refers to the number of frames per second it can display, which determines how fast and smooth the screen feels when you’re scrolling through apps and web pages. The standard and Mini models, however, don’t feature the 120Hz display. 

Apple seems late to the game, since other high-end smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 Pro, already have a 120Hz refresh rate. 

Camera: All the upgrades for each iPhone 13 model

The iPhone 13 lineup features a few new camera upgrades, including the addition of cinematic mode and macro photography.

But, similar to the iPhone 12 lineup, the lidar scanner is still only available on the Pro and Pro Max. This is the second generation of iPhones to only feature a lidar scanner on its higher-end models. 

The scanner, which made its debut in the 2020 iPad Pro, can be seen on both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The scanner is used to help with autofocus and taking pictures in low lighting. (You can also use lidar to measure your friends’ heights at parties, which is kind of cool.) 

Read more: What does the iPhone’s lidar feature actually do?

Apple’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini have two improved cameras, with 12-megapixel wide and ultrawide lenses. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have three new rear cameras, with 12-megapixel wide, ultrawide and telephoto lenses. All of the iPhones in Apple’s 2021 lineup can also take night mode shots for the first time.

Apple also unveiled that the Pro models will get a more advanced version of ProRes video later this year

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The iPhone 13 Pro, shown above, has wide angle, ultrawide and telephoto cameras.

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Battery: The iPhone 13 is said to have more battery life than before

Apple says the new iPhones will sport longer battery life than the iPhone 12 lineup. The extended battery life results from a combination of a bigger battery, iOS 15 and the A15 Bionic chip, according to Apple.

It says the iPhone 13 and iPhone Mini hold a charge for 17 and 19 hours of video playback, respectively. The iPhone 13 Pro is said to live for 22 hours, and the iPhone Pro Max for 28 hours.

Apple doesn’t disclose exact battery specs for its iPhones, but a teardown by iFixit reveals significantly more capacious cells than in last year’s models. Notably, the iPhone 13 Pro has a smaller battery than the iPhone 13, apparently because the Pro’s screen uses less energy.

If you’re itching for more about the iPhone 13, take a look at which color you should buy and how to preorder the new iPhone. You can also check out everything that was announced at Apple’s September event, including the Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and updated entry-level iPad. And, here’s how to download and install iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max specs

iPhone 13 Mini iPhone 13 iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778×1,284 pixels
Dimensions (Inches) 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.3 in 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.3 in 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.3 in 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 132 x 64 x 7.65 mm 147 x 72 x 7.65 mm 147 x 72 x 7.65 mm 161 x 78 x 7.65 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 4.97 oz; 141g 6.14 oz; 174g 7.19 oz; 204g 8.48 oz; 240g
Mobile software iOS 15 iOS 15 iOS 15 iOS 15
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)* ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)*
Processor Apple A15 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 19 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 22 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 28 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz; lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz; lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $699 (128GB), $799 (256GB), $999 (512GB) $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB), $1,099 (512GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB), $1,499 (1TB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)
Price (GBP) £679 (128GB), £779 (256GB), £979 (512GB) £779 (128GB), £879 (256GB), £1,079 (512GB) £949 (128GB), £1,049 (256GB), £1,249 (512GB), £1,449 (1TB) £1,049 (128GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB), £1,549 (1TB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,199 (128GB), AU$1,369 (256GB), AU$1,719 (512GB) AU$1,349 (128GB), AU$1,519 (256GB), AU$1,869 (512GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB), AU$2,569 (1TB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB), AU$2,719 (1TB)

The iPhone Mini 13 is the entry-level model in Apple’s new 2021 iPhone line. It’s the most affordable model, and offers the smallest screen size of the four — 5.4 inches.

The standard iPhone sports a 6.1-inch screen and two rear cameras. For 2021, Apple is pledging longer battery life, improved cameras and better durability versus the iPhone 12.

The Pro version of the iPhone 13 adds a third rear camera with 3x optical zoom (up from 2x on the iPhone 12), a stainless steel body and a ProMotion screen with refresh rates up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling.

The Pro Max is Apple’s largest iPhone, with a 6.7-inch screen. It’s basically an upscaled version of the iPhone 13 Pro. Like that model, storage options for the Pro Max extend to a whopping 1TB for the first time.