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• Mrs. America, FX
A lively, intelligent dramatization of the 1970s fight over feminism, it boasts a stellar cast, with Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly, Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug and Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm.
• The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix
Nobody thought the world was panting for a series about a fictional girl chess prodigy in the ‘50s and ‘60s with some of Bobby Fischer’s emotional problems. But it instantly became Netflix’s most-watched scripted miniseries.
• Small Axe, Amazon
Comprising five fictional films rooted in real people’s experiences, writer-director-producer Steve McQueen’s TV opus adds up to a group portrait of the vibrant West Indian community in London from 1969 to 1982.
• Unorthodox, Netflix
Loosely based on a true story, it’s the dazzlingly acted tale of 19-year-old woman who leaves her ultraorthodox Hasidic Brooklyn community for a modern life in Berlin.
• Watchmen, HBO
Though it’s a sci-fi show, the sheer audacious intelligence and contemporary relevance of its race-relations drama won over even people who loathe that genre.
Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was an entertainment editor at Amazon, a video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV and Village Voice Newspapers.