A new sitcom airs on CBS, while a new documentary debuts on HBO.What’s on TV
THE NEIGHBORHOOD 8 p.m. on CBS. At the outset of this pilot, the Johnsons are driving into their new Southern California town when their young son Grover says his grandmother said she wishes they weren’t moving to a black neighborhood. Cue the laugh tracks, and the politics. The kindhearted father Dave (Max Greenfield), who’s white, disputes that description until he meets his new neighbor, Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer), a short-tempered auto-repair shop owner who couldn’t be more proud of his black community. The sitcom captures both families living side by side, which is fine with almost everyone — except Calvin. The one liners aren’t exactly ha-ha funny — the humor lies in awkward interactions, like when Dave hugs each member of the Butler family to prove he isn’t racist.
QUEEN OF THE WORLD (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO; also on HBO streaming platforms. At 92 years old, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled for 66 years — longer than any monarch in British history. In that time, she’s seen the Commonwealth grow from eight nations to 53, modernized the monarchy and supported hundreds of charities and organizations. This new documentary by Matt Hill looks back at her life by weaving footage from the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s private film archives with behind-the-scenes shots of the royal family.
HAPPY TOGETHER 8:30 p.m. on CBS. After going through a high-profile breakup, a young pop star, Cooper James (Felix Mallard), escapes the paparazzi by hiding out at the home of his accountant Jake (Damon Wayans, Jr.) in this pilot. At first, Jake and his wife Claire (Amber Stevens West) are happy to have an exciting, famous roommate. (Their idea of fun is recording outgoing voice mail jingles.) But as Cooper’s wild lifestyle upends their mellow routine, they realize they may not be able to keep up.
FRIDA (2002) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, Starz, Vudu and . Salma Hayek stars as the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in this Oscar-winning biopic. Adapted from the biography by Hayden Herrera, the film reimagines Kahlo’s beginnings as a painter, her volatile relationship with the muralist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) and the many tribulations that inspired her enduring work. In his review for The New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, “‘Frida’ is at its best when it forsakes earnest psychological exposition for magic realism, when, instead of trying to explain Kahlo’s life, it conjures the moods and sensations that fed her art.”
A CURE FOR FEAR on Topic. If a single pill could rid your fear of say, spiders, would you take it? This new documentary series raises that question by looking at experiments involving a drug that can eliminate phobias. At the forefront of the study is Dr. Merel Kindt, a neuroscientist at the University of Amsterdam, who claims that results have shown it’s possible to completely transform our emotional responses with medication. The show asks, is that a good thing?