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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Step Sisters’ and ‘The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm’


Megalyn Echikunwoke, left, and Naturi Naughton in “Step Sisters.”

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A brand new Netflix comedy focuses on dancing sororities. And an HBO documentary tells a touching tale on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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STEP SISTERS (2017) on Netflix. “Perfection over excellence, sister over self” is the motto of the predominantly African-American sorority that Jamilah (Megalyn Echikunwoke) — a Type A, pushed faculty senior — belongs to. Every 12 months, they compete in a stepping pageant. (Stepping, a type of percussive dancing, has its American roots in traditionally black sororities and fraternities.) When Jamilah is requested to show a most commonly white sorority learn how to step, she worries that her “black card would get revoked” if she have been to agree. But the individual asking is the dean (Robert Curtis Brown), who can lend a hand her get into Harvard Law School, so she has to mention sure. That’s the idea of this Netflix comedy, directed via Charles Stone III, that raises questions on cultural appropriation and stereotyping even because it progresses with the playful really feel of a jokey teenager drama. Most laughs come from cultural collisions, however within the ultimate, inevitable pageant between the 2 sororities, the rival teams keep away from a head-on crash. What they to find as an alternative is mutual working out.


Jennifer Brea in “Unrest.”

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UNREST (2017) on iTunes, Amazon and Netflix. This documentary from Jennifer Brea is set continual fatigue syndrome, a situation that hasn’t been totally authorized via the scientific global however that has effects on hundreds of thousands of other folks. The signs — which will come with lack of power and muscle keep an eye on, an incapacity to talk and intense ache — are on harrowing show as Ms. Brea, who suffers from the situation, displays the way it has affected her existence. She additionally interviews others dealing with the sickness. In his overview for The New York Times, Daniel M. Gold wrote that the movie “powerfully insists on giving a voice to victims whose greatest challenge, apart from their symptoms, is surmounting a world of indifference.”

INDECENT on Broadway HD. Paul Vogel’s play explores the debate that surrounded the early-20th-century Yiddish drama “God of Vengeance.” Ms. Vogel’s play closed final August (after an out-of-the-ordinary extension of its ultimate date), however a movie of the manufacturing is now streaming on Broadway HD. The Times’s Ben Brantley known as the display “virtuous, sturdily assembled, informative and brimming with good faith.”

What’s on TV


Jack and his great-grandson Elliott in “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm.”


THE NUMBER ON GREAT-GRANDPA’S ARM 6 p.m. on HBO. Celebrating Holocaust Remembrance Day, this brief documentary, introduced via HBO with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, captures a dialog between a boy and his great-grandfather, a Polish Holocaust survivor who was once imprisoned at Auschwitz.

ELTON JOHN: THE NATION’S FAVORITE SONG eight p.m. on Reelz. This documentary concerning the voice at the back of “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer” options interviews with large names like Rod Stewart, Ed Sheeran and Lulu. Mr. John himself could also be interviewed via the British comic David Williams.

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