What’s on TV Friday: ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ and ‘Comrade Detective’


Amy Poehler in “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”


Wet Hot American Summer” returns with a follow-up to the 2015 prequel series. And “Comrade Detective” takes viewers to 1980s Romania.

What’s Streaming

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: TEN YEARS LATER on Netflix. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and the rest of the “Wet Hot American Summer” counselors return to Camp Firewood for a 10-year-reunion weekend in this new eight-part sequel. The setting is 1991, and not much has changed since the last day of summer camp 10 years prior, save for the retro outfits, not-so-flattering hairstyles and bubbling sexual tension. Compared to the 2015 prequel, “Ten Years Later” is “less emotionally rooted and its parody more scattershot,” James Poniewozik wrote in The New York Times. “It’s the moments of random lunacy that might power this franchise on.”


Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici in “Comrade Detective.”

Amazon Studios

COMRADE DETECTIVE on Amazon. Communist propaganda gets a modern makeover in this Cold War action series, a satirical take on a hit serial created by the Romanian government in the 1980s. Part crime show, part comedy, “Comrade Detective” stars Florin Piersic Jr. (voiced in English by Channing Tatum) and Corneliu Ulici (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as detectives unraveling the mystery of a fellow officer’s murder. “‘Comrade Detective’ is so committed to the verisimilitude of a ham-fisted propaganda drama,” Mr. Poniewozik wrote in The Times, “that it often plays like one.” The investigation unveils a larger plot that pits capitalism against the country.

THE CYANIDE & HAPPINESS SHOW on Seeso. The sarcastic narrator of this lawless animated series offers advice for stick-figure characters who repeatedly put themselves in unfortunate situations: “Try not doing that!”


A vestige of human existence in the documentary “Homo Sapiens.”


HOMO SAPIENS (2016) on Mubi. An abandoned roller coaster on a beach, waves crashing against its base. A disheveled hospital room cluttered with equipment and scattered materials. A devastated church with a leaky ceiling and absent pews. The…

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