From Gaslit to Ten Percent: the seven best shows to stream this week | Television & radio

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Julia Roberts in Gaslit. Photograph: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/AP

A lawless political party, cut adrift from morality and plumbing the depths to cling to power? Dan Stevens (who plays Republican aide turned prosecution witness John Dean) has already drawn a parallel between Richard Nixon’s Watergate administration, the subject of this eight-part series, and the current UK government. Even if it wasn’t so timely, this drama would still be a striking warning from history. It’s a fresh angle on familiar material, with Julia Roberts as Martha Mitchell – the wife of Nixon’s corrupt attorney general John (Sean Penn), who helped blow the whistle on the scandal and suffered grievously as a result (namely kidnap and sedation). It’s bleak but often darkly funny. PH
StarzPlay, from Sunday 24 April

Shining Girls

Elisabeth Moss in Shining Girls.
Elisabeth Moss in Shining Girls. Photograph: Apple TV+

After a vicious attack left her too traumatised to continue her career as a journalist, Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss) has been quietly trying to put her life back together when a fresh murder is linked to her assault. Might she be the only survivor of many similar attacks? This adaptation of Lauren Beukes’s novel sees Kirby join forces with Wagner Moura’s journalist Dan Velazquez as she attempts to uncover the truth. What unfolds is a dizzying, existential horror story, apparently traversing many parallel eras and realities. Or is this temporal chaos simply a manifestation of Kirby’s disturbed state? PH communicator of barely-repressed anguish. PH
Apple TV+, from Friday 29 April

Swimming With Sharks

Swimming with Sharks.
Kiernan Shipka in Swimming with Sharks. Photograph: Roku

Based on the 1994 film of the same name, here’s a slightly ridiculous but guiltily good-looking drama starring Diane Kruger, Kiernan Shipka and Donald Sutherland. It follows the seemingly naive Lou (Shipka) as she interns at a company run by Hollywood hotshot Joyce (Kruger) – the kind of bad boss who would throw a Louboutin heel at her assistant. But things take a sinister turn when it is revealed that Lou has actually been obsessed with Joyce for quite a while, and she’s been outsmarting the people around her to get to this point … HR
The Roku Channel, out now


Kat Dennings and Brenda Song in Dollface.
Kat Dennings and Brenda Song in Dollface. Photograph: Jessica Brooks/Hulu

Kat Dennings returns in a second season of this comedy about female millennial manners. Since we last brunched, the girls have navigated a pandemic – which has sharpened their need to make Big Life Decisions. Cue scatty business plans, a search for mentors and, of course, dream sequences involving a digital feline spirit guide. Many of the characters feel as if they’ve been fed through a camera filter – which is almost certainly a comment on the Instagramming of life – but it sometimes deprives the show of much that feels authentically human. PH
Disney+, from Wednesday 27 April

Ten Percent

Ten Percent.
Ten Percent. Photograph: Photo Credit: Rob Youngson/Rob Youngson

A British remake of the wonderfully snarky French comedy Call My Agent!, written by Twenty Twelve and W1A creator John Morton. The humour feels subtly different and neatly reflective of national difference; here the comic emphasis is on bathos and quiet desperation. In common with the French version, it’s overflowing with celebrity cameos (Helena Bonham Carter, David Oyelowo and a satisfyingly stroppy Kelly Macdonald). The long-suffering agents are headed by Jack Davenport’s Jonathan. PH
Amazon Prime Video, from Thursday 28 April


Julia Garner in Ozark. Photograph: Tina Rowden/Netflix

There’s plenty to sort out as this brutally tense crime drama concludes with the second part of the final series. The Byrde family have gone entirely rogue, with both children deeply involved in the family business. How will the conflict between Wendy (Laura Linney) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) resolve itself? And will Adam Rothenberg’s ex-cop Mel team up with Maya (Jessica Frances Dukes) to bring the family down? Ozark addicts can soothe their withdrawal process with a documentary, A Farewell to Ozark, which drops simultaneously. PH
Netflix, from Friday 29 April

Grace and Frankie

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie.
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie. Photograph: Suzanne Tenner/Ali Goldstein

The charming comedy-drama, which showcases two older female leads (and is Netflix’s longest-running series), gets the conclusion it deserves. Grace and Frankie thrives on the natural chemistry between long-term, real-life besties Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin who play an odd couple (a prim career woman and a former hippie), given new leases of life by the end of their marriages. “The reality,” says Frankie, “is that one of us is going to lose the other.” This hints at sadness ahead, but the pair will surely rage furiously against the dying of the light. PH
Netflix, from Friday 29 April