TV picks for April 27-29: ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Rethinking Barbie,’ ‘Bobby for President,’ ‘Taskmaster’
Guise and dolls
Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie is both a tell-all biography of the intensely private superstar and a fascinating study of how a corporation rolls the dice to adapt to changing times. Director Andrea Nevins takes full advantage of behind-the-scenes access to the Mattel public-relations team as it launches the legendary dolls new look.
Now streaming on Hulu
Meeting of the minds
Likable celebrities, including Freddie Highmore of The Good Doctor, compete in challenges that measure ingenuity and response time in the harmless new series Taskmaster. Despite all the brainpower, no one can quite figure out why host Reggie Watts keeps slipping into a British accent.
10 p.m. Friday, Comedy Central
If Bobby for President were simply focused on Robert Kennedys 1968 political campaign, the four-hour running time would seem excessive. But filmmaker Dawn Porter has a more ambitious agenda. The first of four episodes covers the John F. Kennedy administrations slow response to the civil rights movement as well as the younger Kennedys zealous attack on mobsters.
Now streaming on Netflix
Duel at Springfield Corral
Eat Barts shorts, Marshal Dillon. The latest adventures of The Simpsons will put it past Gunsmoke as the prime-time series with the most episodes. The comedy had already earned the title of longest-running prime-time show, but the western often churned out more than 35 episodes a year, which is why it took Homer Co. a little longer to achieve its latest record.
7 p.m. Sunday, KMSP, Ch. 9