The promised land
“Transparent” has received plenty of attention for putting a spotlight on transgenders and their families, but creator Jill Soloway has been equally committed to exploring Judaism, a thread that only widens in a fourth season that takes place almost exclusively in Israel. The characters continue to be too glum to generate genuine laughs, but when it comes to lessons on both gender identification and religion, it’s hard to imagine a more engaging classroom.
Now streaming on Amazon Prime
On the road again
“Mike Judge Presents : Tales From the Tour Bus,” in which the “Silicon Valley” creator gets musicians to dish dirt on their former bosses, travels down some familiar roads, particularly in an upcoming episode about Jerry Lee Lewis. The premiere does a nice job of shedding light on country singer Johnny Paycheck, a much more talented — and troubled — artist than his biggest hit, “Take This Job and Shove It,” would suggest.
9 p.m. Friday, Cinemax
New kid on the clock
“60 Minutes” celebrates its 50th season premiere by introducing its newest correspondent, Oprah Winfrey, who will contribute a piece about the racial divide in America. Winfrey’s not a traditional journalist, but neither was Mike Wallace and he did just fine.
6:30 p.m. Sunday, WCCO, Ch. 4 (start time may be delayed due to football game)
Born this way
“Gaga: Five Foot Two” has a lot more items on its agenda than measuring the height of its star, Lady Gaga, but music isn’t one of them. This documentary is short on music and long on behind-the-scenes footage of the pop star preparing for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, dealing with health issues and sunbathing topless.
Now streaming on Netflix