'The Mysterious Benedict Society'

This new adventure series will cast a spell on fans of "Harry Potter" and others who appreciate middle-school fare that doesn't assume kids are idiots. The series, based on Trenton Lee Stewart's books, follows four orphans whose homework assignment is to save the world. The challenges in the premiere episode are as inventive as anything Charlie ever faced in the chocolate factory. Tony Hale and Kristen Schaal provide adult supervision. Disney Plus (Neal Justin)

'High on the Hog'

These four episodes will transform how you think about African American food, about American food, about America. Based on the book by Jessica B. Harris, "High on the Hog" traces the history of Black food, with plenty of revelations along the way. Host Stephen Satterfield is quiet and curious and ultimately joyful. Netflix (Jenna Ross)

'Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends'

While Bob himself will return to performing with a Veeps livestream July 18, his label Sony/Columbia is tiding fans over until the Never-Ending Tour can resume with a bundle of vintage footage, including "Odds and Ends," a brand-new compilation featuring two hours of oft-bootlegged interviews and performances. It's also issuing four stand-alone concert movies, including his 1963-1965 sets at the Newport Folk Festival, the all-star 30th anniversary celebration at Madison Square Garden and his "MTV Unplugged" show. Various streaming platforms (Chris Riemenschneider)

'Who Are You, Charlie Brown?'

This new one-hour film is both an animated special and a biography of "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz. It touches on the cartoonist's childhood in St. Paul, but it's more interested in showing how the characters affected the lives of celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, NPR's Ira Glass and Al Roker. Starts streaming Friday on Apple Plus (Neal Justin)

'Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story'

CNN dabbles in erotica with this engaging documentary about the wildly successful romance writer. Director Laura Fairrie clearly has a lot of respect for her subject matter, but doesn't shy away from including critics who thought Collins' prose flew in the face of feminism. Sister Joan Collins and the Hollywood wives of songwriter Sammy Cahn and mogul Marvin Davis are among those defending their late friend. 8 p.m. Sunday, CNN (Neal Justin)


It wouldn't be a KISS documentary without tension. This two-part film features plenty of memories from co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, but the nonparticipation of other key members is glaring. Peter Criss was so steamed about this project that he refused to allow the use of "Beth," a stand that his former ► bandmates address in the first of two episodes. For the ultimate viewing experience, clown makeup is highly recommended. 8 p.m. Sunday, A&E (Neal Justin)

'The Choe Show'

You may know that David Choe is a world-renowned artist. Turns out he's also a innovative therapist. In this new interview series, Choe gets celebrities like adult-film star Asa Akira and "The Office" veteran Rainn Wilson to open up while he does their portraits. Some of his methods, like dressing up as pizza slices, are unorthodox, but the results are colorful. 9 p.m. Fridays, FX; available Saturdays on Hulu (Neal Justin)

'Mary J. Blige's My Life'

The singer wears her heart on her sleeve in a biographical portrait that treats her best albums as intimate peeks into her often-troubled psyche. Interviews and brief animated sequences show how she channeled her pain into her music to connect with fans, particularly women who also came from the projects or experienced abuse. Amazon (Chris Hewitt)

'Central Park'

"In the Heights" — streaming on HBO Max for only two more weeks — isn't the only musical guaranteed to put a spring in your step. This animated series returns for a second season of characters who won't let puberty and a New York City blackout spoil their upbeat mood. The new numbers include Rufus Wainwright's ode to kite string and a Tank and the Bangas tune about training bras. Apple TV Plus (Neal Justin)

"This Is Pop'

Those who enjoyed the documentary series "UnMastered" will dig this sister project, focused on the lighter side of music. Some of the topics it covers, like protest songs, are too broad to fit neatly into a one-hour installment, but episodes on the history of Auto-Tune and the contributions of Swedish songwriters perfectly fit the format. Netflix (Neal Justin)