The rise and fall of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar is dramatized in "Narcos," a 10-part series starring Brazilian superstar Wagner Moura. The international cast and subject should help in Netflix's mission to reach streamers around the globe. Now streaming on Netflix.
"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" continues to spotlight Minnesota eateries with a stop for tacos and tamales at Richfield's Andale Taqueria & Mercado. Host Guy Fieri may not be a beloved dish in the culinary world, but at least he has a good taste to chow down in our neighborhood. 9 p.m. Friday, Food Network
How the mighty have fallen
Protests over a Minnesota hunter's recent killing of a beloved lion is certainly understandable, but save some outrage for the fate of Africa's elephants, a much more endangered species whose peril is well examined in "Explorer: Warlords of Ivory," an in-depth examination into a highly lucrative — and devastating — hunt for tusks. 7 p.m. Sunday, National Geographical Channel
Party in the USA
Miley Cyrus will most likely keep her tongue firmly planted in cheek as host of "The MTV Music Video Awards," although we'd be pleased as punch if she lent nominee Taylor Swift her wrecking ball to bowl over Kanye West during his acceptance speech for the Vanguard Award. 8 p.m. Sunday, MTV