Death becomes her
In “Mary Kills People,” a doctor (Caroline Dhavernas) spends her off-duty hours helping the terminally ill find a quicker path to the afterlife. This angel of mercy soon discovers that the devil is in the details with one improbable threat after another. The character is kind of stupid — she has sex with a patient and seems not to have considered putting a lock on her illegal stash — but the unique premise and Dhavernas’ underplayed performance have us hoping for an extended killing spree.
9 p.m. Sun., Lifetime
Some of my favorite sitcoms of the past five years revolve around women behaving badly. “Girlboss” instantly joins the ranks of “Broad City” and “Fleabag” thanks to former “30 Rock” writer Kay Cannon’s scathingly funny scripts and Britt Robertson’s 20-something heroine, whose shortcomings include laziness, self-centeredness and bad hygiene. The fact that she’s also brutally honest makes her more likable than any of the soul searchers on “Girls.” This new character may not be the voice of her generation, but she just may be the voice of super-smart TV comedy. Good enough.
Now streaming on Netflix
Talk to the hand
Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a doozy of a novel to adapt for the screen, and I can’t imagine anyone doing a more admirable job than showrunner Bruce Miller and actress Elisabeth Moss, who brings humanity and wit to the title role.
Begins streaming Wed. on Hulu