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Snowfall Returns with a Darker Look Back at the 1980s

ALSO: Family Reunion, Florida Girls, Scream, Harlots, the ESPY Awards, and more
  • Damson Idris plays Franklin Saint on Snowfall (FX)
    Damson Idris plays Franklin Saint on Snowfall (FX)

    '80s nostalgia is all the rage thsee days thanks to Stranger Things and its callbacks to Back to the Future, New Coke, and The Neverending Story, but while it may be the most fun, the Netflix hit isn't the only 1980s-set series on TV these days.  Returning to FX tonight for its third season is Snowfall, which tackles the decade's drug trade, specifically the outbreak of crack cocaine. Co-created by the late John Singleton, along with Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, the series examines the intersecting agendas of the police, the drug gangs, and the CIA, jumping from the jungles of Central America to South Central Los Angeles as the crack epidemic ravages the city.

    SEASON PREMIERE: Franklin (Damson Idris) and Cissy (Michael Hyatt) are looking to make an investment in the community in the third season premiere of Snowfall, while Andre (Marcus Henderson) tries to get to the bottom of the cancer that's destroying the city. Meanwhile, Teddy's operation in Mexico becomes more complicated. 10:00 PM ET on FX

    SERIES PREMIERE: Dropping on Netflix today is the new sitcom Family Reunion. Tia Mowry and Loretta Devine co-star in this family comedy, which finds Mowry and her retiring-pro-athlete husband (Anthony Alabi) moving their kids to small-town Georgia to be closer to his relatives (and matriarch Devine), leading to personality clashes, generational conflicts, numerous jokes about "kids today," and a surprising amount of church content, which should set it apart from other sitcoms. Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and Telma Hopkins (Family Matters) co-star. Streaming on Netflix

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION Tracy Morgan hosts The 2019 ESPY Awards, where the women's World Cup winners are competing for Best Team against the likes of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Other nominees include tennis champ Naomi Osaka, NFL quarterback Patrick Mahoames, and #1 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson. 8:00 PM ET on ESPN

    SERIES PREMIERE: POP TV (the American home of Schitt's Creek) is debuting its latest original series, Florida Girls. Created by writer/actress Laura Chinn (The Mick), the series follows the comedic adventures of four friends on the west coast of Florida as they confront their stagnant lives. Chinn co-stars with Melanie Field (Heathers), Laci Mosley (The Wedding Year), and Patty Guggenheim (Splitting Up Together). The first two episodes air back-to-back. 10:00 PM ET on POP


    • Scream completes its three-day sprint, wrapping up its six-episode third season. 9:00 PM ET on VH1
    • Harlots returns for a third season of family-brothel strife in 18th century London. The A+ cast includes Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Liv Tyler. Streaming on Hulu
    • Marrying Millions is a brand new reality series from the creators of 90 Day Fiance. The show follows six couples, where one person is hugely wealthy and the other is hugely … not. 10:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: Snowfall, FX