Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career out of playing outlandish characters with such unflinching, deadpan commitment, that the first time you watch the trailer for Netflix's The Spy you can't help but wait for an off-color comment or arched eyebrow to let you know you've been conned, but the dramatic espionage series from Gideon Raff (Homeland) is playing it completely straight.
SERIES PREMIERE: Sacha Baron Cohen stars in the six-part series The Spy, which tells the true story of Eli Cohen, a former Israeli clerk who was recruited by the Mossad in the 1960s and trained to act as a spy in the Syrian government. The information he gathered was believed to play an important role in Israel's success in the Six-Day War in 1967. Streaming on Netflix
NEW EPISODE: Netflix quietly dropped the first episode of the newest season of The Great British Baking Show last Friday. In very unNetflix style, the streamer will release fresh installments weekly, just four days after they debut in the UK. (Not to worry: Netflix assured subscribers this week that it's sticking with its usual binge-friendly release model for other shows.) Streaming on Netflix
SEASON PREMIERE: The Spanish teen thriller Élite returns for a second season of potboiling drama and prolific bed-hopping. Whether you're new to the series or already a fan, here's what you need to know before sitting down to watch the new season. Streaming on Netflix
SEASON FINALE: The first season of Hulu's monthly Horror series Into the Dark, drops its last feature-length episode tonight. In the latest installment, entitled Pure, three teen girls take part in a secret ritual, only to begin seeing a supernatural demon. The show's second season is set to begin in October. Streaming on Hulu
SERIES PREMIERE: While many couples may see Friday night as a good time to Netflix and chill, Showtime is betting some will want to watch the documentary series Couples Therapy, in which real couples going through real rough patches open their therapy sessions up for the world to see. To hits credit, te show does appear to capture some successful breathrough moments. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime
SEASON DEBUT: The third season of Hip-Hop Evolution is debuting on Netflix. The next four episodes will pick up where Season 2 left off, interviewing influential performers, industry moguls, and DJs to chronicle the evolution of the genre. Streaming on Netflix
Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.