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Little Stories Have a Big Impact in Apple TV+'s Little America

ALSO: Diary of a Future President, Sex Education, Real Time With Bill Maher, and more
  • Zachary Quinto plays a yoga master in episode four of Apple TV's new anthology series Little America.
    Zachary Quinto plays a yoga master in episode four of Apple TV's new anthology series Little America.

    This is one of the busiest days for premieres since the launches of Disney+ and Apple TV+ in the fall, with both platforms debuting timely new series. Apple's Little America is being praised as the streamer's very best show to date, while Diary of a Future President couldn't have asked for a better news cycle in which to debut, as the show's premise got quite a bit of unintentional coverage this week. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday: 

    SERIES PREMIERE: From Lee Eisenberg (The Office) and Kumail Nanjiani & Emily Gordon (The Big Sick), Little America may be the show that puts Apple TV+ on the map. Critics have taken to the anthology series' moving tales of the American immigrant experience, and Apple has already renewed it for a second season. Watch the preview. Streaming on Apple TV+

    SERIES PREMIERE: Can a woman be elected president of the United States? A lot of big names have been debating just that question this week, with Bernie Sanders feeling the heat for allegedly tellling Elizabeth Warren that he didn't think a woman could win the US presidency in a private meeting in 2018.  Diary of a Future President follows Elena (Tess Romero), a 12-year-old Cuban-American middle school student who intends to be president one day. The show's executive producer Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) plays Elena in flash-forward sequences in which she launches her campaign for the highest office in the land. Watch the preview. Streaming on Disney+

    SEASON PREMIERE: After sending articles of impeachment to the Senate, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi  sits down with Bill Maher for the start of Real Time With Bill Maher's eighteenth season. Other guests includes Andrew Yang, and panelists Joe Walsh, Kara Swisher, and Jon Meacham. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    SEASON PREMIERE: The second season of Netflix's well received and remarkably frank comedy Sex Education picks up where the show left off, namely with its main character Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) fumbling towards ecstasy, even as the show broadens its scope to introduce viewers to a wider cast of characters. Watch the preview. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON FINALE: Host Nick Lachey and judges Ciara, David Dobrik, and Debbie Gibson name the winning family on tonight's America’s Most Musical Family's season finale. 6:00 PM ET on Nick

    SEASON PREMIERE: The Netfix docuseries Hip Hop Evolution returns for a fourth season deep dive into the musical genre's history and development. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: The family friendly sci-fi series Endlings follows four foster children who team up to rescue creatures from across the galaxy. Watch the preview. Streaming on Hulu

    PREMIERE MOVIE: Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, and Cicely Tyson star in Tyler Perry's A Fall From Grace. The film tells the story of a well respected woman who confesses to murder after a lifetime of hardship, and must put her faith in an inexperienced public defender. Streaming on Netflix

    ALSO TONIGHT

    • Charmed returns with an unexpected revelation shaking things up for Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) and Mel (Melonie Diaz). 8:00 PM ET on The CW
    • Rob Delaney: Jackie sees the American ex-pat and Catastrophe star unpacking the horror and joys of his life in London. Watch the previewStreaming on Amazon Prime
    • Russell Peters: Deported finds the comedian performing in Mumbai, India. Watch the preview. Streaming on Amazon Prime
    • American Housewife returns, as busy schedules, nervous ticks, and a troubling call to a teen help line cause everyone in the Otto family to re-evaluate their priorities. 8:00 PM ET on ABC
    • Fresh Off the Boat finds Jessica (Constance Wu) making the most of a troubling revelation about her new job. 8:30 PM ET on ABC
    • Dynasty resumes with Blake (Grant Show) on trial and Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) delivering electrifying testimony. Meanwhile, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) learns some troubling news about her mother and her former fiancee. 9:00 PM ET on The CW

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: Little America, Apple TV+, Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani