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Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani's Lovebirds Skips Theaters For Netflix

ALSO: Homecoming, AKA Jane Roe, Trailer Park Boys, Mythic Quest: Quarantine, The Big Fib,and more.
  • Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani in The Lovebirds. (Netflix)
    Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani in The Lovebirds. (Netflix)

    In an alternate universe where coronavirus never happened, The Lovebirds would have opened in theaters last month. Instead, the new action comedy featuring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani (reteaming with his Big Sick director Michael Showalter) debuts today on Netflix. Also today: Homecoming returns for its second season, Netflix premieres a Sundance favorite, and Mythic Quest returns with a quarantine special. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:

    PREMIERE MOVIE: Issa Rae (Insecure) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) star in The Lovebirds. The film follows a couple as they go on the run after their vehicle is carjacked and used in a murder, implicating them as the culprits. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures) leads the second season of Homecoming, in which the full scope of the top secret program exposed in the show's first season becomes clear. Read our review. Streaming on Prime Video

    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: The FX documentary AKA Jane Roe features a series of deathbed interviews with Norma McCorvey, in which the plaintiff in the landmark Roe v Wade case tells all about her journey from pro-choice crusader to pro-life activist. Read our review. FX at 9:00 PM ET

    SEASON PREMIERE: The animated spinoff of the beloved series returns with fresh episodes, as Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series chronicles the ongoing misadventures of everyone's favorite New Zealand lowlifes. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: Community's Yvette Nicole Brown hosts Disney+'s The Big Fib, in which kid contestants must determine which of two adult "experts" are actually lying about a given topic. An invaluable skill in this day and age. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    SPECIAL EPISODE: The cast and crew of Mythic Quest weren't going to let something like a global pandemic keep them from giving their fans a new episode. Mythic Quest: Quarantine is a special one-off episode produced remotely. Notably, this is the first Apple TV+ program to be shot with the company's ubiquitous iPhone. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: The Sundance hit The Painter & The Thief documents the unlikely friendship that forms between an artist and the thief who stole her paintings. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: The second season of Marvel's Future Avengers hits Disney+ today. The anime series follows a young boy and his friends as they join the legendary Avengers team for a superhero apprenticeship. Streaming on Disney+

    NEW EPISODE: Ahead of next week's season finale, RuPaul's Drag Race will be holding its traditional reunion slumber party remotely tonight. Though the queens won't be gathered in the same room, they're certain to have plenty to say about all of the season's highlights, along with a few predictions about next week's big event. 8:00 PM ET on VH1

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

    TOPICS: The Lovebirds, Netflix, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani