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Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 Revisits Another Era of Political Tumult

ALSO: Helstrom, Grand Amy, What The Constitution Means to Me, and more.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen is Abbie Hoffman in The Trial of the Chiacho 7. (Photo: Niko Tavernise/Netflix)
    Sacha Baron Cohen is Abbie Hoffman in The Trial of the Chiacho 7. (Photo: Niko Tavernise/Netflix)

    It was a time of great political discord. Mistrust of the government was at an all-time high, and people took to the streets to protest. Sound familiar? In his new Netflix original film The Trial of the Chicago 7, writer/director Aaron Sorkin looks back at the violent protests at the 1968 Democratic convention and the seven men who stood trial for organizing them.

    Also today: Hulu takes the wraps off Marvel's Hesltrom, the new Netflix series Grand Army takes a bracing look at teen life in New York City, and direct from Broadway, Amazon presents What the Constitution Means to Me. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Fresh off a limited theatrical release, Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 is an ensemble drama focusing on the seven defendants charged with conspiracy for organizing protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, and Frank Langella star. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: Hulu is bringing the Marvel Comics characters Daimon and Satana Helstrom to the small screen in the new standalone series Helstom. Tom Austen (The Royals) and Sydney Lemmon (Succession) star as the children of a powerful serial killer, who work together to track down humanity's most sinister miscreants. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    SERIES PREMIERE: Katie Cappielo adapts her play SLUT for TV in the limited series Grand Army, which follows five high school students as they navigate the perilous worlds of sex, race, and economic inequality in New York City. Watch the trailer. Streaming in Netflix

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Marielle Heller (Won't You Be My Neighbor) helms this filmed version of Heidi Schreck's acclaimed Broadway show, What the Constitution Means to Me. Read our interview with the director. Streaming on Prime Video

    SEASON PREMIERE: It's clear the world has changed as Shark Tank returns for Season 12. For one thing, the sharks' seats are a lot further apart, but more importantly, the sharks themselves are approaching the entire process with an eye to the challenging times workers and entrepreneurs everywhere are going through. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    SERIES PREMIERE: First they came for Bravo's lunch, now Netflix is looking at HGTV with a wolfish grin. Dream Home Makeover with Shea and Syd McGee is clearly following in the footsteps of Fixer Upper and Fixer to Fabulous, as the husband and wife team help families update their homes in style. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    DOCUMENTARY: Based on David E. Sanger's best selling book, The Perfect Weapon looks at the terrifying new world of cyberwarfare, and its implications for geopolitical chaos. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

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

    TOPICS: The Trial of the Chicago 7, Netflix, Aaron Sorkin, Eddie Redmayne, Frank Langella, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen