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New Netflix Doc Probes Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X's Tumultuous Friendship

ALSO: The Cowboys and the Bucs kick off the 2021 NFL season and Top Chef goes Family Style.
  • Photos: Netflix, Peacock, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
    Photos: Netflix, Peacock, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Muhammad Ali and Malcom X’s extraordinary friendship takes center stage in Blood Brothers, a new Netflix documentary produced by Kenya Barris. Also today: the 2021 NFL season gets underway as the Dallas Cowboys face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Frogger, American Ninja Warrior Junior and Top Chef Family Style arrive on Peacock, and CBS teases what’s to come in its fall lineup. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:

    Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali: Original documentary. Based on the book of the same name by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, this feature-length documentary charts the friendship between two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. Featuring interviews with Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Ali’s brother Rahman, and other family members. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    NFL Football: The Dallas Cowboys travel to Tampa Bay to take on defending Super Bowl champions the Buccaneers, and their formidable quarterback Tom Brady. 8:20 PM ET on NBC

    Top Chef Family Style: Series premiere. Peacock’s day of premieres continues with a new cooking competition that pairs 15 talented culinary prodigies with their parents for a chance to win a $50,000 grand prize. Meghan Trainor and Marcus Samuelsson host. Watch trailer. Streaming on Peacock

    Frogger: Series premiere. Damon Wayans Jr. and Kyle Brandt bring the beloved ‘80s video game into the real world in Peacock’s new obstacle course competition series. Three episodes stream today. Watch trailer. Streaming on Peacock

    American Ninja Warrior Junior: Season premiere. NBC’s kid-friendly competition makes the move to streaming as it kicks off its third season. This year boasts some of the most challenging obstacles yet, but it’s nothing a new generation of ninjas can’t handle. Watch trailer. Streaming on Peacock

    CBS Fall Preview: Special presentation. B Positive star Annaleigh Ashford hosts this throw-back to the Fall TV Previews of old, fearuring a star-studded opening number and a sneak peek at the network's four new original series this fall: NCIS: Hawaii, FBI: International, CSI: Vegas, and Ghosts. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    Behind the Music: Fall finale. Paramount+ looks the music and complicated legacy of rapper Fat Joe. Streaming on Paramount+

    Sweet Life: Los Angeles: Reunion: Special presentation. The cast of HBO Max’s new reality series rehashes their biggest fights and most dramatic moments in a reunion special. Streaming on HBO Max

    Big Brother: New episode. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    Long Island Medium: In Memory of 9/11: Special presentation. Psychic Theresa Caputo purports to bridge the celestial divide between 9/11 victims and their surviving family members in this controversial TLC special. 10:00 PM ET on TLC

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, Netflix, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali