The first season of “Pose” begins streaming on Netflix. And the first episode of the four-part Wu-Tang Clan docuseries hits Showtime.
POSE Stream on Netflix. If you were dazzled by Billy Porter’s elaborate entrance at the Met Gala on Monday night, you may also enjoy his performance as Pray Tell, the M.C. of extravagant balls, on “Pose.” The show, which includes Ryan Murphy as co-creator, transports audiences back to 1987 New York, where gay, transgender and minority youth started walking in the city’s vogueing competitions. Set around the same time as “Paris Is Burning,” the series feels like “an attempt to better understand the present by re-examining the 1980s as an origin story,” James Poniewozik wrote in his New York Times review. “It’s a story of struggle — the AIDS crisis is a constant shadow — but it spotlights its characters’ aspirations,” he added. “It’s sincere, buoyant and fun, stunningly designed, mindful that a show about balls should be capable of having one.”
SHÉHÉRAZADE Stream on Netflix. This French love story centers on two teenagers and unfolds in Marseille’s gritty underbelly. It follows Zachary, played by Dylan Robert, who is released from juvenile detention. He meets Shéhérazade (Kenza Fortas), a former classmate who is a prostitute. Zachary, in need of cash, begins to work as her pimp, and their working relationship bleeds into a complicated romance.
WINE COUNTRY Stream on Netflix. Pour yourself a glass of wine and join Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey and Jason Schwartzman on a debaucherous birthday trip to Napa Valley, Calif. Poehler directs this romp, in which a group of middle-age friends reunite for the occasion, only to unravel as the wine flows and the big personalities clash. There’s Abby (Poehler), who, as the trip’s planner, is worried about every detail; Rebecca (Dratch), who doesn’t seem thrilled about turning 50; and Naomi (Rudolph), who at one point rolls off a piano midserenade. “You wouldn’t want to be in that bar or, really, anywhere these women assemble,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her Times review, “but Rudolph is a treat.”
WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN 9 p.m. on Showtime. When the Wu-Tang Clan emerged onto the New York City hip-hop scene in the early ’90s, the group seemed almost like a team of rap superheroes. Now that many of its members, like RZA, GZA, Method Man and Ghostface Killah, are household names, the filmmaker Sacha Jenkins decided to tell the group’s origin story. In this four-part docuseries, he sits down with each of the nine living members — many of whom where childhood friends in Brooklyn and Staten Island — to talk about how they became one of the most influential rap groups of all time. Weaving together interviews with archival footage and performances, the show reflects on the members’ lyrical genius, entrepreneurship and sociopolitical consciousness, which still resonates with audiences.