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Rediscovering Ricky Gervais’s hilarious BBC comedy ‘Extras’

The show is filled with squirm-inducing humiliation and VIP cameos.

John Douglas Thompson to star in Shakespeare on the Common’s ‘Tempest’

Thompson has won acclaim for his performances of Shakespeare as well as other roles, including his award-winning turn in the Huntington's "Man in the Ring."

TELEVISION

‘Will & Grace,’ the finale — take two

After three seasons that ranged from OK to pretty lousy, the revival is going to end on April 23.

MOVIES

R. Crumb’s cartoon therapy; a cruel solution to overpopulation

"Crumb" is a portrait of an artist who refuses to censor himself; "One Child Nation" examines the suppressed history of population control in China.

MOVIES

Extra-sensory perception from a trio of boundary pushers

Films from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab get a showcase on the Criterion Channel.

TELEVISION

Like ‘Show Me a Hero’? Then show yourself these other excellent miniseries

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert tailors his suggestions to readers’ viewing preferences.

PODCASTS

What happens when we emerge from isolation? ‘The Habitat’ offers clues from a Mars training mission

The 2018 podcast on NASA’s isolation training program feels relevant as ever.

TELEVISION

11 great television escapes (plus a few extras), because reality is a bit much right now

TV critic Matthew Gilbert offers some salves for anxiety, existential dread, and boredom.

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Off Their Plate provides meals to health care workers on the coronavirus front lines

Who is doing the cooking? Restaurant employees who would otherwise be out of work.

COMFORT ZONE

Hillel campus group goes digital, thanks to this Worcester college student

Members are using the Facebook group to host meet-ups and virtual Shabbat dinners.

Could families bond around the TV, like they used to?

Since no one's leaving the house right now, maybe it's time to reinvent a ritual: gathering the family on one sofa in front of one screen.

BOOKS

Hilary Mantel on re-reading

Hilary Mantel’s new novel, “The Mirror and the Light,” brings to a close her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. The novelist talked with the Globe about what she's reading (and re-reading) lately.

BOOKS

Love and fury in West Texas

“Valentine” is an angry novel, a blast of feminist outrage against a toxic culture that breeds racism and violence against women as readily as the babies most of its female characters bore before they were old enough to vote.

TY BURR

You’re bored. You’re stuck indoors. Here’s your guide to free streaming movies

How to pass the time at no extra cost (unless you count time spent watching ads).

TELEVISION

‘My Brilliant Friend’ remains transporting in season 2

This gorgeously filmed Italian production turns the long friendship between two women into an epic story filled with tragedy, redemption, humor, and rich period detail.

Seeing what Helen Frankenthaler saw in the seascapes of Provincetown

The abstract painter spent a decade of summers here in the 1950s and '60s.