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What’s on TV: ‘When the Beat Drops’ and ‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’

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A documentary examines a dancing subculture in the South. And stream a horror series on Shudder.

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WHEN THE BEAT DROPS (2018) 8 p.m. on Logo. Beyoncé’s culturally quintessential music video for “Single Ladies” has inspired countless imitations and tributes. But the moves featured owe a debt to bucking, a dance style that thrives in gay subcultures in the South. This documentary delves into the history of the form, which began in the early 1990s, as gay men sought an outlet after being rejected from majorette routines at historically black colleges. The documentary follows dancers to clubs and competitions in the present day, capturing the form in its hyper-athletic and high-energy intensity.

I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (1988) 8 p.m. on TMC. This blaxploitation parody film arrived a decade and a half after the genre’s peak of popularity, which started in the ’70s with “Shaft” and “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” But according to Janet Maslin in The New York Times, this film “assembles enough shiny suits, swaggering tough guys and choice bits of early-70s memorabilia to recall the form in all its glory.” Keenen Ivory Wayans wrote, directed and starred in the film. Several actors in blaxploitation’s original wave — including Jim Brown, Bernie Casey and Isaac Hayes — play shadows of their former characters.

THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT 11:35 p.m. on CBS. Mr. Colbert and Issa Rae had a delightfully awkward rapport when they met on “The Late Show” last year: Ms. Rae told him that he got her through college; Mr. Colbert also playfully asked her for an invite to a Beyoncé party. They convene again before the third-season premiere of Ms. Rae’s HBO show, “Insecure.” THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN follows with Tig Notaro and John Cho as the guests at 1:07 a.m. Mr. Cho may talk about his starring role in the thriller “Searching,” which arrives two years after an online campaign began imagining him in leading roles.

CHANNEL ZERO on Shudder. “Candle Cove” is an unnerving puppet show that supposedly ran on public access television decades ago — but actually only existed as an internet legend. Season 1 of “Channel Zero” brings that program to life, and it mysteriously sets off a string of murders. A child psychologist, Mike Painter (Paul Schneider), returns home to rural Ohio to investigate the 30-year-old unsolved murders of five children — all of whom died during the run of “Candle Cove.” But when a child watches the show in the present, she goes missing as well, and the town becomes worried that Mike is dredging up past demons. “The more you immerse yourself in the subtly eerie world of ‘Candle Cove,’ the scarier it becomes, so consider breaking up the first season into two or three movie-size chunks,” Judy Berman wrote in Watching for The Times.

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