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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Private Life’ and ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

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Tamara Jenkins’s latest film begins on Netflix. And “Fresh Off the Boat” returns to ABC.

PRIVATE LIFE (2018) on Netflix. “We are doing everything we can, short of kidnapping, to start a family.” That line, delivered by Paul Giamatti, in many ways sums up the premise of this dramedy, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins (“Slums of Beverly Hills,” “The Savages”). Mr. Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn star as an artsy, married New York couple approaching middle age on a quest for conception. An interloper appears in the form of their college-aged, WNYC-tote-schlepping step-niece (Kayli Carter), who crashes with them. Molly Shannon plays a supporting role, as does the melancholy of autumn in New York. In his review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott called the film “piquant and perfect.”

THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE on Amazon. When the second season of this alternate history series (based on a Philip K. Dick novel) started in December 2016, just after the presidential election, James Poniewozik wrote in The Times that “‘The Man in the High Castle,’ a drama about finding the imagination to resist darkness, has a new relevance, asked for or not.” He also wrote that it had improved since its 2015 premiere. Now the show is coming back for a third season. Rufus Sewell stars as a high-up in a dystopian America where the Nazis won World War II. This season concerns a plan by the Nazis to remove American history from the public consciousness.

BIG MOUTH on Netflix. This animated show portraying puberty as delivered through the voices of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney returns for a second season. A teaser for it packs three things into one minute: a sex-ed class, “hormone monsters” and a “Magic School Bus”-like excursion inside a stomach — peppering it all with plenty of bathroom humor. Beneath the dirty jokes, though, is a show “trying to talk about really important lessons,” Mr. Kroll told The Times in 2017. “Something that adults would enjoy but also that kids could watch and feel like they’re not traversing this incredibly tricky time alone.”

FRESH OFF THE BOAT 8 p.m. on ABC. Constance Wu is entering the fifth season of “Fresh Off the Boat” with a new lift to her career after her leading role in the megahit “Crazy Rich Asians.” In this series, Ms. Wu plays the mother of a fictionalized version of the chef Eddie Huang (played by Hudson Yang), whose memoir the show is based on. Randall Park plays the father.

TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY (2006) 8 p.m. on Bravo. John C. Reilly is having quite a year. In the coming months, he’ll have four turns on the big screen, with “The Sisters Brothers,” “Stan & Ollie,” “Holmes & Watson” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The supporting funny guy is in top form here, as the sidekick to Will Ferrell’s Wonder Bread-sponsored Nascar star. “Borat”-era Sacha Baron Cohen plays a diabolical French racer.


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