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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Sisters’

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

Staying home for Labor Day weekend? Stream a couple of short-lived series or revisit a Wes Anderson classic.

What’s Streaming

RUSHMORE (1998) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu and YouTube. Before Wes Anderson gave us “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” he wrote and directed this lighthearted comedy. Jason Schwartzman stars as Max Fischer, an entrepreneurial sophomore at Rushmore Academy with lots of charisma and many talents. He loves his school more than anything, but his devotion to countless extracurricular activities has put him on academic probation. While scrambling to avoid expulsion, he’s dealt another blow when he learns that his mentor, Mr. Blume (Bill Murray), is after the same teacher (Olivia Williams) Max has fallen in love with. Looking back at the film’s influence, A. O. Scott said, “The charms of this movie are abundant: It has whimsical production design, clever and sharp writing, tender comical performances, a brilliant use of pop music to underscore and slightly ironize the emotions being expressed on the screen.” Owen Wilson, a frequent star of Mr. Anderson’s films, wrote the screenplay with him.

MONKEY TWINS on Netflix. A troubled fighter teams up with a police officer to bring down an organized crime ring in this Thai action-comedy series. Watch for dizzying fight scenes inspired by a traditional dance drama and Thai martial arts.

WPC 56 on BritBox. Set in 1956, this period drama series by BBC One centers on Gina Dawson (Jennie Jacques), a young police officer and the only woman serving in her West Midlands hometown. On top of fighting crime on the streets, Gina’s forced to combat sexism in the workplace and is repeatedly belittled by her male colleagues. With a total of 15 episodes, the three seasons are ripe for binge watching.

SISTERS on Netflix. The backbone of this Australian drama series is an outrageous, unbelievable deathbed confession — one that motivates one character to consider suing her father for “wrongful birth.” At the outset, Julius (Barry Otto), an ailing Nobel-prize-winning scientist, tells his daughter Julia (Maria Angelico) that he used his own sperm during in vitro fertilization procedures throughout his career. On a quest to meet the dozens of siblings she never knew she had, Julia hosts a party and discovers she has more than 100 brothers, but only two sisters — Roxy (Lucy Durack), an anxious child star, and Edie (Antonia Prebble), a pugnacious lawyer. The show only ran for one season and has yet to be renewed for a second one.

What’s on TV

MY CAT FROM HELL 8 p.m. on Animal Planet. For nine seasons, the animal behaviorist Jackson Galaxy has flown across the country helping cat owners tame their menacing felines. In this Season 10 premiere, he meets his match when he goes to see expectant parents who worry they won’t be able to keep their furry friend’s claws away from their newborn. Mr. Galaxy then visits a once pudgy cat, Skinny, who lost half his weight after being adopted and gained a social media following in the process.

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