TV shows to watch: Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne reunite for 'Platonic,' a rom-com without the rom

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Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne aren't quite this generation's versions of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, but they may be on their way. The "Neighbors" stars reunite for this delightful sitcom about two friends who lean on each other as they navigate their separate midlife crises. Rogen does what he does best, playing a character constantly losing his temper, like someone just swiped his weed supply. But it's Byrne who gets the biggest laughs, earnestly representing every mom who's under the misguided impression that she's still "cool." There are no sexual sparks here, just two hams with a passion for outrageous comedy and cracking each other up. You'll be smitten. Apple TV+


Doris Kearns Goodwin and her fellow historians have no problem filling this three-part docuseries about Franklin Delano Roosevelt with evidence that he was one of our most influential presidents. But there's nothing here you didn't already learn from Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History." The main reason to tune in for this take is Christian McKay's portrayal of FDR in the riveting reenactments. 8 p.m. ET Monday-Wednesday, History Channel

'Wanda Sykes: I'm an Entertainer'

In her first stand-up special since 2019, the former Oscar co-host sticks to the basics. Her material — lots of jokes about COVID-19, racial inequality and spoiled kids — doesn't break new ground. She even resurrects Esther, the character based on the roll of fat around her stomach. It's not Sykes' boldest set, but she's so clever and confident in her delivery that you'll forgive her for playing it safe. Netflix


'100 Years of Warner Bros.'

Movie lovers will salivate over this docuseries looking back at one of Hollywood's scrappiest studios. The fast pace is a bit dizzying, but the four-parter makes breath-catching stops to appreciate classics like "Casablanca," "A Clockwork Orange" and "Blazing Saddles." Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood are among the big names offering commentary. Max

'Call Me Kate'

Katharine Hepburn's relationship with Spencer Tracy takes center stage in this documentary about the four-time Oscar winner who was just as good at creating a mysterious persona as she was at acting. Director Lorna Tucker does a decent job of cracking her subject's shell, relying heavily on her rare interviews and family members. But there's not enough movie clips. It would have been nice to see more of a focus on onscreen performances than off-screen romances. Netflix


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