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The Other Two

Streaming on HBO Max / Film & TV

Television shows that pummel viewers with pop-culture references and in-jokes tend to be tedious and try-hard. But the newly released second season of The Other Two is current in all the right ways. The show, created by former Saturday Night Live co–head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, is an entertainment-industry satire about a family of multi-hyphenates that attain varying levels of success. The mother, played perfectly by Molly Shannon, has a No. 1 daytime talk show, and her youngest son (Case Walker) is a Justin Bieber–inspired pop star. And then there are the other two offspring: Cary (Drew Tarver), an aspiring actor, and Brooke (Heléne Yorke), a fledgling talent manager. The two blundering siblings are the stars of the show—each episode is anchored in their chase for success. —Bridget Arsenault

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