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Mr. Robot!

Remember Mr. Belvedere? This is the exact same thing, except the acerbic butler’s a heterosexual robot.

The Wire!

The television adaptation of the 2015 Robert Zemeckis motion picture The Walk, itself an adaptation of the 2008 documentary film Man on Wire, itself an adaptation of tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s 2002 memoir To Reach the Clouds. Stars The Sandlot’s Mike Vitar (Benny) and Delta Burke.

Moonlighting!

Two community college adjunct professors moonlight as exotic dancers in order to get health insurance.

ER!

A stammering, yet, er, charming Englishman struggles to, er, get out a complete sentence by, er, the end of, er, each episode. Can he — er, um, well, er, I’m terribly sorry — do it? Tune in to this workplace comedy set at an occasional-kill animal shelter Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30 CST on FOX to find out.

Transparent!

All of the Pfeffermans are still horrible, incredibly self-centered people — but now they’re ghosts.

The Leftovers!

A straightforward, 21st century reboot of the criminally-forgotten 1986 TV movie The Leftovers, starring John Denver as the director of an orphanage who, along with Shirley from Laverne and Shirley, fights to keep his orphan-family’s house, that my sister and I had on VHS and watched roughly 309 times between 1986 and 1989. Naturally, the John Denver character, Max, is portrayed by Justin Theroux, while the rest of the cast — from Urkel to Kimmy Gibbler to Pamela Adlon (no, really) — reprise their original roles.

Inspired by this mini-episode of the Extra Hot Great podcast.

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