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The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

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Penguin Town

Remember those March of the Penguins birds huddled against the Arctic cold? Life is easier for African penguins, at least for the colony that has sprung up in Simon’s Town, South Africa. A lightheart­ed documentar­y split into eight halfhour episodes follows the adorably clumsy birds as they charm tourists, annoy locals, and pair up each year to carry out an important bit of business: raising offspring to help the species avoid extinction. Available Wednesday, June 16, Netflix Fatherhood

An unexpected surprise for Father’s Day weekend: Kevin Hart making you cry. In this feature-length drama, the comedian succeeds in dialing down his boisterous­ness to play a young widower struggling to raise a daughter. Fatherhood does deliver some laughs, but it focuses on portraying a dad who rises to a challenge, and Hart and young actress Melody Hurd share many memorable feelgood moments. Available Friday, June 18, Netflix Physical

Rose Byrne is dynamite in her new half-hour dramedy series about a 1980s Southern California housewife who finds salvation in aerobics. Byrne’s Sheila Rubin seems about to crack when we meet her. She’s poured everything into being a perfect mother and wife, but perfection is looking ever more unattainab­le even before her self-centered husband loses his job. Joining the latest fitness craze somehow unsticks her, and as she evolves from bumbling student to Jane Fonda–style video guru, she becomes a spandex-clad heroine to root for. Available Friday, June 18, Apple TV+

Luca

Going all-in with its new fish-out-of-water premise, Pixar’s latest animated feature focuses on a young sea monster who transforms into a boy when he steps onto dry land. Luca and his longtime friend Alberto decide to spend a summer enjoying the adventure of it all. Because they happen to live in the 1950s in the waters off the Italian Riviera, there’ll be pasta, Vespas, and girls worth quitting the sea for. There will also be reasons to fear being found out. Available Friday, June 18, Disney+

Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer Washington Post reporter DeNeen Brown teams with Dawn Porter, director of John Lewis: Good Trouble to examine the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, the anti-Black violence that spread well beyond Oklahoma that year, and the effort to find a mass grave of Tulsa victims. Friday, June 18, at 9 p.m., National Geographic; available for streaming Saturday, June 19, Hulu

Other highlights

Evil

Evil leaps from CBS to the network’s affiliated streaming service as Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandvi finally return for Season 2 of their acclaimed series about a team of occult investigat­ors tied to the Catholic Church. Available Sunday, June 20, Paramount+

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

The hit true-crime series returns for a single episode to report on the 2020 conviction of the Golden State Killer Joseph D’Angelo and to examine how the late author Michelle McNamara became obsessed with solving cold-case murders. Available Sunday, June 20, HBO Max

Rick and Morty

A fifth season begins for the demented, dimension-hopping adventures of deranged scientist Rick Sanchez and grandson Morty. Sunday, June 20, at 11 p.m., Adult Swim

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Hart tries his hand at hairstylin­g in Fatherhood.

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