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“Mudbound,” an Oscar contender, arrives on Netflix. A documentary examines at the aftermath of Columbine.
MUDBOUND on Netflix. Dee Rees’s film received a standing ovation when it premiered at Sundance this year and was promptly bought by Netflix for $12.5 million. Based on the novel by Hillary Jordan, the emotionally devastating film traces the intertwining of two families — one white, one black — in rural Mississippi during and after World War II. Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund are among the actors who took on the tragic, hardscrabble roles. “I brought in everything,” Ms. Blige told The Times about working with Ms. Rees. “Just how, as a woman, we have to be silent sometimes until we are heard. I just gave her every single thing.”
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LONGMIRE on Netflix. In an age when sweeping Oscar contenders air on streaming services and cable shows get increasingly experimental, “Longmire” seems like a relic of another era: It’s a laconic western procedural with a gruff sheriff solving a crime a week. It was dropped by A&E after three seasons, but was revived by Netflix for three more thanks to a rabid fan base and strong reviews; on Friday, the release of Season 6 will end its admirable run. The show follows Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) and Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) as they make eyes and fight baddies across the plains. “Among the hundreds of buddy-cop partnerships, theirs is one of the warmest and funniest,” Mike Hale wrote in a Times review.
What’s on TV
ACTIVE SHOOTER 8 p.m. on Showtime. This eight-part Showtime documentary series covering modern mass shootings arrived this fall with either incredibly good or bad timing, depending on whether you’re a viewer that seeks escape or intensive soul-searching. Since the show premiered on Sept. 29, mass shootings have devastated Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Tex., and Northern California. The final installment investigates the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, which killed 12 students and one teacher and sent the nation reeling. But the shooting is no longer one of the top 10 deadliest mass shootings in American postwar history.
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INDECENT 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Paula Vogel’s warm tribute to “God of Vengeance,” a 1920s Yiddish play that outraged audiences on Broadway, won two Tonys and critical acclaim. “It is virtuous, sturdily assembled, informative and brimming with good faith,” wrote Ben Brantley in his Times review. A performance was captured live from the Cort Theater.
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER 10 p.m. on HBO. This year, critics called for Bill Maher’s firing after he used a racial epithet and had a cozy chat with the right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos. The condemnations don’t seem to be slowing down Mr. Maher, though — he was renewed on HBO through the next presidential election in 2020. He wraps up his 15th season on Friday with the environmentalist Bill McKibben, the comedian Chelsea Handler and other guests.