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American workers Jill Lamantia and Bobby Allen struggle to adapt to the expectations of Chinese management in the documentary American Factory. Steven Bognar /Netflix hide caption

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Work Cultures Clash When A Chinese Company Reopens An 'American Factory'

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Beekeeper Hatidze Muratova lives in a ruggedly mountainous area of Macedonia. She has a simple rule: When you harvest honey, you only take half — and leave the other half for the bees. Neon hide caption

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The Beekeeper Of 'Honeyland' Knows All Too Well: Respect Nature, Or Get Stung

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'Succession' Season 2 Is A Cleverly Plotted Portrait Of Privilege

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'London Kills': A Cop Series That Keeps You Coming Back For More

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Emma Thompson plays Vivienne Rook, a plain-speaking businesswoman turned populist politician, in the HBO series Years and Years. HBO hide caption

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Imagining A Dismal Future, 'Years And Years' Says Plenty About The Present

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Season 2 of HBO's Big Little Lies finds the so-called Monterey Five (Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern) dealing with the emotional aftermath of the killing that concluded Season 1. HBO hide caption

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With 1 Huge Lie Revealed, 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Takes A Slow-Burn Strategy

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'Booksmart' Tweaks Convention By Offering A Gentler View Of High School

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In Fleabag, the show's creator and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as a young Londoner struggling to make sense of sex, family and life itself. Steve Schofield/Courtesy of Amazon hide caption

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'Fleabag' Returns For A Raunchy 2nd Season — And Quits While It's Ahead

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'VEEP' Draws To A Close, Its Freewheeling Cynicism Still A Delight

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'Our Planet' Is A Remorseful Call To Arms

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'Game Of Thrones' Keeps Its Finger On The Pulse As It Enters The Home Stretch

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Ruth Wilson plays her own grandmother in Mrs. Wilson, a three-part series about a woman unraveling the secrets of her late husband. Steffan Hill/PBS hide caption

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'Mrs. Wilson' Asks: Just How Well Do We Know The People We Love?

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Barbara Loden wrote, directed and starred in Wanda, a 1970 film about a drifting woman. Courtesy of Criterion hide caption

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Overlooked In The '70s, 'Wanda' Finally Gets Her Due

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Martin Clunes plays Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton in the Acorn TV miniseries Manhunt. Acorn TV hide caption

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'Manhunt' Highlights The Teamwork That Took Down A Serial Killer

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'American Spy' Is A Thrilling Debut With No Simple Answers

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