By Kevin McDonough
Beware of sitcoms "based on" somebody's life. A British comedy created by and starring a Canadian woman with a supporting part played by a "Friends" co-star, "Feel Good" begins streaming on Netflix today.
Mae Martin plays …
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Mae Martin plays Mae, a Canadian comedian pretty much based on herself, who left her addictions and her homeland behind to work the London stand-up scene. As we see in the show's early going, she's given to confessional jags, more therapeutic than funny. Heckled and unlaughed-at, she finds one eager audience member, George (Charlotte Ritchie, "Call the Midwife") who never misses her set.
Clearly posh, and up until a minute ago, completely straight, George plunges into a same-sex adventure with Mae. "Feel Good" doesn't waste time with small talk or cute montages about growing domesticity. It takes viewers from their first fling to a morning several months later as they navigate couplehood after the first blush of love and lust.
Mae remains manic and seems to spill too much. George is reserved and keeps her boring, rich friends a bit of a secret. But Mae has secrets of her own. Only months later does George discover her partner's past life as an addict, or hear much about Mae's distant parents (Lisa Kudrow and Adrian Lukis), hidden away in Canada. Encouraged to return to "meetings," Mae encounters a fellow addict (Sophie Thompson) who shares her disdain for the boring aspects of the 12 steps.
Despite her rejection of the program's rigors, you get the feeling that Mae is always working on herself and working through issues. And like her early stand-up bits, her frantic actions may be essential to her growth, but not everyone will find them funny.
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Sundance Now, AMC's premium streaming service, debuts the third season of the popular Swedish melodrama "The Restaurant," following an extended family tale in the years and decades after World War II.
• Amazon Prime begins streaming the 2019 adaptation of Stephen King's "Pet Sematary," starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow.
TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
• Sullivan recalls his military experience on "Station 19" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
• A secret family recipe on "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
• A night off on "Outmatched" (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• New evidence revives a cold case on "Deputy" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• Nothing is free on "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
• A cop killing provokes fury on the force on "Tommy" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
• A ballerina's privacy is violated on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• Some things cannot be undone on "A Million Little Things" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
Only a grieving police officer (Mel Gibson) stands between civilization and chaos in the 1979 Australian dystopian thriller "Mad Max" (midnight, TMC).
On two helpings of "Young Sheldon" (CBS, r, TV-PG): a big invitation (8 p.m.); sink or swim (8:30 p.m.) * Unwanted advice on "Superstore" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Wedding gown blues on "Katy Keene" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) * Jake and Judy bicker on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Christy's boss asks too much on "Mom" (9 p.m., r, CBS, TV-14) * An extended gender reveal on "Will & Grace" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * The twins turn 17 on "Legacies" (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG) * Impatience on "Bob Hearts Abishola" (9:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) * Making the most of a minivan on "Indebted" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
Note: "Nightline" (11:35 p.m., ABC) will swap places with "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" until further notice. Mikki Kendall is on "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" (11 p.m., Comedy Central, r) * Adam Scott appears on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r) * Tyra Banks and Coyote Peterson are booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Andy Samberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Finneas on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r) * Vin Diesel, Aidy Bryant and Thundercat appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (12:05 p.m., ABC, r) * Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, James Taylor and Glen Sobel visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) * Justin Bieber, Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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