What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Happy!’ and ‘Broad City’

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Happy!’ and ‘Broad City’


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Christopher Meloni in “Happy!”

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The black comedy “Happy!” premieres. And “8 Mile” comes to Netflix.

What’s on TV

HAPPY! 10 p.m. on Syfy. Christopher Meloni may play an ex-cop, but “Happy!” could hardly be more different from “Law & Order: SVU.” Whereas Elliot Stabler, his character on that show, was a hot-tempered but dedicated investigator, his new role, Nick Sax, is a vicious, unhinged hit man; he’s not flanked by Mariska Hargitay but rather by a tiny, flying blue unicorn named Happy, who is voiced by Patton Oswalt and tries to combat Nick’s suicidal thoughts. Based on a comic book by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, this black comedy is relentlessly violent and absurdist, and moves at a breakneck pace.

ELF (2003) 8:50 on Freeform. Before Ron Burgundy, before Ricky Bobby and Brennan Huff and Brad Whitaker, Will Ferrell played a much sweeter and more moral man-child: Buddy, a human who grew up in Santa’s workshop in the North Pole and was raised by the elf community. When he finds out the truth, Buddy travels to New York to reconnect with his family, picking up a love interest (Zooey Deschanel) and a whole lot of holiday spirit along the way. “‘Elf’ is a charming, silly family Christmas movie more likely to spread real joy than migraine, indigestion and sugar shock,” A. O. Scott wrote in his Times review.

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Dian Fossey

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Robert I.M. Campbell

DIAN FOSSEY: SECRETS IN THE MIST 9 p.m. on National Geographic. In 1967, the American conservationist Dian Fossey escaped from the Congolese Army and ended up in Rwanda, where she would spend the next 18 years living with gorillas in the mountains, protecting them from poachers and learning their habits. She would soon become the world’s foremost expert on the primates, but in 1985 she was murdered in her cabin home. This documentary series uses rarely seen archival footage, dozens of her letters, and interviews with friends and colleagues to reconstruct her remarkable life. Sigourney Weaver, who played Ms. Fossey in a 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, narrates the series.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT 9 p.m. on NBC. In the fall finale, the cops get tangled in an elaborate online hoax. Olivia Benson (Ms. Hargitay) sets new ground rules with Sheila Porter (the newcomer Brooke Shields).

BROAD CITY 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central. Earlier this season, a flashback revealed the fateful first meeting between the best friends Abbi and Ilana in a subway station. In the Season 4 finale, they celebrate their “friendiversary,” but their day turns dark when they witness something horrible.

What’s Streaming

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Eminem in “8 Mile.”

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Eli Reed/Universal Studios

8 MILE (2002) on Netflix. This lightly fictionalized account of Eminem’s origin story depicts the rapper at the end of his wits, living in a trailer park with his mother and taking the bus to his job at a car factory. But in addition to depicting the musical transformation of a generational talent, it also skillfully explores the vicious cycle of poverty and the hardships of escaping it; Kim Basinger turns in a poignant performance as a mother pushed to the brink by bad luck and pernicious influences.

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