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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ and ‘19-2’


Lady Gaga in “Gaga: Five Foot Two.”


Lady Gaga sheds the glamour but retains her chart-topping talent in a new documentary. And the final season of the Canadian cop drama “19-2” arrives on Acorn TV.

What’s Streaming

GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO (2017) on Netflix. The director Chris Moukarbel presents this new portrait of the pop artist Lady Gaga, juxtaposing the physical and emotional hurdles she faces backstage with her seemingly effortless performances. The film captures her working on material that would make up her 2016 album “Joanne,” and chronicles her preparation for her 2017 Super Bowl halftime show. “‘Five Foot Two’ depicts an artist and idol in a peculiar isolation,” Glenn Kenny wrote in The New York Times. “Even when other people are in the frame, Gaga often seems sadly but necessarily alone.”

EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN (1994) on iTunes, Amazon and Fandor. Mr. Chu (Sihung Lung), a prominent Taiwanese chef, is a master in the kitchen, but clueless when it comes to bonding with this three daughters. Having lost his wife 12 years ago, the downcast Mr. Chu leads a life without spice, staying home to cook his sumptuous (yet often flawed) meals and tending to errands. But as romance takes over his daughters’ lives, their father is forced to cope with their adulthood and rebellion against tradition. Directed by Ang Lee (“The Wedding Banquet”), this comedy’s “thoughts about its characters don’t go much deeper than the bottom of a soup bowl,” Janet Maslin wrote in The Times, “but those thoughts are still expressed with affection, wit and an abundance of fascinating cooking tips.”


Jared Keeso, left, and Adrian Holmes in “19-2.”

Acorn TV

19-2 on Acorn TV. A tragic turn of events forces two Montreal police officers, Nick (Adrian Holmes) and Ben (Jared Keeso), to rely on each other in the fourth and final season of this cop drama. As the partners avenge the death of Nick’s sister, they are drawn into a dangerous gang war that tests their relationship and threatens the whole squad. Neil Genzlinger wrote in The Times, “There are tropes in ‘19-2’ — the police genre is too crowded for there not to be — but the writing is sublime, turning each episode into a sort of tone poem, a slice of urban and police life carefully observed.”

KIKI (2017) on iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. The dancers in Madonna’s “Vogue” music video and the drag performers of the “Paris Is Burning” documentary brought what was known as the ballroom scene to mainstream attention in the 1990s. Now, an activist community of L.G.B.T.Q. youth have revived ballroom with the artistic subculture they call the “Kiki scene.” The Swedish director Sara Jordeno and the ballroom runway performer Twiggy Pucci Garçon follow Harlem’s gay and transgender youth — many of whom grapple with homelessness, illness or prejudice from their families — as they bring their empowering “Kiki” balls to New York’s Christopher Street pier.

What’s on TV


Michael Hogan, left, and Katee Sackhoff in “Battlestar Galactica.”

Carole Segal/Syfy Channel

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA MARATHON 8 p.m. on Syfy. This anniversary marathon begins with the 2003 mini-series “Battlestar Galactica,” adapted from the 1978 original starring Lorne Greene. The first season of the Emmy Award-winning sequel airs Sept. 23, and all 76 episodes of the mini-series will be available on demand for 30 days.

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