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What’s on TV Monday: A Jerry Lewis Tribute and ‘Strangers’


Jerry Lewis during his telethon in 2005.

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Turner Classic Movies commemorates Jerry Lewis’s Labor Day telethon with a night of some of his best work. And a newly single bisexual woman has plenty of questions in Facebook Watch’s new dramedy.

What’s on TV

JERRY LEWIS MARATHON Starting at 8 p.m. on TCM. For nearly 50 years, Jerry Lewis — the actor, comedian and filmmaker who died last month at 91 — hosted a Labor Day telethon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In honor of his long career, this marathon brings Mr. Lewis back to the screen on the holiday with five of his memorable films. It begins with his favorite, “The Nutty Professor,” in which he stars as a nerdy scientist who discovers his alter ego.

BIGGIE: THE LIFE OF NOTORIOUS B.I.G. (2017) 8 p.m. on A&E. Like his former friend-turned-rival Tupac Shakur, Christopher G. Wallace, the rapper also known as Biggie Smalls, burst onto the ’90s hip-hop scene with an inimitable persona, talent and style. But a drive-by shooting killed Wallace at age 24, two weeks before his second album was released, and six months after Shakur had suffered the same fate. Executive produced by Voletta Wallace, the Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, and Faith Evans, his widow, this new documentary chronicles the artist’s early struggles, swift rise to fame and sudden death with period footage and interviews with such luminaries as Jay-Z, Nas and Sean Combs.


President Reagan in a scene from “The Reagan Show.”

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THE REAGAN SHOW (2017) 9 p.m. on CNN. The directors Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez pluck archival footage from the Reagan administration’s “White House TV” segments to portray how Ronald Reagan, a former actor, transformed the White House into his stage. This documentary “does not chronicle the path that took him from the movies to the California governor’s mansion on his way to the White House,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. Instead it focuses on the relationship between Reagan and the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Mikhail Gorbachev. “While thin on strategic or historical analysis, the film does provide a glimpse at the characters of the two leaders,” Mr. Scott added.

GEAR DOGS 10 p.m. on Discovery. Nate Boyer, the owner of a high-end auto repair shop in Gardner, Kan., challenges himself in this new series with the opening of the Doghouse, a community garage where auto mechanics and enthusiasts flaunt their restoration and customization skills. Mr. Boyer and his ambitious team up the ante in the space, transforming rides like a 1980 Jeep Honcho and a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere into hot wheels worth boasting about.

What’s Streaming


Isabelle McNally, left, and Zoe Chao in “Strangers.”

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STRANGERS on Watch. A breakup leaves a millennial, Isobel (Zoe Chao), questioning her sexual orientation and renting out a room in her Los Angeles apartment, lest she lose her beloved home. Her best friend, Cam (Meredith Hagner), helps her navigate those changes, while assorted renters walk in and out of her life. Co-produced by Refinery 29, this new dramedy airs Mondays on Facebook’s streaming platform.

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