A new Netflix series features up-and-coming comics. And two films in the “Purge” franchise are on FX.
THE COMEDY LINEUP on Netflix. This new Netflix comedy series collects 15-minute performances from a swath of up-and-coming performers. The first part offers eight sets, including monologues from Sabrina Jalees, Phil Wang, Tim Dillon and Michelle Buteau — the rough streaming equivalent of an evening at a comedy club. Topics covered include scary movies, “destination funerals” and, in Mr. Dillon’s set, an examination of how class distinction in America is displayed through Instagram.
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (2017) on Amazon and Filmstruck. Aki Kaurismaki’s tale of a Syrian refugee in Helsinki ekes out dark and biting humor from painfully timely subject matter. The Syrian-Finnish actor Sherwan Haji plays Khaled, a Syrian awaiting his asylum hearing while living in the Finnish capital. Khaled winds up working in a restaurant owned by a middle-aged businessman, with whom he strikes up an unlikely friendship. “‘The Other Side of Hope’ has the stately pace and graceful precision of a movie from the 1930s, and democratic, anti-authoritarian politics that also evoke that era,” A. O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times, adding, “It’s at once honest and artful, a touching and clearsighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.”
THE PURGE (2013) 6 p.m. on FX. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey star in this first film of the dystopian “Purge” franchise. The politically charged thrillers take place in a near-future that annually turns into a battle royale for a 12-hour period when crime is legally unenforced. It’s followed by the sequel THE PURGE: ANARCHY at 8, which, in her review for The Times, Manohla Dargis called a “satisfyingly creepy, blunt, down-and-dirty thriller, one of those follow-ups that improves on the original.” Those planning to go to theaters this week to see “The First Purge,” a prequel (and the fourth film in the franchise), out on Wednesday, can binge on both.
DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX (2012) 6 p.m. on FXX. Viewers with less of a thirst for action but who still desire cautionary political messages in their entertainment can hop over to FXX for this animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s environmental fable, with the voice of Danny DeVito as the title character, speaking for the trees.
BURGERS, BREWS & ’QUE 9 p.m. on Cooking Channel. You may find Fourth of July grilling inspiration in the season premiere of the restaurateur Michael Symon’s carnivorous food travel show. In this episode, Mr. Symon smokes a hog in Charleston, S.C., eats duck tacos in Phoenix and tries burgers with buns made of grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with bacon in Houston. (But there are plenty of vegetarian grilling options on The Times’s Cooking app at cooking.nytimes.com.)