Robin Thede, an alum of “The Larry Wilmore Show” and her own short-lived late-night show, is the creator of this beloved sketch comedy series, which returned in April for its third season and was recently renewed for a fourth. The current season begins with “Product Purge,” an annual event where Black women have exactly 12 minutes to return hair-care items “that did not have the desired results” (if you know, you know) and get their money back. Other gems include “What Up I’m Three,” which features Thede as a very large, cigarette-smoking toddler, and a weather forecast tailored to Black women and their hair.
Most of the sketches feature some mix of Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and newcomer Skye Townsend (yes, daughter of Robert). All three installments are worth a watch if you’re new to ABLSS, especially since the first season sets up a surreal apocalyptic theme that continues — though never the way you’d expect — through subsequent episodes. The show, known for its revolving cast of celebrity guests, doesn’t disappoint in Season 3, which features cameos from Holly Robinson Peete, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Kel Mitchell, Michael Ealy, Ava DuVernay and many more. (Streams on HBO)
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