Sherlock with a Twist

The Irregulars, an eight-episode series that turns the Sherlock Holmes story on its head, is one of six premieres today, March 26, on Netflix.

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character has stepped out of his element before – think Benedict Cumberbatch’s 21st century misanthrope or the brilliant New Jersey physician with the world’s worst bedside manner, Hugh Laurie’s Dr. House.

The Irregulars is set in Victorian London but that, it turns out, is the only thing conventional about it.

A sinister Dr. John Watson and his silent partner, Holmes, manipulate troubled street teens into solving crimes.  The crimes, both horrifying and supernatural, threaten not only London but the entire world.

The young crimefighters are Thaddea Graham (Bea), Darci Shaw (Jessie), Jojo Macari (Billy), Mckell David (Spike), and Harrison Osterfield (Leopold).  The adults are Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Sherlock Holmes), Royce Pierreson (Dr. Watson) and The Wire’s Clarke Peters (The Linen Man).

Tom Bidwell wrote and executive produced the series.

Other Netflix debuts include:

Bad Trip

In a tip of the cap to Borat, Bad Trip is a buddy movie that blurs the line between fiction and real-world pranks.

The two friends — Chris (Eric Andre) and Bud (Not a Sport’s Show‘s Lil Rel Howery) – bond on a wild road trip to New York. Along the way, in character, they pull raunchy antics on unsuspecting real people.

From the producers of Jackass and Bad Grandpa, Bad Trip’s cast includes Tiffany Haddish and Michaela Conlin.

Pagglait

This dramatic comedy stars Sanya Malhotra as a woman widowed just a few months into her marriage. Struggling to grieve, she must also deal with quirky relatives and some unsettling revelations about her late husband.

The cast includes Ashutosh Rana, Sheeba Chaddha, Sayani Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Natasha Rastogi, Rajesh Tailang, Shruti Sharma, Jameel Khan, Meghna Malik, Ananya Khare, Yamini Singh, Bhupesh Pandya, Chetan Sharma, Aasif Khan, Nakul Roshan Sahdev, Ashlesha Thakur, Sachin Chaudhary and Saroj Singh.

Pagglait is in Hindi with English subtitles.

A Week Away

In this faith-based feature, delinquent teen Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn) is given a choice: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp.

Opting for the latter, Will finds love with camp regular (Bailee Madison) and a sense of belonging.

Magic for Humans Spain

Magic for Humans Spain is an adaptation of Justin Willman’s Netflix series. In this case, Mago Pop wends his way through the streets of Barcelona, performing magic for the amazement of the locals.

Nailed It

The humorously spiced Nailed It! (not to be confused with Nailed It, sans exclamation point, a 2018 documentary about the nail salon industry), debuts a fifth season called Nailed It: Double Trouble!

The reality show features contestants, working in pairs, competing for a grand prize of $10,000 by recreating — or rather, attempting to recreate — edible masterpieces.

Nicole Byer hosts.

(Top image: ‘The Irregulars.’ Source: Netflix)

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