Hold on to your five-and-a-quarter floppies! Not content to entertain its target audience with ‘80s-centric fare like “Stranger Things” and “GLOW,” Netflix begins streaming “Carmen Sandiego” (TV-Y7), an episodic cartoon adventure loosely based on the Broderbund educational computer games from the mid-1980s, a period when kids were goofing around on their VIC-20 and Commodore 64 consoles.
Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) provides the voice of the international thief who travels the globe, targeting other thieves.
A hybrid of the analog and computer eras, the original “Carmen Sandiego” was packaged with a copy of The World Almanac, the annual thousand-page compendium of facts and figures. Juvenile players of “Carmen” were encouraged to look up details about her many destinations. As a result, the game became popular in classrooms, where it was used to impart skills in research and a love of geography.
The Almanac was developed by long-defunct newspaper The New York World to provide journalists and their editors with facts and dates, the birthdays of the famous and obscure, and the populations of cities and towns. So authoritative was the Almanac that it was mentioned in memorable lines of dialogue in classic movies, including “Double Indemnity,” “All About Eve” and “Love in the Afternoon.”
Like many vestiges of the print era, it was ubiquitous in homes and offices before the internet arrived and replaced it as the place to “look it up.”
- Hulu begins streaming the 2018 British series “Butterfly.” Anna Friel and Emmett J. Scanlan play a couple enduring a difficult breakup, complete with the awkwardness of shared custody and new partners. The action shifts as their son, Max (Callum Booth-Ford), begins to assert that he’d rather be known as Maxine and live as a girl, and the difficulties that entails.
On a similar theme, the 2018 Belgian film “Girl” begins streaming on Netflix. Victor Polster stars as a 15-year-old who’s born a boy but dreams of transitioning to become a female ballerina.
- “Grace and Frankie,” the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, created by Marta Kauffman (“Friends”), begins streaming its fifth season.
- Few events inspired more social media jeering and hilarity than the failed 2017 Fyre Festival, an expensive, exclusive music festival that was scheduled to take place over two weekends in the Bahamas. The festival organizers targeted wealthy millennials with promises of a posh, Instagrammable experience, but instead delivered bleak tents, inedible food and conditions that rivaled that of a refugee camp.
The fiasco resulted in a number of lawsuits and sparked two schadenfreude-drenched documentaries. Produced by Vice, “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” begins streaming on Netflix today. On Monday, Hulu released its own documentary, “Fyre Fraud,” which includes an interview with festival co-founder Billy McFarland.
- ZIP endangers Jane on “Blindspot” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
- A royal heir works undercover at a ski resort in the 2019 romance “A Winter Princess” (7 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G).
- On the fence on “The Blacklist” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
- Competitors vie to make the top five on “Hell’s Kitchen” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
- Misadventures in baby-sitting on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
- “Great Performances” (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) presents the opera “Orphee et Eurydice.”
- Danny discovers a cartel link to an arson case on “Blue Bloods” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
- A prime-time fixture returns to the stand-up stage on “Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
A self-described medium (Kim Stanley) and her husband (Richard Attenborough) kidnap a child in order to “prove” her clairvoyant powers in the 1964 drama “Seance on a Wet Afternoon” (7 p.m., TCM).
An adventure turns deadly on “MacGyver” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... Mandy’s designs face criticism on “Last Man Standing” (7 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) ... Behind the wheel on “Fresh Off the Boat” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Culhane needs Fallon’s help on “Dynasty” (7 p.m., CW, TV-14).