Stranger Things

Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin

The night before July Fourth is a traditionally slow night of television. Not even “First Responders Live” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) is live. And the cable hit “Yellowstone” (9 p.m., Paramount, TV-MA) takes the night off, sharing instead a five-minute “Sneak Peek” of next week’s intrigue.

Some networks are already in holiday marathon mode, offering continuous prime-time episodes of “The Walking Dead” (AMC); “Planet Earth” (BBC America); “Storage Wars” (FYI); “Last Man Standing” (CMT and WGN); “South Park” (Comedy Central); “Homestead Rescue” (Discovery); “Going RV” (GAC); “The Wrestlers” (Viceland); “Forged in Fire” (History); “NCIS” (Oxygen); “Criminal Minds” (Sundance); “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS); “Impractical Jokers” (TRU) and “Law & Order” (WE).

  • Netflix begins streaming “The Last Czars.” Blending documentary history and expensively produced re-enactments, “Czars” recalls the eccentric Romanovs under Czar Nicholas, a headstrong autocrat whose resistance to change would inspire revolutionary tumult in 1905, leave Russia ill-prepared for WWI and finally result in two revolutions in 1917 one that had the family deposed and another that saw them executed.

The limited review snippets made available show “Czars” to be long on melodrama, costumes and palace decor. Something to nibble on while awaiting the yet-unscheduled return of “The Crown.” This also offers a nice complement to the Amazon series “The Romanoffs,” a quirky anthology loosely organized around living descendants of the decadent monarchs.

This “Czar” and “Romanoff” programming is only one way the two streaming giants appear to be winking at each other. In Netflix’s popular Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler movie “Murder Mystery,” a running gag involves the idea of buying an Amazon gift certificate for an anniversary gift.

Recently, an authoritarian religious group petitioned Netflix to cancel “Good Omens,” an apocalyptic comedy starring David Tennant as the Devil and Michael Sheen as an archangel. Only Netflix doesn’t stream “Good Omens”; Amazon does.

In a cheeky retort, Amazon promised Netflix that it would cancel “Stranger Things” if they went ahead and canceled “Good Omens.”

For the record, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” begins streaming its third season Thursday.

  • When film historians survey the career of Faye Dunaway (“Bonnie and Clyde”), they will probably overlook her turn in the 1996 kids comedy “Dunston Checks In” (6 p.m., HBO Family), co-starring Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) and an orangutan.

Rupert Everett and Paul Reubens also appear in a film described as “gut- wrenchingly horrible” by The Washington Post and “disturbingly graphic” and “definitely not appropriate for kids” by the Los Angeles Times.

They just don’t make ’em like they used to!

  • Viewers who like the over-the-top vanity and vulgarity of the “Real Housewives” franchise might find reasons to stream “Yummy Mummies” on Netflix. This Australian docu-series follows rich and ostentatious women who have turned their pregnancies into a stage on which they strut their expensive clothes and accessories for all the world to see, gawk and groan.

Season two begins streaming today.

Other highlights

  • The New York Yankees visit the New York Mets in interleague MLB action (6 p.m., ESPN).
  • “Rivers of Life” (7 p.m., PBS) surveys the mighty, muddy Mississippi and its impact on a good half of the lower 48.
  • Rocky Carroll narrates two episodes of “NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget” (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
  • A killer concentrates on the same school on “The InBetween” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

Cult choice

A case of mistaken identity sends a dapper advertising man (Cary Grant) on a cross-country trip with secret agents, foreign and domestic, in the 1959 suspense classic “North By Northwest” (7 p.m., TCM).

Series notes

Stuck inside on “Big Brother” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... Audience members play “Ellen’s Game of Games” (7 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) ... Tastes like chicken on “MasterChef” (7 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) ... “Press Your Luck” (7 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Illusionists audition on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (7 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG).

John Legend appears on “Songland” (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) ... “Card Sharks” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... A dream assignment proves distracting on “Jane the Virgin” (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG) ... Alec Baldwin hosts “Match Game” (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-14).

Late night

Kevin Nealon appears on “Conan” (10 p.m., TBS, r) ... Mindy Kaling and Seth Green are booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (10:35 p.m., CBS, r) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Amy Poehler, Ryan Eggold and Vampire Weekend on “The Tonight Show” (10:35 p.m., NBC, r) ... Eric Bana, Billie Lourd and Emily Heller appear on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (11:37 p.m., CBS, r).

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