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Missing a gift for that special someone? Perhaps they’ll accept this Netflix documentary about toys

Star Wars collector Steve Sansweet (right) in The Toys That Made Us (Photo: Netflix)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday, December 22 and Saturday, December 23. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

The Toys That Made Us (Friday, Netflix): And so, like two desperate fathers racing across the Twin Cities, bent on fulfilling the same wish for their kids, Netflix desperately paws at the toy shelf in search of something new to brighten your holiday. Fortunately for the streaming giant, this is no Jingle All The Way scenario, and so a) they’re basically the only ones out there looking for fresh content at this time of year, and b) they’ve returned home not with one coveted plaything, but Barbies, G.I. Joes, Star Wars collectibles, and everything else profiled in the eight episodes of The Toys That Made Us. Some assembly required, batteries not included.


Regular coverage

The Crown (Netflix)
Wormwood (Netflix)

Wild card

Fuller House (Friday, Netflix): Meanwhile, in other, emptier expressions of nostalgia involving interchangeable, indistinguishable products rolled off of an assembly line: The Full House sequel gets nine more episodes. At least the far superior Girl Meets World can still claim the title of longest-lived decades-later TGIF spin-off—for now. (P.S. Both show’s parent programs are streaming on Hulu, now, along with Perfect Strangers and Family Matters, if you really want to take a extended dip in TGIF-era warm fuzzies.)

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