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TV Picks: 'Detectorists,' 'Portlandia'

TV Picks: 'Detectorists,' 'Portlandia'

"Detectorists" (Netflix, Acorn TV). Originally available only to stream from the niche-y Anglomaniacal Acorn TV, this deep and delightful comedy, which sat at the top of my 2015 best-of list, is now also up on Netflix -- a much-deserved instant widening of reach. Written, directed by and starring Mackenzie Crook, best known here as the wooden-eyed sailor Ragetti in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and the wildling warg Orell on "Game of Thrones," it's a quiet, small-town comedy, set among misfit hobbyists who go off into the woods and fields with metal detectors, searching for Saxon gold but really looking to connect with something...

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