What’s on TV Friday: ‘Hillary’ and ‘Spenser Confidential’

By Gabe Cohn

A four-part documentary about Hillary Clinton debuts on Hulu. And an action-comedy with Mark Wahlberg hits Netflix.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in “Hillary.”
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in “Hillary.”Credit...Barbara Kinney
Gabe Cohn

HILLARY Stream on Hulu. “We want to hear your story, unvarnished, beginning to end,” the filmmaker Nanette Burstein tells Hillary Clinton at the start of this documentary. “Hillary” relays that story in four parts, beginning with her path from a childhood in the Chicago suburbs to becoming the first lady of Arkansas in the early 1980s. Subsequent installments cover her time as the first lady of the United States, as a United States senator and ultimately as a presidential candidate. The documentary places interviews with Bill Clinton and the journalist Joe Klein, among others, alongside archival footage, thought it’s built largely around Burstein’s interviews with Clinton herself. The first question: “Do you feel frustrated that you’ve been in public life for 30 years, yet people feel that they don’t know who you are, that you seem inauthentic?” (It surely can’t be a spoiler to reveal that Clinton’s answer is yes.)

SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL (2020) Stream on Netflix. See Mark Wahlberg order burritos and dodge a machete (both in the same scene) in this tongue-in-cheek action movie, the latest collaboration between Wahlberg and the director Peter Berg (“Deepwater Horizon,” “Lone Survivor”). Loosely based on a book by Ace Atkins, the movie casts Wahlberg as Spenser, a former cop who falls into a dangerous conspiracy. “The perfunctory plot matters less than the scenes depicting Spenser’s relationships with his old buddy Henry (Alan Arkin); his new buddy Hawk (Winston Duke); his former girlfriend Cissy (the comedian Iliza Shlesinger); and his dog, Pearl,” Elisabeth Vincentelli wrote in her review for The New York Times. “Those moments are Berg and Wahlberg at their loosely funny best, clearly enjoying making room for the supporting cast to strut their stuff — Duke is especially winning as a laconic gentle giant working on his MMA moves.”

ZEROZEROZERO Stream on Amazon. The filmmaker Stefano Sollima had success translating real-life crime into compelling onscreen drama as the showrunner of “Gomorrah,” a popular Italian Mafia series based on nonfiction investigative work by Roberto Saviano. That series developed a reputation for vicious violence, and drew comparisons to “The Wire,” “The Sopranos” and “The Godfather.” Sollima has adapted another work by Saviano, his 2013 nonfiction book “‘ZeroZeroZero,” in this new show, which revolves around international cocaine trafficking. Don’t expect an easy watch: In his review for The Times, Mark Bowden called the book “a kind of concordance of cruelty.”

THE TRADE 9 p.m. on Showtime. In the first season of this series, the documentarian Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”) spent time with subjects on many sides of the opioid crisis: Users and their families, police officers and criminals. He turns his attention to human trafficking and smuggling in the second season, which will debut Friday night. It focuses on migrants fleeing Central America, looking at those making the journey, law enforcement agents trying to stop them and shadow industries that have been built around them.