Streaming highlights September 24-28: Impeachment: American Crime Story, Breaking Free Britney Spears, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

SYMPATHETIC: Beanie Feldstein plays infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky in Impeachment: American Crime Story. Below, Skeletor in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
SYMPATHETIC: Beanie Feldstein plays infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky in Impeachment: American Crime Story. Below, Skeletor in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

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BEFORE Donald Trump's reign of lunacy turned the US presidency into a schmozzle, the most explosive story to arise out of the White House in recent decades was the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal.

At the time much of the media and the public attention was captivated by the sordid details of a stained dress and other sexual innuendo. However, at the heart of the story was an abuse of power.

How both men and women manipulate and deceive in the halls of power.

Impeachment: American Crime Story is the third season in the American Crime Story anthology series, which has previously focused on other major news events from the 1990s in The People v. O. J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Impeachment is told from the viewpoint of both Lewinsky - the naive intern who fell into an affair with President Clinton - and civil servant turned whistleblower Linda Tripp.

Lewinsky, played by Beanie Feldstein, is portrayed in a sympathetic light. She's a young woman firstly manipulated and used by the president, before being taken advantage of by a bitter and cunning Tripp (Sarah Paulson), who is determined to hurt the Clinton administration after being moved out of the West Wing.

While those lead roles are well cast, some of the supporting actors are not.

The portrayal by Annaleigh Ashford of Clinton sexual harassment accuser, Paula Jones, is almost comical and diminishes her story.

If you click on Impeachment expecting steamy reenactments of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair you'll be disappointed. Rather than cheap gossip, Impeachment aims to explore how different sides of politics sought to leverage off Clinton's unfaithful mistakes.

BREAKING FREE BRITNEY SPEARS

Stan

YOU wonder if the hundreds of fans who protested online and outside courtrooms for Britney Spears to be released from her highly-publicised conservatorship bother themselves with human rights abuses outside the pop music sphere?

There was an acclaimed documentary Framing Britney Spears released earlier this year examining the Toxic singer's legal fight to gain control of her own finances from her father, but Breaking Free Britney Spears sadly lowers the bar.

It's your classic US-style low-brow entertainment doco full of speculation from gossip reporters and super fans. Elements of the doco are unsettling to view in 2021, especially the hyper-sexualisation of Spears as a teenager and the intense media scrutiny of her mid-2000s breakdown.

HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

Netflix

WHO would have thought in the space of two months there would be two new adaptations of the classic '80s TV series released by Netflix?

While the recent Masters of the Universe: Revelation was aimed at fans who grew up with the cartoon and craved a more adult storyline in 2021, this He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe is directed at a younger audience.

The animation is modern, colourful and three-dimensional and light in tone, unlike Revelation. If you grew up on He-Man you'll want to skip this, but your kids might love it.