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Netflix and Marvel are up at bat with their latest superhero series, and it's a swing and a miss. Or, at least, a bad foul into the stands.

"Iron Fist," which begins streaming on Netflix on Friday, is underwhelming at best. Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is presumed dead when his mega-wealthy family's private jet crashes in the Himalayas. But Danny survives; he's raised by warrior monks; and when he returns to New York 15 years later, he's a superhero.

The show has gotten a good deal of criticism because of its cultural stereotypes and insensitivity — it's yet another Great White Hope — and that criticism has merit.

"Iron Fist" isn't dreadful, but it's certainly not good. There are a lot better things to watch (many on Netflix) than waste your time on this.

Friday on TV ...

• NCAA men's basketball tournament: Michigan vs. Oklahoma State (10:15 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Baylor vs. New Mexico State (10:40 a.m., truTV); Arkansas vs. Seton Hall (11:30 a.m., TNT); Oregon vs. Iona (noon, TBS); Louisville vs. Jacksonville State (12:45 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); SMU vs. USC (1:10 p.m., truTV); North Carolina vs. Texas Southern (2 p.m., TNT); Creighton vs. Rhode Island (2:30 p.m., TBS); Kansas vs. North Cal-Davis (4:50 p.m., TNT); Dayton vs. Wichita State (5:10 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Duke vs. Troy (5:20 pm., TBS); Cincinnati vs. Kansas State (5:27 p.m., truTV); Miami (Fla.) vs. Michigan State (7:20 p.m., TNT); Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky (7:40 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); South Carolina vs. Marquette (7:50 p.m, TBS); UCLA vs. Kent State (7:57 p.m., truTV)

• College softball (6 p.m., P12N): Utah at UCLA

• "Last Man Standing" (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike and Vanessa disagree over how Eve should handle it when her boyfriend doesn't invite her to a family event.

• "Grimm" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Eve takes on the mysterious force she saw in the mirror, which lands her in unfamiliar territory.

• "The Originals" (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): In the Season 4 premiere, Marcel welcomes the un-sired vampires to New Orleans, only to find they pose a threat to his rule.

• ECHL hockey (7 p.m., KMYU): Colorado Eagles at Utah Grizzlies

• Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Hawaii at BYU

• "Dr. Ken" (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Pat asks Ken to put a good word in for him with the CEO of Welltopia.

• "Truth and Lies: The Family Manson" (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Two-hour look back at Charles Manson, his cohorts and his crimes.

• "Sleepy Hollow" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A mysterious woman finds her way into the vault; Alex finds herself in a tight spot.

• "Reign" (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Lord Darnley must demonstrate his loyalty to Mary; Catherine and Narcisse try to repair King Charles' reputation.

• College baseball (8 p.m., P12N): Utah at Washington

Saturday on TV ...

• NCAA men's basketball tournament: Notre Dame vs. Virginia (10:10 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Wisconsin vs. Villanova (12:40 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Gonzaga vs. Northwestern (3:15 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Xavier vs. Florida State (4:10 p.m., TNT); Middle Tennessee vs. Butler (5:10 p.m., TBS); St. Mary's vs. Arizona (5:45 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Virginia vs. Florida (6:40 p.m., TNT); Iowa State vs. Purdue (7:40 p.m., TBS)

• College baseball (1 p.m., BYUtv): Connecticut at BYU

• Women's college basketball (2 p.m., P12N): Pac-12 championships

• Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Hawaii at BYU

• NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls

• MLS (7:30 p.m., KMYU): Los Angeles Galaxy at Real Salt Lake

• "Planet Earth 2" (10 p.m., BBC America): Grasslands support the greatest gatherings of wildlife on Earth, but hostile seasons pose a survival risk.

Sunday on TV …

• NCAA men's basketball tournament: There will be eight games on CBS/Ch. 2, TBS and TNT beginning shortly after 10 a.m. — but the schedule won't be set until after Friday's games are completed.

• College baseball (3 p.m., P12N): Utah at Washington

• "60 Minutes" (6 p.m, CBS/Ch. 2): Scott Pelley reports on a humanitarian campaign in South Sudan, where an estimated 100,000 people are facing starvation and millions more are at risk.

• College softball (6 p.m., P12N): Utah at UCLA

• "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Nell and Eric go undercover to track a tech-savvy husband and wife linked to the hacking of the U.S. Treasury Department.

• "Once Upon a Time" (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Gideon tries to kill Emma; Beowulf targets Rumplestiltskin.

• "The Simpsons" (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Marge turns to a series of parenting experts for advice because she's worried Bart is destined for failure; Homer opens a trophy store.

• "Relative Race" (7 p.m., BYUtv): The South is full of surprises on Day 3 of the race.

• "Making History" (7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Deborah discovers that Dan is not the great inventor he claimed to be back in 1776.

• "Madam Secretary" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): China threatens to back out of Elizabeth's landmark global climate treaty because of her meeting with the Dalai Lam.

• "Time After Time" (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): H.G. and Jane travel back to the 1980s and make a shocking discovery.

• "Chicago Justice" (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A former Navy SEAL found stabbed to death in his home was writing a book about a top secret mission.

• "Family Guy" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Peter opens his own food truck business in an attempt to avoid the healthy food Lois forces him to eat.

• "Last Man on Earth" (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Todd and Tandy dig deep into Melissa's pre-virus past.

• "Elementary" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Police call Holmes and Watson to consult on a homicide that was ''heard'' by a cutting-edge gunshot detection system.

• "American Crime" (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Luis sinks further into servitude on the farm; Isaac tries to protect Coy from abusive conditions in the fields; Jeanette wonders if her family is downplaying a fire that killed several undocumented workers.

• "Shades of Blue" (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Wozniak's refusal to cooperate with the feds causes Stahl to turn up the heat on Harlee.

• "Black Sails" (9 p.m., Starz): A rescue plan divides Flint and Silver; the true price of freedom becomes apparent to Max.

• "The Walking Dead" (10 p.m., AMC): The Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly.

• "Big Little Lies" (10 p.m., HBO): Principal Nippal and Ms. Barnes talk to Jane about Ziggy and Amabella; Dr. Reisman examines Celeste's relationship with Perry.

• "Homeland" (10 p.m., Showtime): Carrie catches a break; President-elect Keane makes a plan; Max goes undercover.

• "The Missing" (10 p.m., Starz): Julien's investigation closes in on the missing girl.

• "Into the Badlands" (11 p.m., AMC): In the Season 2 premiere, Sunny finds a new foe and an unexpected ally; MK learns more about his gift.

• "The Arrangement" (11 p.m., E!): Megan's private life is exposed on the Internet.

• "FEUD: Bette and Joan" (11 p.m., FX): As the film production reaches its climax, the feud becomes physical; Bette's relationship with her daughter is strained; Joan reveals an intimate detail about her past.

• "Girls" (11 p.m., HBO): Hannah gets advice from her father and his new partner.

• "Billions" (11 p.m., Showtime): Chuck has to put his faith in an anxious insider.

• "Who Do You Think You Are?" (11 p.m., TLC): Jennifer Grey learns how her grandfather survived adversity to become a beacon of his community and discovers a great-grandmother who suffered a devastating tragedy.

• "Crashing" (11:30 p.m., HBO): Pete begs Jess to come along and keep up the charade of their marriage to fool his parents.

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