The distinctions between British and American TV continue to blur.

British TV had been a staple of PBS fare for more than a generation, dating back to the dawn of "Masterpiece Theatre" and the importation of "Monty Python's Flying Circus."

Streaming has accelerated the cross-pollination. As viewers anticipate the third season of "The Crown" on Netflix, few wonder if it's a British show or an American production.

Is HBO's "Game of Thrones" American? Much of its cast is from the United Kingdom and it's produced all over the world.

Few actors better represent the blending of American and British sensibilities than Gillian Anderson.

Dest known as Agent Dana Scully from "The X-Files," she lives in London and has appeared frequently on the London stage and in BBC TV productions of "Bleak House" and "Great Expectations," both seen here on PBS, as well as the Belfast-set Netflix detective drama "The Fall."

Now she appears in "Sex Education," streaming today on Netflix.

She plays Jean, a sex therapist whose son, Otis (Asa Butterfield), is mortified by his mother's job, her habit of bringing new (younger) lovers to the house and her overall dry, clinical approach to a world of sensuality he has yet to explore.

Set in the 1970s, "Sex" is filled with nudity and bleak, deadpan romps that defy the very notion of joy. It's a grim, British take on rude male adolescent American comedies like "Porky's" and "American Pie."

- Another joyless "comedy" from Netflix, "Friends From College," enters its second season.

Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders and Fred Savage are part of an ensemble cast of characters, all Harvard grads in their 30s, who can't seem to stay out of each other's lives or bedrooms.

It's hardly the first comedy to explore this territory. At best it's a great example of how "clever" writing can be anything but funny and smart characters everything but likable.

- Amazon Prime imports the six-part thriller "Informer." After a contrived frame-up, a charming rogue, Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan), is given few choices other than becoming a snitch for a police officer, Gabe (Paddy Considine).

Set in the world of anti-terrorism, "Informer" was pretty much overshadowed in the U.K. by the popularity of "Bodyguard," seen here on Netflix.

Tonight's other highlights

- Weller mulls a drastic move on "Blindspot" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

- The new foreign exchange student has few words for Mike on "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).

- Lesley Ann Warren guest-stars on "The Cool Kids" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

- Aimless youth scheme to steal rare books in the 2018 heist "American Animals" (8 p.m., Cinemax).

- Red's case proves distracting on "The Blacklist" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

- Desserts are an obstacle on "Hell's Kitchen" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

- Rebecca wants to forget ex-boyfriends on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).

- "Great Performances" presents "The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-G, check local listings).

- Frank requests a mulligan on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

- "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" (10 p.m., Comedy Central, TV-MA) documents a 2012 stand-up performance.

Series notes

A soccer mom's secret on "MacGyver" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... Evan's girlfriend irks Jessica on "Fresh Off the Boat" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Two episodes of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (CW, r, TV-14), Brad Sherwood (8 p.m.), Jeff Davis (8:30 p.m.) ... J.J. defies Maya on "Speechless" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

A suspicious accident on "Hawaii Five-0" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... A two-hour "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC) ... "Dateline" (10 p.m., NBC).

Late night

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson appears on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Michael B. Jordan, Cobie Smulders and Sean Finnerty on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC) is a repeat.

John Cena, Rachel Brosnahan, Brian Posehn and Richard Danielson visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) ... Ellen DeGeneres and Patrick Wilson appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).