TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Enlisted” debut, 9:30 p.m., Fox.
A military comedy … on a Friday … on Fox? Our expectations
are low; the pay-off is high. “Enlisted” surprises with a neat mixture of sight
gags, clever dialog and well-drawn characters.
Pete (Geoff Stults) is a great soldier whose one mistake
(slugging a colonel) was frowned upon by his superiors. Now he’s been banished to
a Florida post with awful soldiers, two of them his brothers. Keith David offers
counterpoint as the wary sergeant major; the result has big laughs and bits of
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Helix” debut, 10-11:30 p.m., Syfy.
In the frigid frontier, Arctic Biosystems has a research
facility – sleek, high-tech, mysterious. Now something has gone wrong and the
Centers for Disease Control investigates. But what really happened? And what, really, was this company doing?
“Helix” offers the scares of a horror film, plus the entwined
characters TV expects. There’s a former couple whose marriage ended with a
brief affair with his brother … who’s the principal victim now. Billy Campbell
stars, with Hiroyuki Sanada as the Biosystems leader and Catherine Lemieux in a
great role as the team’s cynic. This might be better short-term than over 13
hours, but holds our attention for now.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Banshee” season-opener, 10 p.m.,
Zeljko Ivanek has been delivering great characters – usually
intense, often wobbly – for decades. He’s had recurring roles in 14 series,
winning an Emmy on “Damages”; still, nothing matches this.
He bursts in as Jim Racine, an FBI agent who has been chasing
Rabbit, the Ukrainian mobster, for decades. Instantly spitting out orders and
retribution, he provides some of TV’s best scenes this season.
“Banshee” wants us to believe an escaped convict has tracked
his ex-lover (Rabbit’s daughter), who changed her identity and married a district
attorney. Sheriff Lucas Hood was hired, sight-unseen; when he died, the con
stole his identity. If you buy that, it’s a good series that now adds bits of
Other choices include:
“Intelligence,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here’s a second chance to see
the well-made pilot film, before the show takes its regular spot at 10 p.m.
Mondays. Josh Holloway (“Lost”) plays a tough guy who was implanted with
computer-like skills. He’s the perfect soldier … or would be, if he didn’t lead
with his emotions.
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. The team re-opens a murder case from
18 years ago, with the victim’s boyfriend as a prime suspect. Now Brennan has
dreams about evil Pelant – and about a new and creepier villain.
“Raising Hope,” 9 p.m., Fox. After accidentally summoning
Virginia’s sister (Amy Sedaris), Maw Maw tires of their fighting. She threatens
to give her inheritance to the one who’s most civil.
“Grimm,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Zuri (Sharon Leal), Hank’s physical therapist, is tied into a
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. McGarrett helps Grover (Chi
McBride) search for a friend who vanished after apparently committing murder.
Also, Kono continues her hunt for Adam.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. A deadly new drug is on the
streets and Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is rushing to catch its distributor.