“This Is Us,” 9 p.m., NBC.
After settling for a
quite-good episode last week, “Us” has a brilliant one tonight.
It's even better than the pilot film ... which was one of the best
hours this season.
At the core are
three generations of Pittsburgh Steeler fans – from dad-alone to
dad-daughter passion. Also spanning generations is a question TV
rarely asks: Must married people always seem cheery about becoming
pregnant? And late in the hour, we get a funny-solemn view of the
vagaries of death and life.
II: “American Masters,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS.
Norman Lear;s dad
always had a scheme, always expected to triumph; when Lear was 9, he
saw his dad go to prison and was mostly on his own. He would keep his
dad's optimism ... and would triumph. “He's the most influential
person in the history of television,” producer Phil Rosenthal says
Lear, now 94, turned
his dad into Archie Bunker. At one point, he had six of TV's 10
most-seen shows; at another, he walked away from it all and
campaigned for the concept of liberty. This gorgeous film captures
his mistakes (with family, with shows) and even one lie; it also
captures stunning triumphs.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Middle” (8 p.m.) and more.
Ever since the
“Roseanne” years, ABC comedies have had Halloween episodes that
were thoroughly entertaining. Here are four straight ones ... with
another crop arriving Wednesday.
That starts with the
Hecks facing plenty of distractions. Sue keeps trying to get her room
back from Brick; their brother Axl is cracking from the pressure of
being nice around his girlfriend. And Frankie gets a shock: If she
ever divorces, all three kids would choose to stay with Mike.
(7:30 p.m. ET) and game (8 p.m.), Fox. For the past 113 autumns, the
World Series has been a major part of American life. Now it begins,
continuing on Wednesday, Thursdau, Saturday and (if needed) Sunday
and next Tuesday and Wednesday.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. After a petty officer is kidnapped and escapes,the team finds a
connection to her missing husband. Also, Abby (Pauley Perrette) knits
personalized gifts for the new agents.
“The Voice,” 8
p.m., NBC. Here's the second night of “knockouts” -- teammates
competing with each other, this time choosing their own songs. Tim
McGraw and Faith Hill are mentors.
Housewive,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. It's time for the “Zombie Run.”
Katie – trying to top a neighbor – focuses on the “run”; her
husband and younger daughter obsess on being zombies.
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 9 p.m., ABC. Halloween is Louis' favorite holiday, but his
wife is focusing only on writing horror novel. Their younger kids
ponder costume choices and Eddie is excited about a chance to party
with the high school kids.
O'Neals,” 9:30, ABC. Kenny is pumped up about Halloween, which he
calls “the gay Super Bowl.:” His mom soon regrets letting him
host a party. Meanwhile, his siblings plan an epic prank.
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. A private plane crashes in the bayou,
killing three sailors.
10 p.m., NBC. After saving a sick street kid from a tunnel fire,
Stella scrambles to get him help. Also, Casey need help with a
persoal matter and Severide has a chance to travel luxuriously.