“Last Man Standing” and “Dr. Ken,” 8 and 8:31 p.m., ABC.
Ever since the Brady
Bunch arrived in 1969, ABC has known that weekends should start with
family comedies. There have been gaps, but mostly this has gone from
Webster and Urkel to “Full House” and beyond. The shows have
rarely been great (“Benson” was an exception), but often are
Now, after a summer
of laughless Fridays, these comedies return with reruns tonight and
new episodes next week. Tonight, Ed asks Kyle to secretly get an
engagement ring fitted; Mike sees him and jumps to the wrong
conclusion. Then Ken tries stand-up comedy, with shaky results.
II: “Z Nation” season-opener and “Dark Matter” finale, 8 and
10 p.m., Syfy.
Here is the one
network that keeps shoveling new, scripted networks into a Friday
landscape littered with reality and reruns. Along the way, it offers
“Z Nation” is
your standard zombie-overrun tale, but it adds occasional humor and
oddities; the oddest touch is starting this season with a two-hour
flashback, an untold tale from last season. “Dark Matter” began
with strangers waking up on a ship with no idea who they are; in
tonight's season-finale, they must save a space station and then
prevent corporate warfare.
ALTERNATIVE: Movies, cable.
It's family fun
night, including two movies that mix humor and great visuals. AMC has
“Ghostbusters” (1984) at 8 p.m.; “Freeform” has “Wall-E”
(2008) at 6:15 and “Willy Wonka” (1971) at 8:30.,
If you prefer sharp
dialog and clever plot twists, George Clooney's “Michael Clayton”
(2007) is 8 p.m. on HBO. And for whiz-bang action? “Star Wars: The
Force Awakens” (2015) is disappointing by “Star Wars”
standards, but first-rate by action-epic standards.
time, Amazon Prime. Self-loathing has never been quite this much fun.
Adapting her own play – and often talking directly to the audience
-- Phoebe Waller-Bridge gives her view of single life in London. The
result is often quite raunchy and often very funny.
“Star Trek,” 4
and 11 p.m. ET, BBC America. Don't you hate it when someone comes
aboard and steals the best brain you have? That happens here, with an
alien woman swiping Spock's brain. It's the opener of the show's
third and final season. The next five episodes also rerun, from 5:10
to 11 p.m.
p.m., Fox. If you missed Wednesday's finale, you can catch this quick
rerun. Going for the $250,000 prize are two Las Vegas guys – Shaun
O'Neale, 33, a DJ, and David Williams, 36, a poker player – and
Brandi Mudd, 27, a grade-school teacher from small-town Kentucky.
Warrior,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Here's another finale, as people try to
conquer the extreme obstacle couse.
“Big Brother,” 8
p.m., CBS. With the finale still coming up on Wednesday, CBS adds
this extra episode, which may include reflections on what's happened
“Art in the Twenty
First Century,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Changing its
format, “Art” has two two-hour Fridays, divided by city –
Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver. Top directors --
Stanley Nelson (“Freedom Riders”), Deborah Dickson and Pamela
Mason Wagner – are in charge.
9 p.m., CBS. To fight the meth epidemic, the cops pose as pilots in
this rerun. But when McGarrett is seriously wounded, Danny must blow
“Blue Bloods, 10
p.m., CBS. Serial killer Thomas Wilder gets personal in this rerun:
With his latest victim, he attaches a note to Danny ... who is not