TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox.
The good news is that Bart has finally found a school where
he’s a star student. The bad: It’s located in the bowels of Hell, where the
curriculum ranges from torture to keeping the Yankees in first place.
That provides a witty (if gory) start for the 25th
“Treehouse of Horror,” which annually has three odd Halloween-time tales. The
second one, blending Stanley Kubrick films, will be appreciated by a handful of
film students; the third is more fun, with Homer falling for a younger (and
deader) version of Marge.”
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Resurrection,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Any family dinner can be perilous, especially when some of
the people are bitter and three were (until recently) dead. Margaret, the
returned matriarch, forces a gathering, but doesn’t know Barbara will be there.
Now Barbara is dining with her ex-husband and the nephew who once died trying
to rescue her.
It’s a remarkable hour, short on action (after an opening
flashback) and strong on drama. In an era that has few good roles for older
women, there are great ones for Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark in “Game of
Thrones”), 50, and Frances Fisher (“Unforgiven”), 62, as Margaret and her
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece Mystery,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
We’ve seen this story often in recent decades: A serial
killer is behind bars, but the crimes seem to be continuing. Is it a copycat …
or a protégé … or was the wrong man arrested?
The familiar story gets a few decent twists in the last of
this season’s “Inspector Lewis” tales. The story is told mostly through Lewis,
who seethes at the suggestion that he got the wrong man 13 years ago. If you forgive
one absurd twist – a cop rushing into obvious danger – there’s a deep and
Other choices include:
“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” 7 p.m., ABC. The second
episode of the 25th season has a Halloween theme. It’s your first
chance this year to see a dog dressed as a fish and a goat dressed as a
“Madame Secretary,” 8:01 p.m., CBS. With the president
leaning toward military action, Elizabeth scrambles for a peaceful solution to
Iran’s nuclear build-up.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” etc., 8:30-10 p.m., Fox. It’s an
all-Halloween night for Fox. After the dandy “Simpsons,” we see Jake’s annual
Halloween bet with the captain. Then a cookie monster strikes “Family Guy”; on
“Mulaney,” John goes to extremes to save his job, with a contract that expires
on Oct. 31.
“The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS. After being fired, a CEO files
a sexual-discrimination suit. Alicia and Dean (Taye Diggs) represent her,
facing a tough attorney duo (Carrie Preston and Jill Hennessy).
“The Walking Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC. Who would have guessed that
TV’s biggest hour would have two shows about the undead? Or three if you count “Army
of Darkness” (1992), from 8-9:45 p.m. on IFC? Tonight, at the same time as “Resurrection,”
Rick launches a dangerous mission to replenish supplies.
“Revenge,” 10 p.m., ABC. For three seasons, Emily has
struggled to avenge the people who destroyed her dad. Now that the dad (James
Tupper) is back, it isn’t nearly what viewers expected. He’s with evil Victoria
and tried to kill Emily, unaware of her real identity. Things build tonight, in
a strong hour.