TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE (or record): “The Sixties,” 7 p.m. to 2
It’s time to relive large chunks of a decade in one swoop.
This marathon reruns the first half of the Tom Hanks-produced documentary series,
before it resumes next Thursday.
Oddly, the only weak hour is the first one, looking at 1960s
TV; trying to do too much, it does very little. But the ones that follow are
consistently smart and involving. We see the Cuban crises at 8 p.m., the
Kennedy assassination at 9, Vietnam at 11 (ending abruptly in 1968, a year that
will get its own chapter) and civil rights at midnight. A nation transforms in
our living rooms.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “NY Med,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Sure, these real-life patients in New York are interesting.
One needs vital surgery before his wedding; another lost his apartment key, tried
to leap from his fire-escape to the window and missed.
But the medical people are interesting, too. One left Beirut
during the Lebanese civil war; he now treats similar violence in Newark.
Another – a handsome chap dubbed “Brad Pitt” by his colleagues – sees a
homeless patient get an external and internal makeover. And a young nurse
experiences the hospital from the other side, when she learns she’ll need a
pacemaker for the rest of her life.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Bridesmaids” (2011, USA) or “Beverly
Hills Cop” (1984, VH1), both 7 p.m.
There’s a steady flood of people moving from “Saturday Night
Live” to the movies. Often, the films fail has anyone seen “It’s Pat,” “Superstar”
or “Ladies Man”? – but here are two people whose first starring role in a big
movie scored big. Each started with a good script that received an Oscar
Kristen Wiig co-wrote her “Bridesmaids” script; the result
is big, broad and sometimes (like a bad “SNL” sketch) overwrought, but a crowd-pleaser.
“Cop” gave Eddie Murphy a smart script and sharp direction (from Martin Brest);
there’s intensity and great action, alongside Murphy’s great comic touch.
Other choices include:
“Black Box,” 8 p.m., ABC. After winning a competition,
someone loses the ability to sing.
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. This reruns the second
of three terrific episodes with Bob Newhart as an old TV science host. He asks
Leonard for help; a jealous Sheldon befriends Bill Nye, the science guy.
“Undateable,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., NBC. The first episode has
Justin’s friends meddling, after they help pay off the debts on his bar. The
second has a lot of jokes about a Web site that rates guys’ sexual performance;
there are a few great lines and a lot of loud, witless ones.
“Gang Related,” 9 p.m., Fox. This hour pushes Ryan’s
loyalties to the breaking point. His friend Daniel is held hostage; to save
him, Ryan (a mostly-honest cop) must steal drugs from the evidence room.
“Justified,” 9 p.m., Sundance. Daniel is out of his coma and
back home, not yet aware that the sheriff has arrested someone for his brutal
beating. What follows is surprising and sometimes disturbing, but beautifully
done. The curt perfection of Aden Young in as Daniel is beautifully balanced
here by Abigail Spencer’s emotional performance as his sister, who believes passionately
in his innocence.
“Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS. Watson (Lucy Liu) signs up for a
dating service in this rerun, just as she and Sherlock face a tough case:
Cyber-activists are defending someone who leaked classified information.