TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Even by the high “Big Bang” standards, this rerun is
With her dreams of being an actress forever floundering,
Penny has a big break; she’s filmed an “NCIS” scene, flirting with Mark Harmon.
After she gathers friends to watch, the experience triggers a key change. It’s
a funny episode – Sheldon is learning about humor – and an involving one.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “You’re the Worst,” 9:30 p.m., FX.
Jimmy and Gretchen are “poison people,” a friend says; their
toxic personalities scuttle any chance for a romance with normal people. But
together, can they maintain an all-sex, no-sentiment relationship?
As this episode begins, the sex is thriving. (Consider this
very R-rated, especially in the final minute.) Then she asks for a key to his
home; a large (and funny) crisis builds inside his twisted mind.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Sixties,” 9 p.m., CNN; “NY Med,”
10 p.m., ABC.
On a night overflowing with comedies, these excellent
documentary series offer a detour.
First, CNN visits 1968, with heroes (Martin Luther King,
Robert Kennedy) slain, Saigon overrun and politics in chaos -- Lyndon Johnson
deciding not to run again, the Democratic convention quaking. Then “Med” starts gently with Dr. Amy
Caggiula (“nobody thinks I’m a doctor, because I’m 4-foot-11 and look like I’m
12”); it soon has the emotional story of a 2-year-old with a potentially fatal
Other choices include:
“The Quest” debut, 8 p.m., ABC. Imagine “Lord of the Rings”
or “Game of Thrones” as reality shows. A dozen people are transported to a
world in which fictional creatures – dragons, ogres, agents of a dark lord –
are created via animation, prosthetics and beyond. A mixed-martial-arts
fighter, a personal trainer and a trick horse-rider compete alongside a waiter,
a bartender, a homemaker and more.
“Project Runway,” 9-10:30 p.m., Lifetime. Designers use
material found at a theater and on a movie set.
“Welcome to Sweden,”
9:01 p.m., NBC. This episode asks us to believe that Bruce (Greg Poehler), a
big-time accountant, gave no thought to money or employment when he moved to
Sweden. Once you get past that, it’s another amiable half-hour, clever and
“Working the Engels,” 9:30, NBC. Jenna has a chance to land
a much-needed client. Alas, her mom has just ruined the computer system and her
sister is crumbling after getting divorce papers.
“Last Comic Standing,” 10 p.m., NBC. Tonight, the show
chooses its final four comedians. Getting this far are Nicki Carr, Rocky
LePorte, Joe Machi, Rod Man and Lachlan Patterson.
“Married,” 10 p.m., FX. As his vasectomy nears, Russ likes
the concept (no more children), but not the specifics. To cheer him up, his
wife agrees to a weekend that seems romantic … until they’re in the room next
to a young couple with a more-vigorous relationship. It’s a so-so episode with good
“The Honorable Woman” debut, 10 p.m., Sundance. Two jolting
scenes – one at the start of this hour, the other at the end – will keep us watching.
Still, they frame an hour that is slow and tangled, with Maggie Gyllenhaal as a
half-Israeli baroness in a world of money, schemes and lies.