“How to Get Away With Murder” season-finale, 9 and 10 p.m., ABC.
borrowed the formula that helps cable thrive – fewer episodes,
bigger episodes, conflicted heroes, a story that pushes from week to
week, wrapping up as the season ends.
These hours (the
14th and 15th), conclude a season that started
with the death of Lila, a student having an affair with Sam, the
husband of steel-willed law professor Annalise; when he attacked her
students (who were finding the truth), they killed him and hid the
body. Tonight's first hour flashes back to Lila's death; the second
sees whether the cover-up will be effective.
II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 and 9:01 p.m., CBS.
TV's funniest show
ended last week's episode with a rare somber moment, when Howard
learned that his mother had died. Carol Susi, who voiced her, had
died of cancer last November at 62.
from the funeral, Howard and Bernadette run into airport trouble;
also, an experiment that claims it can make anyone fall in love gets
the ultimate test – Sheldon and Penny. Later, a rerun has Penny
tell Bernadette what her co-workers really think of her.
ALTERNATIVE: “Artcher,” 10 p.m., FX.
This unusual comedy
– animated, inconsistent, occasionally hilarious – has one of its
best outings. Archer and Lana are taking their baby to meet her
parents – Berkeley academics who think both of them have been
working forever on doctorates.
evaporates during a gun fight and car chase. Despite a lame ending,
it's a clever episode.
8 p.m., ABC. Amelia lectures the other doctors on her plan for
innovative brain surgery to remove Dr. Herman's tour. Meanwhile,
Herman (Geena Davis), accustomed to hearing that the tumor is
inoperable, continues to prepare Arizona (Kate Capshaw) to take over
“The Odd Couple,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. Last week's opener – filled with sharp one-liners –
set the basics: Oscar (Matthew Perry), a slovenly sports-radio guy,
is suddenly sharing his aspartment with Felix (Thomas Lennon), a
precise photographer. Now a retired athlete (Geoff Stults of
“Enlisted” and “The Finder”) wants Oscar's help with his
autobiography ... which is fine until Felix also “helps.”
9 p.m., NBC. A killer dubbed “The Deerhunter” tracks his victims
p.m., CBS. After a week off, this show slips into its new timeslot,
with Christy finding that she really prefers sex when there's a risk
of being caught.
Secret Swim Special,” 10 p.m., CBS. With spring coming – really,
we checked the calendar – it's time to see fashions that will look
good on any woman who happens to have a large frame and zero body
fat. Eleven models are in Puerto Rico, with music by Maroon 5 and
p.m., History. Even harsh shows usually settle for one dismemberment
scene; this hour has two – a head early, an arm later ... in what
was supposed to be an agrarian mission Ragnar and his ex-wife had
been promised English farm land. They got it ... but were also asked
to join a battle; last week saw a victory over half the enemy forces;
this hour – well-made, if nasty – brings the aftermath.