TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Go On” season
finale, 9:31 p.m.
After months of Tuesday anonymity,
Matthew Perry's show ends its season on a Thursday – the night when
his “Friends” ruled the world. Fortunately, this is a worthy
episode, with humor and emotion.
One story – therapy-group members
concoct a fake problem for their leader to solve – is pretty good;
the other (Perry's character can't decide his late wife's final
resting place) is terrific. It has a few warm moments, along with two
hilarious scenes involving ashes.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Archer”
season finale, 10 p.m., FX.
This animated show's new crisis began
last week, aboard the marine-research submarine bankrolled by
Cheryl's brother. Now the captain (Jon Hamm) prepares to fire
missiles at the Eastern seaboard.
As questions swirl – such as why a
research sub has missiles – Archer tries a plan, Lana keeps a
secret and his mom grumbles about the lack of alcohol. The result is
big, broad and funny.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Glee,” 9
Here is a whiplash shift. “Glee”
flows with silliness – a love song to a cat … a comet scare … a
huge over-reaction to a false Internet identity. Then things change
suddenly and starkly.
The first part is fairly lame, the
second is involving … and the third (explaining it all) is both. It
strains credibility, but stir emotions as earnest people follow their
views of right and wrong.
Other choices include:
– “American Idol,” 8-9 p.m., Fox.
This show's distant past and recent past combine. Performing will be
its first champion (Kelly Clarkson) and its 10th one
(Scotty McCreery). Then one of the final six people will be ousted …
unless the judges use the “save,” on the final week that it's
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a clever rerun, two guys are out of their element –
Wolowitz is fishing with his father-in-law (Casey Sander), Sheldon is
nursing a sick Amy.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. This rerun has Walden dating Rose, just as Charlie did.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
In a rerun, the new administration continues to create chaos. Several
doctors juggle difficult transplants; one considers leaving the
– “Farm Kings” season-opener, 9
p.m., GAC (Great American Country). This reality show focuses on the
nine King brothers and their sister, all telegenic and likable. Joe
ponders adding cows and pigs to the farm, Dan interns with a new-age
farmer … and the guys are available as dates in a charity auction.
– “Men at Work,” 10 p.m., TBS.
This fairly funny episode is sparked by guest Seth Green (as an angry
homeless guy) and series regular James Lesure (transforming his image
via glasses and clipboard).
– “Hannibal,” 10:01 p.m., NBC.
This second episode, like the first, has rich visuals and
psychological depth. It adds a key regular, a crime blogger (Lara
Jean Chorostecki) who is bright and unprincipled.
– “Elementary,” 10:01 p.m., CBS.
In a fairly good rerun, a deadly office explosion leaves a timeline
problem: The bomb was planted years ago, when different people were
in the office.