TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Sixties,” 9-11 p.m., CNN.
After a weak opener, this documentary series is into a
tough, deeply detailed stretch. Last week was the Cuban missile crisis, next week
is Vietnam; in between is this portrait of the John Kennedy assassination.
You’ve seen the specifics before. (Indeed, this documentary
aired previously, in advance of the 10-part series.) Still, it’s assembled here
in rich detail, including solid looks at conspiracy theories.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Even in its seventh season, TV’s best comedy kept finding
ways to be fresh and funny. This rerun, from midway in the season, began to nudge
things in a new direction.
Penny has the best break of her struggling acting career, a
chance to play a flirty waitress on “NCIS.” Meanwhile, others try near-impossible
goals – Sheldon to learn about humor, Raj and Stuart to learn about talking to
women. Then the “NCIS” episode sends things on an important (and funny) detour.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Gang Related,” 9 P.M., Fox.
The first three episodes have piled up conflicts for Ryan
Lopez: He’s in a task force to crack down on Los Angeles gangs; he’s also
secretly working for Javier Acosta, the crime boss who protected his childhood.
Tonight diverts from that, with a new villain in town,
working a vile variation on human slavery. It’s a tough hour to watch, with lots
of sub-titled dialog and lots of brutality, but it brings powerful emotions. In
the backdrop are personal complications: One involves Ryan’s boss’ daughter (an
assistant district attorney); others involve Javier’s sons, a good-hearted
banker and a bitter paraplegic.
Other choices include:
“Hollywood Game Night,” 8 p.m., NBC. Two authoritative
reality-show people – Tim Gunn and Jeff Probst – join actor David Alan Grier
and actresses Poppy Montgomery, Leslie Bibb and Tiffani Thiessen.
“Mom,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. In a well-deserved break, this clever
comedy will spend some of the summer snuggled between “Big Bang” and “Two and a
Half Men.” This rerun finds Christy fuming about the disapproving father (Nick
Searcy of “Justified”) and mother of the guy who got her daughter pregnant.
“Undateable,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., NBC. In the first episode,
Justin accidentally says “love,” then sputters when Nicki’s only reply is “cool.”
What follows is often loud and lame, but the last five minutes are terrific.
That’s followed by an episode in which Brett, who is gay, is urged to ask
Basketball, 9 p.m. ET, ABC. Miami hosts San Antonio for the
fourth game in the best-of-seven series. That’s preceded by Jimmy Kimmel at 8
and a game preview at 8:31.
“Last Comic Standing,”
10 p.m., NBC. Amy Schumer was a near-unknown
– 27 years old, only a few years into her comedy career – when she entered the
2007 edition of this show. She topped veteran comics and finished fourth,
propelling a career that has include two seasons of her own cable series. Now
she returns with Wanda Sykes, as mentors in the first half of the semi-finals.
“Elementary,” 10:01 p.m., CBS. This rerun has Sherlock learning
that it can be tough to be a sobriety buddy. Also, Watson finds that an
unsolved case is linked to fossils.