1) “The Good Place,” 9 p.m., NBC. One of TV’s best comedies is down to its final four episodes. At times tonight, it does feel like it’s stalled in neutral. Still, the stakes are high: The judge is ready to eliminate all of humanity – as soon as she finds “that clicky people-eliminator thing.” Our heroes (including Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, shown here) need to use brains, passion … and the judge’s obsession with “Justified” and its star, Timothy Olyphant.
2) “Last Man Standing,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox. Here’s the exact opposite of “Good Place.” It’s a standard situation-comedy, shot in front of an audience, with jokey rhythms. Both of its episodes tonight follow the pattern as last week’s season-openers: The plots that put Mike (Tim Allen) with his wife and daughters are quite funny; the others aren’t. On the good side, Mike gets a lecture from his mother-in-law in the first episode and is asked to lead a gender-reveal party in the second.
3) More comedies, CBS and NBC. Thursdays are clearly the promised land for sitcoms. There are 10 half-hours, including the ones listed above and some promising guest stars on always-clever shows. “Mom” (9 p.m., CBS) has Kathleen Turner as the aunt of Amy, the brash ex-con. And “Will & Grace” (9:30, NBC) has Demi Lovato as a potential surrogate, as Will ponders fatherhood.
4) “Deputy,” 9 p.m., Fox. After a strong start (overwrought, but entertaining) last week, this stumbles in its second week. It’s fun to see a loose-cannon, action-adventure guy be sheriff; his gender-neutral driver/bodyguard is a great character. But this episode is propelled mainly by the good guys’ failure to keep a suspect contained, setting up some wild – and wildly unnecessary – chase scenes.
5) “Truth & Lies: The Jeffrey Epstein Story,” 9-11 p.m., ABC. Epstein’s death in August – in jail, five weeks after being charged with sex-trafficking of minors – left big questions: How did he make his fortune? Why, in 2008, was he only sentenced to 13 months in prison, after being accused of sexually abusing 36 girls? This talks to some of those girls (now women), lawyers and others.