1) “Transplant” season-opener, 9 p.m., NBC. This is one of the Canadian shows that networks imported to fill summertime holes. Solid and well-crafted, it’s worthy of this promotion to the fall schedule. Dr. Bashir Hamed and his sister fled from Syria to Canada; after rescuing the emergency-department chief, he got a hospital job. But now there’s a new chief and changes for several peopole, including his potential girlfriend. (They’re show here). This is a crowded hour, but has some strong moments.
2) “Frasier” revival, Paramount+. A beacon of NBC’s “must-see” years, “Frasier” had witty dialog and five straight best-comedy Emmys. Now (after a 19-year gap) it’s back, with two episodes today and then eight weekly ones. There are new writers, new directors (except James Burrows, for these two episodes) and new characters, as Frasier returns to Boston to be near his son. Still Kelsey Grammer; is at the core; a brief sampling is promising.
3) “Lego Masters,” 9 p.m., Fox. Remember all those Science Day experiments, when kids would make volcanoes? Now these contestants (all grown-ups) must make a Lego creation that incorporates some sort of volcano. That follows a “Hell’s Kitchen” that involves a celebration dinner for new citizens.
4) “Son of a Critch,” 8 and 9:30 p.m., CW. The usual Thursday show (“FBoy Island”) will start a new season this Monday, its new night. The Monday comedies move to Thursday, but new episodes are still two weeks away. “Critch” reruns its recent episodes, as the love/hate relationship between Mark and Fox drifts closer to dating. Other reruns are “Run the Burbs” (graduation day) at 8:30 and “Children Ruin Everything” (sleep deprivation) at 9.
5) “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Netflix. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story has had a long life. It was a 1960 movie with Vincent Price, a 1979 one with Martin Landau … and now an eight-part mini-series that incorporates other Poe tales. In each case, we have a once-grand family that is crumbling – emotionally, medically and structurally, with the house itself. Bruce Greenwood and Carla Gugino star.
— Mike Hughes, TV America