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MONDAY
JANUARY 26
2015

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

The future Commissioner Gordon and the future Penguin won’t have many chances for amiable sit-downs in years to come – but in tonight’s episode, during an hour that finds Fish Mooney in grave, if well-deserved, danger, they do precisely that.

 
  
 
 

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Luis Buñuel directed this 1967 film, which, like most of his movies throughout a long and influential career, contains images not quickly to be forgotten. But this time, most of the images surround Catherine Deneuve, the actress caught here at her most beautiful – but caught, also, as a character whose marriage is so unfulfilling that she decides to pursue a side career as a daytime prostitute. Buñuel shows her fantasies as well as her new realities, and there’s something disturbing about all of it.

 
  
 
 

CW, 9:00 p.m. ET

Guess who’s coming to dinner? In tonight’s new episode, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) brings the biological father of her child home to meet the family – which, given the genesis of this particular pregnancy, makes for some very chilly conversation.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

Near the end of WWII, Sidney Bernstein of the British government’s Ministry of Information was given the task of assembling a film from footage shot by his cameramen, and footage from other sources and countries as well, that would document the Nazi concentration camp atrocities. After the war, Alfred Hitchcock offered his help in both the content and construction of the film, but the film – German Concentration Camps Factual Survey – was neither fully completed nor distributed and widely shown. Yet its invaluable footage played a key part in the subsequent war crimes trials, and an incomplete version, missing the final reel, was restored and shown in the 1980s. But now, a new assemblage of what would have been the sixth and final reel, based on the filmmakers’ original notes, has been completed – and Night Will Fall is the story of this film footage’s 70-year-old journey. It’s tough to watch, but very important, and also includes some stunning color film of the camps, shot by U.S. Army cameramen in 1945.

 
  
 
 

PBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

MINISERIES PREMIERE: A Path Appears is a three-part documentary series which looks at tough problems, but also profiles and offers potential solutions, using empathic celebrities, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, as attention-getting guides. Tonight’s Part 1 looks at sex trafficking – but, quite pointedly, focuses on the United States, looking at the problem, and how to combat it, in Boston, Nashville, and Chicago. It’s very heartening – and, quite often, remarkably honest. Check local listings.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

The Sophomoric Duo -- Sterling Archer, secret agent and animated star of FX's Archer was supposed to appear on Conan recently to promote the series’ upcoming sixth season, but pulled a last-minute switch, conscripting an animated O'Brien into a car chase with the Russian mob in hot pursuit. O'Brien rode shotgun, as he figured out -- in bungling Archer style -- how to shoot an automatic at the enemy. Meanwhile, Archer (aka "colossal tool" to the home office) hits the gas, browses Tinder and has fun "phrasing" as the bullets fly… and miss, of course.  Archer is always great fun, particularly with the slacker spy voiced by H. Jon Benjamin. – Eric Gould

 
 

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The Good Wife
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Man Seeking Woman
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Portlandia
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Togetherness
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From TV Worth Watching
TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME LIBRARY

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SGT. BILKO – THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES – Forgotten by many, this 1955-59 sitcom is revered by some – including Larry David, who considers it TV’s funniest comedy, and by Britain’s Radio Times, which not too long ago voted the series the Number One sitcom of all time. Silvers plays a quick-thinking, quicker-talking sergeant running an Army motor pool. Great cast, great setups and deliveries, with the type of tight writing and hilariously uncomfortable situations that bring to mind Fawlty Towers and, yes, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Released, for the first time, in grand fashion by Shout! Factory. – David Bianculli

 
 

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When Things Were Rotten

ABC’s current miniseries Galavant has been a fun, musical spoof of the Robin Hood era. That’s been done before, although without the music, back in 1975, by Mel Brooks. When Things Were Rotten was very short-lived, lasting only 13 episodes – they're all included here, starring Dick Gautier as Robin, Dick Van Patten as Friar Tuck, and Misty Rowe as Maid Marian. Until now, this DVD release was one of the missing links in the Mel Brooks chain of outrageous comedy, so this compilation hits the bullseye. Under $20 at Amazon. –David Bianculli