ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Last week, this series presented its midseason game-changer, a tie-in with the new Marvel movie in the Avengers cycle, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you didn’t see it, don’t worry: ABC repeats it tonight at 8 p.m. ET, followed at 9 by a new episode that has our heroes on the run, with the fear that not all of them are heroes.


PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Up to now, this PBS series has been somewhat of a disappointment, with both too broad a focus and with too poorly chosen a selection of clips. This season opener, however, may reverse the tide, because its subject is precise enough to allow for an intelligent and in-depth examination. The subject? The transition from standup comic to sitcom premise, a topic that includes Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Roseanne Barr, Robin Williams and others. Check local listings.


PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Ken Burns wrote, produced and directed this 90-minute documentary – a mere blip of a TV study in Burns time, but a captivating and instructive program nonetheless. It’s about the Greenwood School in Putney, VT, an all-boys school tending to students with a variety of what might be characterized as learning disabilities. In a tradition that stretches back decades, the task of the boys, ages 11 to 17, is to memorize Abraham Lincoln’s two-minute Gettysburg address, then recite it in front of their peers, teachers and family members. Burns spent several months filming their attempts, their difficulties and their progress. The climax includes the recital and a school field trip to Gettysburg. The Address is a salute not only to Lincoln, slain soldiers and history, but also to the determination of focused students and the dedication of gifted teachers. Teachers, it should be said, like Ken Burns. Maybe I cried at the end because I’m a teacher, too. But maybe not. Maybe The Address will get you, no matter what. It should. Check local listings.


El Rey, 9:00 p.m. ET

At more than the halfway point of this 10-episode TV version of the From Dusk Till Dawn movie, we finally arrive at the south of the border biker bar in which our bank robbers, and their family of hostages, ultimately uncover a den of vampires. In this week’s episode six, I’m also guessing they encounter Eiza Gonzalez, doing her snakelike dance number as Santanico Pandemonium. If you saw the movie, you know that performance, by Salma Hayek, was an absolute highlight. How will it compare here? And will the same music, “After Dark,” be used?


FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: When HBO’s True Detective ended, you may well have asked yourself, “Well, when is the next great TV series going to show up?” It didn’t take long – because here it is. It’s not a retelling of the 1996 Coen Brothers film, or a sequel, but it’s a spiritual sibling, and it’s equally enjoyable. For a full review, listen to my report today on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, or visit the Fresh Air website. Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton star. And, also, read Ed Bark's glowing review on Uncle Barky's Bytes.
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Yes I'm not the only one who gets fustraded with CBS sports on Sunday night ruining my TV watching, football, college basketball and even maybe golf "sigh".
Apr 13, 2014   |  Reply

Why does it take so long to post your daily tv worth watching? Some days I can view the recommendations around 9 a.m. Other days I can't seem to get them until early afternoon. My preference is the earlier the better.
Apr 12, 2014   |  Reply
Alan, why not work your viewing of Best Bets into your own schedule later in the day so you won't be disappointed, or left hanging around the site waiting for an update? Put another way, no reason in the world why websites should be run according to the wishes of one patron.
Apr 14, 2014
Die Hard - best Christmas movie ever.
Apr 9, 2014   |  Reply
Dan Malloy
11:04 Eastern time Monday and the website is showing Sunday Listings. Adjust your clock!!!
Apr 7, 2014   |  Reply
Seriously, again? Think of TVWW as a public service. Google is your friend.
Apr 9, 2014
HiK6IQ Wow, great article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.
Apr 6, 2014   |  Reply
Final Four: Florida vs. UConn and Wisconsin vs. Kentucky
Apr 5, 2014   |  Reply
Elite Eight? Try Final Four!
Apr 5, 2014   |  Reply
Cry free parenthood!!
Apr 4, 2014   |  Reply
No love for the series finale of Raising Hope?
Apr 4, 2014   |  Reply
Already left you a post under your Komical Kardashian Komments. Didn't remember it was April Fools until I started my comment, and then remembered a Revered TV Worth Watching Tradition - The April Fools Recommendations! Thanks, quite enjoyable. Forgot there was so much junk on tv.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
April fools day, got it.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
You asked, "What could possibly be more interesting than a TV show about arm wrestlers?" I am waiting for Celebrity Nerd Game of Arms. I want to see Sheldon Cooper vs Pee Wee Herman, or Alan Harper vs Niles Crane.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
The Discovery Fitness one-hour special, THE MAN WITH THE 132-LB. SCROTUM' is a rerun. C'mon David.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
Besides, the South Park guys beat you to the punch, at least a couple years back , in an episode where Stan's father gets an "enlarged scrotum" from (or due to) medical marijuana.
Apr 1, 2014
for my final words on HIMYM go to sarahwatches4u.blogspot.com
Mar 31, 2014   |  Reply
Thank you for pointing out the Craig Ferguson-Drew Carey job switch. Drew and Connie Schultz talking Cleveland should be a rare treat, too. I'll set my DVR for both Craig and 'The Price Is Right'.
Mar 31, 2014   |  Reply
TCM's Mar. 28th celebration of movies, involving food, ended on a warped note with Soylant Green followed by Night of the Living Dead.But before those,yes,Big Night.Found a copy of this just a few weeks ago at the area's last remaining Blockbuster Going Out of Business sale.Just days left before closing and this gem was ignored-mine!This is food porn wrapped around a small story of two brothers that reaches epic importance.Timpano-lasagna on steroids.
Mar 29, 2014   |  Reply
vape lady
Computer broke and it's way too difficuct to type on this 2" cell phone. Buf had to chime in my opinion about this wonderfully fun and smart movie. Does anyone knowe there more movies by this writer? Way too frustrustrating for me to do a search to find out on a not smart cell phone
Mar 30, 2014
Bob Prestifilippo
Deliverance on 3/27 note Pudgy Bobby is Ned Beatty not Ronny Cox in a dual role.
Mar 27, 2014   |  Reply
David Bianculli
Ha! You're absolutely right. Bad typing on my part. Good catch on yours. I fixed it. Thanks...
Mar 27, 2014
I love the pictures of the lovely, lanky, blond cheerleaders when the NCAA tournament is a best bet. Not. Is the best bet about basketball or cheerleading? I am a little put off by what comes off to me as potentially sexist ...although you could be honestly appealing to the demographic.... (Chastising with affection and kid gloves, because you are my go to place for my tv viewing!)
Mar 27, 2014   |  Reply
Me again
THERES my basketball players!
Mar 30, 2014
Glad to make you laugh. I'll buy the gator story. And I'll respect your fifth amendment right.... ;-)
Mar 28, 2014
David Bianculli
This made me laugh. I'm from UF, and I chose the photo not for the "lovely, lanky, blond cheerleader," but for the gator mascot. My defense is that the photo choice, in this case, wasn't sexist at all. In many other cases, however, I plead the fifth...
Mar 27, 2014
I know "Psych" is not the greatest TV show, but I've always found it enjoyable. Sorry it's leaving. That said, I've been disappointed in the last few episodes. I don't care for Mira Sorvino, and I miss Maggie Lawson and Kristen Nelson. Since it's the end of the series anyway, why didn't they just stay with the original cast?

And D Davis: I read that A&E pulled Those Who Kill but may be showing it later, or possibly reworking it. I kept trying to find it, too, and I had a hard time finding any information about it at all.
Mar 26, 2014   |  Reply
D Davis
What happened to Those Who Kill on A&E?
Mar 24, 2014   |  Reply
Apparently is now airing on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN).
Apr 5, 2014
Linda Donovan
Sorry to to tell you, D, but "Those Who Kill" was pulled from the A&E schedule after just two episodes.
Mar 27, 2014
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David Bianculli

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Behind David in the picture is the first TV owned by his father, Virgil Bianculli, a 1946 Raytheon. (The TV, not his father. His father was a 1923 Italian.) David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He also teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University, and his most recent book, 2009's Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, has recently been purchased for film rights.  He's currently at work on another.