TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 1975 movie, produced by Michael Douglas, took the role that Michael’s dad, Kirk Douglas, long had wanted to play himself, and gave it to Jack Nicholson – who was brilliant in it. But so is almost everyone in this Milos Forman movie, from Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched to Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd, later reunited on Taxi, as inmates at the lunatic asylum where Nicholson’s Randall McMurphy voluntarily commits himself. Shockingly good film, from start to finish.

NBC, 8:20 p.m. ET

From this point in the football season, and going forward, any team that’s still undefeated deserves to be watched. Tonight, it’s the 10-0 New England Patriots against one of the toughest remaining opponents on its schedule, the 8-2 Denver Broncos. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could be in danger of letting his perfect record to date go to his head – but he’s not likely to suffer from an overinflated ego. If anything, he prefers to under-inflate.

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Downton Abbey is returning, as usual, shortly after the calendar turns to the New Year. But this year, before it returns, PBS is setting the scene, and the table, by presenting a retrospective of this series’ first five seasons. If you’ve never seen Downton Abbey, consider this special a 90-minute collection of Spoiler Alerts. Otherwise, enjoy. Check local listings.

AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

MIDSEASON FINALE: So last week’s episode ended with one of the towers collapsing, threatening to delay a long-awaited reunion – and threatening just about everything and everyone else in the process. Tonight’s episode is the midseason finale, a point in each season’s narrative when the body count, traditionally, has risen dramatically.

CBS, 9:30 p.m. ET

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, as Jason, has been a charismatic, funny and likable replacement for the departed Kalinda as a resourceful private investigator. Alicia (Julianna Margulies) already has leaned on him strongly – and tonight, she considers doing something more than leaning, and others are noticing their mutual chemistry. With her husband running for President, that's not necessarily a smart move...
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Thanks for the alert that "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was playing on TCM at 8:00 p.m. today. Instead, I had the opportunity to record "The Professionals," which played instead, and had apparently been scheduled by TCM for some time, since it was a retrospective of the director of the several films shown tonight.

I'd rather have seen "One Flew," as you advertised. What happened?
Nov 30, 2015   |  Reply
One of today's (11/28) Best Bets is To Kill a Mockingbird on TCM. It should be noted that TKAM is also currently available for streaming to anyone who subscribes to Netflix, on demand.
Nov 29, 2015   |  Reply
Why isn't BBC America showing NEW episodes of The Graham Norton Show??!! We are now months behind the UK, whereas previously we'd get to see it one week after broadcast there! GGrrr
Nov 28, 2015   |  Reply
I appreciate whoever posted the Rachel Maddow video. Her work was so impressive there I started watching her news hour on MSNBC and it does not disappoint. I watch little network TV news due to mainstream media propaganda that has become the so-called news so it's very refreshing to see something other than that.
Nov 24, 2015   |  Reply
I watch so much regular TV I have no room/time to see the streaming ones, all well I'm sure my TV schedule will lighten up by mid summer :)
Nov 20, 2015   |  Reply
I should know better than to wait until 9 p.m. to check for Best Bets, and find that I have missed "Reflections in a Golden Eye".
Nov 19, 2015   |  Reply
sandra spring
Manhatton is so well acted and well written. Thanks for recommending it. Fargo, good as the first season! Waiting for more wife and less Eli on The Good Wife. The Affair is such an emotionally powerful show. Takes my breadth away.
Nov 19, 2015   |  Reply
Sandra, I'm glad you liked Manhattan. It's such a fine show that too few people know about except for TVWW fans. I feel the same as you about The Affair, The Good Wife and Fargo. I record all shows and I always choose to watch The Affair first though Fargo is a very close second for sure.
Nov 22, 2015
Last week's episode of Manhattan is heartfelt, sad, and beautiful. Especially when the journalist tells of it’s unsung heroes. I hope people don't miss watching Manhattan.
Nov 18, 2015   |  Reply
sandra spring
Angela,good to find someone who appreciates Manhattan, as i do!! I watched the Tuesday episode last night, after Thanksgiving dinner. Don't want to spoil it for those who haven't see it, but what a dramatic shift it's taken. And The Affair continues to amaze and enthrall. The Returned is creepy, tho am hanging in for now.
Nov 27, 2015
Vince everett
I don't know if the "Extras" section is still active , but I couldn't let this one pass....on a recent Blue Bloods episode , the Ford Mustang from the movie Bullitt was stolen... It's current owner was a man named Cairo..... the collector looking to aquire the car was a man named Gutman....sound familiar ??? Only problem ? It's a Mustang not a Falcon and the Detective was named Reagan not Spade
Nov 13, 2015   |  Reply
Craig Brown
I love the site, but I think you're mistaken about the Chuck Lorre Two Broke Girls connection. He's doing Mom, Big Bang, and Mike & Molly.
Nov 12, 2015   |  Reply
I'm with you on Fargo, along with The Affair, The Knick, Manhattan, and The Good Wife.
Nov 9, 2015   |  Reply
I think there has been marked decline in the quality of the writing for The Good Wife this season. Is that just me? Has there been a change in personnel?
Nov 7, 2015   |  Reply
I've read comments about last season's Good Wife not being up to snuff, but I loved it. I'm not so sure about this season, you may be right.
Nov 9, 2015
I disagree with your assesment of Effie on Greenlight.
She is a narcisist, and was condesending and patronizing.
She may have been doing her job, but if I were her boss, she would be fired.
She could have done her job and still be a nice person.
Nov 2, 2015   |  Reply
First time visitor to the site and boy is it confusing! I assumed from the name of the site that it would be easy to find a couple of show to watch. Like many others, I'm not interested in the network TV schedule. I prefer to watch on demand and online.

What's "worth watching" this fall? This year? It's fine to list shows from decades ago, just make it easy to find the current stuff too.
Oct 27, 2015   |  Reply
EG, I feel silly 'cause I never scrolled down far enough to see the descriptions for the shows until just now!
Nov 9, 2015
Hello Kelly: Check out the "TV We're Watching" feature at the bottom of the home page or go to the page here: ( These are shows currently favored by David and other TVWW writers... --EG
Nov 4, 2015
As a long time yet regular visitor to the site,I'm wondering if I'm looking at the same site. If anything,the site is based in the moment,whether it's network,cable,channels not necessarily easily received like a start up,and online sources like Netflix. It's David's opinion of what has value that day. One can quickly go to the "new fall" shows with starting dates for any advance buzz about a new series. As for "lists from decades ago",outside of the "seal of approval" and heads up of new DVD packages which may be about older series,there is little additonal mention of the past. Along with online news and comics,this is my 2015 daily newspaper fix.
Oct 27, 2015
Tropic Thunder remains one of the funniest, smartest 'inside baseball' comedies of all time. Tom Cruise's fabulously OTT role (barely recognisable) is a must-see.
Oct 25, 2015   |  Reply
Thank you for the heads up about The Man In the High Castle on Amazon. I adored the first episode but I never would have known about the new episodes. So glad it continues to deliver.
Oct 24, 2015   |  Reply
I remember "Mama" -- watching with my mom. I think the youngest girl was named Dagmar, or something similar, and my mother telling me that the young actress who played her could recite the alphabet backwards!! I soon taught myself to accomplish that feat. I most remember the episode on Christmas Eve
where she steals into the barn to hear the animals speak.... Thanks for the heads up. I'll be recording the watch later, perhaps, with my granddaughter.
Oct 24, 2015   |  Reply
Hate TV this time of year for most of the Horror fare. The best thing to be said is that at least it keeps us away from the next season and all things Hallmark. And hats off for TCM for showing I Remember Mama,while most others would be showing I Dismember Mama. Unfortunately,a good pun became a real movie-1972.You can look it up.
Oct 24, 2015   |  Reply
Bob Goldstein
Hilary Clinton being interviewed by Rachel Maddow. Will be a kissup interview.
Oct 23, 2015   |  Reply
Thanks for the 'Ode to Joy' Video Worth Watching. Made my day, and then some!
Oct 23, 2015   |  Reply
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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.