AMC, 8:00 p.m. ET

The best modern version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is shown tonight on AMC, when George C. Scott steps into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in this splendid 1984 CBS telemovie. Scott nails the part, from the first moments of humbuggery to the triumphant final Christmas goose. And yes, I meant that description to sound a little inappropriate. Ho ho ho.

NBC, 8:15 p.m. ET

Facing each other for the first time in four years, these two teams are having great seasons: The 49ers are 9-3-1, the Patriots 10-3. And it’s a quarterback duel with a lot of drama. The Patriots have imposing veteran Tom Brady, and the 49ers have impressive young replacement Colin Kaepernick, who’s stepped up big time since Alex Smith was sidelined with a concussion.

Showtime, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE:  Last week, when Dexter (Michael C. Hall) learned that Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) had drugged his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), he gave Debra the evidence to put Hannah behind bars. But their story may not end there – and Dexter, thanks to evidence piling against him, may be headed for prison himself, unless he can do something drastic. Which, for Dexter, isn’t that much of a stretch.

TCM, 9:30 p.m. ET

Here’s a classic version of a classic: Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, in this 1951 adaptation of the Dickens story. This one manages to be scarier than most, and Sim’s performance is wonderful.

Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: Given the framework of this series, either Carrie (Claire Danes) or Brody (Damian Lewis) could die in this Season 2 finale – or they could both live. My guess is that Carrie’s character has become too valuable to lose, but Brody has served his purpose. Yet this series, at its best, confounds expectations – so let’s see what happens.
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When I saw that "Superstore" was be starting this week, based on my affection for America Ferrera I thought I'd load it in the DVR and give it a shot.

I made it 3/4 of the way through the first "pilot" episode lamenting about that 20 or so minutes of my life I will never get back, and feeling so bad for America having gotten herself into the bomb of a show.

I am always optimistic that the networks will finally wake up and create something truly special for television, but to date I continue to be proven correct in my assertion that the best days of television are in the past for the big three networks, (The Good Wife slightly redeeming CBS).

I just don't get it. What are they thinking? Or are they thinking at all........
Dec 1, 2015   |  Reply
Phillip R. Crabb
Well Dave, shaking my head that Charlie Brown Christmas is 50 years old. I remember watching in our college dorm TV room and commenting on the fact that it was 10 years running! I know we have had this conversation every year, and I appreciate they are showing an uncut version, but it is being shown on "November" 30th..nowhere near the proximity of the Holiday it represents.

They couldn't even push it to December for cryin' out loud. (I see Rudolph will be shown tomorrow, barely making the cut into December...)

Not sure who is in charge of the programming these days, but you and I both remember the magical week or so prior to Christmas when the 'special' shows would come on. Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Red Skelton, and the many regular primetime series' who would produce a 'Christmas Show' every year.

The best part of all that back in the '60s was the buildup to the big day. Hard to sustain 'buildup' when they are shown a month ahead of time. Someone needs to revisit 1965 TVGuide.
Nov 30, 2015   |  Reply
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
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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.