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Welcome to TV We're Watching (yes, another TVWW!), a handy, but by no means comprehensive list of weekly shows we enjoy watching – and that are in rotation right now. And on our DVRs. (Check out the full list -- not all shows are featured in the thumbnails. –TVWW.)

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit TV We're Watching for these and other shows on
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American
Crime
ABC
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Americans
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Bates Motel
A&E
Mondays
9 PM ET

The Circus: Inside the Biggest Story on Earth
Showtime
8 PM ET

Feud: Bette and Joan
FX
Sundays
10 PM ET

Girls
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

HUMANS
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Legion
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Striking Out
Acorn.tv
Streaming
 
 
2017
Mar
27
 
 
The Battle Rounds part of this show ends this week – the leg of The Voice where half the contestants performing are eliminated each night. So the tension is high – but the strategies are highly focused, too, because the judges get the chance to “steal” the losing contestants and keep them in competition. This cycle’s talent is so high, many judges -- including the crushingly charming Alicia Keys -- will be eager to pounce, and add the “losing” singers to
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
27
 
 
Rihanna, as Marion Crane, checks into the Bates Motel tonight, with Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates eyeing her every move (sometimes, from behind that hidden office-to-motel-room peephole) What could possibly go wrong? Not much, at least artistically, because this series, this season, is doing everything just right.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
26
 
 
John Oliver is off this week on HBO, so this is your only Sunday spot for a special recap and response to this week’s heightened Beltway drama. And boy, with the repeal-and-replace bill being pulled by House speaker Paul Ryan at (actually, after) the last minute, this show’s behind-the-scenes perspective ought to be even more illuminating than usual.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
26
 
 
This stand-alone imported drama tells the story of the Bronte sisters, who rebelled against Victorian conformity by publishing now-classic literary works – including Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights – initially under male pseudonyms. Those works are famous, much more so than the actresses portraying their authors. From left, Chloe Pirrie plays Emily Bronte, Charlie Murphy plays Anna, and Finn Atkins plays Charlotte. For a full review, see David Hinckley
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
26
 
 
Tonight’s episode, “Something They Need,” is the penultimate episode of the season – an episode where, traditionally, all manner of hell breaks loose. And with a showdown looming between Rick’s forces and Negan’s, there’s no reason to expect tonight’s set-up episode to be any different.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
26
 
 
Homeland has gotten stronger and stronger this season, and this week, Carrie (Claire Danes) gets increasingly central to the plot – well, to the plots, since her connections, and her long-time loyalties, are pulling her in two directions at once.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
26
 
 
In tonight’s Episode 4 of Feud, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis are worried, in advance, about the critical reception they’ll be given upon the imminent release of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The actresses playing them in this excellent and delightful FX miniseries, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, need not be similarly concerned. Come Emmy time this year, they’re both shoo-ins (or is it shoos-in?) to be nominated.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
26
 
 
This series has only a few episodes left, and Lena Dunham, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, has saved her best for last. This season has been the best yet for Girls, and with Hannah recently learning of her pregnancy, these last few installments are likely to have even more importance, drama and resonance. Tonight, Hannah revisits the surfing instructor (Riz Ahmed) who is the father of her future child – if she has the child, which many of her friends are surprised she&rs
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
25
 
 
MINISERIES FINALE: Two episodes are shown tonight, back-to-back, to conclude BBC America’s powerful presentation of Planet Earth II. First up is this final installment in the series proper, called Cities, which looks at how untamed creatures have responded, and adapted, to their proximity with human civilization. I loved this episode – perhaps, in part, because I live in a New Jersey suburb with just enough woods and nearby woodland to have families of deer treating my yard as a comb
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
24
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return, respectively, in the title roles, launching all of Season 3 today on Netflix. Season 1 began when their husbands, Sam Waterston’s Sol and Martin Sheen’s Robert, admitted they were gay – and in love with one another. In the cliffhanger to end last season, Frankie slept with Sol, which might complicate things. Maybe this season, the show will take on an even more liberated Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice vibe (a famously &
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series

Paul Reuben’s revived his TV character for last year’s comedy feature Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday and now, there is a new DVD version of his 1986-91 CBS series that was must-see Saturday morning viewing not only for kids, but adults alike. The Emmy-winning playhouse was a surreal mash-up artwork by Wayne White, music by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and a cast of puppets and characters that included Laurence Fishburne, Phil Hartman and S. Epatha Merkerson (yes, that's Law and Order's Police Lieutenant Anita Van Buren...) The madcap series always finished with a moral message for the younger audience. This re-mastered HD collection includes all 45 episodes, plus featurettes on the design and writing of the show, cast interviews, all on 8 discs. It’s available at Amazon for $26. (And see TVWW's review of the Wayne White documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing, here.) –Eric Gould