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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

  
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Baskets
FX
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Legion
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Girls
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

The History of Comedy
CNN
Thursdays
10 PM ET

HUMANS
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Planet Earth II
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

Riverdale
CW
Thursdays
9 PM ET

Taboo
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Victoria
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET
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2017
Feb
26
 
 
This series will conclude next Sunday – but in the meantime, as a counter-programming move against ABC’s Oscars telecast, PBS is gathering the six episodes to date, and repeating them in a mini-marathon from 4-11 p.m. ET. Jenna Coleman is quite good as the young Queen Victoria, and this binge-watching opportunity allows you to see her character’s gradual transformation, and growth, in an accelerated and exceptionally clear fashion. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
26
 
 
Last Sunday, CBS presented the premiere episode of The Good Fight, the excellent spinoff sequel series to The Good Wife, starring Christine Baranski. Tonight, you can see episode two – but not on CBS. You have to go to CBS All Access, the network’s streaming site, where you also can see episode three right now, offered as part of a one-week free trial basis. But from then on, you’ll have to pay – and if that weren’t bad enough, given that The Good Fight is better th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
26
 
 
Last week’s episode of Girls delivered a major surprise in the form of an unexpected revelation about one of its characters. (For a full report, see Eric Gould’s Cold Light Reader.) This week, we carry on with the ramifications of that discovery – and the newest fissure between the core group of friends.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
26
 
 
In tonight’s second episode, the structure of Crashing really takes shape, with aspiring standup comic Pete (Pete Holmes) going from fellow comic to fellow comic, and couch to couch, to crash while putting his life back together. This week, Artie Lange, who was featured last week, passes Pete off to T.J. Miller.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
25
 
 
Tonight’s second installment in this gorgeous, astoundingly photographed new nature series is called “Mountains,” and it includes footage capturing, for the first time, a snow leopard up close and personal, atop the world, with photography so breathtaking (taken with remote, movement-triggered cameras) that you absolutely must see them. As they say, there’s no leopards like snow leopards. And in case you missed last week’s premiere episode of Planet Earth II, it&rsq
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
25
 
 
Because of the Planet Earth II doubleheader tonight, The Graham Norton Show is being pushed back to 11 p.m. ET. But with Saturday Night Live still on break, it’s the best place tonight to see some fresh late-night entertainment. Norton’s scheduled guests include Denzel Washington, as well as (pictured) Keanu Reeves and Whoopi Goldberg.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Listen to the song Michael Dorman sings as agent John Tavner about six minutes into Patriot, this new series from Amazon. It’s about as dry, and as reservedly funny, as anything I’ve seen and heard on TV this year. And on the weird scale, it’s off the charts. Tavner is an intelligence officer whose new assignment is to help keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons – and that assignment places him in the midwest, at a piping firm. Co-stars include Terry O&
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
This week’s scheduled guests include Seth MacFarlane and Fran Lebowitz.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
23
 
 
Earlier this week, I was asked about this series by some of my students in class at Rowan University. They asked if I still watched Riverdale, and, if so, what I thought about it. I explained that I’d seen the first four episodes in advance, and was oddly intrigued enough by it to keep watching when episode five arrives – which it does tonight. I also said it wasn’t that I liked it, really, or thought it was very good, but that it was just so strange and tonally bizarre, as tho
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
23
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: In the well-known Lovin’ Spoonful song “Nashville Cats,” songwriter and lead singer John Sebastian sang about all the great guitar pickers in that city, and all the great music emanating from there. He also sang about falling in love with the dynamic new rockabilly, country, and rock and roll songs played on the radio in the early 1950s, and noting that the disc jockey informed him that “Every one is a Yellow Sun record from Nashville.” Well, ei
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
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