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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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The Divide
WeTV
Wednesdays
9 PM ET

Drunk History
Comedy Central
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

The Leftovers
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

NY Med
ABC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

POV
PBS
Mondays
10 PM ET
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Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

Rectify
Sundance
Thursdays
9 PM ET

The Strain
FX
Sundays
10 PM ET

Welcome to Sweden
NBC
Thursdays
9 PM ET
 
 
2014
Jul
27
 
 
MINISERIES RETURN: This is the conclusion of a truly, and literally, Herculean labor. It’s the conclusion of actor David Suchet’s commitment to starring in all 70 Agatha Christie stories centered around the self-satisfied Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. It’s a role he began playing a quarter of a century ago, and this final season, number 13, presents the final five stories in the canon, presented as feature-length telemovies. Tonight and next Sunday, PBS presents the first t
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
27
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This is WGN America’s second scripted drama series, and it’s even more ambitious than Salem. Manhattan is a period piece about the Manhattan Project, the top-secret development of the atomic bomb, but is unlike Oppenheimer, the superb miniseries from a previous generation. That drama starred Sam Waterston as the brilliant physicist in charge of the project, while Manhattan, at least initially, visits J. Robert Oppenheimer only peripherally, and focuses instead on tho
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
27
 
 
Creepy, creepy, creepy. In tonight’s episode three, the evil invading and infecting New York becomes more tangible, the villain becomes more identifiable – and the rats go crazy, in the lab, and out of it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
27
 
 
What drives William Masters (William Sheen) towards such a rebellious and controversial field of study? Tonight, we get a little insight into that question, thanks to an examination of his far from idyllic childhood.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
25
 
 
Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the guests on tonight’s show – and he’s so entertaining and interesting and quoteworthy, it’s not necessary to list any other guests. Just tune in.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
24
 
 
Greg Poehler, as an American willingly transplanted to Sweden to experience the land and lifestyle of his Swedish girlfriend, is very droll and funny here – and Josephine Bornebusch, playing the girlfriend, is one of the most pleasant surprises of the summer TV season. Together, they make a very sweet TV couple. And in tonight’s episode, even in this remote location, Welcome to Sweden finds room for another guest star: this week, it’s Aubrey Plaza, from Parks and Recreation.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
24
 
 
It makes sense that this really smart CNN documentary series would be perceptive enough to single out the year 1968 as one volatile and meaningful enough to warrant its own hour – titled, simply, 1968. And what relevance does that year hold today? Well, start with the Soviet incursion into Czechoslovakia, if you want modern parallels. And if you want pivotal historical events, start with the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the election of Richard Nixon,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
24
 
 
Daniel (Aden Young) continues his largely passive journey through the new, unexpected chapter in his life, not so much embracing freedom as wondering what to do with it. Tonight, a series of conversations and confrontations finally lead him in a direction – backwards, to consider the past.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
24
 
 
If you’ve been watching this uplifting nonfiction series this summer – and since it’s been winning its time slot since it premiered, many of you have – tonight’s installment is particularly dramatic, and involving. One of the many strong story lines that real life serves up in this documentary series tonight has to do with Debbie Yi, the doctor who has been showcased to great effect before. Tonight, she’s not only central to a case involving a patient –
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
24
 
 
Aya Cash’s Gretchen is a brave comedy character to inhabit with commitment – kind of like Dabney Coleman’s unapologetically acerbic TV host in Buffalo Bill so, so long ago. She does it beautifully, and somehow, remains beautiful as she does so – playing a magnetic personality that simultaneously repels and attracts. Her male counterpart in this new comedy, Chris Geere’s Jimmy, is outclassed and outshone – but it fits their unsteady, even unwanted onscreen rela
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
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'Shameless’: Original UK Series, Seasons 1&2

Like The Office, Shameless first appeared in the UK before arriving in the US, illustrating yet again that some of our best worst-behaving characters like William H. Macy’s Frank Gallagher come from across the pond. (1970s working class bigot Archie Bunker from All in the Family was based on Alf Garnett of the UK’s Till Death Us Do Part). In this case, the UK Shameless began the story of a deadbeat father of six spending his days drunk and out of work before it arrived on Showtime. Only the British brand of humor can look for the comic in grinding poverty and child neglect – and find it. The original first two seasons are on sale here for $10. –Eric Gould