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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
our DVRs right now...


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

Man Seeking Woman
FXX
Wednesdays
10:30 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
17
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: It’s time for another Table seating. Season 3 of Chef’s Table drops today on Netflix, giving viewers the chance to visit with six more internationally renowned chefs, learn what makes them tick, and witness the results of their very creative culinary gifts. Watch as many as you want – but binge-watching, in this context, has an enhanced meaning. And don’t watch on an empty stomach. Featured chefs this season include two U.S. representatives – Ivan O
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
17
 
 
It’s not unusual for Bill Maher to make headlines for what he or his guests say on his late-night current-events-and-comedy discussion program – but this time, he’s made headlines even before the live show is televised. One of Maher’s scheduled guests tonight is Milo Yiannopoulos (pictured), the inflammatory figure whose scheduled appearance earlier this month at the University of California, Berkeley, was canceled after angry protesters gathered in front of the venue, th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
16
 
 
This fourth episode of the CW series Riverdale, based on the long-lasting Archie comics, is reviewed by a young reviewer, Chelsea Duff, in our latest Guest Contributor blog on TVWW. Meanwhile, the plot here keeps thickening, and tonight, the parents get some significant screen time, including Archie’s dad, played by former Beverly Hills, 90210 teen hearthhrob Luke Perry.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
16
 
 
Last week’s premiere installment of this new CNN documentary miniseries scored very high ratings, and expect the trend to continue with tonight’s second installment, titled “The Funnier Sex.” It’s referring to a gender, not an activity – and among the female comics profiled is that world-class funny woman, Carol Burnett.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
16
 
 
In this week’s episode, Chip (Zach Galifianakis) reunites with his twin brother, and his mom (played by Louie Anderson), in Bakersfield, for a memorable family reunion. It’s especially memorable, to me, because the twin boys are named Chip and Dale.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
16
 
 
In tonight’s new installment, Kyle MacLachlan, playing the mayor of Portlandia, leads a protest movement in which his city will sever its association with the established government. It may not be an easy task, but you know what they say: “If at first you don’t secede…”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
15
 
 
Part 3 of 3. There’s been a lot of suffering and injustice in this miniseries biography of Nelson Mandela, played by Laurence Fishburne, but tonight’s concluding installment is when triumph arrives, and Mandela’s long struggle for equality for his people finally is rewarded.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
15
 
 
This nonfiction miniseries about passenger airlines and flight – how we get and stay aloft, and how that intricate international pathway of flights is established and maintained – continues to be explored in tonight’s episode. It’s called “Airborne,” so get ready to be taken up, up, and away. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
15
 
 
Noah Hawley’s newest TV series, a major triumph of the 2017 TV year, presents its second episode. It’ll clarify many of the mysterious elements of last week’s stunningly dense, visually dazzling premiere, but also adds more mysteries of its own. And some more characters, including a deeper understanding of Melanie (Jean Smart), who in tonight’s episode tries to guide David (Dan Stevens) into a detailed reevaluation of his past.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
15
 
 
Every week, I think, well, this is a week that Samantha Bee can really sink her satiric teeth into. And every week, I think it again, almost exponentially…
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

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