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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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Drunk History
Comedy Central
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Happy Valley
Netflix
Streaming

The Honorable Woman
Sundance
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Intruders
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

The Knick
Cinemax
Fridays
10 PM ET

Manhattan
WGN America
Sundays
10 PM ET

Moyers & Company
PBS
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POV
PBS
Mondays
10 PM ET
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Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Strain
FX
Sundays
10 PM ET
 
 
2014
Aug
30
 
 
If you watched last week’s super-hyped premiere, and want to return for more, here’s episode 2. I point this out more as a possible service, for those who were more taken by last week’s premiere than I, than with much degree of actual enthusiasm.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
29
 
 
In case you’ve fallen behind, or never started: Tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. ET, Cinemax is repeating the first three episodes of its new, very good period medical series, starring Clive Owen as a dedicated but temperamental doctor in 1900. It’s a fine way to get up to speed: consider it a mini-binge.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
29
 
 
Despite one foot deformed by polio, or perhaps in part because of it, Dorothea Lange became a photographer who focused extensively, and invaluably, on the usually unseen and ignored: migrant workers and farmers in the Dust Bowl of the Thirties, Japanese-Americans forced into U.S. internment camps in the Forties, and so on. The images she captured are haunting, and linger with you – as does this very informative, understandably tender biographical study. Dyanna Taylor, who’s worked on
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
28
 
 
In tonight’s new show, Garfunkel and Oates, a.k.a. (but less known as) Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, are on the road touring when they realize an upcoming show will be their live performance number 1000 together. They’re in the mood to celebrate – but the venue that particular evening is particularly hostile, even before they take the stage.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
28
 
 
As this series moves forward, we learn the most about its characters by moving backwards – by watching, and gleaning key facts from, the occasional flashbacks. It’s an approach that Lost used to great advantage, and this series does it as well – as in tonight’s new episode, which reveals even more about Nessa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) while she and Atika were held hostage.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
27
 
 
Two “Treehouse” treats. At 11:30 a.m. ET, there’s “Treehouse of Horror XIII” from Season 14, the 2002 episode including the Island of Dr. Moreau takeoff with half-animal versions of the entire Simpsons clan. Then, at 10:30 p.m. ET, there’s 2003’s “Treehouse of Terror XIV,” which includes another mad scientist segment – this time Professor Frink, the thick-glasses, frantic-Jerry Lewis-talking, lab-coat-wearing oddball who, in this piece,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
27
 
 
Two more episodes are shown back-to-back tonight, as CBS rushes to finish off this show’s summer run before the rollout of new fall shows. Tonight, Molly’s “son” is around, and learning, and growing – and that sentence may refer to more than just her robot “offspring.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
25
 
 
SERIES FINALE: Agatha Christie’s Poirot, an imported British mystery series that began being televised here in 1989, concludes officially today, as the streaming site Acorn TV premieres the final episode starring David Suchet as the fussy but observant Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. As with almost every other story in the Christie canon, this one ends with Poirot explaining how he cracked the case and identifying both the murderer and his methods. The difference, this time, is that he
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
24
 
 
SERIES FINALE: This is it: the end of the road for the True Blood story, and all its characters. I’ve liked how the producers have started to wrap things up and give certain characters their last moment in the sun. Which reminds me: With all these sudden suicidal mood swings by ailing vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who has refused to drink the blood that could heal him, I can’t help wondering why, if he’s embracing the idea of the “true death,” he’s let
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
24
 
 
Right after True Blood ends tonight, you can flip from HBO to FX and compare the cable vampire drama of today to the one of tomorrow – because The Strain, indeed, represents the next generation. It may not be bloodier, and it’s certainly not sexier, but it sure is scarier.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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