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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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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
14
 
 
There’s a theatrical premiere in tonight’s plot – but also, predictably, a Valentine’s Day story as well.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
13
 
 
Tonight’s time-traveling episode returns to Prohibition, specifically in 1931 Chicago, to go all gangsta for a while. This series’ co-creator, Eric Kripke, reaches out to a recurring player from his previous series, Misha Collins (the angel Castiel on the CW’s Supernatural), to play the role of gangster-hunting Eliot Ness (pictured). In this episode, the gangster being hunted is none other than Al Capone.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
13
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: I really liked this show when it premiered on AMC, as a dark adaptation of an already dark Swedish series. William Hurt was one standout star last year, as an early-version developer of “synths” – humanlike robots who may or may not be more alive than their creators imagine. He’s gone, but Emily Berrington (pictured) and Gemma Chan, as synths Niska and Anita, are back, and a new cast addition this series is Carrie-Anne Moss, co-star of The Matrix movies,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
12
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Like so many miniseries-style series popping up these days, The Missing presents a new story, with a largely new cast of characters, each season. For this new season of this imported British drama, David Morrissey, not too long ago seen as the governor on The Walking Dead, joins the cast as the father of a missing girl, who has been gone for more than a decade, but may have suddenly resurfaced. And if you like tonight’s premiere, you can keep going, instantly. While Starz
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
12
 
 
The more mature Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) gets in this series, the more Coleman gets to strut her acting chops. Each episode, as she gets older, seems to get better, as the politics and the royal court become more complicated, and the Queen navigates, with increasing deftness, between the throne and her family and private life. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
12
 
 
MIDSEASON RETURN: In the finale to the first half of the season, before taking an extended break, The Walking Dead reunited several characters who had been separated by various plot factions, villains, and circumstance. These included Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) – though a few other familiar characters failed to make it through the episode alive. But now, as the midseason premiere arrives, so does a determination for the
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
12
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: It’s the sixth and final season for Girls, and this is the year when Hannah) Lena Dunham and her crew finally learn what they mean to each other – and what they don’t. The season begins with Hannah getting an opinion piece published in The New York Times. (Hey, Hannah, we have something in common…)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
12
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: John Oliver starts his fourth season of focused satirical analysis of the news – and I’ve missed him dearly. Also, his promos (pictured, with Larry David making a cameo) have been funnier, and better written and performed, than any new sitcom this season. And those are just the promos…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
11
 
 
Tonight’s new show features a lineup you won’t see on most other talk shows, if any: It’s led by Annette Bening and Andrew Garfield.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
11
 
 
According to NBC, tonight’s new edition of Saturday Night Live marks the 17th time that Alec Baldwin has hosted the program. Ed Sheeran is the musical guest – but it’s because of Baldwin, and expectations surrounding his latest lacerating President Trump sketch, that the ratings for tonight’s program are predicted to be huuuuuuge.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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