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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
10
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: In this new series about a Paris fashion house trying to build a reputation in postwar WWII, Richard Coyle and Tom Riley star as brothers working together, and sometimes in opposition, to achieve that goal. They’re the stars, but I have more fun watching the other members of this show’s first fashion family. Mamie Gummer, who played Nancy the intrepid lawyer on The Good Wife, is intriguing – and Frances de la Tour, as the matriarch, is a scene-stealer. And I&rs
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
10
 
 
Can’t miss this one: This week’s scheduled guests include Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (pictured in an earlier appearance with Maher), comic Jim Jefferies, and, as the roundtable panelists, activist Karine Jean-Pierre, talk-show host Piers Morgan, and filmmaker John Waters.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
9
 
 
SEASON FINALE: What a perfect little streaming series this is. And by “little,” I’m not insulting the show, but praising its laser-focused beauty. Every episode is just Jerry Seinfeld, picking up his week’s guest in a vintage car, going somewhere to eat or drink, and chatting amiably. No audience. No promotions for upcoming projects. Just talk and laughter, making this arguably the purest of all talk shows. It’s such a precise concept, and Seinfeld is so revered and
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
3
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: It seems weird to say this, without any irony, but Santa Clarita Diet, which is unveiled today with its entire 10-episode first season available on Netflix, establishes itself instantly as one of the three best zombie shows on television right now. Or, to be even more specific, one of the two best zombie comedies. The zombie drama that’s part of the big three best undead series, is, of course, The Walking Dead. The other entertaining show, a zombie comedy-drama, is CW&rsqu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
2
 
 
This week, James Lipton’s guest on this new edition is Cuba Gooding Jr. – and Lipton may not note this, but I will, that Gooding, who became a star in the 1996 Cameron Crowe movie Jerry Maguire, has had a career resurgence of late because of television. And, in particular, because of TV auteur Ryan Murphy: Gooding has starred in the most recent iteration of  Murphy’s American Horror Story for FX, and, also for Murphy and FX, has starred as O.J. Simpson in the 2016 American
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
29
 
 
Last week, Carrie (Claire Danes) finally seemed to pull Quinn (Rupert Friend) out of his downward spiral. This week, it’s someone else’s turn to take on a sensitive task, as Saul (Mandy Patinkin) goes to Abu Dhabi.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
25
 
 
Man Seeking Woman has made the most of this season’s juicy story arc, which has Josh (Jay Baruchel) exploring all the ramifications of actually committing to a woman. In his case, it’s Lucy (Katie Findlay), who has been around since the opening scene of this current season. Tonight, Lucy takes Josh to meet her parents, and gets upset with his reaction to them. Not because he doesn’t get along with them – but because he does.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
Each episode in this new FX series gets a little more complicated, and a lot more intriguing. Tom Hardy’s starring central performance, though, has been excellent throughout – as has the performance of Zilpha by Oona Chaplin. Oona’s first name comes from her grandmother, an actress – and her last name comes from her grandfather, who also was in show business: Charlie Chaplin.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
19
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: In case you haven’t watched any of the previous seasons of this program, know two things. One, that it covers team play of various countries working their way to the Olympic games. Two, that curling is one of the most oddly soothing and hypnotically addicting competition events on television – right up there with darts and putting sheepdogs through their paces, but you have to watch British TV to see that stuff most of the time. This coverage of curling, that strange
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
13
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Forget about the Jim Carrey movie from a dozen years ago. This new Netflix version, overseen by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler and Barry Sonnenfeld (one of the show’s gifted directors), is delightful from start to finish. Well, start to the end of episode eight, which is all Netflix is providing during this first go-round. Each book in the original Series of Unfortunate Events series, telling of the continuing misadventures of a trio of orphaned siblings whose family
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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