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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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American
Crime
ABC
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Americans
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Bates Motel
A&E
Mondays
9 PM ET

Baskets
FX
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Feud: Bette and Joan
FX
Sundays
10 PM ET

Girls
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

HUMANS
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Legion
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Planet Earth II
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Mar
16
 
 
This isn’t an advancement of the current competition – it’s a highlights special thrown onto the schedule as counter-programming against opening night of the NCAA college men’s basketball tournament. But if you’re not into basketball, and you haven’t watched The Voice this cycle, this is a fine way to spend some TV time tonight. The audition rounds ended last night, and this instant recap gives you a good sense of the high talent level of this year’s sin
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
16
 
 
Perhaps, after a full day of NCAA games, the last thing you want to watch on TV is even more Baskets. But this is different. And tonight’s new Baskets is built around a family yard sale. Sounds like a great place to pick up some cheap used French clown costumes…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
15
 
 
It’s chapter six of Legion, and if you haven’t watched every episode, you have little chance of understanding, at this point, what’s going on. And even if you have seen all five episodes thus far, you might be hard-pressed to connect all the dots. But the closer you watch, the more breathtaking this series is. Clarity, for now, can wait…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
15
 
 
Sundays belong to John Oliver, Saturdays to SNL, Fridays to Bill Maher – and Wednesdays, if you want a show that’s paying a lot of attention to both politics and comedy, another rich oasis to visit is this one and Samantha Bee.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
14
 
 
FX sent out the first three episodes of this fifth season for preview – and they’re really, really good. Tonight’s episode explores more of the central couple’s new cover identities as an airline pilot and hostess, getting into some amazingly relevant discussions about Russian and American ideals. It also unveils what I suspect will be the year’s dominant story arc, and also greets a few familiar returning faces, while elevating the dramatic ante in personal stories
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
13
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: This new series, imported and streamed beginning today on Acorn TV, features Martin Clunes, the British star of the long-time Doc Martin series, who embarks on a three-part documentary series, exploring some of the islands surrounding Australia. He visits 16 of them over this three-part series, having close encounters with such exotic animals as a devil on Tasmania’s Maria Island, a penguin on Phillip Island, lots of joeys (baby kangaroos, pictured) everywhere, and eve
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
13
 
 
This show is getting so good as it heads towards its finale, with each week’s show delivered a long-simmering new twist. Tonight, the long-repressed Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) gets more intimate with an unhappily married young blonde named Madeleine (played by Isabelle McNally, pictured), who, last week, confessed her attraction to Norman. Madeleine dresses and looks a lot like Norman’s mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), who, though dead, is still very much a presence in the Bates hou
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
13
 
 
Tonight, HUMANS presents a double-header, as the conflicts between humans and synths become more agitated – and, even when argued in seemingly civilized settings, have very dangerous implications and repercussions, for all of mankind. And, at the same time, all of synthkind.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
12
 
 
This final season of Girls has delivered one excellent, unexpected plot twist after another, from character revelations to the recent mini-play, in which guest star Matthew Rhys played an author either victimized by, or victimizing, Lena Dunham’s Hannah. Tonight, Hannah’s mom, Loreen (played by Becky Ann Baker), comes home to roost – or, at least, her problems and issues do, as Loreen comes to visit after separating from Hannah’s father.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
11
 
 
SERIES RETURN: Samurai Jack was an animated series about a time-traveling samurai warrior. It was a visually bold, Emmy-winning adventure series created by Genndy Tartakovsky, and ran for four seasons on the Cartoon Network from 2001-2004. Tonight it returns, with new installments, and with Tartakovsky again in charge, on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. It seems altogether fitting: a series about a Japanese warrior displaced in time resurfaces in a strikingly different era…
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series

Paul Reuben’s revived his TV character for last year’s comedy feature Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday and now, there is a new release of his 1986-91 CBS series that was must-see Saturday morning viewing not only for kids, but adults alike. The Emmy-winning playhouse was a surreal mash-up artwork by Wayne White, music by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and a cast of puppets and characters that included Laurence Fishburne, Phil Hartman and S. Epatha Merkerson (yes, that's Law and Order's Police Lieutenant Anita Van Buren!!) The madcap always finished with a moral message for kids. This re-mastered HD collection includes all 45 episodes, plus featurettes on the design and writing of the show, cast interviews, all on 8 discs. It’s available at Amazon for $26. (And see TVWW's review of the Wayne White documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing, here.) –Eric Gould