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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
11
 
 
Tonight's show features a reunion of X-Men co-stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, but not technically for that series of movies. Stewart and Jackman are visiting Graham Norton tonight to promote Logan, Jackman's newest Marvel Comics entry in his Wolverine spinoff series, while McKellan is on hand to promote the new live-action movie version of Beauty in the Beast, in which he plays Cogsworth.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
11
 
 
On tonight’s new edition, Scarlett Johansson hosts Saturday Night Live for the fifth time – earning her entrance into the show’s ultra-exclusive Five-Timers Club, a group ranging from old-time SNL veterans Tom Hanks and Steve Martin to more modern frequent SNL flyers Alec Baldwin and Justin Timberlake. And Johansson, on SNL, deserves her return invitations: She’s been consistently funny and increasingly fearless. Tonight’s musical guest: Lorde.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
10
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This is the second season of this Amazon drama series, and the final one. It’s already been announced that this series, starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delany as a controversial judge and his wife, will stop production after this new round of episodes, which unspool today. The couple faces a murder trial – and, as with last season, there’s an unpredictability to the plots and the characters, and a high talent level among the starring and supporting actors, that m
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
10
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Gillian Jacobs stars as Mickey, and Paul Rust as Gus, in this uncomfortable love story returning with its entirety of Season 2 today on Netflix. They play very flawed, complicated and verbal people who are attracted to each other despite their own hesitations and foibles – and watching their love blossom in Love is not so much seeing a flower slowly and beautifully unfurl, but a wheezy old car jerk through a series of bad gear-shift changes. But, some would say, that&rsquo
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
9
 
 
This week’s story has Betty’s sister, Polly, on the loose, and Jughead in danger of being locked up. Just another week in Riverdale, which continues to be as odd a town as Riverdale is a series…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
9
 
 
Tonight’s installment in this CNN documentary series is called “Ripped from the Headlines.” I haven’t previewed it, but it’s safe to presume it will start, or at least feature a segment on, Mort Sahl, the comedian who began performing standup comedy in the early 1950s, walking onstage with a newspaper and referring to current events covered in that day’s edition. Sahl, 89, still performs his act – and many comics since his debut have borrowed his.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
7
 
 
Shows such as this one depend upon the mercurial abilities of its stars, to embody different characters and looks as they work their way through a series of schemes and scams. This series counts on actress Inbar Lavi – and so far, adopting only a few guises, she’s managed already to make quite a strong impression.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
3
 
 
The last time environmental author Bill McKibben was on Real Time with Bill Maher, five years ago (pictured), he memorably told Maher, “We broke the Arctic.” Wonder what he’s going to say in 2017, making a return visit as one of this week’s scheduled guests, just as the Environmental Protection Agency comes under new management.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
26
 
 
Last Sunday, CBS presented the premiere episode of The Good Fight, the excellent spinoff sequel series to The Good Wife, starring Christine Baranski. Tonight, you can see episode two – but not on CBS. You have to go to CBS All Access, the network’s streaming site, where you also can see episode three right now, offered as part of a one-week free trial basis. But from then on, you’ll have to pay – and if that weren’t bad enough, given that The Good Fight is better th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
26
 
 
In tonight’s second episode, the structure of Crashing really takes shape, with aspiring standup comic Pete (Pete Holmes) going from fellow comic to fellow comic, and couch to couch, to crash while putting his life back together. This week, Artie Lange, who was featured last week, passes Pete off to T.J. Miller.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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