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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
Feb
24
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Listen to the song Michael Dorman sings as agent John Tavner about six minutes into Patriot, this new series from Amazon. It’s about as dry, and as reservedly funny, as anything I’ve seen and heard on TV this year. And on the weird scale, it’s off the charts. Tavner is an intelligence officer whose new assignment is to help keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons – and that assignment places him in the midwest, at a piping firm. Co-stars include Terry O&
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
21
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: How many iterations of the same crime drama series idea will we be able to see? The answer, apparently, is: at least three. First there was the Danish-Swedish co-production called The Bridge, which was imported after FX presented its own adaptation with the same name. Both shows began with a dead body found on the border between two different jurisdictions – a body that, memorably and horrifyingly, actually was a gruesome connection of two bodies, severed at the waist and
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
21
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: For the Season 2 premiere, Jason Jones and Natalie Zea, as frazzled parents Nate and Robin, take their family off their extended road trip, and head to New York City – where Robin’s past, from when she lived there, looms especially large. Two new episodes are shown back-to-back to launch the new season.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
17
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: It’s time for another Table seating. Season 3 of Chef’s Table drops today on Netflix, giving viewers the chance to visit with six more internationally renowned chefs, learn what makes them tick, and witness the results of their very creative culinary gifts. Watch as many as you want – but binge-watching, in this context, has an enhanced meaning. And don’t watch on an empty stomach. Featured chefs this season include two U.S. representatives – Ivan O
 
 
 
  
 
 
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
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
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

 
 

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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