Tonight’s Best TV


Sunday, October 19

  • The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXV

    Like the World Series and pumpkin spice latte jokes, The Simpsons' Halloween showcase is a seasonal tradition that's basically impervious to letter grades. We're giving one anyway, because it's really good.

  • Madam Secretary

    Welcome back to the Good Wife tailgate party! We'll provide the white wine and pita chips, but feel free to BYO hummus.

  • Resurrection

    Rachael is given some unsettling news regarding her baby. '

  • Ghost Stalkers

    Paranormal investigators Chad and John try to find out what's on the other side.

Monday, October 20


    American Dad

    What's different now that the Smiths have moved from Fox to TBS? ''We can say two s---s and a goddammit per episode, which is refreshing,'' says exec producer Matt Weitzman.

  • The Big Bang Theory

    Sheldon and Raj re-create the conditions in a steam tunnel, possibly confirming the Big Hair Theory.

  • Sleepy Hollow

    Crane and Katrina discover ''unsettling things about each other's pasts.

  • Scorpion

    Walter & Co. attempt to prevent a nuclear reactor from melting down without any help from Sheldon and Raj.

  • Independent Lens

    This episode will look at the bond between adopted twins who are raised apart from each other (before reuniting for a Lifetime movie, of course).

  • The Blacklist

    While Keen chases ecoterrorists, Red ''pursues someone close to his heart.''

Tuesday, October 21

  • Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn

    When Fox News waged a war against Sesame Street's ''liberal'' agenda, then-Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac appeared on the program in Muppet form.

  • World Series: Game 1

    A classic matchup between the Cardinals (or Giants) and Orioles (or Royals).

  • Freak Out

    This elaborate prankfest from the Jersey Shore producers aims to scare the #@!* out of unsuspecting victims.

Wednesday, October 22


    Web Therapy

    In the season 4 premiere, Gwyneth Paltrow plays Maya Ganesh, a serenity-bell-ringing healer who consults Fiona (Lisa Kudrow) via Skype to treat her anger issues.

  • The Goldbergs

    Adam tells Barry that he can hack into the school's computers and change grades.

  • The 100

    Season 2 begins with one man left in space, everyone else on Earth, and some under Earth.

  • Key & Peele

    A man is convinced his wife is having an affair with a dog.

Thursday, October 23



    Considering the bland inanity of CNN and the state of mind that enhances Adult Swim, it's hard to delineate between the ''real'' news and the lethal satirical absurdity of Newsreaders.

  • The Vampire Diaries

    In order to get back home, Damon must relive the single worst day of his life.

  • Food Factory USA

    Do your best to remain upright after touring the Budweiser brewery and Jim Beam factory.

  • Project Runway

    I am both the model of impatience and hanging by a thread as season 13 is sewn up tonight, and you can be assured of one thing: I know nothing about this show.

  • A to Z

    Zelda can't decide whether to invite her new boyfriend to her aunt's funeral.

  • How to Get Away With Murder

    And now the shy member of the intern murder gang, Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza), steps into the spotlight.

  • Monsters Inside Me

    A bizarre illness ravages a man's intestines, and a teen mysteriously loses her vision while driving and has to live in a dark room.

  • Surgeon Oz

    More like Dr. Ahhhs after you watch Mehmet Oz in all kinds of lifesaving surgical action at a New York hospital.

  • Parenthood

    Young-love alert: Max receives a little ''botched'' advice from Adam and a lot of worried looks from Kristina about the new girl in his life.

Friday, October 24



    There's an utterly unnecessary Supernatural-ish, Grimm-esque TV series to be made out of John Constantine, the damned DC Comics occult detective, and by golly, NBC has made it. Poorly.

  • Alpha House

    An ex-player transforms into a war hero thanks to John Goodman's Gil John, who lives to regret it.

  • Shark Tank

    A trio pitch BeatBox Beverages, a company that makes tricked-out wine in a cardboard boom box.

Saturday, October 25

  • Doctor Who

    Apparently the Doctor has run out of aliens to fight, so now he must take on a much more invasive species: trees.

  • My Cat From Hell

    A feline who pees everywhere may drive a roommate to move out.

  • High School Possession

    School paper + church youth group + exorcism + BFF in trouble + Lifetime = maybe just the first 20 minutes...

  • Survivor's Remorse

    Newly minted hoops star Cam Calloway is angling for a sick shoe deal.

  • The Good Witch's Wonder

    You know Ichabod Crane would totally have a crush on Cassie Nightingale.

  • Scorned: Love Kills

    This episode is titled ''The Virgin and the Bachelorette,'' so...maybe the full hour.

  • D-Day to Victory

    Let's learn about a WWII skirmish called the Battle for Caen, which few people know ended with William Shatner shaking with anger and shouting, ''CAAAAAEEENNNNN!''

  • Austin City Limits

    Jeff Tweedy is joined by son/drummer Spencer, who should just make his 11 p.m. curfew.

  • 10 Things You Don't Know About

    Henry Rollins digs up gold-rush truth nuggets. 49ers QB Joe Montana's golden arm was metaphorical?

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