‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘American Gods,’ ‘Catastrophe’ and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week


Bates Motel: Somehow, this show manaegd to make Psycho even creepier. Series finale. 9 p.m., A&E

Gotham: The Court of the Owls reveals its next move in the midseason premiere. 7 p.m., Fox

APB: Season (series?) finale. 8 p.m., Fox


Great News: Tina Fey’s new show is set once again in the world of television: this time at a hectic cable news network, where a producer is horrified to learn her mother has become an intern. Series premiere.  8 p.m., NBC

Genius: Geoffrey Rush stars as Albert Einstein in this new series. 8 p.m., NGC

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion: Third and final piece of the reunion puzzle. Tata, ladies!  8 p.m., Bravo

The Detour: Season finale of the raunchiest “family comedy” on television. 9:30 p.m. TBS

Outsiders: Series finale (unless some other network buys this show, which could still happen). 8 p.m., WGN


The Handmaid’s Tale: Elisabeth Moss stars in this harrowing adaptation of the classic Atwood novel. More timely than ever, unfortunately. Three episodes will be available today, after which one episode a week will be released, which is probably for the best, because this is going to be too painful to binge. Series premiere. Hulu

Gomorrah: Second season premiere. 9 p.m., Sundance

Watch What Happens Live!: Dorida and John Oliver. Perfect combo. 10 p.m., Bravo


President Show: The Yam-in-Chief gets his own late night show. Series premiere. 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Fire Island: In this new reality series, six friends party on Fire Island. And if you don’t know what Fire Island is, this might not be the show for you. Series premiere. 7 p.m., Logo

Kicking & Screaming: Three team race to the finish. Season finale. 8 p.m., Fox

Dark Net: A look into how the internet helps spread extremism, from white nationalism to Islamic jihadism.  9 p.m., Showtime


Catastrophe: God damn it, watch this show. It’s hilarious. Season premiere. Amazon

Dear White People: An adaptation of the film of the same name, and hey! the creator is a graduate of HSPVA! And bonus: this show makes white supremacists SO ANGRY! Which is reason enough to watch, honestly. Series premiere. Netflix

Casting JonBenet: This documentary-drama hybrid looks weird and fascinating, check out the trailer below. Netflix

Rosewood: Season (series?) finale. 7 p.m., Fox


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Not the White House Correspondent’s Dinner: Alternative White House Correspondent’s Dinner. 9 p.m., TBS

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes, and Nile Rodgers. 7 p.m., HBO

Don’t Breathe: A taut thriller about a home invasion that goes very very wrong for the invaders. 8 p.m., Starz


American Gods: OH MY GODS IT’S FINALLY HERE AND IT IS AS GOOD AS YOU’D HOPED. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Starz

American Crime: Season (and possibly series) finale. 9 p.m., ABC

United Shades of America: W. Kamau Bell looks at immigration and refugees in the season premiere that helps me complete an “America” trifecta here. 9 p.m., CNN

One thought on “‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘American Gods,’ ‘Catastrophe’ and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week

  1. For Friday, I would add “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992” at 8 on ABC. This 2-hour documentary about the decade leading up to the LA riots is from John Ridley, creator and executive producer of “American Crime.” The somewhat longer (145 minutes) theatrical version has gotten “universal acclaim” (Metacritic) from reviewers.

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