The first Presidential debate, ‘The Good Lord Bird,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week


Emergency Call: This new unscripted series follows 911 operators and the dramatic calls they field. Series premiere.  9 p.m., ABC

Whose Vote Counts, Explained: Have questions about the Electoral College but are too embarrassed to ask? This new limited series has you covered. Premiere. Netflix

50 States of Fright: Sam Raimi’s horror anthology returns in time for the spooky season. Season premiere. Quibi


The First Presidential Debate: While I’m looking forward to them, I genuinely wonder who needs the debates — WHO HASN’T DECIDED BETWEEN THESE TWO ALREADY???? 8 p.m., ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, CSPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, Vice

Weakest Link: Jane Lynch hosts the reboot of this trivia game show. Series premiere. 7 p.m., NBC

True Colors: The stories of Hispanic trailblazers, including Alex Rodríguez, John Leguizamo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mario Lopez, Ellen Ochoa, Laurie Hernandez, Lele Pons, and Ángela Aguilar, are explored in this new series. Series premiere. Peacock


The 100: Clarke and her friends have reached the final battle. Series finale. 7 p.m., The CW

NBA Finals & Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night: Heat vs. Lakers. Let the quarantine battle begin! 7 p.m., ABC

Love Island: Season finale. 8 p.m., CBS

The Boys in the Band: Ryan Murphy updates the classic play and 1970’s film with Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins. Premiere. Netflix

American Murder: The Family Next Door: An examination of the Watt family murders, in which Christopher Watts murdered his pregnant wife and two young daughters. Premiere. Netflix

South Park: In the season premiere, the pandemic hits South Park, Colorado. Season premiere. 8 p.m., Comedy Central


Let’s Be Real: A political puppet show from the Triumph the Insult Comic Dog guy. Premiere. 8 p.m., Fox

A World of Calm: Basically, this is bedtime stories for grownups told by famous people. Series premiere. HBO Max

Scare Me: Aya Cash and Josh Reuben star in this horror comedy in which two strangers try to frighten one another with scary stories. Premiere. Shudder

Code 4040: Robocop if Robocop was a comedy. Premiere. Peacock


Emily in Paris: A young marketing executive moves to Paris to start a new job and find love or something. Remember when we could go to Paris? Series premiere. Netflix

Monsterland: This new horror anthology series is based on Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters, and features all sorts of strange beasts who drive desperate people to do desperate things. Series premiere. Hulu

Dick Johnson is Dead: A filmmaker deals with her fear of her father’s death by making him die over and over again in this quirky and moving documentary. Premiere. Netflix

Tiny World: A look at the world through the eyes of the world’s smallest creatures. Premiere. Apple TV+

Undercover Boss: Time to reopen the wig closet. Season premiere. 8 p.m., CBS

Kingdom of Silence: A documentary about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi Arabian government. Premiere.8 p.m., Showtime

Warrior: Season two of the drama based on Bruce Lee’s life. Season premiere. 9 p.m., Cinemax


Saturday Night Live: Chris Rock and Houston’s own Megan Thee Stallion bust open the new season. Season premiere. 10:30 p.m., NBC

Downhill: Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in this remake of a Swedish dark comedy about a man who panics and abandons his family during a life-threatening event. 7 p.m., HBO

Austin City Limits: The Very Best of John Prine opens the 46th season. 11:30 p.m., PBS


The Walking Dead: The season finale is finally here, six months after it was originally supposed to air. Season finale. 8 p.m., AMC

The Walking Dead: World Beyond: Another Walking Dead spinoff, which literally no one asked for. Series premiere. 9 p.m., AMC

The Good Lord Bird: Etha Hawke stars in this new series about the lunatic and leader of the raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime

black-ish: This two-part special follows Junior’s journey as a first-time voter. 9 p.m., ABC

The Comedy Store: This five-part documentary series explores the history of the iconic Los Angeles comedy club. Premiere. 9 p.m., Showtime

Pandora: Jax comes face-to-face with her mother in the season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet: The legendary documentary maker discusses his life and what it is like to witness the impact of humans’ actions on our planet. Premiere.  Netflix

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