‘Pose,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ President Biden’s address to Congress and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week.


Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days: I was a Sesame Street kid — it taught me some of the most important things in my life, including how to read, and how to be empathetic. Happy birthday, Sesame Street! 7 p.m., ABC

In Search of Darkness: Part II: This four-hour documentary series explores 1980s horror icons. Shudder

Bull: In the 100th episode, Bull takes on what sounds an awful lot like the Jeffrey Epstein mess. 9 p.m., CBS

Frontline: The Virus That Shook the World: The first year of the pandemic is explored in this two-part documentary, in case you’re already feeling nostalgic. 8 p.m., PBS


The Handmaid’s Tale: June strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader in the fourth season. Hulu

Fatma: A non-descript house cleaner goes on a murder spree looking for her missing husband in this dark Turkish drama. Netflix

The Real Housewives of New York City: How They Got Here: The ladies return next week. Here’s a handy recap of previous seasons — or you can read my recaps which I am still frantically trying to catch up with before the premiere of season 13. 9 p.m., Bravo


Presidential Address to the Joint Session of Congress: It’s not the State of the Union, but it’s essentially the State of the Union. 8 p.m., ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, CSPAN

Headspace Guide to Sleep: Learn how to sleep better. YES, PLEASE. Premiere. Netflix

RoboCop marathon: All three movies in the RoboCop saga. Fun fact: RoboCop 2 was filmed in Houston. (It doesn’t make it any good, though.) 7 p.m., Showtime 2


Mosquito Coast: Justin Theroux and Melissa George star in this new adaptation of the Paul Theroux novel. (I will just note that the reviews have not been particularly positive for the series, many comparing it to a watered-down Ozark, but I love me some Justin Theroux, so there you go.) Series premiere. Apple TV+

Things Heard & Seen: Amanda Seyfried stars in this haunted house movie: “A Manhattan couple moves to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley and comes to discover that their marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals their new home’s history. Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundage.” Premiere. Netflix

The Big Shot with Bethenny: Bethenny Frankel turns the search for her second-in-command into a reality competition. Sure, why not. Premiere. HBO Max

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse: Michael B. Jordan stars in this film adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, which is as much information you really need, right? FINE. He’s an elite Navy SEAL who, while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, uncovers a plot that could cause an all-out war between the U.S. and Russia. So, your typical Woman in Refrigerator plotline. Premiere. Amazon

Chasing Ocean Giants: Patrick Dykstra chases whales around. Premiere. Discovery+

Let’s Be Real: Robert Smiegel is behind the American version of the classic U.K. puppet series Splitting Image. WARNING: There will be a Ted Cruz puppet, so prepare yourself. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Fox

Impractical Jokers: Season 9. 9 p.m., TruTV

NFL Draft: I will never understand why anyone would want to watch any draft, but it’s going to be broadcast across three different networks, so clearly I’m in the minority here. By the way, the Draft continues on Friday and Saturday nights. 7 p.m., ABC, ESPN, NFLN


MacGyver: Mac and Riley have nanotrackers in their bodies in the series finale. 7 p.m., CBS

Pet Stars: Pet agents find pet stars in this new series. Netflix

22 vs Earth: This is a new Pixar short set before the events in Soul. Disney+


Tenet: Christopher Nolan’s time-twisty action thriller comes to cable. HBO

Inspiring America: The 2021 Inspiration List: This new special honors those Americans who have served as inspirations to millions. The first honorees includeHamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés, and CEO of Feeding America Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. 7 p.m., NBC


Pose: Bianca becomes a nurse’s aide in the third and final season premiere. 9 p.m., FX

The Girlfriend Experience: A young woman moves to London where she juggles a tech job and providing the “girlfriend experience.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., Starz

Legends of Tomorrow: Sara is kidnapped by Aliens in the season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW


3 thoughts on “‘Pose,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ President Biden’s address to Congress and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week.

  1. And don’t forget, Saturday: The Kentucky Derby, this year with a crowd (but they’re going to hold it down to 45,000 or so, so good for them). 1:30 p.m., NBC, with post time at 5:50 p.m. or so

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