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TUESDAY
JUNE 25
2019

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Thirty years ago, a demonstration from Chinese students seeking democratic reforms from their Communist government leaders led to a seven-week occupation of Tiananmen Square in the central heart of China. Then, tragically, a bloodbath, with the Chinese Army surrounding and invading the city and opposing the protesters with troops, guns, and tanks. Three decades later, this documentary establishes the context, explains the calls for reform, presents news and amateur footage of how it all went wrong – home video cameras were relatively new – and new eyewitness interviews to put China’s biggest pro-democracy movement in perspective. Check local listings.
 
  
 
 

National Geographic, 9:00 p.m. ET

Let’s see. On Sunday, the first day of this four-day live TV look at the flora and fauna of Yellowstone National Park, I made a geyser pun. Yesterday, continuing the tradition, I made a bear joke. But tonight? The last thing I want to do is buffalo you…
 
  
 
 

Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s installment of Drunk History tells, in inebriated form, the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relocation to the United States, when they claimed New York City as their home – and were almost deported by J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon and a resentful U.S. government. The real John and Yoko Ono Lennon are shown here; tune in tonight to learn who plays them, in this televised, inebriated ballad of John and Yoko.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



Archer: 1999
FXX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Baskets
FXX
Thursdays
10 PM ET 

Black Mirror
Netflix
Streaming

City on a Hill
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET 

Fleabag
Prime Video
Streaming

Good Omens
Prime Video
Streaming 

The Handmaid's Tale
Hulu
Streaming

iZombie
CW
Thursdays
8 PM ET 

Jett
Cinemax
Fridays
10 PM ET 

Too Old to Die Young
Prime Video
Streaming
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Tony Karoke — James Corden is one of the all-time great live show hosts, and last Sunday’s Tony Awards (June 8th) was no exception. During a commercial break he looked for a willing audience member to quickly perform his now well-known karaoke segments. Unwilling (and then super-willing) volunteer Billy Porter (Pose, American Horror Story) took on “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from Gypsy and things escalated from there. —Eric Gould

 
 

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Good News TVWW readers: Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, the new collection edited by Douglas Howard and TVWW’s David Bianculli, is now on sale. More than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and tweet storms. TV Finales brings together seventy chapters, each focusing on a separate show, including reliable milestones such as The Fugitive and M*A*S*H through cutting-edge favorites like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Breaking Bad. Writers include today’s leading TV critics, along with many TVWW contributors. "The last word on TV endings." (Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine)
 
 
Television today is better than ever, and David’s book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific explores it all and how we got here. (Now on sale for $12). David maps the evolution of the classic TV genres – the sitcom, the crime show, doctor dramas, the Western – and many others. "The Platinum Age is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era... interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Matt Groening, Larry David, and Amy Schumer are high points. Bianculli has written a highly readable history." –The Washington Post
 
 
 

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