ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: Does TV really need another cooking competition show? Of course not. But this one, like The Voice, brings something new to the mix: a democratic sense of fair play. In The Voice, contestants, in the initial round, are heard but not seen, so judges spin their chairs around in approval based on only the singing skills of the competitors. The Taste is the culinary equivalent of that. A quartet of judges, including Nigella Lawson (pictured) and Anthony Bourdain, select the best recipes in a blind taste test. Not blind as in blindfolded, but blind as in not knowing which chefs prepared which dishes, and having only one spoonful to register a very important first impression. So taste tonight's episode, and form your own first impression.

PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

This installment is devoted to prime-time soaps – but has such a narrow focus, it’s devoted almost entirely to Dallas, its spinoff Knots Landing and its main Eighties competitor Dynasty. Though ABC’s Sixties hit Peyton Place does get a mention, the genre’s first prime-time series, DuMont’s Faraway Hill in 1946, isn’t noted at all, not even with a fleeting mention. Nor, for that matter, is the current TNT revival sequel to Dallas, which seems really odd. All that said, this hour is worth watching for getting Larry Hagman on the record before he died, and for exploring and explaining both the “Who Shot J.R.?” and “Bobby Ewing in the Shower” Dallas phenomena. Check local listings.

NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: This final episode of the season is a pivotal one, especially for the women on the show. Kristina (Monica Potter, pictured) gets ready for the next stage of her cancer treatment, and Sarah (Lauren Graham) makes the choice regarding the two men in her life.

BBC America, 10:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: Dominic Monaghan, the charismatic actor who played Charlie on Lost and “Merry” Brandybuck in the Lord of the Rings movies, takes viewers on a hectic romp to try and hunt dangerous animals and insects – but only with a film crew, and a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm. He ends up being an infectiously delighted, unafraid and nature-loving mixture of Sir David Attenborough and the late Steve Irwin. The opener takes him, and us, to Laos, and deep into a cave in search of the world’s largest spider. For a review of the show, and an interview with Monaghan, see Bianculli’s Blog.

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Where are things going this season? I’m not sure – but the twin primary plots this year, a cold case involving a skyjacker thief and the intrusion of a new fundamentalist religious sect into the Kentucky countryside, seem quite promising. And Timothy Olyphant, as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, continues to swagger with a wry comic edge that hasn’t been seen since early Eastwood.
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I appreciate whoever posted the Rachel Maddow video. Her work was so impressive there I started watching her news hour on MSNBC and it does not disappoint. I watch little network TV news due to mainstream media propaganda that has become the so-called news so it's very refreshing to see something other than that.
Nov 24, 2015   |  Reply
I watch so much regular TV I have no room/time to see the streaming ones, all well I'm sure my TV schedule will lighten up by mid summer :)
Nov 20, 2015   |  Reply
I should know better than to wait until 9 p.m. to check for Best Bets, and find that I have missed "Reflections in a Golden Eye".
Nov 19, 2015   |  Reply
sandra spring
Manhatton is so well acted and well written. Thanks for recommending it. Fargo, good as the first season! Waiting for more wife and less Eli on The Good Wife. The Affair is such an emotionally powerful show. Takes my breadth away.
Nov 19, 2015   |  Reply
Sandra, I'm glad you liked Manhattan. It's such a fine show that too few people know about except for TVWW fans. I feel the same as you about The Affair, The Good Wife and Fargo. I record all shows and I always choose to watch The Affair first though Fargo is a very close second for sure.
Nov 22, 2015
Last week's episode of Manhattan is heartfelt, sad, and beautiful. Especially when the journalist tells of it’s unsung heroes. I hope people don't miss watching Manhattan.
Nov 18, 2015   |  Reply
sandra spring
Angela,good to find someone who appreciates Manhattan, as i do!! I watched the Tuesday episode last night, after Thanksgiving dinner. Don't want to spoil it for those who haven't see it, but what a dramatic shift it's taken. And The Affair continues to amaze and enthrall. The Returned is creepy, tho am hanging in for now.
Nov 27, 2015
Vince everett
I don't know if the "Extras" section is still active , but I couldn't let this one pass....on a recent Blue Bloods episode , the Ford Mustang from the movie Bullitt was stolen... It's current owner was a man named Cairo..... the collector looking to aquire the car was a man named Gutman....sound familiar ??? Only problem ? It's a Mustang not a Falcon and the Detective was named Reagan not Spade
Nov 13, 2015   |  Reply
Craig Brown
I love the site, but I think you're mistaken about the Chuck Lorre Two Broke Girls connection. He's doing Mom, Big Bang, and Mike & Molly.
Nov 12, 2015   |  Reply
I'm with you on Fargo, along with The Affair, The Knick, Manhattan, and The Good Wife.
Nov 9, 2015   |  Reply
I think there has been marked decline in the quality of the writing for The Good Wife this season. Is that just me? Has there been a change in personnel?
Nov 7, 2015   |  Reply
I've read comments about last season's Good Wife not being up to snuff, but I loved it. I'm not so sure about this season, you may be right.
Nov 9, 2015
I disagree with your assesment of Effie on Greenlight.
She is a narcisist, and was condesending and patronizing.
She may have been doing her job, but if I were her boss, she would be fired.
She could have done her job and still be a nice person.
Nov 2, 2015   |  Reply
First time visitor to the site and boy is it confusing! I assumed from the name of the site that it would be easy to find a couple of show to watch. Like many others, I'm not interested in the network TV schedule. I prefer to watch on demand and online.

What's "worth watching" this fall? This year? It's fine to list shows from decades ago, just make it easy to find the current stuff too.
Oct 27, 2015   |  Reply
EG, I feel silly 'cause I never scrolled down far enough to see the descriptions for the shows until just now!
Nov 9, 2015
Hello Kelly: Check out the "TV We're Watching" feature at the bottom of the home page or go to the page here: ( These are shows currently favored by David and other TVWW writers... --EG
Nov 4, 2015
As a long time yet regular visitor to the site,I'm wondering if I'm looking at the same site. If anything,the site is based in the moment,whether it's network,cable,channels not necessarily easily received like a start up,and online sources like Netflix. It's David's opinion of what has value that day. One can quickly go to the "new fall" shows with starting dates for any advance buzz about a new series. As for "lists from decades ago",outside of the "seal of approval" and heads up of new DVD packages which may be about older series,there is little additonal mention of the past. Along with online news and comics,this is my 2015 daily newspaper fix.
Oct 27, 2015
Tropic Thunder remains one of the funniest, smartest 'inside baseball' comedies of all time. Tom Cruise's fabulously OTT role (barely recognisable) is a must-see.
Oct 25, 2015   |  Reply
Thank you for the heads up about The Man In the High Castle on Amazon. I adored the first episode but I never would have known about the new episodes. So glad it continues to deliver.
Oct 24, 2015   |  Reply
I remember "Mama" -- watching with my mom. I think the youngest girl was named Dagmar, or something similar, and my mother telling me that the young actress who played her could recite the alphabet backwards!! I soon taught myself to accomplish that feat. I most remember the episode on Christmas Eve
where she steals into the barn to hear the animals speak.... Thanks for the heads up. I'll be recording the watch later, perhaps, with my granddaughter.
Oct 24, 2015   |  Reply
Hate TV this time of year for most of the Horror fare. The best thing to be said is that at least it keeps us away from the next season and all things Hallmark. And hats off for TCM for showing I Remember Mama,while most others would be showing I Dismember Mama. Unfortunately,a good pun became a real movie-1972.You can look it up.
Oct 24, 2015   |  Reply
Bob Goldstein
Hilary Clinton being interviewed by Rachel Maddow. Will be a kissup interview.
Oct 23, 2015   |  Reply
Thanks for the 'Ode to Joy' Video Worth Watching. Made my day, and then some!
Oct 23, 2015   |  Reply
You must have been asleep when you wrote today's picks. It's the Royals, not the Chiefs (are you really a baseball fan?).
Oct 16, 2015   |  Reply
Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City " Chiefs"

Why highlight a sports event when you don't know
the names of the teams. You make more mistakes on
sports than anything else.This is not the first time.
Remember getting the winner of last years Super Bowl
wrong? Confusing baseball and football has happened before.
Oct 16, 2015   |  Reply
Correction on Fri 10/16 Best Bets: Kansas City ROYALS not Chiefs
Oct 16, 2015   |  Reply
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David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

Behind David in the picture is the first TV owned by his father, Virgil Bianculli, a 1946 Raytheon. (The TV, not his father. His father was a 1923 Italian.) David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He also teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University, and his most recent book, 2009's Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, has recently been purchased for film rights.  He's currently at work on another.