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Welcome to TV We're Watching (yes, another TVWW!), a handy, but by no means comprehensive list of weekly shows we enjoy watching – and that are in rotation right now. And on our DVRs. (Check out the full list -- not all shows are featured in the thumbnails. –TVWW.)

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



2 Dope Queens
HBO
Fridays
11 PM ET

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

Crashing
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

Drunk History
Comedy Central
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

The Passage
Fox
Mondays
9 PM ET

Pen15
Hulu
Streaming

Planet Earth: Dynasties
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

True Detective
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Victoria on Masterpiece
PBS
Sundays
8 PM ET
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2019
Jan
24
 
 
SEASON FINALE: My favorite current TV comedy has been known to shake things up with its season finales, and tonight’s Season 3 closer should be no exception. Not that you can tell from NBC’s official synopsis, which is playfully vague, even by Twin Peaks plot description standards. Though last week set up a replication experiment with the entirety of the afterlife hanging in the balance, tonight’s episode, called “Pandemonium,” is described only as follows: “V
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
22
 
 
The fallout over what did, and didn’t, happen in Vietnam continues to affect Jack’s children – who have their own problems in the present day as well.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
19
 
 
TELEMOVIE PREMIERE: This new movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as political strategist Dominic Cummings, who found the path, the issues, the slogans, and the allies to stoke public fervor, flaming the fans of the British movement to exit the European Union – the titular Brexit movement. The parallels to what happened just afterward in the United States, with the rise of Donald Trump’s similarly emotional presidential campaign, are implied but unavoidable. And while, for the first 20 m
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
18
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This British import from ITV, which was televised there last fall, pulls off the same tricky balancing act as Showtime’s U.S. adaptation of Shameless: It creates characters so believable that you actually begin to worry about them and even root for them. (I know, that’s the goal of every scripted show, but I rarely forget that I’m only watching actors in a TV program.) The first three episodes of Butterfly are available today, and they introduce a family that&r
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
18
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: It’s Season 5 for this third-act comedy series, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and the entire season arrives today. Nudity and mind-altering substances definitely included.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
17
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: The first season of this latest offshoot in the Star Trek canon established its time line (before the events of the original series), its alternate mirror universe, and many of its characters and conflicts. Season 2 gets a bit more aggressive, boldly going where the original Star Trek went before – at least in terms of characters. We get, for example, the introduction of Anson Mount as Captain Pike, who preceded James T. Kirk as captain of the Enterprise, and who figured i
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
15
 
 
Lauren continues to get more powerful – which prompts the evil Frost sisters to dispatch a hit team of other mutants to neutralize her. We’re getting near the end of the season, so the confrontations are getting more serious, and consequential, all the time…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
11
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: One of the collaborators on this series is Sam Mendes, which may explain this show’s commanding visual flair. It also has a very tricky structure: Each episode begins with a flashback to a mass shooting at a London coffeehouse, then a scene from a court case related to that shooting, and then – and only then – a narrative about how England’s counter-terrorism unit (the British equivalent of Jack Bauer’s CTU) came to recruit a new informant as it tar
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
11
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Season 2 of this Hulu science-fiction comedy is even more warped than last season – because the future, as affected by this show’s time-traveling heroes, has become even more warped as well. Josh Hutcherson stars as Josh Futturman, a janitor and gamester who is tasked to save the future, but ends up continually altering it instead. Eliza Coupe returns as Tiger – and this season, Seth Rogen makes a brief appearance as well, portraying a character named… S
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
11
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: In this imported Brtitish sex comedy, Asa Butterfield plays Otis, a high-school student whose life at home and at school seems hellish: He’s picked on or ignored at school, and when he gets home, he has to deal with the uncomfortable conversations and advice generated by his mom, Jean, who’s a professional sex therapist and couples counselor. Most of the students here look about a decade too old, and the premise – in which Otis begins counseling his fellow high
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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It’s the royal wedding season after all, so grab your top hat or fascinator and join in this popular Netflix original chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from her ascension to the throne at the age of 25 to modern times. With her reign at 66 years and counting, there’s a lot of territory to cover, and four seasons are planned. On sale at Amazon for $17. Remember, no smiling and wave only with the wrist. –Eric Gould