What to Watch: 05/18/2016

 

We’re more than midway through sweeps and there’s tons of stretch-running goin’ on — but there’s also cool, off-the-beaten-path stuff. We’ve put together what we think is a nice mix here, so let’s get started.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives [Showtime, 9p]
Relive the golden era of hip-hop in this documentary that chronicles the rise of two radio legends who introduced NYC to the likes of Biggie, Nas, Jay Z, Eminem and the hilarious, quirky friendship that fueled it all.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Genius by Stephen Hawking [PBS, 9p]
This documentary series, narrated by Stephen Hawking, “challenges ordinary people to think like great scientists.” Tonight Hawking examines the genius behind the DeLoreans, atomic clocks, a giant black hole, and…New York City. (We’re all geniuses here.)

JASON’S PICK:
Modern Family [ABC, 9p]
Against my better judgment — I’ve been burned before — I’m gonna go with the season-ending farce of the often problematic Emmy-owner. The promos say they do “amazing” season finales, and would a voiceover lie to a person? Claire can’t bring herself to fire a bad closet company employee, among other plots too numerous to mention (there may even be an unprecedented G-plot).

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • Arrow does the penultimate thing, and in the fourth season that means saving Thea and defeating Darhk, or at least trying those things. On The CW.
  • NBC’s last remaining version of a tentpole, Law & Order: SVU, continues with the provocative headline-ripping — this week, a union comes after the squad after they arrest one of its correction officer workers. Did Scott Walker script this one?
  • What’s “Past is Prologue” on FOX’s Empire, where the Empire is presumably still in peril. Empire!
  • Brick sings on The Middle‘s seventh (wow, seventh?!) season finale — probably not this, but it would be awesome, although not quite as awesome as Lauren Lapkus “stripping” to it on The Characters —

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