What to Watch: 03/27/2018

A television icon returns tonight on ABC. The Office‘s awkwardly charming Jenna Fischer makes her triumphant comeback with a new high-concept comedy. Oh, the classic family sitcom starring John Goodman and Sara Gilbert is also revived. We forget the name. Also, the Baskets family leaves us (at least briefly), going out in a flaming match of a classic children’s game.

Splitting Up Together [ABC, 8:30p]
Ok, the trailers aren’t overly hopeful this broken-up couple living together for the kids will rise above its meh concept. However, it does feature two ultra-appealing leads in Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson and its creator, Emily Kapnek, was the mind behind the gleefully quirky Suburgatory, so it’s worth at least a view.

Independent Lens: Dolores [PBS, 9p]
The documentary series looks at labor leader and activist Dolores Huerta. Awesome!!

Baskets [FX, 10p]
It’s been quite a season for the Baskets family. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve learned. Tonight the season comes to an end when a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos ends in tragedy…



  • Admittedly, our excitement at the return of this classic ’80s-into-’90s sitcom is tempered by its lead’s obnoxious support for a certain man. Is that fair? She should know better and she’s the one making a point of making sure we all know her politics is a central point of the Roseanne revival. Otherwise, its return on its ancestral home of ABC could still be entertaining, even if just to see what they do with the double-Becky, but it’s hard to feel like it’s what the constantly-on-fire world actually needs right now.
  • On the other end of the political spectrum, Australian comic Jim Jeffries had one of the most famous diatribes examining American gun culture, and when he’s on a righteous roll, he can be one of the funniest humans on the planet. His hit-or-miss take on the faux news format The Jim Jeffries Show returns on Comedy Central.
  • The second part of Judd Apatow’s documentary profile of legendary comedian Garry Shandling airs on HBO tonight.

One thought on “What to Watch: 03/27/2018

  1. If Laurie Metcalf’s WTF interview is to be believed, Trump’s really only mentioned to start a rift between Roseanne and Jackie that gets into older, deeper issues. Sara Gilbert seems to be the driving creative force behind the revival, so I doubt it’ll be all orange-hued propaganda. If anything, I suspect they’re setting Roseanne up to be a modern-day Archie Bunker, with the rest of the family as the blue-collar liberals the Connors always were.


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