So much of this feature is dedicated today to a decade none of its editors saw — the 1960s. At the head, we have a Netflix tribute to one of the most influential comedy cavalcades of all time. HBO & ABC also offer gripping documentaries with a thematic thread of our then and still now racial divide. We also recommend two young shows featuring mostly actors who also weren’t alive to see the sixties. Welp, time to, um, sock it to ya!
Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate [Netflix]
If not one of the best shows in TV history, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In is certainly one of its most important as, along with the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, it marks a solid bridge from old-school variety shows and half-hour comedies to the success of sketch shows in the SNL vein — and it had Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, etc. Per the banner pic above, at least Tomlin and Buzzi will be there, along with admirers from Billy Crystal to Snoop Dogg. Although, can I get mad at a show from before I was born for normalizing a corrupt President who paved his way for our current debacle or do I admire the fact they were able to get Richard Milhouse Nixon to say “Sock It To Me.”
The Bold Type [Freeform, 8p]
Last week the Scarlet servers were hacked, leaving journalists scrambling. This week we are heading into a full on flash back to when Sutton, Kat and Jane first started at Scarlet magazine.
Bless This Mess [ABC, 9:30p]
Mike and Rio need a new water heater, but chicken eggs won’t cover it…will it?
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- HBO proceeds right along in its streak of awesome-looking documentaries — and more often than not, the product matches the flashy promotion. Tonight, they look at the late “Greatest” with Muhammad Ali: What’s My Name? and reminds those of us (which is now most of us) who were not alive at the time how controversial he was — which is itself a reminder how messed up America has been and still is.
- ABC’s focus on the eventful year that was a half-century ago, 1969, promises a brutal, provocative and important story titled “The FBI & the Panther.”
- Tonight’s offering of The Last O.G. on TBS sounds somewhat 1970s as a local tough with the comic-genius name BAMF threatens the neighborhood. Tiffany Haddish is also on the Laugh-In special, b tee dubs.
- Finally, a finale; it’s classic DC to end the fifth season of The Flash as our title character meets his most polar nemesis, Reverse Flash (will Bizarro Superman make an appearance? Me think probably!)