There is a definite thread through tonight’s recs in the thin line between law and criminality, from the anti-heroes of the Narco world to the 99’s craziest recurring character, Adrian Pimento. Oh, we also lightly trace the odd career arc of Tracy Lauren Marrow.
Narcos: Mexico [Netflix]
The Guadalajara drug cartel’s rise continues in this stark show’s second season. Because we are still dealing with the consequences of the drug trade this show is both timely and fascinating look at how we got here.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine [NBC, 8:30p]
You had me at Pimento. Jason Mantzoukas and his manic (too-long) undercover cop resurfaces, which surely makes Rosa feel all kinds of ways. Even more scarily, he enlists the help of Jake & Charles to protect him from an assassin — of the sort ruthless enough to attack Pimento.
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- And completing our descent into Full Metal Trump-ism, we’ve got the return of two shows which bring so much good energy into the universe: Oxygen’s Snapped and Paramount’s Wife Swap.