What To Watch: 02/19/2020

Beginnings, endings, heroes, villains, costumed characters, and ones who bare their souls (and messy lives) on the screen. That’s our Wednesday!

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Year of the Rabbit [IFC, 10:30p]
IFC’s British import (a goofy, drunk detective, aided by his pals) starring Matt Berry returns for a second season of more 1800s-inspired hijinks.

JASON’S PICK:
Criminal Minds [CBS, 9p]
The gory mindbending procedural comes to an end tonight after 15 seasons with two of its most complex, compelling characters grappling with ghosts of the past, both real and imagined. Given its penchant for setting its cast in peril for the sake of shocking cliffhangers only to (usually) resolve the problem in the next season’s premiere with most of the cast alive. With no new season to come back to, who knows what these writers are capable of. They better not hurt Garcia!

BRAD’S PICK:
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens [Comedy, 10:30p]
Last week, Nora changed up her hair to fit in with a fancy real estate agent. This week? She dyes her hair after a fight with her dad. Nora From Queens is getting closer the filling the cultural space left after Broad City ended.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • African-American History Month viewing goes in a direction few people really think of — to the heroes of the Revolutionary War — with the History Channel special Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution. Columnist and one-time pretty good NBA’er Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would seem to be hosting.
  • The Masked Singer — an alternate reality TV show where ex-New England Patriot tight end and funboat party-boy-for-hire Rob Gronkowski (shhhh) is a better singer than Chaka-Chaka-Chaka-Chaka Khan — brings in six more contestants (Banana, Elephant, Frog, Kitty, Mouse, and Taco) together known by the catchy moniker “Group B” and after tonight we’ll be down to 14 contestants left in the third season of this glorious freak show.
  • Speaking of freaky, the iconic (and gloriously cheesy) Bravo dating standby Blind Date is still a thing somehow. It actually returned last October after a 13 year break from matching up couples and undercutting their convo with snarky Pop-Up Video-style thought bubbles. It returns for the back-nine of its first season of this iteration. One positive: quirky-provocative comic Nikki Glaser hosts what may be the gig she was born for.
  • Actor/raconteur/host extraordinaire Jon Favreau and cook Roy Choi return for a third set of episodes of The Chef Show on Netflix.

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