What To Watch: 02/23/2020

It’s nothing but the AMC, baby. One loc’d out station, so they’re crazy — with the new debuts. And if you, Dre, and Snoop can forgive us for that intro, here’s our suggestions for the night, leading off with two long-running beasts from that network.

JASON’S PICK:
Better Call Saul [AMC, 10p]
With a fifth season debuting tonight, the Saul Goodman spinoff has now matched its beloved parent series (and it will ultimately best it with a sixth, final season to follow). It’s fitting because the New Adventures of Jimmy McGill and Mike Ehrmentraut is far less suffocatingly dark and may just be the better show. As this new chapter opens, Jimmy is fully Saul — which implies so much that will test just how infinite Kim’s enduring patience and love actually is.

BRAD’S PICK:
The Walking Dead [AMC, 9p]
Alpha may be the best villain the show has ever had and the writing is better then it has been in years. Why aren’t you still watching the Walking Dead? Seriously – now would be the tome to jump back in as our heroes have to escape a situation that seems inescapable.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Bob’s Burgers [Fox, 8:30p]
Louise reluctantly joins two fifth grade girls in the search for a cryptozoological creature under the wharf. I have to assume the reluctance is for her company because this sounds up her alley when Gene and Tina come along.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • We have nooooot forgot about them, no no no no! And neither has Reelz which celebrates the 35th anniversary of that Saturday five very different teens spent in detention with The Breakfast Club: Behind Closed Doors. Maybe unlike Bravo, The Learning Channel, MTV and so many others, the movie-celebrating cable network might just stay on its origin
  • Then the channel turns and attempts to find depravity in the last moments of sadly departed TV parents. Last week it was Ma Brady, and this week it’s Dr. Jason Seaver’s turn in the barrel with Autopsy: The Last Hours of Alan Thicke. Based on the attached clip, this expose of the life and death of the Canadian actor who was both TV dad and real-life dad to future problematic adults, may actually be less exploitative than the title suggests.
  • Natasha Lyonne’s animated Queens punk refugee Gaz Digzy returns for new adventures battling muffin top — that’s an actual plot point — as one of the best in “The Game” — and that’s the actual name of the dystopian future event in Adult Swim’s Ballmastrz 9009 now back for a second season.

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  • The hunt is on for Claude the Probably Possessed Strip Club Bouncer on our favorite new obsessive thriller — HBO’s The Outsider — and apparently furries might be involved. Indecisive cop Ralph, savant consultant Holly and the gang follow him (or the titular character inhabiting his skin) to Tennessee in hopes of unraveling the supernatural mystery and making sure more kids aren’t devoured. This is what passes for a hopeful, uplifting show in 2020.
  • However, if you do want something more quaint and Hallmark-style, while, you’re in luck because Hallmark and its offshoots are also busy this Sunday night. Over on HMM, Jesse Metcalfe and Sarah Lind try to solve an emerald heist gone deadly against a bucolic backdrop in Riddled With Deceit: A Martha Vinyard Mystery. Meanwhile the paired series of hope & heart — When Calls The Heart and When Hope Calls — return on Hallmark itself.

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