What To Watch: 02/23/2021

It’s a great night for idols and idles (and idylls) as the most famous band since possibly the Beatles comes to MTV to sing stripped down versions of their pop hits like “Dynamite” and “Boy With Luv.” Superman’s latest incarnation on the big screen gives equal standing to his more interesting love interest Lois Lane and you can surely guess the network. Meanwhile, it’s a good time to catch up on the excellent PBS documentary about the Black church.

Superman & Lois [The CW, 8p]
Superman returns to the small screen! The latest addition to the Arrowverse debuts on the cow tonight, but it’s a different version than we are used to seeing. Clark Kent and Lois Lane are married with a teenage son and have returned to Smallville. And his old flame Lana Lang is there. Oh and so are some otherworldly threats. Love triangles and big battles. Up up and away.

MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS [MTV, 9p]
It’s a chance for V, J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Suga, Jungkook, and RM to show what they can do minus the huge production and entrancing choreography. Yes, I did not have to look their names up. It’s not like my partner and I have an index card with the names of BTS’ members and their corresponding cat or dog (what a specific example!). Anyway, the South Korean sensation should be just fine with fewer bells and whistles.

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song [PBS, 9p]
Tonight is the conclusion of Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ four-hour series exploring the history of and culture of Black churches and African-American faith communities.


  • While Brian Regan’s been one of the nicest and funniest standups in comedy since the 1980s, it’s still a bit annoying that he was one of the comics to ignore pandemic rules and continue touring. That said, his Netflix special Brian Regan: On The Rocks should be a good time. Don’t worry, he addresses the hair in the first seconds of the trailer.
  • If you want to comprehend just how great a phenomenon Brazilian footballer Pelé was in the 1970s, consider the fact he almost got Americans to get into soccer. Almost. Either way, Netflix’s movie length bio, Pelé, should be a fun watch.
  • In a 2018 Entertainment weekly article, Tim Allen asked us to look beyond his politics and give his show a shot. First off, that was a hard sell given how hard the show promoted itself to a conservative base. Second, the reason a lot of us didn’t watch Last Man Standing had less to do with its politics, and more to do with our being long since done with sitcoms centered around dumb dudes and abiding wives (Kevin Can Fuck Himself can’t get here quick enough). In any case, we’re slightly more inclined to endorse History(?) Channel’s Assembly Required where Allen re-teams with Tool Time bud Richard Karn to judge contestants who take pride in their ability to make “home improvements” (heh heh, get it).
  • The not-that-long awaited eighth series of Outdaughtered returns to TLC for the continued tales of the Busby quintuplets, who you can guess by the title, not one Y chromosome among them.

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