Mostly I review TV for families on YourFamilyViewer.com, but I also like to look at things from a grown-up point of view, so here’s a look at what’s coming at your TV screens this week:
Monday (10/22): The Presidential Debates – Debate number three. Your ability to stomach this may vary, but hey, they’re important. They start at 6 p.m. and should be on most of the networks.
Tuesday (10/23): Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men go to War (PBS, check your local listings for times). This is the 50th anniversary of this terrible crisis, and although folks were nervous at the time, it wasn’t until only a few years ago that we found out just how close we came to having a nuclear war with the U.S.S.R. It’s a great doc, with lots of comments from both sides of the crisis, in which the Soviets tried to install several nuclear missiles in Cuba, aimed at the U.S. It’s engaging and well worth studying in the hopes of keeping it from ever happening again.
Wednesday (10/24): Nature: The Snowy Owl (PBS, check your local listings). Good, basic old school nature doc featuring a family of Snowy Owls in Alaska, as mom and dad try to raise their brood in the worst possible conditions. Very dramatic, sometimes sad, sometimes funny.
Thursday (10/25): Nothin’ on. Well, nothing new, that is. But then Thursday is a big day for some good series, including one of my fave guilty pleasures, Scandal (ABC, 10 p.m.) And there’s always The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.), too. Glee is pre-empted on Fox for the baseball World Series.
Friday (10/26): Mockingbird Lane (NBC, 8 p.m.). OMG, this one sucks pond water! A re-make of the old Munsters series, that has none of the charm. It’s just bloody (literally) mean, and icky, with Grandpa killing Eddie’s scout pack leader to get a new heart for Herman. And it’s not funny. Okay, I didn’t think the original was all that funny, either. But still, there’s dark humor and there’s just pointless darkness and then there’s this – blech!
Sunday (10/28): Large Dangerous Rocket Ships (Science, 10 p.m.) The show for people who love watching things go boom. Hosted by Mythbuster Kari Byron, the show is about a competition in upstate New York for people who like to build and shoot model rockets. It’s fun, too. Not sure how much you’re going to directly learn about the math and physics behind thrust and what not, but it’s still a blast. Literally.
Anne Louise Bannon is the editor and reviewer for YourFamilyViewer.com, a review site that helps parents find programming they can watch with their kids.