This Week's TV: The Mind-Bending Time Travel Show You Must Watch

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We have a couples beginnings this week with the premiere of the TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (which we're pretty optimistic about!) and the return of Helix — can its new island setting win us over? Plus, The Librarians closes its first season while Constantine and Grimm are back from vacation.



It's actually a pretty quiet night for new TV (Fox is airing reruns of Empire and Sleepy Hollow, and Scorpion is off until the weekend). Nathan Fillion fans may want to check out the winter return of Castle at 10 PM on ABC. You can also catch the 1998 comet drama Deep Impact at 8 PM on A&E.


Parks & Recreation (8 PM, NBC)

We're mentioning the return of the small-town sitcom because this season is set in the year 2017 and will be ever so slightly futuristic. Does this mean Joe Biden is president?

Face Off (9 PM, Syfy)

Prepare to be dazzled by another season of this special effects makeup competition. This year, three former champions will return to coach the newcomers. Let the games begin and the makeup flow.

Marvel's Agent Carter (9 PM, ABC)

Oh, Peggy, you have won our hearts all over again. But she may be in trouble when the SSR arrests Jarvis just as she's closing in on Stark's stolen technology.

Forever (10 PM, ABC)

Surprise, surprise: this time, it's personal. "Henry and Jo's murder investigation of an ex-con, who is being framed for a jewelry story heist, reveals a special connection between the victim and Jo's late husband, Sean, who was an assistant district attorney."

Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS)

Is Team Machine getting a powerful new ally? "Control (Camryn Manheim), who oversees the handling of relevant numbers for the government, begins to question the methods and intentions of the Samaritan program. Also, alarming news reports of a pair of vigilantes rampaging through the Northeast begin to surface."



Nova (9 PM, PBS)

The popular science show launches its 42nd(!) season this week by following the quest to discover the Higgs Boson.

American Horror Story (10 PM, FX)

The question is, will it be the kind of justice we saw in Freaks? "Dandy gives the Twins troubling information about Chester. Maggie vows to prove her loyalty to Jimmy. The Freaks enforce their harsh code of justice."



Cartoons! (5 PM, Cartoon Network)

On The Amazing World of Gumball (5 PM), "Gumball, Darwin and Anais discover that Banana Joe's mom paints pictures that predict the future. When they find one that portrays Gumball running naked through the mall, Gumball is determined not to let it come to pass. However, events conspire against him, and Gumball learns that sometimes you can't fight fate." The RV is in trouble on Uncle Grandpa (5:30 PM), and Uncle Grandpa, Pizza Steve, and Mr. Gus must win a basketball game to keep it. The Titans make Beast Boy clean his room on Teen Titans Go! (6 PM), and everyone learns a valuable lesson about trash. On Steven Universe (6:30 PM), the Gems try to teach Steven to use his fusion powers (yes!). This week's Adventure Time (7 PM) is set in the distant future, when the wizard Evergreen quests to save the world. And on Regular Show (7:30 PM), "The park guys want to make sure Benson gets back safe from his lunch with Gene."

Archer (10 PM, FX)

An agent from the past creates tension between Archer and Lana.


The Adventures of Puss in Boots (Streaming, Netflix)

Shrek's fencing feline companion gets a new set of swashbuckling adventures this week. In the first five episodes, Puss accidentally breaks the spell that renders the mythical city of San Lorenzo invisible to the outside world and must protect it from invaders and marauders. It'll take more than big sad eyes to get him out of this.


Constantine (8 PM, NBC)

Things were not looking good for John or Zed when last we left them. And in order to save himself, John is going to summon a demon into his body. Great plan. Now his friends will have to exorcise the exorcist.

12 Monkeys (9 PM, Syfy)

We had huge, enormous doubts about translating Terry Gilliam's time travel classic to the small screen. But the 12 Monkeys pilot has convinced us that the TV show will be its own animal, and in this case, that's a very good thing.

Grimm (9 PM, NBC)

Things are not looking good for Monroe and Rosalee as the Wesenrein act out on their threats against their marriage.

Helix (10 PM, Syfy)

The first season of Helix didn't live up to expectations, but we're willing to give the second season a go. Leaving the chilly arctic lab, Season Two is set on an island that is home to a cult-like community, led by a geneticist played by Steven Weber. Can they scale back the unhinged plots from last season and focus on something a little simpler?



Mythbusters (9 PM, Discovery)

This week, the team takes on moments from the Indiana Jones movies to figure out if (and how) they would work in real life. Just as long as they don't try to rip anyone's heart out.



Galavant (8 PM, ABC)

Weird Al guest stars this week as a doo-wop singing monk who shelters the heroic trio. Meanwhile, Magdalena is fed up with King Richard and enacts her own scheme involving the Chef and her handmaiden Gwynne. Ricky Gervais appears in this week's second episode as the magician Xanax, who helps King Richard on his drugged voyage of self-discovery.

The Librarians (8 PM, TNT)

The season finale starts with a missing-person investigation that appears to uncover an alien invasion in a small town. Then Dulaque changes the course of Fate, causing Baird to travel through alternate timelines, revealing different possible fates for the Librarians.


Resurrection (9 PM, ABC)

Preacher James predicts that Rachael's baby will unleash an ancient evil. Happy. Naturally, Bellamy fears for Rachael and her fetus, and Margaret forms an uneasy alliance with Preacher James as she rallies the Returned in that government facility.


Scorpion (10 PM, CBS)

The geniuses meet on a different night this week. "Team Scorpion must jog the memory of an injured former Secret Service agent who is their only hope of preventing weapons of mass destruction being launched from a secret U.S. nuclear silo. Meanwhile, Paige is torn when Drew suggests that moving to Maine might be the best for Ralph."




I'm not sure Helix would have been watchable at all without the unhinged plots. I think I only liked it for its crazy.

Have we mentioned that Enver Gjokaj is on Agent Carter? Really glad to see him again. He's done a few things, but not a lot, since Dollhouse. He deserves a lot of work, IMO.