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If your brain needs a little vacation, The Bachelor is once again bacheling

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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, January 11. All times are Eastern.

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Top picks

The Bachelor (ABC, 8 p.m., 25th-season premiere): Last week, our reviewer Gwen Ihnat was pleasantly surprised when she dropped in on the 25th Bachelor premiere; after a string of bland leads, it looks like the franchise has found a winner with the first Black Bachelor, Matt James: “Part of his appeal that can be traced to the fact that Matt is a Bachelor Nation newbie: never appeared on The Bachelorette or Bachelor In Paradise before this, although he is close friends with Bachelorette dreamboat Tyler Cameron and almost appeared in Clare Crawley’s season. So Matt’s befuddled charm appears to be genuine… [and he] at least appears to be sincere about his intentions, which may make him a better Bachelor than most.” This week, find out how Matt fares with the 24 remaining contestants.

Then feel free to head over to our sister site The Takeout for their weekly take on what the Bachelor and his various dates consume (or don’t) during every episode:

Regular coverage

Vikings (Amazon): binge coverage continues

Wild cards

American Experience, “The Codebreaker” (PBS, 9 p.m., season 33 premiere): For some reality that’s not, you know, The Bachelor, PBS’s lauded docuseries returns with an episode on American codebreaker Elizebeth Friedman, who worked against both Al Capone and the Nazis.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!