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Let a double serving of Bob’s Burgers warm you up for Thanksgiving

Gene, Zeke, Jocelyn, Tammy (Image: Fox)
Gene, Zeke, Jocelyn, Tammy (Image: Fox)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, November 20. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.): With Thanksgiving this Thursday, it’s time for all of us to stretch our jaws and stomach capacity to suck up as much food as possible. And in the spirit of excess, Fox is breaking its typically stingy policy with Bob’s Burgers in the fall and giving us two new episodes to gorge on. In “Large Brother, Where Fart Thou?” (an immediate contender for the show’s best episode title ever), Gene and Louise are left home alone without any parental or older sister guidance, and in “The Quirkducers,” the kids take Tina’s holiday fan fiction to produce Wagstaff’s annual play. Given its sterling track record with Thanksgiving episodes, Alasdair Wilkins is more than happy to feast and eat seconds.


The Librarians (TNT, 8 p.m.): Season three of TNT’s fantasy/adventure saga premieres tonight, and the stakes are higher than ever as Eve and her team are now facing the Egyptian god of chaos as he attempts to release “pure evil” into the world. We’ve already had one questionable experience with Egyptian gods in 2016, let’s hope this one can at least avoid a baffling and anachronistic Scottish accent.

The Affair (Showtime, 10 p.m.): The Affair has really dragged a lot out of this one relationship, as the scandal-filled show enters its third season. When we last left Noah Solloway, he offered a loud courtroom confession to the murder of Scotty Lockhart, when in fact his ex-wife Helen, and even his current wife, Allison, were more culpable. Gwen Ihnat will check in on this third-season premiere to see how Noah’s dealing with his (we assume) subsequent incarceration.

Premieres and finales

The 2016 American Music Awards (ABC, 8 p.m): Jay Pharoah and Gigi Hadid host the 44th annual AMAs, where Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Carrie Underwood jockey for artist of the year. And with 2016 being its crap self—Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, and Sharon Jones lost in the last two weeks alone—we’re expecting the in memoriam reel and various tributes to take up half the show.


A December Bride (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): Based on the book by bestselling author Denise Hunter, tonight’s Christmas movie opts for some romantic farce when an interior designer has to keep up the pretense that she’s engaged when she attends her cousin’s Christmastime wedding. Question: if you attend a Christmastime wedding, do you get to count the gifts you give there as your Christmas gifts, or are you required to give a second gift as well?

The Durrells In Corfu (PBS, 8 p.m.): The first season of the Corfu Trilogy adaptation wraps up tonight with some changes to the Durrells’ idyllic life: “Leslie suffers an injury perusing Gerry’s makeshift zoo, leading Gerry to question his future caging animals. Margo attempts to relieve the Countess of her agoraphobia by inviting her to the wedding party.” We’re putting four-to-one odds that this is going to end up with the Countess in a cage in the zoo.


Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!, 9 p.m.): If you’ve been able to keep up with the Kardashians for 12 seasons (the latest of which concludes tonight), we applaud your perseverance and tolerance for celebrity vapidity.

Indian Summers (PBS, 10 p.m.): Also concluding on Masterpiece Theater is season two of Indian Summers, and change is in the humid air: “Alice and Charlie prepare to leave India for good. Ralph and Aafrin make momentous decisions about their careers. Cynthia is in a bidding war as Chotipool goes under the hammer.” Good luck, Cynthia, we hear that your chief opposition to keeping your estate is the Bellacourt family.


Regular coverage

Transparent (Amazon)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.)

Ash Vs. Evil Dead (Starz, 8 p.m.)

The Walking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.)

Westworld (HBO, 9 p.m.)

Shameless (Showtime, 9 p.m.)

The Last Man On Earth (Fox, 9:30 p.m.)

Divorce (HBO, 10 p.m.)

Elementary (CBS, 10:30 p.m.)

Insecure (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)

Streaming pick

Buffy The Vampire Slayer, “Pangs” (Hulu/Netflix): There are a ton of options for Thanksgiving streaming, from the memorable to the impromptu, but this year’s award goes to the episode that gave Xander magical syphilis and produced arguably the best exchange in the history of Buffy: “A bear! You made a bear!” “I didn’t mean to!” “Undo it!”


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