Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, September 18. All times are Eastern.
You’re The Worst (FX, 10:30 p.m.): It’s a night for a bunch of summer finales, as FX’s two new comedies, USA’s two new dramas, and SundanceTV’s limited miniseries all close out their short runs. And though we could feature all of them, one in particular has stolen our hearts. Tonight on You’re The Worst’s season finale Jimmy and Gretchen take their relationship to “the next level,” which, based on certain events from episode seven, could really mean a lot of things. Official Friend Of The A.V. Club Mo Ryan over at the Huffington Post wrote a nice overview that gives new viewers a sense of why they should care about the show, and our own Vikram Murthi has been going in-depth week-to-week as this freshman show has figured out how to grow up (like the characters, aww!). Vikram’s on duty for tonight’s finale, of course, and is seated outside the Splash Zone, just in case.
Married (FX, 10 p.m.): Also saying goodnight and good luck: Nat Faxon and Judy Greer, who this week visit their friend Brett Gelman in rehab. That sounds a little depressing, and perhaps it’s supposed to be depressing, but this little show has grown on Dennis Perkins quite a bit since it premiered, so either way, he’ll sort it out for us.
The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV, 10 p.m.): And this miniseries is closing out after eight hourlong episodes taking the viewer down a very dark rabbit hole. The finale has a scene with a safety pin that has haunted us for a few weeks now, but we promise, it is not a very important scene, and really there’s a whole bunch of other stuff going on. We just remembered the safety pin.
Satisfaction (USA, 10 p.m.): So it took Satisfaction eight whole episodes to address the primary problem set up in the pilot, which was that Neil found out his wife was cheating on him with a male escort and so became a male escort himself. Which is too bad, because in so many other ways, the pilot was interesting. Anyway, now it is the finale, and everyone knows everything, and Simon wants to run away with Grace, and like, what even is this show?
Other stuff that is on
Elsewhere in TV Club
Tim and Eric are returning with the forthcoming Tim And Eric’s Bedtime Stories, and Erik Adams took the pre-air review for it. And while he did that, Josh Modell sat down with Tim and Eric themselves, chatting about life, love, and the pursuit of laughs. Except he made it sound less dumb than that.
TV Club Classic
Battlestar Galactica (2 p.m.): Last week was Sonia Saraiya’s first double-feature, with “Water” and “Bastille Day”; she ran to nearly 3,000 words, which is, you know, a lot. This week she’s hoping to be a bit pithier with “Act Of Contrition” and “Can’t Go Home Again,” which both tie into each other beautifully (and are about her favorite character).
What else is on?
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (PBS, 8 p.m.): The saga continues with hour five, spanning 1933-1939. FDR launches the New Deal and faces the threat of Adolf Hitler while Eleanor Roosevelt Does Things.
Project Runway (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): Did you notice that a review of last week’s “The Rainway” popped up last weekend? That’s because John Teti, much like the Lord, works in mysterious ways. Tonight’s episode is called “The History Of The American Girl,” which indicates there might be dolls on this show tonight, and dear God, if there are dolls, HELP.
Dating Naked (VH1, 9 p.m.): The finale of this unscripted show’s first season is ominously titled “The Wedding.” And our contestants this week are a hippie and “a self-proclaimed sexual healer.” As with so much in TV Guide, we’re forced to ask ourselves, what does that even mean? But while we figure it out, break out the high heels and Guide To Getting It On, because we’re invited to a nekkid wedding and gosh, we haven’t a thing to wear. (GET IT? HA HA HA.)
Rush (USA, 9 p.m.): This show, judged “the fifth-best doctor show on USA” by Pilot Viruet, is concluding its first season tonight with some predictable rushing around. Tonight Dr. Rush is haunted by ghosts of his past as he struggles to move forward, which, obviously.
Breaking Amish (TLC, 10 p.m.): The Amish are back for a third season of being broken out of Amishness or something. It’s too bad this isn’t an HBO drama called Rumspringa, because we might actually watch that.
Black Jesus (Adult Swim, 11 p.m.): Trayvon dabbles in documentary filmmaking and discovers that someone is pouring bleach onto the lawn. Hilarity ensues, hopefully.
Thursday Night Football (CBS, 8:25 p.m.): Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons. Do you think there are actual falcons in Atlanta? Because there aren’t actual Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. (Tampa Bay is a body of water populated largely by rusted cars, grouper, and Portugese men-o’-war. The buccaneers have migrated to land.)
In case you missed it
Mysteries Of Laura: Maybe you watched this monstrosity last night and then found yourself thinking, ”Boy, I wonder what Caroline Framke thought of that mess?” Fortuantely for you, it’s not a mystery (GET IT? HA HA HA.) because Caroline did the pre-air review for us. She, like any right-thinking human, was a little horrified.