What's On Tonight: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brooklyn Nine-Nine and More

by | October 1, 2013 | Comments

Welcome to What’s On Tonight, RT’s compendium of the primetime shows that are worth your time. This evening’s slate includes new episodes of a couple intriguing new shows (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Trophy Wife, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and a bunch of returning favorites (NCIS, New Girl, Sons of Anarchy). So grab your remote, find your favorite spot on the couch, and tune in for lots of television goodness!

New Episodes Tonight:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1

Led by the surprisingly effective pairing of Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a charming, intelligently written take on the cop show format, according to the critics. On tonight’s episode, Jake (Samberg) finds he can’t seem to close a number of unsolved cases.

Chicago Fire S2 – NBC

In this drama’s second season, it appears that budget cuts may pose as much a threat to the men and women of Firehouse 51 as a three-alarm fire. In tonight’s episode, an arsonist is on the loose, and Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) is dealing with new responsibilities outside of work.

Dads: Season 1

Critics call Dads a near-total disaster, saying that it makes the fatal mistake of believing its racist gags can lend an edge to its aggressively predictable writing and unlikable characters.

The Goldbergs – ABC

The pundits say The Goldbergs is at times too reliant on gimmicky references to 1980s pop culture, but it’s also sweet, sincere, and occasionally very funny. Tonight, Murray (Jeff Garlin) attempts to bond with Erica (Hayley Orrantia) by taking her to the skating rink.

Lucky 7 – ABC

Critics say Lucky 7 has an intriguing premise and a talented ensemble, but it doesn’t do enough to establish relatable, empathetic individual characters. On tonight’s episode, the recent lottery winners get profiled on TV and go on a shopping spree.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ABC

Critics say Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sure to please comic book fans, but the strong ensemble and brisk pacing help to make this better-than-average superhero show accessible to non-fanboys as well. This time, the agents travel to Peru in search of a mysterious object.

The Mindy Project: Season 2

The second season of The Mindy Project is getting strong notices for Kaling’s strong, eccentric writing. In episode three, Casey (Anders Holm) has returned from his time in Haiti, and he and Mindy attend a disaster-fraught music festival.

New Girl: Season 3

The critics remain pleased with New Girl, now in its third season. In tonight’s episode, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake M. Johnson) go on a double date with Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone).


One of CBS’ most reliable hits, NCIS is back for an 11th season. Expect an uneasy detante between and Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Department of Defense Investigator Richard Parsons (Colin Hanks). In tonight’s episode, the team is on the trail of a terrorist organization.


The NCIS formula has proven to be so successful that its spinoff is on its fifth season. This time out, Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J investigate the mysterious murders of a retired Naval officer and a journalist.

Person of Interest S3 – CBS

Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson star in this police procedural — now in its fifth season — about a pair of lawmen who take preventative measures to stopping crime. Tonight, our heroes investigate the case of an internet entrepreneur who makes his living invading people’s privacy.

Sons of Anarchy – FX

Critics say Sons of Anarchy continues to deliver an energetic blend of bracing action sequences, pitch black humor, and heartless violence. Tonight, the Sons are out for revenge after their compound is attacked.

Trophy Wife – ABC

Critics say that charm, likeable characters, good chemistry, and an efficient pace help to make Trophy Wife a sly, insightful sitcom. Tonight, Kate (Malin Akerman) tries her hand at coaching a youth soccer team.

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