What's On Tonight: Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and More

Which shows will you watch tonight?

by | September 29, 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 a couple intriguing new shows (Masters of Sex, Last Tango in Halifax) and a bunch of returning favorites (Breaking Bad, Homeland, The Good Wife, The Simpsons). So grab your remote, find your favorite spot on the couch, and tune in for lots of television goodness!

Premiering Tonight:

American Dad!: Season 10

It’s fun with clones in the Season 10 premiere, as Stan brings home an unruly pet dodo and Steve and Snot get unexpected results when they attempt to clone dates for the prom.

Betrayal: Season 1

Plagued by a predictable story, lackluster writing, and uninspired acting, Betrayal is far less compelling — even as a guilty pleasure — than it ought to be.

Bob’s Burgers: Season 4

Fox’s Emmy-nominated animated series returns with a Season 4 premiere that finds the Belcher clan heading to the woods for a camping trip that goes awry.

Eastbound & Down: Season 4

Wild-and-crazy relief pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) has settled down fand become a suburban family man. But is this former hell-raiser getting stir a little crazy?

Family Guy: Season 12

In the Season 12 premiere of Family Guy, Peter discovers what he thinks is a treasure map, and the citizens of Quahog turn on each other to find the prize.

Hello Ladies: Season 1

Stephen Merchant is an intelligent performer, but critics say Hello Ladies is largely a squirm-inducing comedy that lacks the empathy of his best work.

Homeland: Season 3

As the stakes get higher, Homeland remains a roller coaster ride of tension, and Claire Danes is riveting in what critics are calling one of the best written thrillers on television.

Masters of Sex: Season 1

The critics say Masters of Sex is seductive and nuanced, featuring smart performances, deft direction, and impeccable period decor.

Once Upon a Time: Season 3

The Season 3 opener begins the Neverland story arc, as Henry’s rescue party arrives and encounters some nasty mermaids, while Henry himself attempts to escape from the Lost Boys with a new friend.

Revenge: Season 3

As the title indicates, Emily VanCamp (Emily Thorne) is still out for revenge, and at the beginning of season three, Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) reunites with her long-lost son.

The Good Wife: Season 5

The beat goes on for Julianna Margulies and The Good Wife, one of broadcast TV’s most reliable critical favorites. Season five opens with Alicia (Margulies) attempting to win a stay of execution for a man on death row.

The Mentalist: Season 6

As season six begins, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) are narrowing down the list of suspects for the “Red John” serial killings and inveestingating the case of a man who reappeared after vanishing two years ago.

The Simpsons: Season 25

The longest-running US sitcom in history premieres its 25th season with a Homeland-inspired FBI investigation — prompted by Lisa — to discover why Homer seems so different after returning from a convention.

New Episodes Tonight:

Boardwalk Empire: Season 4

The pundits say Boardwalk Empire continues to benefit from its meticulously realized period trappings, but what keeps the show watchable is its supremely talented ensemble players.

Breaking Bad: Season 5

Critics say Breaking Bad‘s final season cements its status as one of television’s great series, propelling its narrative to an explosive conclusion with sharp direction and assured storytelling.

Foyle’s War: Season 7

In tonight’s third episode of the British procedural, Foyle protects an MI5 informant against extradition to the US and learns the truth behind “Operation Sunflower.”

Last Tango in Halifax: Season 1

Charming and sweet, Last Tango in Halifax is a moving comedy-drama that delights as it touches hearts of all ages, boasting marvelous performances by its leading actors, according to the critics.

Low Winter Sun: Season 1

Critics say Mark Strong makes for a compelling lead, but Low Winter Sun is too serious for its own good, sagging under the weight of its bleak, brooding tone.

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