Hey, remember the ’90s? (If not, don’t fear: National Geographic does)

Hey, remember the ’90s? (If not, don’t fear: National Geographic does)

Also: Brains, Bangerz, and black magic, not necessarily in that order

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, July 6. All times are Eastern.

TOP PICK

The ’90s: The Last Great Decade (National Geographic Channel, 8 p.m.): Cavalierly disregarding VH1’s exclusive hold on decade-based retrospectives, National Geographic stakes its own claim in the decade of grunge, the Clinton administration, and, er… what else happened in the 1990s? The World’s Columbian Exposition? No, that’s the 1890s. The executions of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette? Nope, 1790s. Well, maybe narrator Rob Lowe can remind us—either that, or we can consult Phil Dyess-Nugent’s pre-air review.


ALSO NOTED

Brain Games (Fox, 7 p.m.): In a reasonable reminder that the National Geographic Channel is a 21st Century Fox holding (what, you didn’t watch its Cosmos re-broadcasts?), Animation Domination will be preceded tonight by this NatGeo game show, presumably programmed here to trick your brain into tuning to The ’90s one hour later.

Miley Cyrus: Bangez Tour (NBC, 9 p.m.): In a story of larger memory gaps, Miley Cyrus scandalized a nation with her wonton tongue waggling and Beetlejuice grinding at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Now the subsequent Bangerz concert tour is the subject of a primetime special on a broadcast network. In short: The FCC complaints stemming from this are going to be hilarious.

Witches Of East End (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): LaToya Ferguson’s tour through TV’s craziest supernatural series reaches Fair Haven, a place that’s less remarkable for harboring witches than it is for being the site of a portal into Asgard. We look forward to the potential Thor crossover.


REGULAR COVERAGE

True Blood (HBO, 9 p.m.)
Halt And Catch Fire (AMC, 10 p.m.)
The Leftovers (HBO, 10 p.m.)


WHAT ELSE

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT, 9 p.m.): TV Club Classic is off for the holiday weekend, so please accept this as your Sunday throwback: A ’90s pro-wrestling favorite (“because Stone Cold said so”—there’s something we remember from that decade!) hosts a series of physical challenges on his private ranch. Like Ted Nugent’s Wanted: Ted Or Alive, but the outrageous behavior of the outspoken host is somewhat excusable because he’s, you know, a wrestler. 

Talking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.): Post-show goes pre-show, with a preview of The Walking Dead’s fifth season airing prior to tonight’s Halt And Catch Fire. (A proposal to rename Dennis Perkins’ reviews Halt And Chat Fire is currently under review at TV Club HQ.)

Jason And The Argonauts (TCM, 8 p.m.): The Bill Hader-hosted Essentials Jr. gives parents a chance to introduce their kids to thinking “Hey, this is just like that crazy Ray Harryhausen movie” when they inevitably catch the wight attack in Game Of Thrones’ fourth-season finale.

Silver Linings Playbook (TMC, 8 p.m.): Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence find salvation in a dance competition, but come in second place to Lawrence’s bonkers Live And Let Die routine from American Hustle.

MLB Baseball: Rays at Tigers (ESPN, 7 p.m.): Since dropping the “Devil” from its nickname in the 2008 season, Tampa Bay’s MLB franchise has run the risk of appearing to be a group of guys named Ray in listings like this. In this instance they stand as good a chance at beating Detroit as they would if they were nine actual Rays going up against a pack of actual tigers. 


TOMORROW IN TV CLUB

Happy 25th birthday, Seinfeld! In accordance with the show’s prohibition of hugs and lessons, we’re instead celebrating the big milestone with an Inventory of Seinfeld episodes that were actually about something—because not all of the show’s rules were hard and fast.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Sailor Moon Crystal: Genevieve Koski drops in on this reboot of the much-beloved anime. Maybe this time around it’ll be clearer why Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask don’t know that they’re each in love with the other’s secret identity.

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