Here’s what’s up in the world of television for February 16. All times are Eastern.
Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): Dear Charlie: Once upon a time there was a young boy who made silly faces for the Disney Channel. He was so good at making these silly faces that the people at the Disney Channel asked him to make them 65 times—and then to make them in a movie! But after that movie, the boy made other movies—and that’s when the trouble started, Charlie. Gwen Ihnat doesn’t want to see you end up like that boy, whose silly faces are the ones he now makes beneath tears and brown paper. Enjoy your season finale and then get out of showbiz, kid. And if you don’t—good luck, Charlie. May you never come in contact with Michael Bay.
The 2014 Winter Olympics (NBC, 7 p.m.): In The A.V. Club’s continued effort to examine the Sochi games from every possible angle, Kate Knibbs reviews primetime coverage from the strange and exotic Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Did you know that in Canada, they refer to Bob Costas as “Ron MacLean”? Crazy stuff.
Downton Abbey (PBS, 9 p.m.): Presenting “Mr. Bates’ Day Off,” in which Brendan Coyle presumably drives the Crawleys’ vintage Ferrari into town and poses as a monarch of encased meats. But what if they check the mileage? “He’ll drive home backwards,” says Sonia Saraiya.
Girls (HBO, 10 p.m.): An episode called “Beach House” does not necessarily mean that Hannah and company are going to go see the band Beach House—though it certainly doesn’t preclude Beach House from slipping into the show’s soundtrack. Though Todd VanDerWerff has a hunch that it just means the episode is set at a beach house.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Doctor Who (11 a.m.): Alasdair Wilkins makes first contact with the Ood. First, wriggly-tentacled contact.
The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Due to a scheduling error, “Lisa The Vegetarian” will be reviewed this week, rather than last week. David Sims apologizes for the inconvenience, and invites you to his BBBQ. (The extra “B” is for “BYOBB.” That extra extra “B” is a typo.)
WHAT ELSE IS ON
The EE British Academy Film Awards (BBC America, 8 p.m.): Or as we’re preferring to read it, the “EE! British Academy!” Film Awards.
Finding Bigfoot (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.): The show’s fifth season ends not with a search for bigfoot, but rather the search for the most bigfoot sightings. The A.V. Club’s prediction: Bigfoot is not found, because bigfoot doesn’t exist.
Magic Mike (Cinemax, 8 p.m.): A.k.a. True Detective Academy: Their First Assignment.
Failure To Launch (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): A.k.a. The Young Rust Cohle Chronicles.
2014 NBA All-Star Game (TNT, 8 p.m.): While we hand Olympic coverage over to our neighbors to the north, here’s an all-American, all-star basketsball match from that most American of cities, New Orleans.
TOMORROW IN TV CLUB
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! And who wrote a 100 Episodes article about that absorbent, yellow, and porous cartoon star? IT’S ZACK HANDLEN! The A.V. Club requests that you craft your own faux sea shanties to celebrate Todd VanDerWerff’s big-picture take on House Of Cards’ second season and Carrie Raisler’s review of The CW’s Star-Crossed.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Black Sails: Rowan Kaiser’s been covering this show for a month now, and we’re only just learning that Captain Flint’s ship is named The Walrus? Does the whole crew have big, bushy mustaches?
Nope, still doesn’t exit.