Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, July 28. All times are Eastern.
BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 1 p.m.): Things got just exquisitely bleak in the last episode, as BoJack set up shop in New Mexico and set himself on an increasingly unsympathetic path of self-destruction in the desert that even Walter White might find a little hard to take. (On second thought, nah, Walter was a total dick. But Jesse would be feeling BoJack here.) Anyway, with his last shred of redeeming qualities gone, BoJack is headed back to Los Angeles to set things right … or, more likely, set them even wronger. Caroline Framke is bracing herself.
Another Period (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): “A visit from Charles Ponzi brings an exciting business opportunity.” Oh yes, of the Newport Ponzis, yes? Such a good family, he’s certainly to be trusted. Not like that awful Arthur Pyramid who came round last week. LaToya Ferguson would very much like to review your investment portfolio, whenever you have a free second.
Scream: The TV Series (MTV, 10 p.m.): Hey, so LaToya Ferguson lost her damn mind last week and gave an episode of Scream a halfway decent grade, assuming “C-“ counts as halfway decent. She even claimed “Scream the TV series is getting better with every episode,” which, what!? This upends everything we know to be true! Look, that kind of open-minded willingness to reappraise even the least promising of shows is a hallmark of what we think makes our TV Club reviews so special, so bully for LaToya and bully for Scream. But we also like to think that pigheaded dogmatism and a commitment to sustaining only the hottest of takes in the face of complete ignorance are equally important hallmarks of the What’s On Tonight listings, so we’re just going to go ahead and continue hating on this show for no damn reason. Hopefully the show will get just good enough to develop a core fanbase that will be really confused as to why we keep picking on Scream, and the best part is there’ll be no damn reason for it whatsoever! We’re just bastards that way!
Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader (Fox, 8 p.m.): This is your occasional reminder that, yes, of course we’re fucking smarter than a fifth grader. We feel quite confident of our chances against really any numbered grader, truth be told. And no, we don’t think it’s weird that we take this show’s dumb title as a personal affront.
The Bomb (PBS, 8 p.m.): This two-hour documentary examines the history of nuclear weapons, from their World War II origins to their role in shaping the last 70 years of geopolitics. Multiple former cabinet secretaries are interviewed, so you know you’re in some high freaking class documentary work.
Wild Russia (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.): There’s three hour of Russia-centric nature programming, including the brown bears and volcanoes of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the rare species of the Caucasus region, and the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic Circle.
Evil Kin (ID, 9 p.m.): “The saga of the Harpe brothers, who are considered America’s first serial killers.” Huh … this actually sounds kind of interesting. So, if you were wondering exactly how many years distance there has to be before ID’s programming moves from tastelessly lurid to entertainingly lurid: It’s right about 215 years.
Uranium: Twisting The Dragon’s Tail (PBS, 10 p.m.): In case The Bomb didn’t give you your fill of fissionable materials, PBS is following it up with this, the first of a two-part look at uranium from its formation in stars to its real-world applications.
Super Troopers (Cinemax, 8:15 p.m.): Goodness, did Broken Lizard ever capture lightning in a bottle with this one, lightning they have spectacularly failed to recapture in any of their successive efforts. But yeah, this is maybe our favorite joyfully dumb comedy of the last … hey, how long ago was Animal House released?
The Dark Knight (AMC, 7 p.m.): Yeah, this is really good. We don’t know if it’s Super Troopers good, but then, what is? Either way, both are searing indictments of the failures of the modern security state. Think about it! (Or don’t. Yeah, probably don’t.)
MLB Baseball: Yankees at Rangers (FS1, 8 p.m.): Alex Rodriguez is on an absolute tearing lately, following up a three-homer outing with an opposite-field blast to mark his 40th birthday. And whether or not you’re ready to join us in rooting for the A-Rod resurgence as part of a larger “screw you” to baseball sanctimony, just know that he and the Yankees are putting together some damn entertaining baseball of late, and the excitement looks set to continue in the next game against Rodriguez’s former team.