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Enlisted receives an honorable discharge

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Enlisted (Fox, 7 p.m.): The military sitcom concludes its first (and, assuming ongoing “save our show” efforts don’t work out) only season on an appropriately uplifting note. “Alive Day” celebrates the one-year anniversary of Pete almost dying in Afghanistan, and Les Chappell celebrates 13 episodes of life-affirming Hill family hilarity in The A.V. Club’s farewell to Enlisted.


True Blood (HBO, 9 p.m.): The beginning of True Blood’s final (and that’s a guarantee) season promises chaos in Bon Temps—but the episode synopsis also promises a mystery in Morocco. Why can’t the show Carrie Raisler covers for the next couple of months be the vampire mystery series that shares a setting with Casablanca?


The Musketeers (BBC America, 9 p.m.): As aggressively advertised during the most recent season of Orphan Black, here comes the Alexandre Dumas adaptation that Genevieve Valentine calls “positively gleeful.” (Viewer’s level of glee will vary based on their appreciation of a good Van Dyke beard.)

The Last Ship (TNT, 9 p.m.): While one group of fictional soldiers prepares for retirement, another prepares to battle a big, bad, humanity-threatening virus in a show that Todd VanDerWerff wishes he could’ve played like a video game. Unfortunately, The Last Ship stubbornly insisted on continuing on as a TV show.


Halt And Catch Fire (AMC, 10 p.m.)
Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 10 p.m.)


Farscape (11 a.m.): Just in time for our favorite clones to head back into clone hiding, there’s a pair of Crichtons running around Alasdair Wilkins’ Farscape flashback. It’s four times the scientific-cautionary-tale-telling than two Michael Crichtons could even imagine.


The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): The Todd VanDerWerff Farewell Tour kicks into high gear with a look at one of The Simpsons’ most iconic, most ambitious installments. Todd’s an odd fellow, but What’s On Tonight must say: He steams a good ham.


It’s Monday, so that means an Inventory: This week, we’ve compiled a list of TV Bizarros, those doppelgängers who are almost the exact opposite of your favorite characters, with a few key exceptions. Begin the chants of “Bizarro! Bizarro!” accordingly, while perusing Uzo Aduba’s run through the 11 Questions gauntlet or cheering on Girls and Breaking Bad in the Tournament of Episodes semifinal.



Rising Star (ABC, 9 p.m.): While Brad Paisley, Ludacris, Kesha, and Josh Groban offer pointers to the newest crop of singing-contest hopefuls, while America votes for their favorites in real time. And no, America, you can’t vote Kesha off of the show.


Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): This is supposedly the series finale of this body-swapping, resurrection-themed show—though it’s risen from the grave once before, so we’re not ruling out the possibility  that it’ll turn up in the body of, say, Suits

Falling Skies (TNT, 10 p.m.): BOOM: Falling Skies has been dropped from regular TV Club coverage, though we might drop in on the fourth season at some point. (Taking a cue from TNT, What’s On Tonight might adopt “DROP” as its new tagline.) (No, What’s On Tonight won’t.)


Frankenfood (Spike, 10 p.m.): Inspired by the Frankenstein mythos, Tony Luke Jr. and Josh Capon challenge chefs in 10 cities across the country to make new dishes from disparate ingredients. And then, in another nod to Mary Shelley, those dishes become deadly symbols of their creators’ hubris and ego, and everyone agrees to never play God again.

Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain (Comedy Central, 8 p.m.): The comic is probably in less pain now that the second Think Like A Man movie has topped the weekend box office. And in the event he continues to feel pain, at least there’s a bunch of money to cushion the blows.


Mighty Joe Young (TCM, 9:45 p.m.): Mighty, but friendlier than the movies’ other famous giant ape, King Kong. (It’s probably because Joe wasn’t spoiled by a royal title.)

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: U.S. vs. Portugal (ESPN, 5:30 p.m.): In a reversal of pretty much the entire history of international football, the United States enters this pivotal match with the upper hand over Portugal. And that means it’ll be less of a surprise if the U.S. pulls a reprise of its 2002 victory against Cristiano Ronaldo and company.



I Love The 2000s (Friday and Saturday): LaToya Ferguson wraps up the decade wrap up with the two years not covered in I Love The New Millennium. At last, someone will remember what happened in 2008 and 2009.


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