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Prepare to be dazzled by Harriet Walter in Showtime’s The End

Plus: New episodes of Rick And Morty, Legends Of Tomorrow, The White Lotus, and Kevin Can F**K Himself

Image of Harriet Walter in Showtime's The End
This still is from a The End episode called “Fuck Christmas”—what’s not to love?
Photo: Mark Taylor/Showtime

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday, July 18. All times are Eastern. 

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Top pick

The End (Showtime, 8 p.m., series premiere): It’s the beginning of The End, a dark new Australian comedy from Sam Strauss (who’s also writing on the upcoming Nine Perfect Strangers) starring Harriet Walter, Frances O’Connor, Ingrid Torelli, Morgan Davis, Noni Hazlehurst, and Luke Arnold. Walter stars as the widowed Edie, who attempts suicide in the bracing first hour of the series. The End carefully explores Edie’s deep wells of grief and the chasm between her and her daughter Kate (O’Connor), a doctor who works in palliative care at an Australian hospice—and therefore wrestles with these end-of-life questions on a regular basis—while giving both women a chance to act out. Strauss ventures through incredibly complicated territory in this brilliant, meditative 10-part series, with mordant tone firmly in place. Despite its title, The End takes a look at everything that came before Edie’s decision, as well as the numerous times she and Kate have been on opposite sides of a debate. Walter gives one of the year’s best performances, so prepare yourself for The End.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Regular coverage

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (The CW, 8 p.m.)
The White Lotus (HBO, 9 p.m.)
Kevin Can F**k Himself (AMC, 9 p.m.): A reminder that our coverage is following the AMC release schedule, rather than that of AMC+, so tonight’s recap will be for episode five, “The Grand Victorian.”
Rick And Morty (Adult Swim, 11 p.m.)

Wild card

100 Foot Wave (HBO, 10 p.m.): Catch 100 Foot Wave and you’ll watch as pro big-wave surfer and record-holder Garrett McNamara sits on top of the world. Directed by Chris Smith, an executive producer on Tiger King, this documentary follows McNamara’s journey to the top, as he “redefined the limits of surfing by conquering the world’s largest waves.”