Critic’s picks: Television


TV’s Funniest of the Funniest
9 p.m., NBC

The real name for this Paley Center for Media special? “Hey, It’s Between Seasons So Here’s Some Light Filler Lifted From 60 Years of TV Comedies, Including the 30 Funniest Moments Ever on Everything From ‘Seinfeld’ to ‘I Love Lucy.’ ”


The Story of Film: An Odyssey
10 p.m., TCM

Across the next few months, TCM is airing this 15-episode historical look at cinema. Made by Mark Cousins and aired in the UK in 2011, the documentary surveys the developments of form and technique in the medium and includes interviews with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Paul Schrader, Claire Denis, and Lars von Trier. (Above, “My Brilliant Career.”)


Luther 10 p.m., BBC America

File this under: We’ll take what we can get. Season 3 begins tonight. But it’s only four nights long and will end on Friday. This potent detective series, starring Idris Elba, is always tense and scary, with some of the creepiest killers on TV. Will Alice — played with such feline delight by Ruth Wilson — be back for more this season? I’m not telling.


Pulp Fiction 8 p.m., AMC


This is probably the movie you’ve probably mentioned 10 times in the past few years but haven’t seen since its premiere almost 20 years ago in 1994. AMC is airing the influential crime drama from Quentin Tarantino, who has gotten no less annoying, and no less talented, over the decades. He won an Oscar for best screenplay.


Wilfred 10 p.m., FX

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The show’s psychodramatic season comes to an end, with Jenna forbidding Ryan from seeing Wilfred. Elijah Wood has done a nice job of portraying the inner turmoil of an introvert struggling with self-loathing. He has the face of a sad clown in a silent movie.


Arrested Development 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m., IFC

So you don’t have Netflix or the DVDs? Wa-wa-wa, in the words of the Debbie Downer soundtrack. IFC reairs the first three seasons of the sitcom — i.e. the good seasons — all the time in little marathons. These particular episodes are the last five of season 3, before the season finale. Bob Loblaw.


The White Queen 9 p.m., Starz

I’m shamelessly hooked on this costume drama, which is so heated-up that it takes the mellow out of melodrama. Last week I noted Amanda Hale’s sour-lemon face; this week, I’d like to point out Aneurin Barnard as the Duke of Gloucester, King Edward’s youngest brother. He is Edward Scissorhands gone totally York.