Critic’s picks: Television

James Wolk (right) with Robin Williams in “The Crrazy Ones.”
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James Wolk (right) with Robin Williams in “The Crrazy Ones.”


Ray Donovan 10 p.m., Showtime

Say what you will about this show’s flaws — and there’s plenty to say — it has had some strong moments. And just about all of them have been somehow connected to Jon Voight’s riveting performance. Let’s hand him next year’s best supporting actor Emmy now. The series ends its first season tonight, with Abby and the kids hiding out at a Malibu resort.


How I Met Your Mother 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS

The sitcom begins its ninth and final season with a pair of episodes. There have certainly been creative lags and redundancies during the life of “How I Met Your Mother,” but generally speaking it has been remarkably well-written and acted. The ensemble has been lived-in but not lazy, and the trademark time shifts have been clever. I’m expecting this season to be especially clever since the whole thing will span only one weekend.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine 8:30 p.m., Fox

Last week’s premiere of this cop-shop-com was excellent, with a promising ensemble led by Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher and buoyed by the snarky Chelsea Peretti. Now we get to see if the writers, the guys who created “Parks and Recreation,” will be able to keep up the good work. Too often, a great pilot can lead to a mediocre series.


Modern Family 9 p.m., ABC


The beloved sitcom returns for season 5 with an hourlong episode. ABC’s plot summary makes it sound as though all will continue as before: Claire and Phil struggle to find time alone, Cameron becomes a substitute teacher, and Luke and Manny start high school.


The Crazy Ones 9 p.m., CBS

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This premiere of a new sitcom from David E. Kelley starring Robin Williams as an advertising executive is uneven. Williams’s manic shtick can be tiresome, not least of all when it resolves into sentimentality. But James Wolk — yup, Bob Benson — is a lot of fun. And guest star Kelly Clarkson walks away with the episode, as Williams tries to get her to sing in an ad.


The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1 9 p.m., Channel 2

This episode of PBS’s compelling “Great Performances” series on Shakespeare’s history plays — called “The Hollow Crown” — takes on the first half of the playwright’s look at the reign of Henry IV. Henry is played by Jeremy Irons, son Hal by Tom Hiddleston. Michelle Dockery from “Downton Abbey” plays Hotspur’s wife, Kate. Richard Eyre directed.


Lincoln 8 p.m., Showtime

Blah blah 16th president blah blah 13th Amendment blah Steven Spielberg blah unstable wife. OK, now that that’s over with, watch this movie to see Daniel Day Lewis channel an inexhaustible Lincoln. It’s amazing, seeing this man we’ve only seen in photographs seeming to come to life.