Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Tuesday night

Sean Giambrone, Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Hayley Orrantia.
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Sean Giambrone, Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Hayley Orrantia.

The Goldbergs 9 p.m. ABC

Several weeks in, and I’m still confounded as to what “The Goldbergs” is trying to be. It’s part “The Wonder Years,” part “That ’70s Show,” with a bit of every sitcom cliche thrown in for good measure. I want to shake Jeff Garlin by the shoulders, tell him he’s too good for this slop, and beg him to please put some slacks on. The only thing “The Goldbergs” manages to do is pluck heart strings with Rubik’s Cubes and acid wash jeans. However, nostalgia does not a sitcom make.

The Party 8 p.m. and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 9:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies


Fans of Peter Sellers looking to go beyond “The Pink Panther” or “Being There” would be well-served to skip the “NCIS” and feast upon these two cult classics. The Blake Edwards-directed “The Party” (1968) is an excuse for Sellers to play the perfect fish out of water at a Hollywood soiree. “Dr. Strangelove” (1964) lets Sellers play four characters in this Stanley Kubrick black comedy.

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Moonshiners 9 p.m., Discovery

Fill ’er up.

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

Arresting developments.


The Originals 8 p.m., The CW

Werewolves and witches and vampires, oh my.