TV Critic’s Corner for Thursday, May 1

Cliff Lipson/CBS

Bad Teacher 9:30 p.m., CBS

I’ve developed an irrational and potentially career-dinging affection for this show. It’s not very good, overall, but as the bad — and fake — teacher looking for a rich single father at Richard Nixon Middle School, Ari Graynor is too much fun. She makes the absurdity of the premise easy to accept, and her rapport with the unpopular kids — she’s selfish but also an underdog — adds some heart to all the crass humor.


The iHeartRadio Music Awards 8 p.m., NBC

Sigh, another new awards show, only weeks before the Billboard Awards. This back-pat-fest is linked to the iHeartRadio Music Festival and the iHeartRadio radio network, and the winners are based on iHeartRadio listener choices and radio performance data. In other words, this is all just another excuse to get stars on the air and make youHeart iHeart, which iDon’t. Scheduled performers include Drake, Pharrell, Blake Shelton, Kendrick Lamar, Pitbull, Shakira (pictured), Luke Bryan, Arcade Fire, and Ed Sheeran.

Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Silicon Valley 9:30 p.m., HBO

Richard = Marty Feldman, amiright?

Grey’s Anatomy 9 p.m., ABC


Cristina “makes a decision about her future.” Toodle-Oh.

The Big Bang Theory 8 p.m., CBS

Professor Proton is using his noggin — in heaven.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of