Critic’s Corner

Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV this weekend

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Growing Up Fisher  Sunday, 10:38, NBC

You have so many fantastic choices for television on Sunday, so I beseech you (and I don’t beseech often) to steer clear of “Growing Up Fisher.” In the pilot of this treacly sitcom, wholesome Henry (Eli Baker) is heartbroken when his parents separate and his father (J. K. Simmons) moves out. The twist is that wholesome Henry’s father is blind (he cuts down trees with a chainsaw!) and this sweet urchin has spent his life serving as Dad’s seeing eye human. But when Dad leaves the family home, he gets an actual guide dog and wholesome Henry is jealous. So wacky! Also Mom (Jenna Elfman) is having a midlife crisis. And . . . well, that’s all I could manage to watch.

Craig Blankenhorn
HBO Girls Episode #28

Girls  Sunday, 10 p.m. HBO


Last Sunday’s episode of “Girls” was 30 minutes of perfection. Marnie’s (Allison Williams) dream beach house weekend was destroyed by a gaggle of dancing gays and an epic, drunken Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) outburst. “I thought that this would be a good opportunity to prove to everyone via Instagram that we can still have fun as a group,” poor Marnie cried. Chin up. We’ve all been there girl.

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Downton Abbey  Sunday, 9 p.m. Channel 2

Two words (and an exclamation point): Shirley MacLaine!

True Detective  Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO

Give me a minute, I’m still processing the amazingness of last Sunday’s “Detective.”


The Walking Dead  Sunday, 9 p.m., AMC

Welcome back Carol.