Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in “Ripper Street.”

Jonathan Hession

Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in “Ripper Street.”

Ripper Street Saturday at 9 p.m., BBC America

I’ve enjoyed this series, which wraps for the season on Saturday night. “Ripper Street” is yet another TV crime procedural, but the primitive forensics and the Victorian setting, with its killing poverty and moral hypocrisies, make it stand out. The writers manage to turn each murder case into more than just a whodunit, with themes about the brutality of war, labor strikes, and psychiatry. And Matthew Macfadyen has been a formidable lead. The series has been renewed for a second season.


Girls Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO

What a weird season this has been. A few self-contained episodes — Jessa’s father, Hannah’s one-night stand — have interrupted the storytelling rhythm. Some of the material has worked — the recurrence of Hannah’s OCD, the insight into Jessa’s attachment issues, Marnie’s unexpected identity struggles, Adam’s AA explosion and the resulting date. And some of it hasn’t, notably anything with Shoshanna. Sunday is the season’s penultimate episode, with Marnie pursuing her singing aspirations.

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Spartacus: War of the Damned 9 p.m., Starz

Sexius, Muscleus, and Bloodirius spar.

Out There 10 p.m., IFC


Life ain’t pretty for a dog-faced boy.

Yukon Men 9 p.m., Discovery

Mekon Man, too.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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