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

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The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama 8 p.m., Channel 2

This five-part look at 3,000 years of Jewish history begins with two back-to-back episodes debuting Tuesday, followed by episodes three, four, and five next Tuesday. The series follows Schama, an Emmy-winning documentarian, author, and Columbia professor. To tell both a personal story and a global one, Schama travels extensively — including to Russia and the Ukraine, Israel, and Spain — exploring the impact of Jewish culture on the world and “the drama of suffering, resilience, and rebirth that has gone with it.”

Frontline: TB Silent Killer 10 p.m., Channel 2


Tuberculosis is probably one of those diseases that first world folks rarely think about anymore. Unfortunately, virulent new drug-resistant strains are emerging quickly and now the disease, which can be passed by a cough or a sneeze, is the second leading cause of death from an infectious illness on the planet. This hour focuses on families in the African nation of Swaziland.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine 9:30 p.m., Fox

Bidding adieu for the season to the squad.

Game of Arms 10 p.m., AMC

Armed and dangerous.


Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel 10 p.m., HBO

A timely look at NCAA student-athlete reform.