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Fri, February 5

Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall

SHO, 9:00 pm ET

Spike Lee’s illuminating documentary focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Michael Jackson’s career as he evolves from the lead singer of the Jackson 5 to a solo artist recording what will become his breakthrough, the seminal 1979 pop record "Off the Wall." Audiences will travel with the global superstar as he strikes a new path with CBS Records, first with his brothers as The Jacksons and then stepping out on his own to create his own music with his own team.

NBA Basketball

ESPN, 7:00 pm ET

A peach of an NBA doubleheader gets going appropriately enough tonight in the Peach State, where Paul Millsap and the Southeast-leading Atlanta Hawks play host to Paul George and the Indiana Pacers. In the nightcap, it's a clash of Lone Star State contenders when Kawhi Leonard and the Southwest-leading San Antonio Spurs drop in on Dirk Nowitzki and the division rival Dallas Mavericks.

The Vampire Diaries

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Vampire Diaries

While Stefan (Paul Wesley, who also directed this episode) secretly struggles with his own experience in the Phoenix stone, he tries to help Damon (Ian Somerhalder) regain his grip on reality in the new episode "Things We Lost in the Fire." Matt (Zach Roerig) spirals out of control after Julian (Todd Lasance) and his cronies take over Mystic Falls. Tyler (Michael Trevino) attends Alaric's (Matt Davis) baby shower, but Caroline (Candice King) makes an upsetting discovery about Alaric's intentions for the babies.

Last Man Standing

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Last Man Standing

Mike (Tim Allen) convinces Kristin and Ryan (Amanda Fuller, Jordan Masterson) that they should buy their own home instead of continuing to rent an apartment, but when Mike finds what he deems the perfect place, Ryan startles him by backing out of the deal in the new episode 'Home Sweet Loan." Elsewhere, Mandy (Molly Ephraim) wants Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) to stay out of the basement she also uses as her work space, but Kyle (Cristoph Sanders) insists she has a right to be there.

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