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Wednesday, June 8

Ms. Marvel
New Series!

This latest small-screen live-action entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) follows Kamala Khan, a relatively new (making her first appearance in 2013) but popular Marvel Comics character who was the first Muslim superhero to headline a comic book at the company, taking on the mantle of Ms. Marvel. In the six-episode series, Iman Vellani portrays Kamala, a 16-year-old Pakistani American growing up in Jersey City. A great student and voracious fan-fiction scribe with an oversized imagination, she has a special affinity for superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel, but struggles to fit in at home and at school — that is, until she gets superpowers of her own. Life should be easier as a superhero, right? Aramis Knight portrays a young man named Kareem, aka Red Dagger, a vigilante crime-fighter who in the comics has a romantic connection with Kamala. Beyond its stand-alone action, this series will also be setting up the MCU’s big-screen Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels, which is slated to hit theaters next summer, with Vellani reprising her Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel role alongside Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. New episodes are available Wednesdays.

Hungry for Answers
New Series!

Scholar, restaurateur and cookbook author Caroline Randall Williams hosts this food show that ambitiously strives to serve up a healthy dose of history with each delicious bite and sip that are explored. Over four episodes, Williams travels the country unraveling fascinating, essential and often untold Black stories behind some of America’s classic and emblematic food and spirits. From the spicy, crisp flavors of Nashville hot chicken to the warm, dulcet taste of Tennessee whiskey, Williams is out to uncover the origin stories of these quintessential American offerings, as well as surface the truth when it comes to the equity — or, in most cases, inequity — regarding the recognition and reward, or lack thereof, for the true founding contributors throughout history. All four episodes are available today.

Baby Fever
New Series!

This Danish romantic dramedy centers around Nana (Josephine Park), a fertility doctor, and the clients she meets and treats … and lies to. While drunk, Nana inseminates herself with her ex-boyfriend’s sperm and begins a chain reaction of catastrophes big and small. Her rash move leads to pregnancy, and Nana now has to figure out how to eventually explain her condition and win back her ex, who doesn’t seem interested in getting back with her.

Original Film!

Adam Sandler’s latest starring role in a Netflix original film comes in this sports drama in which he plays down-on-his-luck basketball scout Stanley Sugarman. After discovering Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangómez), a once-in-a-lifetime player with a rocky past, while traveling abroad, Stanley takes it upon himself to bring the phenom to the States without his team’s approval. Against the odds, Stanley and Bo have one final shot to prove they have what it takes to make it in the NBA. Queen Latifah, Ben Foster and Robert Duvall also star.

“Thin Man” MOVIES!
MOVIES!, beginning at 3:30pm
Catch a Classic!

Spend your late afternoon and evening with Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) — the witty, hard-drinking, fun-loving, high-society couple who often find themselves embroiled in solving mysteries — and their lovable dog Asta in this lineup featuring all six of the classic comedy/mystery Thin Man films, beginning with the 1934 original, The Thin Man. The marathon also includes After the Thin Man (1936), Another Thin Man (1939), Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) and Song of the Thin Man (1947).

Let’s Make a Deal Primetime
CBS, 8pm

Wayne Brady hosts this primetime edition of the game show featuring a costume extravaganza and over $500,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

The Flash
The CW, 8pm

Series star Danielle Panabaker directs what showrunner Eric Wallace calls “an intense episode.” The electromagnetic-powered Allegra (Kayla Compton) “literally saves the day on her own,” while Barry (Grant Gustin) is out of town chasing down another meta.

MasterChef: Back to Win: “Audition Battles (Part 3)”
FOX, 8pm

With only six aprons left, the judges round out auditions and give a lucky few chefs a chance to return to the kitchen in the new episode “Audition Battles (Part 3).”

Married at First Sight: Rules of Marriage
Lifetime, 8pm

In this two-hour special episode, hosts Briana Myles Morales and Beth Bice explore the do’s and don’ts of having a successful marriage by reflecting on unforgettable highlights and lowlights from the first 14 seasons of Married at First Sight.

Into the Wild New Zealand: “Untamed West”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

See what it takes to survive the unique environmental conditions on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. From alpine parrots to shy penguins to stealth geckos, discover the wildlife hiding out by the towering mountains, rainforests and rough seas of New Zealand’s West Coast.

NBA Finals: Game 3: Golden State at Boston
ABC, 9pm Live

The best-of-seven-game NBA Finals series shifts to Boston as the Celtics face the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 tonight on ABC.

So You Think You Can Dance: “The Big Cut — Choreography Round”
FOX, 9pm

The fourth week of auditions continues as some dancers move forward to the choreography round and some go home in the new episode “The Big Cut — Choreography Round.”

The Janes
HBO, 9pm; also streams on HBO Max

In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the South Side of Chicago, where seven women who were part of a clandestine network were arrested. Using code names, fronts and safe houses to protect themselves and their work, the accused had built an underground network for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves “Jane.” Offering firsthand accounts from the women at the center of the group, many speaking on the record for the first time, The Janes tells the revelatory story of a group of unlikely outlaws. Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it, the members of “Jane” risked their personal and professional lives to support women with unwanted pregnancies. The film is directed by Oscar nominee Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water) and Emmy nominee Emma Pildes (Jane Fonda in Five Acts).

Bargain Block
HGTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Home-renovation experts/couple Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas tackle their next round of run-down houses in Detroit. First up, two homes that are next door to each other get remodels inspired by a Hamptons cottage
and the Art Deco decadence of The Great Gatsby.

Forged in Fire: “Sergeant Hayden’s Sword” & “Championship Polearms”
History, beginning at 9pm

Two back-to-back hourlong episodes of the competition series air tonight. First, in “Sergeant Hayden’s Sword,” four smiths are given only a small sliver of high-carbon steel and a whole lot of mild steel to forge a knife. After their knives are tested, the two surviving smiths return home to re-create a sword credited with helping win a war: Sgt. William Hayden’s sword. Then, in “Championship Polearms,” judge Dave Baker revisits five of the most intense championship rounds featuring the top polearms to come out of the forge.

The Deep End
Freeform, 10pm
Season Finale!

For three years, cameras followed controversial spiritual leader and wellness guru Teal Swan, whose unconventional methods claim to heal psychological ailments. In the conclusion of this four-part docuseries scrutinizing her practice, new revelations fracture her inner circle.

Buy It or Build It: “A Home in One”
HGTV, 10pm

Two fashionable newlyweds looking for their dream home call on Chris and Calvin LaMont to help them find it. While Chris has in mind an enormous older home that’s loaded with potential, Calvin thinks his sweet lot could accommodate their lengthy wish list.

Thursday, June 9

American Gangster: Trap Queens
New Episodes!

Season 3 of the docuseries narrated by Lil’ Kim returns with five all-new episodes. Trap Queens offers epic, tragic and significant cautionary tales of women who were seduced by the allure of the underworld to become ultimate crime bosses.

The Book of Queer: “Sashay It Forward”

Actor/comedian Margaret Cho narrates this episode that features stories about Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Ma Rainey, Alan Turing, Sally Ride and Lynn Conway.

Dr. Delirium & the Edgewood Experiments

From 1955 to 1975, the U.S. Army Chemical Corps conducted classified human subject research on thousands of soldiers at the Edgewood Arsenal facility in Maryland. The purpose was to evaluate the impact of potent, mind-altering chemical warfare agents on military personnel as an alternative to traditional mortal combat. Today, many of these soldiers believe that the military broke the law and engaged in a decades-long coverup to hide the truth about what really happened to them at Edgewood. Through shocking, never-before-seen footage of the drug experiments, along with exclusive, firsthand accounts from both the mastermind behind the research and the soldiers who participated in it, this documentary seeks to uncover the true story.

My Daughter Joined a Cult
New Series!

This series charts the rise, fall and alleged crimes of controversial cult leader Nithyananda through the eyes of abused survivors, former devotees and a father trying to save his daughter from the cult’s clutches.

Undiscovered: Finding Amelia

It is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history: Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance while attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world. Credible theories remain unproven, and decades of searching have turned up nothing. But now, a team says it has irrefutable evidence pointing to Earhart’s final resting place and is launching an expedition to finally bring her home.

Season Finale!

The 10-episode third season comes to an end. The series brings ballroom’s ever-influential culture to a global stage, following fabulously talented voguing houses as they ignite the runway at extravagant balls showcasing their skill, style and stamina for a shot at the $100,000 grand prize. Multi-award-winning actress and singer Keke Palmer and MC/host Dashaun Wesley, along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil and Law Roach, will crown another “Legendary” house.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Morgan Neville directed this documentary that follows the life and journey of cultural explorer, writer and chef Anthony Bourdain, highlighting his transformation from line cook to a celebrated globe-trotter and renowned television host.

Rhythm + Flow France
New Series!

In this music competition series, French-speaking rap stars Niska (Paris), Shay (Brussels) and SCH (Marseille) seek breakout talent in their local towns. Aspiring artists will explore everything from freestyling to rap battles, and making a music video to writing and producing an original track, in pursuit of their dreams and a 100,000-euro prize. New episodes are available weekly.

Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration

One of the many comedy shows that Netflix taped at this year’s nearly two-week-long Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival celebration in April and May, this special promises to cover the largest ever gathering of LGBTQ+ comics. Headliners at the event included Eddie Izzard, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Tig Notaro and Wanda Sykes.

Queer as Folk
New Series!

This drama is a vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking 1999-2000 British TV series that was also remade in America with a Showtime series that ran from 2000-05. This latest incarnation explores a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. Devin Way, Fin Argus, Jesse James Keitel, CG, Johnny Sibilly and Ryan O’Connell lead the cast. Guest stars will include Kim Cattrall, Juliette Lewis and Ed Begley Jr., among others. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Stephen Dunn says that New Orleans was chosen as the setting for this revival because it features “one of the most unique queer communities in North America. … I am immensely proud that the new series is comprised of an electric ensemble of fresh characters that mirror the global audience. If there’s one person who is able to see Queer as Folk and feel less alone … our job is done. … I am honored that Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original series, entrusted me to continue this legacy.” For his part, Davies says, “I am very proud of what we achieved in 1999, but in queer years, that was a millennium ago! As a community, we’ve radicalized, explored, opened up and found new worlds … and there was so much to be said. Stephen pitched a brand-new version of Queer as Folk with so much imagination, insight and, crucially, joy that I simply couldn’t resist. I thought it was about time the title belonged to a whole new generation.”

Backstage With Katherine Ryan
Prime Video
New Series!

This series blends world-class stand-up comedy with behind-the-scenes access as host Katherine Ryan invites both the biggest and the most exciting new names from the world of comedy to perform onstage and hang out backstage at London’s famed Roundhouse venue. All six episodes are available today.

MasterChef: Junior Edition: “The Semi-Final”
FOX, 8pm

The three remaining young chefs must compete in front of a live audience, and they’ll face added pressure from a surprise visit by their loved ones in the new episode “The Semi-Final.” The chefs have one hour to prepare a dish inspired by their families for each judge, but only two chefs will move on to the finale.

TCM Spotlight: Revisionist Westerns: “Sam Peckinpah”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Tonight’s look at classic Revisionist Westerns presents a lineup of four films from one of the pioneers of that film subgenre: director Sam Peckinpah, whose visually innovative and explicit depictions of action and violence, and unconventional characters and storytelling, heralded the beginning of a new era for movies as a whole, and especially for Westerns. The evening starts with Peckinpah’s second film, Ride the High Country (1962), led by Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, which was particularly unusual for its time. Because of that, it is perhaps not surprising that it was pretty much ignored in the United States at the time of its release. It did become a success in Europe, however, and foreign critics appreciated Peckinpah’s reworking of the Western genre. It has since become regarded as one of his finest works. Following that is The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), starring Jason Robards and Stella Stevens, which not only subverts Western archetypes but also traditional expectations from a Peckinpah film, with its almost comedic tale featuring little violence. Up next is perhaps one of Peckinpah’s most familiar works, 1969’s The Wild Bunch, which does notoriously contain plenty of violence. William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan and Edmond O’Brien headline the cast of the movie, which earned Peckinpah a shared Oscar nomination for his screenplay cowritten with Walon Green and Roy N. Sickner. Tonight’s final Peckinpah film is Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), which follows aging Old West lawman Garrett (James Coburn), who is hired to bring down outlaw — and his old friend — Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson in one of his earlier film acting roles). Among the things that make this movie stand out among Westerns is its musical score and songs composed by Bob Dylan; the soundtrack earned a Grammy nomination and introduced the classic Dylan tune “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

Heartland: “Sins of a Father”
UPtv, 8pm

After a break-in at Heartland, unwelcome memories of his father flood Jack (Shaun Johnston); Amy (Amber Marshall) and Logan (Drew Davis) work with a wild horse; and Tim (Chris Potter) and Parker (Ava Tran) form an unlikely duo to find the stolen goods.

Windy City Rehab: “Suburban Stunner”
HGTV, 9pm

Alison Victoria helps a Chicago family navigate the city’s tough building codes and materials shortages as she turns their outdated home into a suburban stunner that is sure to become the envy of the whole neighborhood.

Alone: “The Law of the Land”
History, 9pm

As Labrador’s winter draws near, the participants split their time between building their permanent shelters and getting food to replenish their burned calories. While some start to settle in, many participants struggle, as one allows an opportunity to slip through their fingers, one braces for a deadly encounter, and another comes to grips with true survival.

Rat in the Kitchen
TBS, 9pm

The competing cooks try to guess who among them is sabotaging the vegetarian dishes chef Ludo Lefebvre and host Natasha Leggero request for this week’s challenge. Side of paranoia guaranteed.

Mystic: “The Sacrifice”
UPtv, 9pm

At the stables’ Family Fun Day, the kids compete with rival Dulmoth Park. Meanwhile, when Issie’s (Macey Chipping) visions become hard to ignore, her reckless behavior endangers her future at the stables.

Brat Loves Judy
WE tv, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The docuseries following iconic rapper and Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta star Da Brat and her girlfriend Jesseca “Judy” Dupart returns for a second season as the couple continue to forge their own path while maintaining a strong partnership.

Kings of Pain: “Big Biting Lizards”
History, 10:35pm

Adam and Caveman Rob get bitten by one lizard whose venom — but not its ability to latch on and tear flesh — is in doubt, and another whose venom is notoriously painful. The shocking results set new records for the Pain Index.

Friday, June 10

Hollywood Houselift With Jeff Lewis
Amazon Freevee
New Series!

Renowned house flipper and interior designer Jeff Lewis is back in this new series that follows him as he helps some of Hollywood’s most familiar faces transform their spaces. Celebrity clients featured in Season 1 include Anthony Anderson, Fortune Feimster, Lamorne Morris, Roselyn Sanchez, Mira Sorvino and Wilmer Valderrama. The first three episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Fridays.

For All Mankind
Apple TV+
Season Premiere!

The sci-fi drama set in an alternate history in which the Soviet Union beat the U.S. in the space race to the moon makes another giant leap in its 10-episode third season. The new season flashes ahead to the 1990s and the race to set foot on Mars. Apple TV+ says the U.S. and Soviet Union’s Red Planet plans will be challenged by “an unexpected new entrant with a lot to prove and even more at stake.” Edi Gathegi joins the regular cast, alongside returning stars Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Sonya Walger, Krys Marshall, Coral Peña and Wrenn Schmidt.

Lovely Little Farm
Apple TV+
New Series!

In this live-action/animated hybrid series for kids and families from the producer of Teletubbies, sisters Jill (Levi Howden) and Jacky (Kassidi Roberts) love and nurture all the animals on their farm nestled in lavender fields. Being a young farmer isn’t easy, but every day brings these siblings adventure and a chance to grow. Helping bring those adventures to life is computer-generated technology courtesy of the special effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic. The series has also partnered with Dr. Gail Melson, a leader in the field of human-animal interaction, who worked with the executive producers to develop the show based on her research into children’s relationships with animals, nature and emerging technologies.

90 Day Fiancé: Love in Paradise
Season Premiere!

Season 2 of the reality series follows three new and two returning couples with so much at stake, they risk more than just a broken heart as they put their relationships with family and friends on the line. The season includes not only brand-new sultry locations, but also two LGBTQ+ couples, a first for the 90 Day franchise.

Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to “Lightyear”

Ahead of the latest Disney/Pixar feature film release, Lightyear, which hits theaters next Friday, June 17, this special explores the evolution of Buzz Lightyear from toy to human in the making of the movie. Dive into the origin and cultural impact of the Space Ranger, the art of designing a new “human Buzz” and the challenges faced by the Lightyear crew along the way.

The Card Counter
Feature Film Exclusive!

Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe lead this crime drama/revenge thriller written and directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. It tells the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions.

Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute

Recorded in May at the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival, this special finds Bob Saget’s friends and family celebrating his life in comedy.

First Kill
New Series!

Based on the short story by Victoria “V.E.” Schwab, who is also a writer and executive producer, this drama begins when it becomes time for teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family. She sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope (Imani Lewis). But much to Juliette’s surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter from a family of celebrated slayers. Both find that the other won’t be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to fall for. Elizabeth Mitchell and Aubin Wise also star.

Peaky Blinders
Season Premiere!

The final season of the British gangster drama set in Birmingham, England, circa the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s will be missing Helen McCrory, who played Aunt Polly, after the actress tragically died of cancer in April 2021. Season 6 does a deep dive into the soul of gang leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and explores how far he has to go before he can get out of the criminal life. Tom Hardy, Stephen Graham, Natasha O’Keeffe, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Sam Claflin and Anya Taylor-Joy costar.

Prime Video
Season Premiere!

The adult animated comedy returns, with all eight Season 2 episodes available today. The series follows the misadventures of four middle schoolers looking to earn their place in the culture. Guest voices this season include Billy Porter, Zoey Deutch, Yvette Nicole Brown, Guy Fieri and John Leguizamo, among others.

Exclusive Film!

In this horror film, upon receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s grave site has been vandalized, Marie (Jocelin Donahue) quickly returns to the isolated offshore island where her late mother is buried. When she arrives, she discovers that the island is closing for the offseason, with the bridges raised until spring and leaving her stranded. With one strange interaction with the local townspeople after another, Marie soon realizes that something is not quite right in this small town. She must unveil the mystery behind her mother’s troubled past in order to make it out alive.

Ten Percent
Sundance Now
Season Finale!

In the first-season finale of the British comedy, personal pressures reach a boiling point, while professionally, the American boss plans to visit London, where a high-profile client is expected to be landing a massive franchise role. David Harewood guest-stars.

Star of the Month: Judy Garland (100th Birthday)
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!

In commemoration of what would have been singing/acting legend Judy Garland’s 100th birthday (she was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on June 10, 1922; she died in London on June 22, 1969, at age 47), Turner Classic Movies is supersizing its Friday June salute to the star with a 24-hour lineup of 12 films. Today’s schedule features, in order: Little Nellie Kelly (1940); Ziegfeld Girl (1941); Presenting Lily Mars (1943); Girl Crazy (1943); For Me and My Gal (1942); The Pirate (1948); In the Good Old Summertime (1949); The Wizard of Oz (1939); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990), a documentary about the making of The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me in St. Louis (1944); The Clock (1945); and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961).

CW, 8pm
Series Finale!

In the final episode of the drama about witches, “The End Is Never the End,” Mel (Melonie Diaz), Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) and Kaela (Lucy Barrett) must fight a cabal of foes coalescing to bring down the Power of Three. The battle finds them up against an ancient evil that has been dormant since the dawn of magic. This powerful dark force — the Lost One — will be the ultimate test of the strength of the newly discovered sisterhood, forcing them to rekindle their connection, or face the destruction of magic itself.

Couples Therapy
Showtime, 8pm
Season Finale!

The docuseries that gives viewers an authentic look at weekly therapy sessions closes out Season 3, as Dr. Orna Guralnik guides couples through honest confrontation with each other about real-life struggles.

The Wedding Planners: “Champagne Dreams, Beer Budget” & “Big Italian Wedding”
UPtv, beginning at 8pm

In “Champagne Dreams, Beer Budget,” Hannah (Madeline Leon) and James (Michael Seater) guide a sweet but impractical young couple through making their budget wedding dreams come true, while Paige (Kimberly-Sue Murray), conflicted about an offer to buy the business, realizes that wedding planning is going to the dogs. Then, in “Big Italian Wedding,” James and Hannah back a bride and groom caught between their own wedding vision and family traditions, as Paige runs point at the Hartbridge Bridal Show and scrambles for new business.

Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine
Discovery Channel, 9pm

Hardscrabble gold miner Dave Turin and his team arrive at their new Glacier Creek claim in Alaska, where dig rigors include aging local machinery (their newer equipment is stuck in transit). Rookie miner Andrew Stefalo gets the chance to test his mettle.

Guy’s All-American Road Trip
Food Network, 9pm

Guy Fieri’s caravan journey through the Pacific Northwest continues. Tonight’s itinerary includes family vs. family mini golf and go-karting and plenty of meal breaks: crab and cod fresh from the water, a ceviche celebration, a Chinese feast and a rainy-day chili.

A Tiny Audience
HBO Latino, 9:30pm; also streams on HBO Max
Season Finale!

Season 3 of the music series concludes with a tribute to legendary Cuban American singer Celia Cruz. Jon Secada, Silvestre Dangond, Alejandra Guzmán and Cimafunk celebrate Cruz’s musical legacy by putting their personal spins on “Guantanamera,” “Te Busco,” “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” and “Pa’ La Paloma.”

The Great Soul Food Cook-Off
OWN, 10pm
Season Finale!

The final three chefs have three hours to prepare a four-course meal, but one of them doesn’t have a prayer … despite a very memorable blessing from judge Melba Wilson.

Saturday, June 11

Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory

This showcase of stand-up comedians is curated by Amy Schumer and was recorded during May’s Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival. Featured performers are Lil Rel Howery, Chris Distefano, Christina P, Ron Funches, Rachel Feinstein and Jaye McBride.

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” 40th Anniversary Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 1pm
Catch a Classic!

Forty years ago today, on June 11, 1982, Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture Oscar-nominated E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial made its debut in theaters and became an instant blockbuster, surpassing Star Wars to become, at the time, the highest-grossing film in history (it’s still currently at No. 24 among the highest-grossing U.S. releases ever). The charming, exciting and emotional tale about a boy (Henry Thomas) who befriends a stranded alien and helps him find a way back home while avoiding the pursuit of government agents and scientists won plenty of hearts and four Academy Awards, including ones for its visual effects by Carlo Rambaldi, Dennis Muren and Kenneth Smith that brought E.T. to life, and its stirring musical score by John Williams. Thanks to Melissa Mathison’s Oscar-nominated screenplay, and Best Director nominee Spielberg’s ability to solicit wonderful performances from his child stars — including Robert MacNaughton and a 6-year-old Drew Barrymore along with Thomas — E.T. has endured as a classic whose magic not even an infamous 1982 Atari 2600 video game adaptation nor an ill-advised 20th anniversary “special edition” release of the film in 2002 could tarnish. If you want to experience or reexperience that magic, kick back and open up a bag of Reese’s Pieces as Syfy offers four consecutive airings of the movie starting this afternoon and into the later evening (this marathon will be followed by a broadcast of 1996’s Independence Day, for those of you who prefer your cinematic extraterrestrials a little more mean-spirited). — Jeff Pfeiffer

MLB Baseball
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 4pm Live

FS1 airs the Oakland A’s at the Cleveland Guardians, followed by regional MLB action on FOX with either the Chicago Cubs at the N.Y. Yankees or the L.A. Dodgers at the San Francisco Giants.

Horse Racing: Belmont Stakes
NBC, 5pm Live

Can lightning strike twice for Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike? The 154th Belmont Stakes takes place today at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

Murdoch Mysteries: “Brother Can You Spare a Crime” & “Pendrick’s Planetary Parlor”
Ovation, beginning at 7pm

In “Brother Can You Spare a Crime,” Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) suspects someone in a vagrant encampment robbed and killed a young woman. Then, in “Pendrick’s Planetary Parlor,” Murdoch investigates after a murder is transmitted over James Pendrick’s (Peter Stebbings) new invention.

Planet Earth: Dynasties II: “Hyena”
BBC America, 8pm

A clan of hyenas must pull together to survive on the plains of Zambia in the new episode “Hyena.” The clan will need to hold onto its seemingly desolate territory until the wildebeest return.

Caribbean Summer
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Jade (Heather Hemmens), a morning news producer, is forced to take a vacation after an embarrassing gaffe during a live broadcast. She arrives to a relaxing Caribbean island, but Jade’s trip gets off to a rocky start thanks to a snafu involving the house she rented for her stay. Serendipitously, Jade manages to turn things around and begins a romantic Caribbean adventure with the legitimate owner of the house, a mysterious man named Ford (Ser’Darius Blain). As Jade slowly lets her guard down and welcomes all that the island, its people and her handsome host have to offer, her heart and job come into direct conflict when she finds out the true backstory of the man she’s falling for — and it’s a career-defining scoop.

Dirty Little Secret
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Inspired by true events, Dirty Little Secret follows 17-year-old Lucy (Lizzie Boys), who has been painfully isolated from her peers for years, refusing to let anyone near her house in order to hide her family secret — the overwhelming mountain of items filling every crevice of space in her home. She quietly plans her escape to college while managing her mother Joanna’s (Melissa Joan Hart) hoarding disorder. Outwardly a highly functioning nurse, Joanna maintains the dysfunction in their home with an obsessive grip, but after a tragedy, Lucy must decide if she will hide her mother’s secret, or expose it to the world.

NBC Movie of the Week: “Despicable Me 3”
NBC, 8pm

Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker and Miranda Cosgrove are among the voice cast of this 2017 entry in the computer-animated Despicable Me family film franchise.

Special Theme: Follow the Thread: “Turning Points: Character Transformation Through Clothing”
TCM, beginning at 8pm

Tonight’s double feature of classic movies notable for their use of fashion in their stories demonstrates how sometimes the evolution of a character is the central theme of a film, and how clothing is often an important tool to highlight the changes that are taking place. Characters can be transformed through the costumes they wear, signifying a new direction in life. That is certainly evident in this evening’s first film, Now, Voyager (1942). Best Actress Oscar nominee Bette Davis leads this drama as Charlotte Vale, a woman who was unwanted as a child, yet continued to live with her abusive, tyrannical mother. Her character is seen early on with a closeup on her legs as she descends down a staircase wearing thick, white stockings and a pair of flat, black, matronly shoes. Soon the audience sees her in a frumpy dress and glasses, clearly establishing her as meek, unattractive and lacking confidence. On the advice of kinder people in her orbit, who fear she’s about to have a nervous breakdown, Charlotte spends time in a sanitarium, where she is transformed. But instead of going back home to her mother, she decides to take a long cruise — and it’s here, in her first public appearance, where viewers once again see a closeup of her feet. This time, she’s wearing stylish heels, a clear contrast to her initial appearance. From then on, Charlotte’s wardrobe helps tell the story of her metamorphosis into a strong and confident woman. Tonight’s second feature, the Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1982 romantic comedy Tootsie, quickly establishes main character Michael Dorsey (Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman) as a self-absorbed and uncooperative (and unemployed) actor. He desperately needs a job and sees there’s a role for a woman, so he decides to put on a dress and try out for the part. Once he puts on women’s clothing, he is forced to live a different life, one in which people treat him differently, with less respect and with more emphasis on appearance. He develops more of an understanding of women’s experiences in our culture, becoming a more sensitive and empathetic person in the process.

First Blood
A&E, 9pm
New Series!

This 10-episode true crime docuseries examines some of America’s most notorious serial killers through the prism of their first known kills to reveal what drove them the moment when violent fantasy and curiosity became a devastating reality. The premiere episode, “Aileen Wuornos: The Damsel of Death, ” covers Florida’s Wuornos, who committed her first murder in 1989 and went on to kill seven people.

Everything But the House: “Barbies and Baseball Cards”
HGTV, 9pm

A couple is ready to downsize now that their kids have moved away, but generations of stuff has this family home packed to the rafters. Lara Spencer and her team hope to find enough valuable items on this treasure hunt that these homeowners can retire in style.

Critter Fixers: Country Vets
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
Season Finale!

Season 3 concludes with “The Chicken and Waffles,” which finds the docs at Critter Fixer trying to save the life of a giant Burmese python; performing a risky emergency C-section on a dog whose puppies are in danger; and warding off parasites to keep them from decimating an entire herd of goats. Plus, a cat bugs out from an encounter with a wasp, and a dog and chicken lose the spring in their steps.

Panic 9-1-1
A&E, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Season 3 of the docuseries that uses real audio from 9-1-1 calls to let viewers experience every harrowing and terrifying moment of the callers’ ordeals kicks off with “I’m Dying,” which tells three stories. A woman fights for her life when her estranged husband starts shooting at her through the front door; the brakes on a young mother’s vehicle suddenly stop working on a busy highway; and a family returns home from vacation to hear a frightening sound coming from the woods.

Renovation Goldmine: “Functional for the Fam”
HGTV, 10pm

Meg and Joe Piercy help an overwhelmed couple take on their major home renovation and fill the spaces with plenty of customized pieces. Then, they work their magic on a couple’s truckload of inherited furniture to upgrade their home office and son’s bedroom.

Heartland Docs, DVM: “Thanks for the Mammaries”
Nat Geo Wild, 10pm

Dr. Ben diagnoses a pet rat with the sniffles, and when a goat has a stinky situation, Dr. Erin gets to the bottom of it. Elsewhere, Dr. Erin removes mysterious mammary lumps from a hunting dog while Dr. Ben repairs a calf’s hernia. Together, they run to the rescue when a family’s horse sustains a head injury. They also decide to adopt a new family member: a cute border collie named Hank.