TV tonight: 'NCIS,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Mankind'
Posted November 12, 2012
CBS, 8 ET/PT
The season's most-watched series kicks off a two-parter tonight with an episode built around the death of a Navy lieutenant recently back from the Middle East. The catch is that the team's best chance of finding the killer rests on getting help from a Marine -- played by Jericho's Brad Beyer -- suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Fox, 8 ET/PT
In real life, obviously, there wouldn't be anything particularly funny about a young man discovering — by way of a picture he finds of himself as a child standing with a family he doesn't remember — that his parents temporarily gave him up for adoption and then reclaimed him. But this is Raising Hope, and those generally well-intentioned but usually startlingly bad parents are played by Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt, and their ability to mine not just humor but empathy out of atrocious parental behavior is nothing shy of miraculous. But then, that's what can happen when you turn your lead roles over to two very talented actors, which makes you wonder why more shows don't follow suit.
Mankind the Story of All of Us
History, 9 ET/PT
History launches one of its more ambitious projects, a six-week, 12-hour series that attempts to trace the key turning points in history that created modern civilization. It may not be tonight's most exciting show, but considering how little time the channel actually spends on history these days — tomorrow's lineup is devoted to American Restoration and Cajun Pawn Stars — we can at least acknowledge the effort.
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