As this TV season winds to a close, finales are all over the place this week.
Sunday, May 12
Bob’s Burgers (8:30-9 pm, Fox)
This animated comedy has become the antidote to Seth MacFarlane fatigue on Sunday nights. The characters and situations are loopy but still feel grounded in reality, and the show is just damn funny. Season three ends tonight with Tina becoming a caffeine addict.
Monday, May 13
How I Met Your Mother (8-8:30 pm, CBS)
This was supposed to be the final season for this show, which has lost a lot of the appeal of its earlier seasons, but CBS managed to convince everyone to come back for one more round. Ted still hasn’t met “the mother,” but viewers have been promised that will happen at Robin and Barney’s wedding. We have been led to believe that event will take place in tonight’s season eight finale, but it has been teased for two seasons now. Enough already; at this point I’m watching more out of obligation than genuine interest.
Tuesday, May 14
New Girl/The Mindy Project (9-10 pm, Fox)
I think people tend to either love or hate New Girl. I’m in the former category, though it wasn’t immediate. The show worked hard over its first season to establish its characters’ personalities, and really opened up its stories this year. On the other hand, I really wanted to like The Mindy Project due to Mindy Kaling’s charm and talent, but the show didn’t quite click for me. Of course, your mileage may vary. New Girl wraps its second season tonight with Cece’s wedding, followed by Mindy’s freshman finale.
Wednesday, May 15
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (8-10:15 pm, IFC)
The Coen brothers spin a beautifully filmed takeoff on Homer’s Odyssey set in Depression-era Mississippi, with a Grammy-winning soundtrack of engaging folk songs.
Thursday, May 16
The Office (9-10:15 pm, NBC)
The Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin closes its doors tonight after nine seasons. Many, myself included, would argue that the show overstayed its welcome by at least a season, maybe two, but such things happen when a struggling network is reluctant to give up one of its few hits.
The finale (expanded to 75 minutes) catches up with all the DM employees several months after the documentary has aired. There’s also a wedding (presumably Dwight and Angela’s), and probably a cameo by Steve Carell. (NBC is airing a one-hour retrospective at 8 pm, but these things tend to be not worth watching.)
Friday, May 17
Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins (7-10ish pm, NESN)
If I find myself at home on a Friday and there’s nothing interesting on TV, I’ll put on the Sox game as background and catch up on some reading. Alternately, you could work on your DVR backlog.
Saturday, May 18
Austin City Limits (9-10 pm, WGBH)
This performance by Arcade Fire is a repeat (it features songs from The Suburbs), but is worth watching again, or for the first time if you missed it before. I’d say it’s time for a new album from these guys, huh?(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)