Since it’s summer and a holiday week, there isn’t a lot of original programming that’s terribly interesting, but there are some decent movie and nonfiction choices. On days when I don’t think there’s anything on TV worth recommending, I’ll try to offer a suggestion for something you can watch via Netflix streaming.
Monday, June 24
Gideon’s Army (9-10:45 pm, HBO)
HBO’s commitment to presenting worthwhile documentaries on important issues continues tonight with a look at the public defender system and how court-appointed attorneys cope with the demands and pressure of their work.
Tuesday, July 2
Statue of Liberty (8-9 pm, PBS)
PBS marks Independence Day with patriotic programming like this repeat of a 1985 Ken Burns piece examining the statue’s history and significance. Following at 9: American Experience looks at Mount Rushmore.
Wednesday, July 3
Scarface (8-11:45 pm, IFC)
“Utterly ridiculous, yet somehow still watchable” could describe this hyperventilating 1983 orgy of drugs and violence, or the entire career of its director, Brian De Palma.
Thursday, July 4
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2013 (7-10 pm, WBZ-TV 4)
Fourth of July on the Esplanade is a uniquely Boston experience, but some of us are not interested in sitting on a blanket in baking sun and humidity, stewing in our own juices for 12 hours or more with several hundred thousand other people just to see a concert and some fireworks, and would rather watch from the comfort of home. CBS has chosen to stop carrying this event nationwide, believing that repeats of its regular Thursday programming will be more interesting to viewers, but Boston affiliate WBZ (channel 4) has it covered. You should know that the fireworks start at 9:30, an hour earlier than in years past.
Friday, July 5
Team America: World Police (6-8 pm, IFC)
Outrageous and hilarious action movie satire from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, with puppets (not the Muppet kind, the marionette kind).
Saturday, July 6
Star Trek (10 pm-1 am, FX)
J.J. Abrams’s reboot of the venerable franchise is a blast and a thrill ride.
Sunday, July 7
Yes, last year’s Marvel superhero epic is available to watch on Netflix streaming. As adjuncts that help fill in the backstory, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger are also available to stream and are worth watching.
(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.)