8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | A relative crosses the line during the emotional family reunion; an unlikely alliance threatens the pecking order of the Te Tuna tribe.
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Mike buys Frankie a new dishwasher for Christmas, but has a hard time keeping it a secret; Sue asks Reverend TimTom to explain the meaning of Christmas to Brick when he reads the Bible and begins to question it.
8:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Tessa, blaming herself for George’s failed relationship with Zoe, plots to get them back together — unaware that her father is actually enamored with her cute art teacher.
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | The BAU team investigates the apparent mass suicide of a group of youths at a military academy; Hotch and Morgan butt heads when a team member could be in jeopardy.
9 pm America’s Next Top Model (The CW) | The All-Stars season finale features modeling under water!
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | A mad rush to celebrate Christmas earlier than expected finds Mitchell, Alex and Lily in search of the tree, Jay and Cameron in charge of gift wrapping, Phil and Manny getting groceries, Gloria and Luke fetching ornaments, and Claire and Haley shopping for all the gifts.
9:30 pm I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Fox) | A reader pointed out that I did promise all freshman shows “two free passes” in the TVLine-Up, so here goes No. 1: “Family game night goes awry!”
9:30 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Max agrees to dress up as Santa for Penny’s charity event; Jane accidently gives her housekeeper the envelope of money for her and Brad’s holiday getaway instead of the Christmas tip she had planned — and then schemes to get the cash back. (Read preview here!)
10 pm State of Play (BBC America) | BBCA is rerunning this award-winning six-part miniseries from 2003 about a journalist (played by John Simm) and his editor (Bill Nighy) who try to find the connection that two unrelated murders have with a prominent politician (David Morrissey).
10 pm American Horror Story (FX) | Violet learns about the rules of the house; the truth about Larry’s condition is explained; Constance is interrogated by the police. (Read preview here!)
10 pm Psych (USA Network) | After a beautiful woman (pin-up Diora Baird) claims to have witnessed a murder, Shawn and Gus hide her at a remote commune. (Watch a video sneak peek.)
10 pm CSI (CBS) | Titus Welliver (Lost), Annabeth Gish (The X-Files), Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) and Grant Show (Melrose Place) all guest-star — does the plot really matter?
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own. With raindrops we can fill buckets!