The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Friday

On TV this Friday: Chuck embarks on his final mission, the Fringe team tracks a death-predicting girl, Spartacus returns with a Vengeance and more. We’ve picked out eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Chuck (NBC) | Two-hour series finale: As Sarah returns with a huge secret, Chuck enlists his family, friends and some unexpected allies in the race to stop Nicholas Quinn from destroying everything Team Bartowski has built over the past five years. (Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our finale previews.)

8 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | Two cat-themed business proposals may be less than purrfect for the panel.

Chuck Flashback! We Spy 28 Fun Guest Stars

9 pm Fringe (Fox) | Olivia continues to cope with the ominous warning from the Observers; Peter and the team track a girl with the ability to predict death.

 Fringe Update: Season 5 Discussions Underway, J.J. Abrams ‘Hopeful’ Show Will Be Back

10 pm Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) | Season 2 premiere: Spartacus (now played by Liam McIntyre) discovers the grave responsibilities and costs involved as the new leader of freed slaves; Claudius Glaber’s arrival forces Spartacus to keep his rebellious band intact.

10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | A mysterious stranger arrives in Camelot with a secret that threatens to change the landscape of the kingdom forever — and Merlin promises to help him.

10 pm Bering Sea Gold (Discovery) | Series premiere: Set in Nome, Alaska, this eight-part series focuses on dredge operations run by driven, and often desperate, people whose very livelihoods depend on finding gold.

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) | With everyone turning into DJs, Fred and Carrie try to escape the city before they too are overtaken by the craze; two Gutterpunks assess the best way to beg for money.

10:30 pm The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (IFC) | After his father leaves the country, Todd seeks solace in a pub, but instead finds himself enmeshed in a night of debauchery at a bachelorette party from hell.

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own.

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  1. ravens2013 says:

    So sad to see Chuck end! Gonna miss Team Bartowski!

  2. Pat says:

    Tonight is going to be a very bittersweet night for us Chuck fans. its the feel-good story of the little show that just kept truckin and eventually made it to 5 seasons even though on any other network it would have been toast. as fans we need to thank NBC for keeping it around.

    I may skip FRINGE tonight for the first Friday since it moved to Fridays so that i can watch this.

    Farewell, Chuck!

    • Kat says:

      Same here! Recording Fringe so that I can fully enjoy- and probably cry- the finale of my beloved Chuck. Thanks for the awesome memories!
      Once more, folks: “Guys, I know Kung Fu!”

  3. Amy says:

    So this is the end. I really want to cry

  4. Fernando says:

    Finally something worth watching on Fridays Spartacus. I’m so happy Lucy will be back.

  5. Meghan says:

    Chuck with a box of tissues, and Fringe later on.

  6. opus says:

    Watching CHUCK and MERLIN and dvr-ing FRINGE. Only the CHUCK Finale could keep me from watching FRINGE live. So sorry to see you go Bartowskis!!!!

    • What!? says:

      I second that, only Chuck (or work) could stop me from watching Fringe live, Grimm will be regulated to online only.

  7. Onno says:

    Sooo sad chuck is ending I’ll be dazed rest off the weekend

  8. kevin says:

    The series finale of CHUCK. Huge fan from the beginning.

  9. m says:

    I miss Nikita! The only show i watch on friday

  10. kirads09 says:


    *sigh* No new Grimm this week. :(

    • Renee says:

      I’m missing Grimm too. I loved the ending last week w/Monroe and Nick. Love how they are becoming even more of a “team”.

  11. Caroline says:

    I’m so glad that Spartacus is back! I’m totally bummed that Andy Whitfield died and he couldn’t be in it, but the new guy looks promising.

  12. Taryn says:

    thank GOD i have Satellite. I can watch Chuck first and then Fringe!

  13. Diva says:

    I gotta go buy a Subway for one last time (not the Subway but together with Chuck).

  14. Justin says:

    I’ll be seeing:
    Chuck – 5 seasons of awesomeness comes to an end.
    Fringe – of course, my favorite show, and this episode looks like it will be really good.
    Merlin – really like this show, much different Merlin this season.

  15. Velvet says:

    Bering Sea Gold

  16. Jaclyn Wenner says:

    I will be watching Fringe. Although I don’t understand everything, it’s fun trying. I think that’s what they want.

  17. em says:

    Chuck for the final time. Fringe after the tears have dried up.

  18. JP says:

    With no Grimm & CSI: NY a repeat, it’s a book or DVD night for me.

  19. Claire says:

    Chuck with many many tears in my eyes… Best show ever. A big void expected next week.

  20. Grace says:

    I watched A GIFTED MAN and CSI:N.Y and loved them both!!
    I sure hope CBS doesn’t cancel either show.
    Give A GIFTED MAN more of a chance please?!