What to Watch Thursday: Glee, Grey's, Big Bang, Parks and Rec, Crazy Ones and 4 Other Premieres

Grey's AnatomyOn TV this Thursday: Glee and Grey’s come back from cliffhangers, Parks and Recreation and Elementary both head across the pond, The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show premiere, and more of your favorite shows return. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Hour-long Season 6 premiere: Most of the Pawnee gang travels to London when Leslie wins an award. Meanwhile, Tom tries to figure out who’s competing with Rent-a-Swag, and Ann and Chris begin their journey toward leaving the show. Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Henry Winkler (Arrested Development) and Lucy Lawless (Spartacus) guest-star. (Get a sneak peak and scoop! Plus, hear from April herself on the Emmys red carpet.)

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Double-episode Season 7 premiere: While Leonard is away, Sheldon and Penny spend some QT and share intimate secrets. Then, Leonard returns and his friendship with Sheldon is put to the test. Regina King (Southland) guest-stars. (Get scoop and more scoop!)

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Auditions continue, as Simon thinks to himself, “Maybe we should make these chairs spin…?”

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9 pm Glee (FOX) | Season 5 premiere: In the first half of a two-part Beatles tribute, Rachel is singing “Yesterday,” so bring tissues. (Watch an exclusive clip and check out these first look photos.)

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Two-hour Season 10 premiere: In the aftermath of the superstorm, Meredith must make a tough call, Callie deals with Arizona’s infidelity and Richard’s fate is revealed. (Get scoop and a sneak peek!)

9 pm The Crazy Ones (CBS) Series premiere: Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar star in this David E. Kelley sitcom as a father-daughter advertising team. (He’s zany! She’s organized!) James Wolk (Mad Men), Hamish Linklater (The Newsroom) and Amanda Setton (The Mindy Project) co-star, while Kelly Clarkson impressively guest-stars.  (Read TVLine’s First Impression.)

9 pm The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) | Double-episode series premiere: Beloved sitcom star/Good Wife nemesis Fox returns to TV full-time via this new sitcom about a local news anchor who, after laying low since his Parkinson’s diagnosis, returns to work. Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) plays his wife. Fox’s real-life wife, Tracy Pollan, guest-stars in the second episode. (Get scoop!)

9:30 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) Season 11 premiere: Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) becomes the new “and a half” when she joins the sitcom as Charlie’s long-lost lesbian daughter. (Get scoop!)

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10 pm Elementary (CBS) Season 2 premiere: Holmes and Watson travel to London to crack an unsolved mystery and reunite with Sherlock’s estranged brother Mycroft (Rhys Ifans, The Amazing Spider-ManPlease let this be a crossover with Parks and Rec, where Bert Macklin helps out. (Get scoop and a sneak peak!)

10 pm Parenthood (NBC) Season 5 premiere: Crosby and Jasmine’s newborn causes a stir, Kristina takes on a new fight and Hank (returning guest star Ray Romano) moves back to town, unbeknownst to Sarah. (Get scoop and a first look.)

COMING NEXT THURSDAY: The Vampire Diaries and Scandal return. The Millers, Welcome to the Family and Sean Saves the World premiere, plus The Originals debuts with a one-time Thursday airing.

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  1. Elyse says:

    Live: Parks DVR: Glee, Greys, The Crazy Ones, Elementary and Parenthood

  2. Zahra says:

    Parenthood and Grey’s

  3. Tietherope says:

    I love Parenthood, but had to stop watching at episode 2 last season due to some recent life experiences and where the story with Kristina was headed.

    I understand that it would be safe to watch now?

    • JJM says:

      Kristina’s cancer storyline is well past and has to do with her moving forward and running back into campaigning. So yes, Parenthood is (and always has been!) safe to watch.

      • liz says:

        I can see how someone who has experience with cancer (whether themselves or a loved one) in which case watching Parenthood would not be safe for them. Triggers come in all forms and if the OP found Parenthood triggering, we have to respect that.
        But yes, this forthcoming season should be less triggery for the cancer issues.

  4. SK says:

    I would love to watch TBBT live but I have Back to School Night. So will have to watch on On Demand.
    Excited to check out The Crazy Ones. Love to see Mork and Buffy together. :)

  5. Jack says:

    Just Elementary

  6. Justin says:

    The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation are on my radar tonight. Shame that they’re both airing one-hour premieres at the same time!!! Ugh!!!

  7. Barb says:

    Since POI is on Tuesdays, nothin’.

  8. Jaclyn says:

    The best show on TV: Parks and Recreation!

  9. Eric says:

    Live: Parks and Rec, The Michael J. Fox Show
    DVR: The Crazy Ones

  10. Tony says:

    Parks & Rec

    The MJF show

    VOD tommorow:
    The Crazy Ones

  11. Boiler says:

    CBS shows and Glee

  12. Eric7740 says:

    Greys Anatomy
    The Crazy Ones

  13. Jenna says:


  14. Jill says:

    Most ridiculous night of tv.I can’t believe all the shows I love are on 1 night…aaarrrggg!!!

    • Thea says:

      SERIOUSLY! I don’t even know what I’m going to do when Vampire Diaries and then (eventuall) Community come back on! Thank god there’s Hulu, I guess.

  15. KSM says:

    I’m still mad at NBC for moving Parenthood over up against Scandal. It is like they want to kill this amazing show.

    • Allison says:

      I agree. I watch both but plan to watch Parenthood live all season and then watch Scandal on demand. But I am not sure how ratings work on whether or not that will help.

      • Ranna says:

        It only helps if you are a Nielsen family. If you aren’t it really wont have an impact on the ratings. The most important for a show are the ratings that include Live+SD numbers (live viewing and same day viewing on DVR before 3 AM), and the C3 ratings (commercial ratings, live +3 days of DVR). But as mentioned only for Nielsen households, non-Nielsen households have no impact on ratings.

    • tiffanie says:

      Yep stupid Nbc but thank God for dvr

  16. Joey says:

    Parks and Rec, The Crazy Ones, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, and NTSF’s london episode. It’s gonna be a great night of tv tonight.

  17. The Michael J. Fox Show & Parenthood

  18. bamabunny says:

    Parks, Glee, Parenthood

    Don’t have a DVR because reasons. :-(

  19. Tommy says:

    This will be the first Glee premiere I miss.

  20. sheri says:

    If your DVR is running overtime, note that Michael J. Fox show repeats on Friday.

  21. No Longer Gleefull says:

    I would usually be excited for the season start of Glee. But they have put that show in the crapper with all the new cast members that are about as interesting as a wet rage and just as talented. I listened to the Beatles Tribute songs and the only ones that did the Beatles justice were Yesterday, Here Comes the Sun and Hard Days Night. If the album was that bad I can only imagine how bad the actual episode is, add in S5 will be without Cory/Finn and it’s time to move on to the CBS shows.

    • liz says:

      I stopped watching towards the end of season 2 and I’m only going to start watching now because Demi Lovato is joining the cast.

  22. MaryAnn says:

    There should be a check box in your poll for “none of the above”. I will be catching up on the season premiere of Chicago Fire, and the season finale of Broadchurch.

  23. Peter Wall says:

    GLEE and THE CRAZY ONES for me :)

    dvr the rest

  24. Natalie says:

    Park & Rec and Greys…. since I would marry either Amy Poehler or Jessica Capshaw on the spot.

  25. Sidney.B says:

    Greys , TBBT, The crazy ones ,Glee and Elementary

  26. @PortmanReview says:

    Glee, TBBT, Elementary, The Crazy Ones and TMJFS for me ;) I’m most excited for the QT shared by Penny and Sheldon (who, IMHO, have the cutest ‘TV’ friendship ever)!

  27. Neicey says:

    I plan on setting my dvr to record everything except for X-Factor.

  28. Shib says:

    Easily the “worst night” on TV good night to watch shows DVR only thing worst would be if Modern Family on Thursday then would be ALL TIME worst night for TV

  29. Steve F. says:

    Glee, The Big Bang Theory, and maybe Elementary.

  30. James D says:

    the DVR is going to earn its stripes tonight. why must Robin Williams be on at the same time as Michael J Fox. don’t know which to watch live.
    Parks and Rec
    Crazy Ones
    Michael J Fox

  31. Mikael says:

    I’ll check out The Crazy Ones because I’m a big SMG fan. Hopefully it’s funny enough to keep me watching.

  32. Andy says:

    Glee, TBBT, The Crazy Ones, 2&1/2 Men, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Elementary.

  33. bobbie says:

    Parks & Rec, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, TBBT

  34. Jaime04 says:


    DVR Michael J Fox

  35. Carly says:

    Parks and Rec has 8%?? Fools.

  36. scb says:

    BBT, Glee, and Parenthood

  37. G says:

    Yay finally a night where I’m not totally overwhelmed! I will be watching The Big Bang Theory and Elementary. Then I will be catching up on the back log of shows from the past two nights!

  38. HAP says:

    I wish Jonny Lee Miller would speak English.

  39. Steve says:


  40. Jenna Michelle says:

    Crazy ones is awesome