What to Watch Tonight: Sheldon's Big Visit, Hell's Kitchen Reopens, Community Goes Bad and More

the-big-bang-theory325bOn TV this Thursday: Big Bang‘s Sheldon visits his mom, Fox serves a fresh helping of Hell’s Kitchen, a new King of the Nerds is crowned and Community hosts a Breaking Bad reunion. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | Season 12 premiere: Chef Ramsay splits the 20 contestants into two teams – men vs. women — and asks each faction to present their signature dish.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon is forced to face a new reality when he visits his mom (returning guest star Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne) in Houston. (Psst, did you hear the very Big renewal news?)

8 pm Community (NBC) | Things get intense when Abed and Annie search for a new roommate. Brie Larson (United States of Tara) returns as Rachel, while Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan also guest-stars.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie comes up with a new town slogan — much to the dismay of some locals, including “The Douche” (played by The League‘s Nick Kroll).

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9 pm American Idol (Fox) | New time slot alert: Another singer is voted off in the live results show. (Check out TVLine’s interview with Idol‘s latest castoff, Emily Piriz.)

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Jo and Stephanie find an abandoned baby outside the hospital, while Arizona experiences a bad day that only gets worse. (Get scoop and watch a sneak peek.)

9:30 pm The Crazy Ones (CBS) | Simon’s hatred for all things St. Patrick’s Day escalates when Andrew’s many sisters come to the office, hardy to party. Retired Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guest-stars as himself.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Fitz is thrown for a loop during the first presidential debate, while Olivia is faced with an extremely difficult decision. (Is it: “Eggshell overcoat, or chantilly”?)

10 pm King of the Nerds (TBS) | Season 2 finale: The previously voted-off Nerds return to assist the final two in crowning a new King.

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) | A celery salesman (Boardwalk Empire‘s Steve Buscemi) tries to make the underappreciated veggie go viral. Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm) also guest-stars.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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40 Comments
  1. Nicole says:

    Suits
    Scandal!
    Sirens DVR. It is actually a funny show too bad it comes on the same time as scandal so I can’t watch it live.

  2. Tessa says:

    Reign
    Parenthood

  3. SK says:

    Big Bang
    Suits

  4. Justin says:

    The Big Bang Theory
    Suits
    Parks and Recreation

  5. Kathy says:

    Big Bang Theory
    Suits
    Sirens

  6. Chase says:

    The Crazy Ones and Scandal.

  7. Maryann says:

    The Red Road (Sundance; stars Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones)
    Scandal

  8. david says:

    suposedly something big happens in the last min of scandal tonight. cant wait

  9. MariaD says:

    The Red Road
    Elementary
    via VOD, Suits

  10. Ann says:

    Community and Crazy Ones- live. Big Bang Theory, Grey’s, and Suits- VOD/Hulu

  11. Eric7740 says:

    Greys Anatomy
    The Crazy Ones
    SCANDAL!!!
    Parenthood

  12. GhostWolf says:

    Elementary (though not mentioned) and DVR Suits.

  13. auraeulogia says:

    Red road
    BBT

  14. Gaara says:

    Vikings for me

  15. Dani says:

    I really hope Sheldon’s mom doesn’t have cancer or anything like that. Keep TBBT funny please.

  16. Joey Padron says:

    Community excited to see Vince make his acting debut on episode, Parks and Rec, The Crazy Ones, Parenthood, and Jimmy Fallon. DVR Suits and Portlandia.

  17. Emily Thorne says:

    Revenge @sunday 10PM 10/9c.
    Struggle

  18. Ron says:

    The severe lack of people here watching Community is extremely disturbing. Tonight, for me it will be:
    Community
    Parks & Rec
    Portlandia

    • Stormy says:

      Not when you consider that it has a one off approach to humor that is lost on the mainstream. I love Joel McHale and tried watching Community. I didn’t laugh once and gave it up. It was like watching Steve Martin doing stand-up with his banjo and a gag arrow on his head. Not remotely amusing.

      • Et al says:

        Sounds like you should stick to CBS. There are laugh tracks so you know when something is funny, and familiar sitcom situations so you don’t get frightened.

        • Stormy says:

          Thank you for your concern, but I just think humor is subjective. I’m a huge fan of Eddie Izzard and have friends who don’t get him at all. CBS holds no charm for me except TBBT. I can’t get into the crass vulgarity of 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly or Two and a Half [although I do appreciate Kutcher’s comedic timing. In fact TBBT is the only CBS show I watch.

  19. sarah says:

    Community
    Grey’s
    Parenthood
    PVR:
    Hollywood Game Night
    Crazy Ones
    Suits

  20. Et al says:

    Community
    Parks and Rec
    Community rewatch

  21. EE says:

    OUAT Wonderland
    Big Bang Theory
    Parks & Rec
    Reign
    Grey’s Anatomy
    Scandal
    Suits

  22. Dick Whitman says:

    Hell’s Kitchen!!!!!!

  23. Tran 2.0 says:

    Community (Breaking Bad creator guest stars) & Parenthood (still couldn’t stand Julia & Joel). On Demand: SCANDAL.

  24. Brandy says:

    BBT,Wonderland,Reign

  25. ggny says:

    Vikings!

  26. wrstlgirl says:

    Suits, Reign and VIKINGS!!!

  27. Belle says:

    Reign
    Scandal
    Parks
    Crazy Ones
    Big Bang
    Community
    Hell’s Kitchen
    My DVD works extra hard :)

  28. Kyle says:

    Community
    Parks & Rec
    Grey’s
    Parenthood

  29. Jared says:

    Just Scandal for me tonight. Catching up with The Good Wife and Star Crossed On Demand.

  30. LAwoman says:

    TBBT, Community, Grey’s, Vikings

  31. schu says:

    Parenthood!!!

  32. Britt says:

    Suits
    Scandal
    Hell’s Kitchen
    The Crazy Ones
    Elementary

    Plus catch up on all my shows from yesterday!

  33. Steve says:

    The Red Road
    Suits
    Vikings
    Reign
    Scandal
    Elementary

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