What to Watch Thursday: Parks and Rec Finale, Mycroft Holmes Returns, Two Premieres and More

Parks and Recreation - Season 6On TV this first night of May SweepsParks and Rec ends its season with a big decision, The Big Bang Theory tries to be spontaneous,  Reign  gets devastating news and CBS’ Bad Teacher labors to have some class. 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 The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Through flashbacks to election night in 1960, Enzo finds out what happened to his long-lost love.

8 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | One-hour season finale: Leslie, Ben and Andy head to San Francisco for a National Parks Conference; Leslie makes a big decision about her future. (Get scoop and more scoop.)

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | When Leonard reinstates “Anything Can Happen Thursday,” Sheldon tries to be spontaneous but it creates unexpected friction between Penny, Amy and Bernadette.

8:30 pm The Millers (CBS) | When Nathan pitches a children’s show based on Tom’s imaginary comic book to his boss, Tom has an unfavorable reaction to the tweaks that are made.

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9 pm Saturday Night Live: SNL Digital Shorts (NBC) | The best of SNL shorts from 39 years are presented, including favorites like “Lazy Sunday,” “Wes Anderson Horror Trailer,” “United Way” and more.

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Jackson must deliver some unsettling news to the doctors.

9 pm Reign (The CW) | Mary and Francis must decide between putting their countries or marriage first when Mary’s Uncle, the Duke of Guise, arrives in France with devastating news. 

9:30 pm Bad Teacher (CBS) | Series premiere: Ari Graynor (Fringe) stars as a former trophy wife who poses as a teacher at an upscale elementary school in an attempt to meet rich, single fathers and return to her lavish lifestyle. Rounding out the cast are Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Sara Gilbert (Roseanne), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars) and Sara Rodier (The Future).

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10 pm Black Box (ABC) | Series premiere: Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a world-renowned neurologist who will be challenged each week to diagnose and treat rare and bizarre cases — all while hiding that she’s bipolar. The cast also includes Vanessa Redgrave (Nip/Tuck), Terry Kinney (Oz) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad).

10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Holmes’ brother Mycroft makes a surprise return to New York and his motivations create tension between Holmes and Watson.

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

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28 Comments
  1. Aimee says:

    Am I the only one who dislikes Mycroft? I love Elementary but I may skip this episode.

    • d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

      If you skip the episodes with Mycroft I’m pretty sure you’ll have to skip the final 4 episodes of the season. Also I’m sure you’re not the only one, I personally love his character, but to each their own.

    • suzi says:

      I enjoy the character and I’m very curious about the secrets he’s keeping.

    • Sasha says:

      He’s kind of smarmy. I like him but the episodes he’s in are never really my favourite for some reason. So I do get what you mean.

    • Drew S says:

      I don’t mind Mycroft but I must say that the more independent things they give her to do, the more Lucy Liu gets on my nerves. I’ve always thought she was a poor choice for Watson and, truth be told, I watch this series in spite of her being on it and usually fast-forward through the bits that have her going out on her own.

  2. Tessa says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Reign-live
    Grey’s Anatomy on Hulu

  3. Justin says:

    Parks and Recreation
    The Big Bang Theory

  4. Eric7740 says:

    Vampire Diaries
    Greys
    Surviving Jack

  5. Maryann says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Black Box premiere

  6. jen says:

    Parks and Rec. And hoping Leslie decides to stay in Pawnee!

    • Parker says:

      me too, can’t really imagine her working somewhere else. Although I wish she’ll end up in the White House

  7. Parker says:

    Parks and Parks :)
    for the rest of the night… hum, maybe I’ll rewatch some Parks and Rec.

  8. sarah says:

    Vampire Diaries
    Grey’s
    Maybe..Black Box

  9. N says:

    Grey’s
    Black Box

  10. Brandy says:

    Big Bang,VD,Reign

  11. Joey Padron says:

    Parks and Rec, Surviving Jack, Portlandia, and Jimmy Fallon. DVR Bad Teacher.

  12. Samantha says:

    Grey’s Anatomy and Elementary!

  13. Roberta says:

    Black Box – sounds like Homeland, with medical instead of agents.

  14. Spencer says:

    So I’m guessing that Andy will decide to stay in San Fran while the actor continues his movie career….. Hashtag sad face.

  15. Britt: Happy May Sweeps!!!! says:

    Hell’s Kitchen
    Reign
    Elementary
    I don’t know if I want to watch Black Box yet.

  16. LAwoman says:

    BBT, Grey’s, SNL shorts, Vikings

  17. HAP says:

    The LA Times ran reviews this morning for both Bad Teacher and Black Box. Results: Bad Teacher good; Black Box bad.

    • Lauren says:

      Good to hear! I wasn’t a fan of the Bad Teacher movie but I thought it was a funny premise and I love Ari Graynor so I’m checking out the show. I have a feeling it will be the reverse of About a Boy, where I love the movie and hate the show.

  18. Sam says:

    Elementary and Parks and Recreation!!

  19. Steve says:

    Vikings
    Reign
    Elementary
    Black Box

  20. Pix says:

    Curse you! I thought Mark Gatiss (the British Mycroft) would be guest starring in some American show… I got so excited:(

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