MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21
8/7c | How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | “Diane, tonight I must detour to New York City, to make trouble for Ted Mosby.” IOW, Twin Peaks‘ Kyle MacLachlan is guesting as Zoey’s ex-husband.
8 pm | House (Fox) | During a quasi-controversial “Career Day” appearance, House gets schooled by some fifth graders on how to make things with Cuddy go more smoothly.
9 pm | The Chicago Code (Fox) | I challenge you to stay one step ahead of the slithery Alderman Gibbons. It just isn’t possible.
9 pm | Gossip Girl (The CW) | It’s Eric’s 18th birthday, which can only mean one thing: Lavish party!
10 pm | Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | Funny man Dane Cook is in serious trouble as Danno’s bro.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
8/7c | Glee (Fox) | It’s time for The Rachel Berry House Party Train Wreck Extravaganza, featuring free-flowing booze and bi-curious liplocks!
9 pm | Raising Hope (Fox) | Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy) swings by as a scheming cousin of Virginia’s who mistakenly believes Maw Maw has croaked.
9 pm | NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) | Deeks is shot during a convenience store hold-up. But was he the intended target… or Apu?
10/9c | The Good Wife (CBS) | America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) begins a three-episode run as Wendy Scott-Caar’s illegal nanny. Icing on the cake: Gary Cole returns as Kurt McVeigh.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
8:30/7:30c | Better With You (ABC) | This is the episode where JoAnna Garcia’s hubby, New York Yankees slugger Nick Swisher, really steps up to the plate (as a guest star).
9 pm | Shedding for the Wedding (The CW) | You scoff at its inclusion, and yet The Biggest Loser continues to put up big numbers. This new competition series (brought to you by a Biggest Loser EP, natch) awards a dream wedding to the one couple, of nine, that drops the most pounds.
10 pm | Off The Map (ABC) | Just when you thought last week’s drama had subsided, bam, the medical transport helicopter crashed in the jungle. And.. cue fresh mayhem.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24
8/7c | American Idol (Fox) | Randy, J.Lo and Steven Tyler anoint the Top 20 — and then TVLine’s Michael Slezak promptly weighs in on how they got it right/wrong.
9 pm | Nikita (The CW) | Amanda (Melinda Clarke) drugs Alex with the intent of getting at her secrets, including but not limited to the fact that she has “Baby” on her iPod.
9 pm | Thurgood (HBO) | Celebrate Black History Month by catching this presentation of Laurence Fishburne’s one-man play about the famed Civil Rights lawyer turned Supreme Court justice.
9 pm | Royal Pains (USA Network) | Season finale: Many lives are in flux as Hank and Evan faces big decisions about Jill and Paige, Eddie faces a stint in the pokey, and Divya faces a detour on her trip down the aisle.
10 pm | 30 Rock (NBC) | Jack hatches a plot to eventually run Kabletown. Hey, as long as he keeps “The Hind Side” and “Fresh-A–: Based On the Novel Tush By A–fire” on the schedule.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25
9/8c | Supernatural (The CW) | In what promises to be a highlight of this TV season, Sam and Dean are thrust into an alternate reality where they are “Jared Padalecki” and “Jensen Ackles,” actors who star in a TV series called Supernatural. Meta-hilarity ensues. (Watch video).
10 pm | Spartacus: Gods of The Arena (Starz) | The season finale, titled “The Bitter End,” finds Batiatus hungry for a whole lotta vengeance on the eve of the new arena’s grand opening.
10:30 pm | Portlandia (IFC) | What, the six-episode Season 1 is over already? Fret not, it’s already renewed!
11:05 pm | Camelot (Starz) | Get a sneak peek at this new period drama, which officially premieres April 1 and stars Jaime Campbell Bower (as Arthur), Eva Green (Morgan) and Joseph Fiennes (Merlin).
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26
9/8c | Being Human (BBC America) | While Season 1 of the Americanized version airs on Syfy, Season 3 of the UK original is unspooling here. This week, George and Nina have their hands full with a teenage bloodsucker, while Mitchell ponders an offer from a member of vampire aristocracy.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27
8/7c | Academy Awards (ABC) | James Franco (nominated for 127 Hours) and Anne Hathaway (lovely enough in Love and Other Drugs) host this year’s kudoscast, which promises multiple changes versus the 2010 ceremony. (Tune in an hour earlier for ABC’s red carpet coverage.)
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the Comments to offer tune-in suggestions of your own!