Carve out some time and get comfy. Here is the best of the best on TV, for the week of January 29…
Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT: Your choices are the SAG Awards (TBS, TNT, and truTV) or the Miss Universe pageant on FOX. The two venerable, proud traditions have a lot in common — including a rich communal tradition of judging women by their clothing, and how they look in it!
Monday brings the midseason finale of “Gotham” to a chaotic close (FOX, 8 p.m.), while on Tuesday, Freeform offers premieres for “The Fosters” and “Switched at Birth” start at 8: Two shows about how we build families out of tragedy, love, and the occasional hospital mixup. We’ll need all we can get, since a tearjerking “Teen Wolf” (MTV) is bringing Stiles back, in its last-ever midseason finale, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Monday also starts another round of “Stevenbombs” and the new “Adventure Time” miniseries, “Islands,” airing through Thursday on Cartoon Network, starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT. This counterintuitive strategy, in which new episodes of “Steven Universe” and “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake” are released in batches rather than week by week, is reported to be hugely successful. We’re not sure why, but anything gets more Steven — and Finn — into our lives is automatically a great idea.
Wednesday finds the premieres of two of TV’s greatest sci-fi dramas: At 9 p.m. ET/PT, the fourth-season premiere of “The 100” finds those crazy kids in the middle of yet another CW apocalypse, while “The Expanse” two-hour premiere returns us to a Syfy future dominated by Mormons and Jared Harris with a Jamaican accent. We also bid a bloody farewell to the fourth season of Screener favorite “Vikings” (History, at 9 p.m. ET/PT).
On Friday, the just-renewed “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” takes its second-season bow with an improbable wedding finale at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and this week’s “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:29 p.m. ET/PT) will be hosted by noted personality and bon vivant Kristen Stewart.