This Week's TV: The One Show You Absolutely Must Watch This Fall

What does television have in store for you this week? The season premiere of Supernatural, with a brand new direction! The 100th episode of Adventure Time! MythBusters fact-checks James Cameron! Bullying in space and nudity at the mall! The Anti-Monitor and Red Hulk! Disco Medusa!

But most of all, we're calling it — one show has risen above all others, to become the one show that all self-respecting science-fiction fans should be watching. Scroll down to Thursday's listings to find out which one it is!

Top image: Supernatural.

Today:

Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
It's the 100th episode of Adventure Time, people! Check out a brand new clip at left. And here's what they're uncorking for the big celebration:

Frog people seek protection from an evil lizard who's attacking their swamp.

And we meet someone named Prince Huge! It's followed by the season premiere of Regular Show, and a new Annoying Orange.

Alphas (8 PM, Syfy):
This week, it's all about the fallout over the needless death that happened last week. Does the episode title, "Life After Death," mean there's going to be some kind of Search for Spock deal here? Or just that life goes on after someone has died? Probably the latter. Expect lots of shouting and lots of grieving.

Warehouse 13 (9 PM, Syfy):
It's the midseason finale, where we deal with the fallout from Artie's astrolabe madness and last week's shocking death. Here's what to expect:

The team find themselves battling one of their own when Artie's obsession with the Astrolabe reaches dangerous proportions.

And Jeri Ryan is back once again as Pete's ex wife!

Revolution (10 PM, NBC):
We're going to meet the rebels, with all of their American flag gusto. I hope this show finds its footing soon, because the "Jericho meets Maverick" vibe still seems really promising. At the very least, Charlie is seeming more steely and less whiny in the clip at left. Here's the deets:

NORA LEADS MILES AND CHARLIE TO THE REBEL CAMP - On the run from Militia, Nora (Daniella Alonso) leads Miles (Billy Burke) and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) back to the Rebel camp. Meanwhile, Aaron (Zak Orth) and Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips) search for Grace (Maria Howell) and Danny (Graham Rogers) stands up to one of Captain Neville's (Giancarlo Esposito) men.

Also on TV tonight: A brand new Castle, on ABC at 10.


Tuesday:

Nothing much on tonight, sorry about that. We'll try harder next time.

Also on TV tonight: There's the season premiere of Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network at 8 PM.


Wednesday:

Classic Horror Movies (8 PM, Turner Classic Movies):
Basically all night, starting at 8 PM and going until around 6 AM, TCM is going to be showing insane horror classics, many of which you probably haven't seen. Including Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933), Doctor X (1932), Mark Of The Vampire (1935), House of Dracula (1945), Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) and I Walked With A Zombie (1943). Yes, you can watch Wendy Watson's zombie palate cleanser.

Dragons: Riders of Berk (8 PM, Cartoon Network):
Note new day and time. It's "How to Pick Your Dragon," so maybe it's going to give us new insight into the rider-dragon matching process:

Stoick wants his own dragon and asks Hiccup to train his ferocious pick.

The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):
Note new time. We watched this episode along with the pilot a while back, and it's definitely more of the same. Major bonus, though: More of a role for Doug "Abe Sapien" Jones this time around.

"Journey to the Center of the Mall" - After convincing the Bird-Kersees to let their kids try "human" school, the Weavers take them on their first excursion outside Hidden Hills - shopping for back-to-school clothes at the mall. They survived the trip to Earth, but will the mall be too much? Meanwhile, Debbie and Jackie have doubts about each other's true intentions.

Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):
This is like the only thing on TV, other than the first Presidential debate. So you've got a choice between the story of two men, one consigned to Purgatory and one battling for justice on his own — or else the season eight premiere of Supernatural*. Check out a sneak peek and an extended promo at left, and here are the gory details:

"We Need to Talk About Kevin." SAM AND DEAN ARE REUNITED AFTER A YEAR APART - Dean (Jensen Ackles) re-emerges from Purgatory, but he isn't alone. He heads straight for Sam (Jared Padalecki), but the reunion isn't exactly what he thought it would be. Sam drops everything to join his brother, but leaving the life he had grown to enjoy turns out to be harder than he imagined. Dean and Sam look for Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) who has managed to escape Crowley's (guest star Mark Sheppard) grasp, but things come to a head quickly when Kevin tells them what it is that Crowley wants.

Also on TV tonight: A new Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu on Cartoon Network at 7:30 PM. And an all-new South Park on Comedy Central at 10 PM.


Thursday:

Last Resort (8 PM, ABC):
If you were wondering how things would escalate after the craziness of the pilot, how does 20 warships closing in sound?

"Blue on Blue" - More than 20 warships are closing on the 200-mile perimeter that Marcus Chaplin declared as a no man's land around the island. And as XO Sam Kendal is drawn into a battle on the ground to keep them alive, Prosser confronts Marcus about something personal to him that could be impacting his judgment as Captain of the Colorado.

Really curious to see how much this show drops in its second week.

Big Bang Theory (8 PM, CBS):
Nothing worse than bullying — except maybe bullying in space, where there's noplace else to go.

"The Decoupling Fluctuation" - When Sheldon learns that Penny is thinking about breaking up with Leonard, he tries to intervene. Meanwhile, in space, the other astronauts pick on Howard.

Person of Interest (9 PM, CBS):
After last week's season opener, I'm calling it — this is the one must-watch show of the fall season, especially for anybody who's interested in TV that explores science-fictional themes like artificial intelligence. You can read our recap of the season opener for details. But in a nutshell, the show has evolved far beyond its "procedural" roots, and now that the characters have gelled, we're exploring the notion of a computer that can predict people's behavior — often even before the people themselves know what they're going to do. We've learned that Mr. Finch gave the Machine his own version of the Laws of Robotics, and now we're seeing the Machine learning to find loopholes in them. Creator Jonathan Nolan is giving this show a definite "Batman" vibe, but it's able to take the time to explore tough questions about surveillance and the role of technology in our lives. This show is now officially my favorite show on television — bar none. Like I said, more details are here.

This week's episode is called "Bad Code," and I guess it's the origin of the evil hacker Root.

Emmy Award Winner Margo Martindale ("Justified") Guest Stars As a Woman from Root's Past "Bad Code" - The Machine delivers the number of a cold case that leads Reese ever closer to catching up with Finch and his kidnapper, Root.

Misfits (10 PM, Logo):
This is the one where the gang gets a brand new member, who's... not really right for our crew, let's just say. And meanwhile, Superhoodie makes a fateful decision that could have a huge impact on everybody's future. Not my favorite episode of the series, due to the weird "psycho thinks he's living in a computer game" thing — but still better than most other television. Some lucky Logo subscribers are seeing this show for the first time.

Also on TV tonight: A new episode of Mad on Cartoon Network at 8. And another episode of Elementary, on CBS at 10 PM.


Friday:

Transformers Prime (7 PM, The Hub):
It's "Hard Knocks!" Are the transforming robots going to be doing that musical number from Annie? We can only hope. Here's what actually happens, though:

As the race grows more desperate, Knock Out harnesses the power of sound while Starscream the power of hyper speed.

A.N.T. Farm (8:30 PM, Disney):
I guess this show is normally about kids who are "special and gifted," but not actually mutants. But this week's episode is the second of a series of occasional "fantasy" episodes, where it's called mutA.N.T. Farm, and the main characters are monsters who go to a special monster school. Check out the fairly hilarious clip at left, with some disco-diva medusa action. This time:

Chyna soon develops a forbidden crush on a cute human boy named Brady when she returns to the mutA.N.T. Program so she pretends to be human in order to spend quality time with him.

Fringe (9 PM, Fox):
I have to admit, I rewatched the season premiere over the weekend with someone who hadn't seen it yet, and the plot holes and sloppy storytelling were bothering me more — plus some of the negative comments on my recap were winning me over a bit. I still think this "future dystopia with nazi Observers" storyline has a lot of potential to be something special, though. This week: Walter tries to get back into his old lab at Harvard, and finds it's not so easy. And it looks like Etta is crossing some lines that make her parents uncomfortable.

Grimm (9 PM, NBC):
How do you top lamburgers? With another Pilates Wolf-centric episode! Yay.

MONROE'S DAYS MAY BE NUMBERED WHEN ANGELINA COMES BACK TO TOWN - JAIME RAY NEWMAN AND ALICE EVANS GUEST STAR - Angelina (guest star Jaime Ray Newman) comes back in to town with bad tidings as Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) learns his continued cooperation with the Grimm may come at a high cost. Nick (David Giuntoli) comes to Hank (Russell Hornsby) for help to keep Monroe safe and Hank uses this time to get caught up with his knowledge of the "Wesen world." Meanwhile, an old European acquaintance (guest star Alice Evans) pays Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) a visit, but it's hard to tell if this visit is for business or pleasure.

Gravity Falls (9:30 PM, Disney):
Thanks to Anthony for finding us the promo clip for this week's episode, along with this blurb for "Summerween":

Dipper and Mabel are excited to join in on the fun when Grunkle Stan throws his annual Halloween in Summer. However, when Wendy casually mentions that trick-or-treating is for kids, Dipper's whole outlook on the evening changes.

Followed by a new Fish Hooks ("Chicks Dig Vampires") at 9:45.

Haven (10 PM, Syfy):
Yay, organ harvesting! Always a good time.

A Boston cop connects a murder in Haven to similar crimes, leading Audrey and Nathan to suspect they are dealing with a killer who is harvesting organs.

Also on TV tonight: The season finale of My Babysitter's a Vampire on Disney at 7:30. And then at 10 PM, Nicktoons has a brand new Dragon Ball GT.


Saturday:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
Who's getting their arm sliced off this week? Actually, we're looking in on Anakin — and chances are we'll be seeing him go darker than ever before, given that this season's mission statement is to start leading up to Revenge of the Sith. Check out a clip! And here's what Anakin's up to:

Anakin and his crew train rebels on Onderon who are planning to seize control of the capital from the king.

DC Nation (10 AM, Cartoon Network):
Once again, there are new episodes of Green Lantern and Young Justice, plus some brand new shorts. Here's what each show has in store, including some old-school Crisis on Infinite Earths villainy:

"Reboot" Hal tries to reassemble the team in order to take on a new threat- the Anti-Monitor.
"Darkest" Black Manta has a new mission for his son: a mission that should prove once and for all exactly whose side Aqualad is on!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (11 AM, Nickelodeon):
You've got to grow a thick skin if you want to make it in New York — and no, a big turtle shell doesn't cut it. In "Turtle Temper,"

Raphael loses his temper when he is insulted by a caustic New Yorker (Vic). The ensuing yelling match results in the Turtles being ambushed by the Kraang and blowing their mission. Worse, Vic caught the whole thing on video, thus raising the frightening possibility of the existence of the Turtles becoming widely known. Raphael must learn to control his rage and endure insults in order to help the others retrieve the video before it falls into the wrong hands.

Winged Planet (8 PM, Discovery):
A brand new special that shows you the wonders of the world from a bird's vantage point:

In the US premiere of the Discovery Channel/BBC co-production WINGED PLANET, airing Saturday, October 6th at 8PM ET/PT, experience the astonishing physical wonders of our world from a bird's eye view. This two-hour special event comes from award winning filmmaker John Downer (ELEPHANTS: SPY IN THE HERD, TIGER: SPY IN THE JUNGLE, POLAR BEARS: SPY ON THE ICE), who transformed wildlife filmmaking by pioneering the use of spy cameras to capture nature's most intimate moments. In his latest project, Downer developed a new team of Spycams to offer viewers a jaw-dropping view of the world from an entirely different perspective. As these remarkable birds fly, they use the landscapes below them to navigate, search for food, roost and migrate. Spycams allow viewers a moving three-dimensional view as they ride on the backs of spectacular eagles, cranes, pelicans, snow geese and countless other birds while they soar above some of the most awe-inspiring parts of America, Africa and Europe. Prepare for the flight of a lifetime and see the world like never before.

Bedlam (9 PM, BBC America):
This sexy British ghost show is back for a second bite. Here's what to expect from the season premiere, according to BBC America:

Ellie is led to Bedlam Heights in search of answers to disturbing visions she's experiencing. But instead of finding answers, she's left with more questions. With only a ghost-hunting blogger as her confidant, Ellie is left to restore the peace of a disturbed spirit at Bedlam Heights. Meanwhile, Kate returns to discover that not only is her dad, Warren, sleeping with a 20 year-old, he's hired a new building manager, Dan. Feeling betrayed and alone, Kate leaves Bedlam Heights for good.

Also on TV today: A new Ben 10: Omniverse on Cartoon Network at 9 AM. And a brand new Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters at 2 PM on The Hub.


Sunday:

Ultimate Spider-Man/Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (11 AM, Disney XD):
Once again, just the episode descriptions for these shows are ridiculously entertaining in their own right:

"Not A Toy" - When Spider-Man loses Captain America's shield, he has to team up with the First Avenger to retrieve it, but they discover that Doctor Doom has it and believes in finders keepers.
"The Deadliest Man Alive" - In the midst of the alien Skrull invasion, Captain America convinces Hulk to transform back to Bruce Banner and turn himself in to General Ross and the U.S. Government for a crime he didn't commit - an attack on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier caused by Red Hulk. When the Skrull threat is over and Bruce Banner's name is cleared, Bruce seeks revenge.

Animation Domination (7:30 PM, FOX):
Another batch of animated shows, including the season premiere of Cleveland Show, and new episodes of Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and American Dad. But mostly, it's notable for the annual Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, which we always hope will have a return to form. This time:

In the opener of the 23rd annual "Treehouse of Horror," we go back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witnesses to the prediction by ancient calendar makers that 2012 will be the end of the world. In "The Greatest Story Ever Holed," the first of three spine-chilling stories, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, sucking up everything in its path. Then, in "UNnormal Activity" the Simpsons install cameras all over the house when things start to go bump in the night and Marge discovers it may have to do with an unholy pact she made some years prior. In the final thrilling tale, "Bart & Homer's Excellent Adventure," Bart travels to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge's courtship, leading Marge to end up with Artie Ziff (guest voice Jon Lovitz)

MythBusters (8 PM, Discovery):
For their season premiere, the MythBusters crew has cued up something really special — with guest star James Cameron!

Adam and Jamie, joined by JAMES CAMERON, tackle the most requested myth in MythBusters history: Did Jack (from Cameron's blockbuster TITANIC) needlessly die? Is it possible that Rose and Jack could have both fit on the wooden board and survived together? Adam, Jamie and Jim break down this tragic Titanic tale of human survival and put the controversy to bed. Meanwhile, Kari, Grant and Tory take a ride on a rocket-powered surfboard.

Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):
Yay, more of Barbara "Black Swan" Hershey as the Evil Queen's mom, in an episode written by genre MVP Jane Espenson.

"We Are Both" - While Regina continues to find a way to regain her magical powers, David continues his quest to uncover the whereabouts of Mary Margaret and Emma; and the seven dwarves discover what happens when any of the townspeople try to step past the city limits of Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, as her wedding day to King Leopold approaches, Regina is confronted by a man of magic who promises to help her become independent and break free from her mother Cora's (Barbara Hershey) clutches

666 Park Ave. (10 PM, ABC):
So what do you think? Does this show's "evil building where everybody sells his or her soul" premise have legs? A lot probably depends on how well episode two can deepen the characters and their relationships.

"Murmurations" - Jane makes a terrifying discovery about what lies behind the walls of The Drake as she begins to renovate Mr. Barlow's apartment. Meanwhile, Henry wrestles with whether he should tip Gavin off to inside information he has on one of his big projects, and lonely Drake resident Danielle Vincent gets a much needed assist from Gavin with a romantic tryst with a business associate of his. Finally, Brian struggles with his continuing temptation for Alexis, and Jane determines to continue her investigation of the mysterious door in the basement.

Adult Swim (Midnight, Cartoon Network):
First, there's Robot Chicken, with "Poisoned by Relatives." Then at 12:15 AM, there's a brand new Superjail!, called "Special Needs."

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.

* Before you get mad, please note that I didn't say which was which. Also, kidding.