Tonight in HD: March 21


Series Highlight: The Walking Dead (TV2, 9.30) Revelations begin to come out among the members of the group; Shane teaches Andrea how to fire a weapon, but the desire to put the past behind him and focus on survival eats at him. “The Walking Dead closed out its mid-season last night, and things were not looking good for our protagonists, or for the series,” Entertainment Weekly reckoned at this point of the show’s run in the US, which ends with a shocking showdown. “The show has turned into a nighttime soap with occasional appearances by deceased but moving, flesh-rotting, flesh-eating cameo monsters.” Echoed Collider: “The Walking Dead is still not as great as it should be – they’ve got the ingredients for something amazing here, not the least of which is a truly talented cast – but the show’s made some notable improvements over the course of the past half-season, and tonight’s episode contained a biggie.” But Variety praised season’s two’s narrative risks: “By making the daring move to derail the Dead characters from the ceaseless violence that awaited them on the open road in favour of sequestering them on the relatively peaceful idyll of Hershel Greene’s farm, this series truly came into its own … In my mind, Walking stands shoulder to shoulder with Mad Men and Breaking Bad.” The second half of the season has just ended in the US with record ratings for the series; TV2 will screen the first of these six episodes from next week. ✮✮✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: It's Kind of a Funny Story (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) "I don't blame you for backing off a movie that focuses on a suicidal teen who learns warm life lessons by spending five days in a Brooklyn hospital's psych war," Rolling Stone said. "Stop worrying. It's Kind of a Funny Story, based on Ned Vizzini's semiautobiographical novel, breaks the jinx." Concurred Variety: "The filmmakers fully retain their offbeat sensibility and attentiveness to character while providing perhaps the sharpest showcase yet for Zach Galifianakis' outsized talents." ✮✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Heath discovers Tyler’s bag of money; Indi says she’ll support Romeo’s dreams; April invites Heath to dinner, pretending it’ll just be them. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) A desperate Monica agrees to a date with one of her restaurant customers, who turns out to be a billionaire; Phoebe’s half-brother announces he is getting married to a much older woman. ✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Maxwell fights his way out of the dog box; Wendy’s crush leads to trouble. ✮✮✮

Two and a Half Men (TV2, 7.30) Jake has a crush on his chemistry tutor – who has a crush on Walden; Alan obsesses over the journal his brother left him in his will. ✮✮

SPCA Rescue (TV One, 8.00) Mystery surrounds thousands of birds falling from the sky; a kitten thrown over a fence sparks an SPCA manhunt; an inspector takes action to help a dog suffering from months of neglect. ✮✮✮

2 Broke Girls (TV2, 8.00) Caroline drags Max to a cake-decorating class to increase their skill level and learn how to make more attractive cupcakes for their business. ✮✮

Road Madness (TV3, 8.00) Overtaking manoeuvres that will leave you stunned; video footage of bad driving in the USA; drivers taking incredible risks at intersections. ✮✮

Winners & Losers (TV One, 8.30) Sophie’s stalker is revealed, and it’s someone she never would have guessed; Frances’ new relationship is causing problems at work; has Matt done enough to win Bec back? ✮✮

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 8.30) A cute comic book artist puts Leonard’s relationship with Priya to the test; Sheldon, getting into the spirit of Halloween, tries to scare the guys. ✮✮✮✮

The Almighty Johnsons (TV3, 8.30) You have to love it when a plan comes together (if not a network’s publicity synopsis) … ✮✮✮

Happy Endings (TV2, 9.00) Brad lies about going on holiday when Jane’s friend comes to stay. Fred Savage (The Wonder Years, Boy Meets World) guest stars. ✮✮

Harry’s Law (TV One, 9.30) When a high school football game turns deadly, Harry and Adam team up to represent the outraged parents, while Tommy defends a struggling single mother against the US government. ✮✮

Sons of Anarchy (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) SAMCRO’s relationship with the Cartel is in jeopardy when an important package is compromised. According to one US critic, “It was always a matter of if, not when, Clay would cross a line we couldn’t forgive. But Jax, Juice, Opie and a lot of the other guys you might consider ‘good guys’ within the show’s mythos don black hats this episode.” Argued WhatCulture!: “With an X pretty much nailed every storyline it was pursuing, making it one of the best episodes of Sons of Anarchy’s fourth season thus far.” ✮✮✮✮

Nikita (TV2, 10.30) Ryan intercepts information about a dangerous new weapon coming into the US and asks Nikita to help him prevent its delivery. ✮✮✮

CSI: New York (TV3, 11.15, 5.1, R) When a software company executive bleeds to death on a Manhattan street, the CSIs must delve into the wet and messy world of food ‘sploshing’ parties. ✮✮

This Is Not My LIfe (TV One, 11.55, R) Alec Ross wakes in his beautiful house with his perfect family in the idyllic community of Waimoana; the problem being he can’t remember who he is. ✮✮

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