Tonight in HD: February 14

Series premiere: Suburgatory (TV2, 8.00) Welcome to the suburbs, heaven for many. But for one teenager from New York City, the suburbs represent her unique version of hell. Forget purgatory, this is Suburgatory. Some US reviewers thought the same, including the New York Times: “The series begins with a tenuous premise, uses it to leap to an inaccurate dichotomy and supports that with tired, unfunny stereotypes.” But the Philadelphia Daily News thought it “a clever send-up of life in the land of triple strollers from Emily Kapnek (Parks and Recreation, Hung) with just enough heart to keep viewers living there from wanting to slit their wrists.” And according to the Los Angeles Times,”The dialogue has a nice snap, the jokes come from just to the left of where you expect them to, and the players are all first-rate.”  Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order, Six Feet Under), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Jane Levy (Shameless) star. ✭✭✭

The Middle (TV2, 7.30) Season premiere: Frankie insists the family take a few days of vacation before school starts. But Mike's suggestion of a camping trip brings back bad memories of their honeymoon camping trip. Everybody Loves Raymond's Ray Romano guest stars. "All told, it was a pretty successful return for The Middle, with only a few exceptions," said The AV Club in its B+ appraisal. (Part one of two.) ✭✭✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) After having a fight with Chandler, Joey moves out; Rachel and Phoebe get tattoos; Mr Geller receives the unsettling news that his best friend and his daughter are dating. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Bree gets a sobering view of the real Brooke; Wendy and Vasa get romantic; Daniel breaks out. ✭✭✭

The Secret Lives of Dancers (TV3, 7.30) With a new boss, paranoia sets in and the dancers fear for their jobs. And from Black Swan to the RNZB – a hot new male dancer has heads turning and hearts fluttering. ✭✭✭✭

Missing Pieces (TV3, 8.00) Terry believes he fathered a child 37 years ago, but the truth shakes two families; Pauline was adopted and wants to find her birth mother to thank her for giving her a good life. ✭✭✭

Go Girls (TV2, 8.30) Season premiere: Kevin is back in town with bombshell news, as Britta has big news for Kevin. But when bombs go off, someone is bound to get hurt. ✭✭✭

NCIS (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) A Marine arrives at his homecoming party with a fatal stab wound, and the team is startled by his hidden past. ✭✭

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) Sam disappears in the Sudan during an undercover mission with the CIA. ✭✭

Fringe (TV2, 2.25, R) A Fringe investigation is triggered when a patient at a mental institution undergoes an impromptu brain surgery that unexpectedly leaves his brain exposed. ✭✭✭✭

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: Sleepless in Seattle (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Unabashed wallow in sentimentality and corn starring Tom Hanks as a grieving widower whose young son tries to find him a new wife through late-night talkback — and who should be listening on the other side of the continent but Meg Ryan, a just-engaged reporter already having second thoughts about hubby-to-be … Strikes many chords about thirtysomething dating but is suffocated by strident lushness and love-is-never-settling-for-second-best sermonising. (1993) ✭✭

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