Tonight in HD: February 9

Series premiere: Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30) Is a woman with a troubled past who was abandoned as a baby the missing daughter of Snow White? Big Love’s Ginnifer Goodwin stars in a small-town drama where the magic and mystery of fairy tales just may be real. The Washington Post dubbed it “a smartly-crafted reward for fans of light fantasy, with the right mix of cleverness, action and romance” and TV Guide thought it “gorgeous fun“. But the New York Times complained of “the soap opera underpinnings and the twee sentimentality” while The Hollywood Reporter said “the show is a bold idea, and there’s hope for the modern-world portions, but it doesn’t quite know what it is (or maybe it does, but the audience won’t).” ✭✭✭✭

Bones (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Season premiere: The team investigates the death of a woman with a history of amnesia, disappearances and head trauma whose corpse is found in a shallow grave. "Tonight's episode is a good start," Newsday said. "But wait till the baby comes ... What fans will obviously witness this season is a metamorphosis: Bones' brick-and-mortar edifice of logic begins to crumble, as the world of babies and equally needy fathers intrudes. It's a tricky balancing act for a show that depends on the reliability of those bricks and mortar." ✭✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Rachel and Monica compete for the affections of Jean-Claude Van Damme after meeting him on a movie set. Julia Roberts also guest stars. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Daniel makes a plea for his future; Jasmine starts her own green scheme; Hunter dances with his demons. ✭✭✭

Lie to Me (TV3, 11.15, 5.1, R) The Lightman Group gets embroiled in the controversial case of a policeman who shot a potentially innocent teenager. ✭✭

Crash Course (TV2, 11.30) Season premiere: Greg Murphy is back behind the wheel and putting his driving skills on the line, with real-time tests and crazy stunts which show what really happens when your car gets out of control. ✭✭✭

Diplomatic Immunity (TV One, 11.45, R) Comedy about the misadventures at the consulate of The Most Royal Kingdom of Feausi. ✭✭✭

Mental (TV3, 12.10, 5.1) Jack treats a suicidal 16-year-old girl who has had a dark secret hidden from her since birth. ✭✭

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