What to watch on Thursday, March 21...
Why We Laugh: Funny Women
Interviews and performance clips starring some of comedy’s leading female artists highlight this documentary about the tribulations and triumphs of women in a male-dominated field. Executive producer and comedy veteran Joan Rivers narrates.
The Dean drafts Jeff, Britta, and Annie to persuade a wealthy student to enroll at Greendale, triggering Pierce’s ire. Around campus, Shirley outperforms Troy in a phys-ed class, while Abed inaugurates a new fraternity and sets the over-under on “number of frat-themed movies referenced” at 3.5.
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
Ah, New York City in the 1970s. Clubs like CBGB and Studio 54 were leaving their indelible marks on the music scene. A young Woody Allen introduced us to that lovable flibbertigibbet, Annie Hall. And Damon Salvatore, footloose and fancy-free, tore a swath of gung-ho hedonism straight through the Big Apple, as he recounts to Elena during their party trip in “Because the Night.” Back in Mystic Falls, Stefan and Caroline enjoy a spirited round of Boggle, probably.
8:30pm and 9:30pm, NBC
NBC dishes out (burns off?) a double dose of wacky White House hijinks, starting with Emily’s efforts to help Skip finish college in “The Short Happy Life of Reba Cadbury,” which also finds Becca seeking more attention and Marshall craving less. Then, in “Dinner, Bath, Puzzle,” the First Couple is inspired to put the ooh-la-la back into their marriage after meeting le président français et sa femme.
“Guilty Pleasures” spotlights the New Directionarians crooning the tunes they’re normally embarrassed to admit they enjoy, as Glee contemplates what it might be like if anyone involved in Glee possessed a functional capacity for shame. I for one abjure the very notion of guilty pleasures, as proven by my many enthusiastic renditions of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
What’s more strenuous than being a group of good-looking TV doctors? Being good-looking TV doctors who also own their TV hospital. The staff begins to feel the pressure as management improves operations in “Idle Hands,” while Meredith’s stress is centered on the health of her unborn baby. Meanwhile, Callie and Arizona try to liven up their romance, and Alex butts heads with Jo’s new boyfriend.
A strongman competition tests the mettle of the participants’ ears, nipples, and eye sockets, while... Wait. What. Eye sockets?! No, Freakshow. No, AMC. No. No no no. No. No no no no no no no just no just stop it you stop it right now no no no. NO. Ugh.
Olivia’s new client in “Top of the Hour” is a powerful CEO whose briefs are a little too amicus when it comes to Fitz’s Supreme Court nominee, if you catch my drift. Elsewhere, Cyrus and Mellie continue to fight for the president’s ear, Harrison and Abby redefine their friendship, and Huck takes on Quinn as a protege.
Archer and Lana must extract an agent from Morocco in “Un Chien Tangerine,” and since Archer’s foreign-language-titled episodes tend to be standouts, this one ought to... you know what? I’m not done with you, AMC. NO NO NO NO NO. NO. There. Got it out of my system. Everyone, go ahead and go about your days now.
– Selena Gomez and Vansessa Hudgens on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Dwayne Johnson, Chris Paul, and Atlas Genius on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Tina Fey, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Solange on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Ellen Pomepo, NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski, and Lianne La Havas on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Anderson Cooper, Thandie Newton, and Brandi Carlile on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Quentin Tarantino on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?