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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: 'Scandal' and 'Community' Wrap Up, While 'Fargo' Is Just Getting Started

Photo of Ben Travers By Ben Travers | Indiewire April 14, 2014 at 6:45PM

While the week is stocked with season finales, at least one major show is starting its run in mid-April (no, not "Mad Men.").
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Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV like "Game of Thrones," "House of Lies," "Shameless" and "Mad Men," but what do the other nights have to offer? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of your upcoming week.

"Mom" Season One Finale

Monday, April 14th at 9:30pm on CBS

Kevin Pollak and Allison Janney in "Mom."
Adam Taylor/CBS Kevin Pollak and Allison Janney in "Mom."

The Anna Faris and Allison Janney sitcom has been a bit of a guilty pleasure for a few Indiewire staffers, and the successful first season -- already renewed for a second -- wraps up tonight on CBS. "Smokey Taylor and a Deathbed Confession" finds Christy (Faris) and Bonnie (Janney) helping Violet through labor along with the return of Alvin, Christy's dad, played by Kevin Pollak. Tune in to see why these two top-lining female comedy stars have the chops to make even a CBS sitcom work.

READ MORE: Can the Small Screen Provide Anna Faris and Malin Akerman With the Comedic Platforms They Deserve?

"Fargo" Series Premiere

Tuesday, April 15th at 10pm on FX

Indiewire has covered the very-nearly-here FX miniseries extensively in the past few weeks, with interviews, updates, and reviews. Now it's time to hear your side of things. Does "Fargo" the miniseries match up to "Fargo" the film? Is Martin Freeman's accent as spot on as has been reported? Does the 10-hour format fit the narrative, or do you really wish they'd made this into a regular series? Tune in Tuesday night and then voice your opinions as loud as possible on any of our comments sections or -- better yet -- let us know what you think on Twitter (@Indiewire).

Yvette Nicole Brown, Jonathan Banks, and John Oliver in "Community."
Justin Lubin/NBC Yvette Nicole Brown, Jonathan Banks, and John Oliver in "Community."

"Community" Season Five Finale

Thursday, April 17th at 8pm on NBC

Could this be the series finale as well as the season finale for the Greendale gang, or will Abed's creed of "six seasons and movie" live on? Odds are tilting slightly in "Community's" favor as of now, though the continuous bubble show still faces a dicey road before renewal. Nevertheless, Thursday's episode titled "Basic Sandwich" finds Subway trying to take over the community college while the study group investigates the legend of a disgraced former dean. Chris Elliott guest stars on what could be -- but probably isn't -- the Greendale gang's last run.

"30 for 30: Bad Boys"

Thursday, April 17th at 8pm on ESPN

The acclaimed documentary series "30 for 30" has produced possibly as many impressive sports stories as Ken Burns at this point, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Thursday night's entry focuses on the Detroit Pistons of the late '80s and early '90s, a team so physical and confrontational it earned them the nickname "Bad Boys." Whether you loved watching Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, and a young Dennis Rodman or loved to hate them, the "30 for 30" series has got you covered. Just remember: once Michael Jordan came to power, no one -- not even these so-called "Bad Boys" -- could take him down.

"Scandal" Season Three Finale

Thursday, April 17th at 10pm on ABC

It's actually quite difficult to make the season three finale of "Scandal" sound more enticing than its official description does: 

Election Day has arrived and nothing is off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia (Kerry Washington) tries to understand Maya’s (Khandi Alexander) motives and Charlie (George Newbern) makes a very surprising move.

Sure, there could be a few more details sprinkled in, but that would only take away from the excitement of watching Thursday night. "The Price of Free and Fair Elections" was written by series creator Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding.

This article is related to: Television, Fargo, Scandal, Community, NBC, ABC, FX, Television, ESPN, 30 For 30, Mom





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