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Tune In Tonight: Veterans Day can’t escape crudeness

November 11, 2012

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“Family Guy” (8 p.m. Sunday, Fox) celebrates its 200th episode with a clever time-travel theme. Actually, it’s mostly about what happens when Brian the dog breaks Stewie’s time machine, an event that makes time run backward, depicted with extended sight gags unfolding in reverse. If you think watching characters vomit backward is clever, then this show is for you.

As someone who rarely watches “Family Guy,” I was struck by its consistently rancid tone of overgrown frat-boy misogyny. Adolescent jokes about female body parts and body functions comprised a high percentage of the humor.

• The Science Channel celebrates science fiction with the TV special “Firefly 10th Anniversary: Browncoats Unite” (9 p.m. Sunday), a nostalgic exercise in self-congratulation featuring “Firefly” creator Joss Whedon and series writers and regulars.

• To mark Veterans Day, Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host “National Salute to Veterans” (7 p.m. Sunday, PBS, check local listings). Scheduled participants include Colin Powell, Forest Whitaker, Pia Toscano, Kris Allen, A.J. Cook, Jason Ritter, Yolanda Adams and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday’s other highlights

• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): a lack of skilled labor; Hurricane Sandy; author David McCullough.

• The Chicago Bears host the Houston Texans in “Sunday Night Football” (7 p.m., NBC).

• Ruby’s hirsute condition makes her pause on “Once Upon a Time” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Beryl and Harry rush toward the altar on “Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2” on “Masterpiece Classic” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

• Emily’s past is put under the microscope on “Revenge” (8 p.m., ABC).

• Another loss rocks Rick on “The Walking Dead” (8 p.m., AMC).

• Nucky tries to form a coalition against Gyp on “Boardwalk Empire” (8 p.m., HBO).

• A reporter ventures too close to a dangerous story on “The Mentalist” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Jane’s reluctance proves a drag on Henry’s rising fortunes on “666 Park Avenue” (9 p.m., ABC).

• Sonny pawns his instruments on “Treme” (9 p.m., HBO).

• Some wonder if the ends justify the means on “Homeland” (9 p.m., Showtime).

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