Archive for Monday, February 18, 2013

Tune In Tonight: ‘Adventure Time’ sweet and strange

February 18, 2013


Aggressively bizarre, yet undeniably sweet, “Adventure Time” (6:30 p.m., Cartoon Network) mixes the kind of hallucinogenic shape-shifting found in “stoner” cartoons with an innocent “My Little Pony” sensibility. It also features strange self-contained fairy tales, or in the case of tonight’s “Adventure,” stories within stories, retold and re-edited by their narrator as they continue.

In tonight’s story, “Bad Little Boy,” the sassy yet sensible Fionna sparks up a friendship with a teenage guitar-playing slacker who just happens to be a prince of the vampire realm. The references to “Twilight” are obvious, yet unstated. “Adventure” doesn’t feel the need to hit you over the head with pop culture jokes like “Family Guy” does. I find it delicious to think that the core audience for this show might consider Seth MacFarlane’s cartoons for “old people.”

Neil Patrick Harris and Donald Glover guest-star, or rather guest-voice, in this episode.

• “Inside Combat Rescue” (9 p.m., National Geographic) profiles members of a helicopter medical team who retrieve wounded soldiers, often under intense enemy fire. The filmmakers had unique access to this Air Force medical unit during a recent deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Tonight’s other highlights

• A quiet teen’s secret life on “Bones” (7 p.m., Fox).

• A chance phone call leads to pandemonium on “The Following” (8 p.m., Fox).

• A catastrophe forces Michelle and Bash to turn the dance studio into a rescue center on “Bunheads” (8 p.m., ABC Family).

• Andrew finds yak, elk and Rocky Mountain oysters on the menu in Denver on “Bizarre Foods America” (8 p.m., Travel).

• An old foe returns on “Dallas” (8 p.m., TNT).

• The “Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS) presentation of “The Powerbroker” profiles civil rights advocate Whitney M. Young Jr.

• Sung’s brusque manner proves indelicate after a patient dies on “Monday Mornings” (9 p.m., TNT).

• “Teen Mom 2” (9 p.m., MTV) enters its fourth season.

• The team on “Bang Goes the Theory” (9:20 p.m., BBC America) fashions a go-kart from a fire extinguisher and has time left over to discuss the world’s oil supply.


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