“True Detective” returns to HBO, this time with Mahershala Ali. And revolution brews in PBS’s “Victoria.”
What’s on TV
TRUE DETECTIVE 9 p.m. on HBO. Fresh off his Golden Globe win for “Green Book,” Mahershala Ali leads the third season of HBO’s time-jumping crime drama, which returns after a less-than-beloved second season. The locale this time is the Ozarks; the time intervals are the 1980s, 1990s and 2010s; and the crime is a ugly one involving kids. As a level-headed detective, Ali (alongside together with his associate, performed by Stephen Dorff) investigates, whereas viewers are ping-ponged between many years — and see Ali’s character with dementia, struggling to clarify the small print of the case in a movie-within-a-show documentary. In his evaluate of the season for The New York Times, James Poniewozik wrote that the season treads numerous acquainted floor, writing that “if you score ‘True Detective’ Season 3 on originality, it fails.” But he additionally famous: “If you treat it as a do-over — if the series, like one of its haunted antiheroes, is retracing its steps to try to get things right — then it’s fine. Often quite good. Far more consistent.”
AMERICAN STYLE 9 p.m. on CNN. One of the pleasures of a decade-hopping present like “True Detective” is watching the costumes change to replicate the time intervals, the way in which fits and hair are lower offering a sign of which one is being explored. For these wanting to offer extra thought to those nuances, this documentary collection seems to be at American trend throughout a number of home windows of time within the nation’s historical past: The first episode, “War Boots to Work Suits,” covers the 1940s and ’50s, and the methods through which issues like bikinis and Katharine Hepburn’s pants mirrored the sensibilities of the time. The second episode, airing instantly after, covers the 1960s and ’70s.
VICTORIA 9 p.m. on PBS (verify native listings). After Season 2 frolicked within the first half of the 1840s, the third season of Daisy Goodwin’s Victorian drama begins in 1848, with the pressures of a revolution mounting on the titular queen. Offering a looser and extra playful model of Victorian royal life than Netflix’s “The Crown,” the show stars Jenna Coleman as a Victoria whom Mike Hale referred to in his review for The Times as “a combination of coquettish flibbertigibbet, tough proto-feminist and compassionate, perhaps too-good-to-be-true liberal humanist.”
FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE on Netflix. A matter relating to an illustrated centaur’s nether regions is discussed within the first five minutes of this comedy’s second season, which gives a pretty good gauge of the kind of over-the-top humor one can expect from it. Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage and Jae Suh Park star as friends from Harvard many years into post-college life.