Members of the Bey-hive rejoice! Queen Beyonce makes her way to Netflix today with the release of “Homecoming.” The influential singer may be the main draw on TV and streaming today. However, there are plenty of other pieces of programming new tonight. Take a look and see what there is to watch on TV tonight.
PICK OF THE DAY
“HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCE” (NETFLIX)
Throughout her decades long career, Beyonce has shattered many a glass ceiling. In 2018, she made history once again by being the first black woman to headline Coachella. Dubbed “Bey-chella,” the performance was the stuff of legends. Netflix’s documentary, “Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce,” takes us behind the scenes of the landmark performance. The documentary starts with the genesis of Beyonce’s set, which she came up with after bowing out in 2017 due to her pregnancy. This builds to the infamous performance, which marked her first since giving birth. The ode to black culture shook up the stereotypically white festival. Beyonce made waves with both television and music communities with the debut of “Lemonade” in 2016. If that is any indication, expect “Homecoming” to set the internet ablaze today.
“BREAKTHROUGH: THE IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD” (PBS) AT 10 P.M. ET
We take a lot of things for granted. So many inventions revolutionized the world that we now think of as commonplace. PBS’ latest series, “Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World” highlights six inventions that moved our world forward tremendously. The show looks at how science, technology and innovation pushed us to new heights and how we broke ground on new, exciting technologies in times long ago. The first episode, for example, profiles the telescope and how it evolved from Galileo to Edwin Hubble. Tune in for the first episode tonight on PBS at 10 p.m. ET.
“THE AMAZING RACE” SEASON 31 PREMIERE (CBS) AT 9 P.M. ET
Travel never gets old (even if running might). CBS’s long running reality competition program, “The Amazing Race” returns for its thirty-first season tonight. However, “The Amazing Race” isn’t just any reality competition show. It holds the Emmy record in its category, winning ten out of fifteen times, including the first year of the category. Even after 31 seasons, the show isn’t content to rest on its laurels. This season, CBS doubles down on its reality TV roots. It casts past contestants and puts them up against former “Big Brother” and “Survivor” pairs. Which reality show will emerge victorious in this ultimate race? Tune in to find out at 9 p.m. ET.
“THE MAGICIANS” SEASON 4 FINALE (SYFY) AT 9 P.M. ET
Catch “The Magicians” before they vanish in the season four finale. The latest episode airs tonight on Syfy at 9 p.m. ET. Season four has revolved around both literal and figurative monsters. Following the return of magic in season three, The Order has seized control of people’s use of magic. Their evolution to a more Fascist regime has been a major topic of the season. The abuse of power comes at the same point an all-powerful monster has emerged and jumped from host to host. However, as it wreaks havoc on our main characters, the Monster has recently been showing signs of growth that could factor in to tonight’s finale. Sad to see season four of “The Magicians” end? Don’t worry. Syfy had already renewed the show for season five, even before season four premiere.
MOVIES & SPECIALS ON TV
What’s better than one Robin Williams movie? Two Robin Williams movies! Fans of the late comedy actor have more than one film to choose from tonight on TV. For those looking for one of his classic comedies, go to WE at 7 p.m. ET. “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the perfect movie to unwind to, casts Williams as a divorced Dad who dresses up as a nanny to spend more time with his children. The film works as a laugh riot. However, it also says quite a bit about families of divorce and how every family looks and works differently. In retrospect, Mrs. Doubtfire stands as perhaps Williams’ best purely comedic performance.
Not in the mood for side-splitting comedy? Change the channel to Freeform to watch the original “Jumanji” at 9 p.m. ET. Sure, we just got an updated sequel starring The Rock which grossed over nearly a billion dollars worldwide. However, the original possesses its own kitschy, time-capsule charm. The title refers to a magical board game that traps its players in its dangerous gameplay. In the film, two siblings make the mistake of playing the game and unleash mass pandemonium and havoc on their town, including stampeding elephants and an overzealous hunter. Williams plays Alan, a boy who got trapped in the game during the 60s and has been surviving inside the game ever since.
Are you not in the mood for Beyonce or Robin Williams? If so, what more do you want? Perhaps one of these new episodes of some of your favorite shows will fit your mood.
- “Whiskey Cavalier” (ABC) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Survivor” (CBS) at 8 p.m. ET
- “SEAL Team” (CBS) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Empire” (FOX) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Star” (FOX) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Riverdale” (CW) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Jane the Virgin” (CW) at 9 p.m. ET
- “The Act” (Hulu) Streaming
- “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” (Freeform) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Zombie House Flipping” (A&E) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Tiny House Flipping” (A&E) at 10 p.m. ET
- “The Real Housewives of New York City” (Bravo) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Expedition Unknown: Unearthed” (Discovery) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Expedition Unknown” (Discovery) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Mummies Unwrapped” (Discovery) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Guy’s Grocery Games” (Food Network) at 9 p.m. ET
- “What We Do In The Shadows” (FX) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling” (HGTV) at 9 p.m. ET
- “House Hunters International” (HGTV) at 10:30 p.m. ET
- “Forged in Fire” (History) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Forged in Fire: Cutting Deeper” (History) at 10 p.m. ET
- “The Last 24” (ID) at 8 p.m. ET
- “The Challenge” (MTV) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Happy!” (Syfy) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS) at 10:30 p.m. ET
- “My 600-Lb. Life” (TLC) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Dr. Pimple Popper” (TLC) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel Channel) at 8 p.m. ET
- “In Search of Monsters” (Travel Channel) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Paranormal Caught on Camera” (Travel Channel) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Black Ink Crew” (VH1) at 9 p.m. ET