Today’s Top 5 TV Picks – Wednesday April 17


Today’s Top 5 Picks


1

Riverdale

8 p.m. ET on CW

Jughead and FP (Cole Sprouse, Skeet Ulrich) launch a father-son investigation to find the person responsible after a tainted batch of fizzle rocks makes its way through Riverdale in the new “Chapter Fifty-Three: Jawbreaker.” Archie (K.J. Apa), meanwhile, quickly realizes he may be in over his head after asking Veronica (Camila Mendes) to help get him into an upcoming boxing tournament. Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes a last-ditch attempt to rescue Alice (Madchen Amick) from the insidious grip of The Farm. Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan also star.


2

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

8 p.m. ET on FREEFORM

Mona (Janel Parrish) communicates with a mysterious stranger who promises to provide insights into the murder of Nolan in the new episode “The Patchwork Girl.” Elsewhere, Dana Booker’s (Klea Scott) ongoing investigation proves distracting to Dylan (Eli Brown) as he struggles to prepare for an important audition. Meanwhile, a scheme by the Perfectionists to clear their names ends in tragedy. Sasha Pieterse and Sofia Carson also star.


3

The Magicians

9 p.m. ET on SYFY – Season Finale

Season 4 of this sophisticated and sexy adult fantasy series has been pretty off the chain, even by its own high standards for unpredictability, with both Hale Appleman and Arjun Gupta playing double roles. The former appears as both fan favorite Eliot Waugh and a homicidal monster who has possessed Eliot’s body, while the latter has portrayed two different iterations of Penny Adiyodi, one alive, one dead. There’s also been an improbably torrid affair between Summer Bishil’s Margo and Trevor Einhorn’s nebbishy Josh. Here’s hoping for a resolution in tonight’s season finale, “No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry.”


4

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

10 p.m. ET on PBS – Series Premiere

This enlightening and ridiculously entertaining new six-part series takes a tour of human history to illustrate how individuals changed the world via the introduction of six revolutionary inventions. The series premiere, “The Telescope,” explores how this instrument was developed and then used to discover the wonders of the universe. Brilliant minds stretching from Galileo to Edward Hubble all contributed to the ever-evolving technology of the telescope, which today permits researches to see billions of light years away.


5

What We Do in the Shadows

10 p.m. ET on FX

Series co-creator Jemaine Clement, who also starred in the original movie that inspired this series spinoff, directed the new episode “Manhattan Night Club,” which finds Laszlo, Nadja (Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou) and the rest of the Staten Island vampires venturing into the beating heart of the Big Apple, hoping they can forge a helpful alliance with an old friend who has risen through the ranks and now is regarded as king of the Manhattan vamps. Kayvan Novak and Mark Proksch also star.

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