The Women of Brewster Place | BET, Sunday, 6 ET/PT
BET repeats this 1989 classic about a group of inner-city African-American women, with a great cast that includes Lynn Whitfield, Mary Alice, Jackee Harry, Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey. Think of it as a fictional primer for one of the coming week's bigger projects: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which begins a six-week run Tuesday on PBS.
The Good Wife | CBS, Sunday, 9 ET/PT
So far this season, no series has been more entertaining than this CBS courtroom drama as it barrels its way toward the law firm's looming breakup. Among its many pleasures, notice how subtly it makes some of its points: For example, the way we were allowed to infer that Will's demeaning treatment of Diane was the final straw for Alicia, without Alicia having to spell it out for us. This is a show that trusts its audience, and that trust is almost always rewarded.
Homeland | Showtime, Sunday, 9
And then there's Homeland. To be sure, one bad episode is not enough to derail a series, particularly when the two that preceded it were so strong. Still, last week's outing was troubling, not so much because it was dreary but because it threatened to sever our ties to its two main characters. In the end, there's only so much of Carrie crying and Brody being tortured that viewers are likely to watch. Homeland would be wise not to push that limit.