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What to watch on TV this week: Master of None returns as Riverdale comes to an end

Plus so much more

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Between the highly anticipated return of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None and the end of the CW’s Twin Peaks-inspired teen drama, Riverdale, there’s quite a bit happening on TV this week.

Gathered here are the highlights of debuts, finales and returning favorites to keep an eye out for this week.

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Sunday, May 7

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: One of the most important shows on television right now, comedian John Oliver celebrates his 100th episode. The show debuted on April 27, 2014 and has since been nominated for multiple awards. Oliver is often compared to his mentor Jon Stewart, but has developed a style of comedy and voice setting him apart. Entertainment Weekly called Last Week Tonight the “sharpest possible version of its inspiration,” and as Oliver has built his confidence, he’s become far less self-censored. With the French election facing the writer’s room, the 100th episode promises to be one of Oliver’s most memorable. (11 p.m. ET on HBO)

American Gods: In its sophomore episode, Shadow Moon will meet a couple of other strange gods, but it’s Mr. Nancy who steals the show. The opening monologue will have fans talking for days after the episode finishes. It’s one of the best performances on television this year. (9 p.m. ET on Starz)

Other notable shows:

Silicon Valley: 10 p.m. ET on HBO

Veep: 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO

MTV Movie and TV Awards: 8 p.m. ET on MTV

Last Man on Earth: 9 p.m. ET on Fox

Billions: 9 p.m. ET on Showtime

Monday, May 8

Gotham: With the Riddler finally in the picture, the question now is when he reappears. He wasn’t in last week’s episode, but as Gotham begins to take on the more familiar overtones and themes of Batman’s canon, it’s only a matter of time before the Riddler returns. (8 p.m. ET on Fox)

The Great Indoors: The millennial-focused show about a group of people who work at an outdoors magazine is about to come to an end. Joel McHale (Community) came under fire for calling twentysomethings entitled even as he was promoting it to that audience. The series hasn’t had the best ratings, so it’s an open question whether The Great Indoors will be renewed for a second season or face the chopping block. (9:30 p.m. ET on CBS)

Other notable shows:

Lucifer: 9 p.m. ET on Fox

Supergirl: 8 p.m. ET on CW


Tuesday, May 9

The Flash: The Flash is approaching the end of its third season. We’ve been recapping the season here at Polygon and although it’s a little rough in patches, we’re excited to see what comes of it. If we’re being honest, though, we’d be okay with The Flash just becoming a musical series starring cameos from the rest of the DC Universe. (8 p.m. ET on CW)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: It may be a comedy, but the newest epsiode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine will address the relationship of cops to the black community. It’s not the first sitcom to do so: Black-ish dedicated an entire episode to the subject. (8 p.m. ET on Fox)

Other notable shows:

Prison Break: 9 p.m. ET on Fox

iZombie: 9 p.m. ET on CW

Genius: 9 p.m. ET on National Geographic

Wednesday, May 10

Arrow: The first series to kick off the DC and CW television universe, Arrow hasn’t been able to maintain the magic of its premiere season. We’re heading into the season five finale soon and the CW doesn’t have plans to end the series. But something needs to be done to ensure it doesn’t get worse. (9 p.m. on CW)

Black-ish: The sitcom celebrates the end of a third season that has seen highs and lows. The finale promises to be emotional as the Johnsons welcome a new member to their family. (9:30 p.m. ET on ABC)

Other notable shows:

Catfish: The TV Show: 9 p.m. ET on MTV

Modern Family: 9 p.m. ET on ABC

Blindspot: 8 p.m. ET on NBC

The 100: 9 p.m. ET on CW


Thursday, May 11

Riverdale: We finally know who killed Jason Blossom, but there are a number of questions left that need to be answered. The finale should give us some more insight into Jughead’s relationship with his father and address some of the tension that still exists among Archie, Betty and Veronica. The CW has already renewed the series for a second season, so expect some kind of cliffhanger going into the finale. (9 p.m. ET on CW)

The Big Bang Theory: Chuck Lorre’s most successful show of all time is heading into the finale of its 10th season. The series draws between 15 and 20 million viewers on average. That’s better than most NFL games and The Walking Dead on AMC. (8 p.m. ET on CBS)

Other notable shows:

Supernatural: 8 p.m. ET on CW

Mom: 9 p.m. ET on CBS

Friday, May 12

Master of None: Aziz Ansari returns with the second season of his acclaimed Netflix original series. Much like the first season, Dev Shah will try to break through in an industry that sees him as little more than his skin color, while balancing dating and family issues. Part of the new season will take place in Italy, as teased through trailers leading up to the release, but Dev will return to his native New York roots. (Netflix)

Other notable shows:

The Originals: 8 p.m. ET on CW

Hawaii Five-O: 9 p.m. ET on CBS


Saturday, May 13

Saturday Night Live: If nothing else, the 2016 election was good for SNL’s writers. This week, Melissa McCarthy will host — so prepare for Sean Spicer jokes. (11:30 p.m. ET on NBC)

Samurai Jack: Our journey with everyone’s favorite samurai continues. We’ve seen Jack return to his youthful self, confronting the demons living inside his mind. As his journey with Ashi continues and their relationship deepens we’ll get closer to Jack’s reunion with Aku and the fight he’s trained for his entire life. (11 p.m. ET on Adult Swim).