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THE SHIELD
Tuesdays at 10 on FX

It took me a few episodes to settle into the new season of this jagged cop series, but I'm now convinced that the introduction of Glenn Close as the dignified but ruthless new captain is a brilliant move that only fuels the show's furious momentum.


STRANGE DAYS ON PLANET EARTH
Wednesdays at 9 on PBS

This beautifully made, four-part series frames environmental issues as mini-X-Files, with scientists filling the Mulder and Scully roles. Aliens are the subject of the first episode—not the science fiction kind but species of plants and animals that are spreading (via modern transportation) to places they were never meant to be, wreaking havoc on our ecosystem.


END OF THE CENTURY: THE RAMONES
April 26 at 10 on PBS

A serious documentary that laments America's unwillingness to take the Ramones seriously, End of the Century unleashes an insider's view of the band with all the rough edges and prickly, unresolved anger left intact.


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