What You Should Watch This Week: Spring Finales, ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘The Americans’


“The Americans” can be very violent, and it occasionally includes torture, though it’s not gratuitous. Watch more than four episodes at a time and you’ll start feeling like a sad monster. Season 1 is good, but Season 2 is when things really launch. (Wednesdays, 10 p.m., FX)

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Bellamy Young, left, and Kerry Washington in the season finale of “Scandal.”

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Season Finales

• “New Girl,” “Grandfathered,” “The Grinder,” Tuesday, starting at 8:00 p.m., Fox. “New Girl” (which is showing two episodes) has been renewed for another season, but “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” are still waiting. Both are on the bubble, but get your viewing in while you can, just in case.

• “The Big Bang Theory,” Thursday, 8 p.m., CBS

• “Scandal,” Thursday, 9 p.m., ABC

• “The Amazing Race,” Friday, 8 p.m., CBS

• “The Vampire Diaries,” Friday, 8 p.m., The CW

• “Once Upon a Time,” Sunday, 7 p.m., ABC

• “Last Man on Earth,” Sunday, 9:30 p.m., Fox

• “Quantico,” Sunday, 10 p.m., ABC

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A moment from “Steven Universe.”

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Season Premieres

“Botched” (Tuesday, 9 p.m., E!) returns for a third season this week, but don’t write it off with its crasser and sadder brethren. It’s oddly comforting and is the rare show where people in legitimate dire straits get actual help. Don’t get back-alley discount plastic surgery in Tijuana! Agh!

Also this week, the series premiere of “Chelsea” (Wednesday, 12:01 a.m., Netflix), Chelsea Handler’s new streaming talk show.

Finally, the lovable and affirming “Steven Universe” (Thursday, 7 p.m., Cartoon Network) is back with new episodes, starting with “Super Watermelon Island,” which kicks off with one of the most enchanting dream sequences in living memory.

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Cillian Murphy in “Peaky Blinders.”

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Catch Up on This Show

The third season of “Peaky Blinders” premieres May 31 on Netflix. That gives you just enough time to watch the first two seasons, which are only six episodes each. Cillian Murphy stars as a crime boss in 1920s Birmingham, where vile behavior abounds.

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Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones”

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From This Weekend

Game of Thrones This week’s episode was a talky one, Jeremy Egner writes. “The episode’s lone bit of action occurred in the past, but it was a big one: Bran vision-quested his way back to his father’s swordfight with the legendary Arthur Dayne.” For a spoiler-filled explanation about why that scene was so important, read this piece over at Vulture.

Outlander “Even when I’ve disagreed with Claire’s decisions in the past I have found it almost impossible to not get swept up in her passion and at the very least understand the thoughts behind her actions,” Angelica Jade Bastién writes. “But for the first time there is something inauthentic to how certain events play out.”

Veep After Selina sends an ill-advised tweet, things get bad with China. “This is how international incidents get started, apparently,” Jen Chaney writes. “Not with a bang or even a security breach, but with a direct message accidentally made public.”

Silicon Valley “The writers of ‘Silicon Valley’ have a special talent for engineering elaborate systems for the sake of a good running joke,” Scott Tobias writes of this “Ocean’s Eleven”-spoofing episode.

Fear the Walking Dead “I know from reading your comments that a lot of you feel cheated,” E.A. Hanks writes about the hopes of many viewers that this series would take a wider view of the zombie apocalypse as opposed to, like “The Walking Dead,” focusing on one small group of survivors.

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Chris Evans, left, and Robert Downey Jr. in “Captain America: Civil War.”

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Let’s Talk About ‘Civil War’

“Captain America: Civil War” made an estimated $181 million in North America this weekend, so it’s safe to assume that many of you saw it. Still, some of you haven’t. So we’ll be vague when pointing to some of the more interesting pieces about the film.

The Hollywood Reporter has an informative look at that thing with the dad and how it happened in the comics.

Vanity Fair is not very enthusiastic about that thing that happens between that man and that woman.

Vox writes about the film’s post-credits scenes — the one with that important guy in that place and then the second one with that new guy in his house.

Yahoo asks the screenwriters about five key moments. At least one of them involves that one bad guy.

Correction: May 9, 2016

An earlier version of this article misidentified the city where “Peaky Blinders” is set. The show takes place in 1920s Birmingham, not London.

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