What’s On Tonight: Is ‘Hannibal’ The Best Drama On Network TV?

Hannibal (NBC, 10 p.m.) — We’ve only seen three episodes of Hannibal so far (and we won’t see the fourth, at least not on TV; NBC decided to go straight to #5 because of real-life events in Boston, although you can watch the bypassed episode online), but it’s immediately clear the show’s pretty damn good. And considering “pretty damn good” isn’t a phrase often associated with the Big Four, that begs the question: is Hannibal network TV’s best drama? Its competition is few: Parenthood, The Good Wife, and not Smash. NBC could use the win.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.) — “Amy tries to help Sheldon get over his compulsive need for closure when one of his favorite TV shows is canceled.” If it’s The Cape, we riot.

Community (NBC, 8 p.m.) — Tonight’s episode — about Annie and Shirley learning Leonard is class valedictorian and Abed and Troy switching bodies — is written by Jim Rash. The last thing he wrote won an Oscar, so what I’m saying is Britta in a grass skirt playing Hawaiian music, please.

The Office (NBC, 9 p.m.) — Dwight and Angela complete in a paper airplane contest, Andy seeks career advice from Roseanne, and The Office only has four episodes left. At least they’re FINALLY getting to the important stuff.

Parks and Recreation (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) — Ron wants to close the city-owned mini-golf course. But without a giant wooden windmill, where will 16 year olds go to neck???

Elementary (CBS, 10 p.m.) — Welcome back, Other Sherlock, after seemingly seven months away.

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