Must See HDTV (April 29th - May 5th)

This week the NHL joins the NBA in celebrating its postseason, with plenty of games on the schedule for each. There are a number of premieres and finales this week, as well as the debut of individual seasons of Friends on Blu-ray. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

Star Trek: TNG S3 / The Best of Both Worlds
The third season of Star Trek The Next Generation comes home this week remastered in HD, and it should be a good for fans. If you can't live with its cliffhanger ending until the fourth season arrives, The Best of Both Worlds Part 1 & 2 are also being released, edited together as a single episode. either way you get it, judging by the first two seasons, the adjustments should be well-received.
($59.99 and $14.99 on Amazon)

The Americans
FX's cold war spy drama closes out its first season this week. While it hasn't grabbed the mindshare of other popular cable series yet, the quality of the writing and acting is still there.
(May 1st, FX, 10PM)

Parks & Recreation
It appears that NBC's best remaining comedy will be renewed after this season, so this week's season finale will represent only the start of a vacation for the residents of Pawnee, IN. The Office finally getting yanked from the stage, 30 Rock calling it a series recently and Community... well. Let's just hope we have more PnR to look forward to this fall.
(May 2nd, NBC, 9:30PM)

Blu-ray & Games

  • Silver Linings Playbook

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds

  • The Guilt Trip

  • Friends (S1)

  • Friends (S2)

  • Strictly Ballroom

  • Broken City


  • Bulls/Nets, TNT, 7PM

  • Pacers/Hawks, NBA TV, 7:30PM

  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM

  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM

  • Bones (season finale), Fox, 8PM

  • Oh Sit, CW, 8PM

  • Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 8PM

  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager, ABC Family, 8PM

  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM

  • Rules of Engagement, CBS, 8:30PM

  • Defiance, Syfy, 9PM

  • The Following (season finale), Fox, 9PM

  • 90210, CW, 9PM

  • Thunder/Rockets, TNT, 9:30PM

  • The Big C (season premiere), Showtime, 10PM

  • Warehouse 13 (spring premiere), Syfy, 10PM

  • Castle, ABC, 10PM

  • Scam City, Science, 10PM

  • Revolution, NBC, 10PM

  • Bates Motel, A&E, 10PM


  • Kings/Blues, CNBC, 8PM

  • Wild/Blackhawks, NBC Sports Network, 8PM

  • Warriors/Nuggets, TNT, 8PM

  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM

  • Splash, ABC, 8PM

  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM

  • Hart of Dixie, CW, 8PM

  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM

  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 9PM

  • Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 9PM

  • The Mindy Project, Fox, 9:30PM

  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9PM

  • Awkward, MTV, 10PM

  • Who Gets the Last Laugh?, TBS, 10PM

  • Grimm, NBC, 10PM

  • Golden Boy, CBS, 10PM

  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Inside Amy Schumer (series premiere), Comedy Central, 10:30PM

  • Grizzlies/Clippers, TNT, 10:30PM

  • Red Wings/Ducks, NBC Sports Network, 10:30PM


  • Maple Leafs/Bruins, CNBC, 7PM

  • Islanders/Penguins, NBC Sports Network, 7PM

  • Manhunt, HBO, 8PM

  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM

  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM

  • Arrow, CW, 8PM

  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM

  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM

  • WWE Main Event, Ion, 8PM

  • Family Tools (series premiere), ABC, 8:30PM

  • Mythbusters (spring premiere), Discovery, 9PM

  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 9PM

  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM

  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM

  • Rogue, DirecTV, 9PM

  • How to Live With Your Parents (for the rest of your life), ABC, 9:30PM

  • CSI, CBS, 10PM

  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 10PM

  • The Big Brain Theory (series premiere), Discovery, 10PM

  • The Real World: Portland, MTV, 10PM

  • Psych, USA, 10PM

  • The Americans (season finale), FX, 10PM

  • Nashville, ABC, 10PM

  • Sharks/Canucks, NBC Sports Network, 10:30PM


  • Senators/Canadiens, CNBC, 7PM

  • Rangers/Capitals, NBC Sports Network, 7:30PM

  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM

  • Community, NBC, 8PM

  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM

  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM

  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM

  • The Office, NBC, 8:30PM

  • Two and a Half Men, CBS, 8:30PM

  • Glee, Fox, 9PM

  • Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 9PM

  • Person of Interest, CBS, 9PM

  • Kings/Blues, CNBC, 9:30PM

  • Parks & Recreation (season finale), NBC, 9:30PM

  • Anger Management, FX, 9:30PM

  • Hannibal, NBC, 10PM

  • Elementary, CBS, 10PM

  • Men at Work, TBS, 10PM

  • Scandal, ABC, 10PM

  • Red Wings/Ducks, NBC Sports Network, 10PM

  • The Show with Vinny (series premiere), MTV, 10PM

  • Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous (series premiere), MTV, 10:30PM

  • Brand X with Russell Brand (season finale), 11PM


  • Happy Endings (season finale), ABC, 8 & 8:30PM

  • Nikita, CW, 8PM

  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM

  • Vegas, CBS, 9PM

  • Shark Tank, ABC, 9PM

  • Da Vinci's Demons, Starz, 9PM

  • Touch, Fox, 9PM

  • Wild/Blackhawks, NBC Sports Network, 9:30PM

  • Maron: Internet Troll (series premiere), IFC, 10PM

  • Merlin (spring premiere), Syfy, 10PM

  • Sharks/Canucks, CNBC, 10PM

  • XIII, Reelzchannel, 10PM

  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM

  • Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 10PM

  • Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC, 10PM

  • Vice HBO, 11PM


  • Rangers/Capitals, NBC, 12:30PM

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series @ Talladega, ESPN, 3PM

  • Maple Leafs/Bruins, CNBC, 7PM

  • Ducks/Red Wings, NBC Sports Network, 7:30PM

  • Cops (season finale), Fox, 8PM

  • Doctor Who , BBC America, 8PM

  • Smash, NBC, 9PM

  • Orphan Black, BBC America, 9PM

  • The Nerdist, BBC America, 10PM

  • Blues/Kings, NBC Sports Network, 10PM

  • Saturday Night Live: Zach Galifianakis/Of Monsters and Men, NBC, 11:29PM


  • IndyCar Racing@ Sao Paulo, NBC Sports Network, 11AM

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Talladega, Fox, 12PM

  • Penguins/Islanders, NBC, 12PM

  • Blackhawks/Wild, NBC, 3PM

  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM

  • Canadiens/Senators, NBC Sports Network, 7PM

  • The Cleveland Show, Fox, 7:30PM

  • The Amazing Race (season finale), CBS, 8PM

  • Once Upon A Time, ABC, 8PM

  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM

  • Dodgers/Giants, ESPN, 8PM

  • Bob's Burgers, Fox, 8:30PM

  • The Apprentice, NBC, 9PM

  • Family Guy, Fox, 9PM

  • Nurse Jackie, Showtime, 9PM

  • Game of Thrones, HBO, 9PM

  • Mr. Selfridge, PBS, 9PM

  • Revenge, ABC, 9PM

  • American Dad, Fox, 9:30PM

  • Mad Men, AMC, 10PM

  • The Bletchley Circle (season finale), PBS, 10PM

  • The Borgias, Showtime, 10PM

  • Veep, HBO, 10PM

  • The Mentalist (season finale), CBS, 10PM

  • Red Widow (season finale), ABC, 10PM

  • Canucks/Sharks, NBC Sports Network, 10PM