Finally, after more than four months of waiting, "Glee" (Fox, 9:28 p.m.) returns tonight with a brand-new episode. (Note the weird start time).
If "Glee" isn't the best new show of the season, it's certainly the most buzzed about. And certainly, no series is better promoted than "Glee" by a network, which has used everything from iTunes to live musical performances by the cast around the country.
Over the weekend, a review for The New York Times criticized "Glee's" musical numbers, writing that they are "outright liabilities, deflating whatever emotional good will the rest of the show has built up."
Um, that's a bit like buying a Playboy and then complaining that all the pictures of beautiful, naked women take away from the magazine's good writing. It kind of misses the point.
If "Glee" were just about the subplots and didn't have the music, there'd hardly be a fanbase, and it would be another show about high school angst.
But "Glee" cleverly blends music with some of the best comedy on TV. Certainly, few characters are as memorable as Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester, a virtual cinch for an Emmy. Toss in Broadway vets Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, and a host of other talented singer/actors, and the show is a delight each week.
This week, the show picks up where it left off: With Sue returning from exile and Will finally free to date Emma (Jayma Mays). There's still Quinn's pregnancy, but the fake pregnancy subplot involving Will and his wife is finally over, thank goodness.
If you've heard about "Glee" and want to jump in, now is the perfect time, since the series is starting a new chapter. The world needs a few more Gleeks.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: "Glee" follows a new "American Idol" at 8 p.m.
The only bad thing about "Glee" returning? It runs opposite a new "Lost" (ABC, 9 p.m.), followed by a new "V" at 10 p.m.
CBS is all new with "NCIS," "NCIS: LA" and "The Good Wife." The CW has new episodes of "90210" and "Melrose Place," while NBC delivers a new "Parenthood" at 10 p.m. after "The Biggest Loser."
On cable, "Justified" (FX, 10 p.m.) introduces us to Braylen's tough-guy father.