Given viewers’ bottomless appetite for obsessive multipart true-crime docuseries, it’s surprising “Dateline” (9 p.m., NBC) has taken so long to get with the program.
Presented during three nights, “The Widower” follows a surprising investigation into a home-invasion murder that uncovers the story of a man married six times with at least four wives reported murdered. The series follows his story during the years and any number of terrible hairstyle choices. Why this wasn’t called “The Mullet Murders” is beyond me.
No investigation of this duration (or series of this length) unfolds without twists and turns, and we’re promised the hirsute subject plays a cat-and-mouse game with police and “Dateline” investigators as well.
“The Widower” continues tomorrow night and concludes Sunday.
“Dateline” reigns as the longest running primetime series in NBC history. It is now in its 29th season. “Law & Order: SVU” is now in its 22nd.
• It looks as though the week belongs to Eve Hewson. Who? She stars in “The Luminaries,” which began Sunday on Starz. She now is seen in “Behind Her Eyes,” the six-part adaptation of a Sarah Pinborough novel now streaming on Netflix.
It would be an understatement to say “Eyes” keeps you off balance. Simona Brown stars as Louise, a single mother and secretary whose devotion to her 7-year-old son has left her feeling socially isolated.
When a friend fails to meet her for a drink at a local pub, she runs into a handsome stranger (Tom Bateman) with a deep Scottish accent to rival Sean Connery’s. Sensing an immediate connection, they share a good-night kiss that seems to upset him and send him stalking home trailing strange apologies.
An awkward evening where “nothing happened” gets weirder for Louise when she arrives at work the next day to see the stranger is now her new psychiatrist boss, and he has a posh and beautiful wife (Eve Hewson) in tow. Or at least that’s how things look.
From here on, it would be unfair to reveal much more. Only that David with the accent and his “wife” share a relationship and a past that get stranger as things unfold and Louise becomes more involved with both.
Viewers might recall Simona Brown from her roles in “The Casual Vacancy,” adapted from a novel by J.K. Rowling, and the excellent adaptation of the John le Carre novel “The Night Manager.”
• Social media can be murder in the 2021 shocker “Shook,” now streaming on Shudder, the subscription platform dedicated to horror.
TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
• Gordon Ramsay blows a gasket on “Hell’s Kitchen” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• “Built for Mars: The Perseverance Rover” (7 p.m., National Geographic, TV-PG) documents a new generation of all-terrain vehicle.
• A serial rapist’s attacks span two boroughs on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• Sleep-deprived on “Call Me Kat” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• A valuable lesson imparted with hugs on “Last Man Standing” (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
• A case takes the team to a fringe militia camp on “Clarice” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
A family is beset by intruders who look just like their victims in the 2019 head-scratcher “Us,” (9:45 p.m., HBO), directed and written by Jordan Peele.
Meemaw to the rescue on “Young Sheldon” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... There’s no such thing as a casual fling on “Mr. Mayor” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Walker’s past haunts him still on “Walker” (7 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... Drew needs new friends on “B Positive” (7:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... A brash, oversized, rich and confident celebrity thinks he can be funny and fails on “Young Rock” (7:30 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14) ... Emotional redecorating on “Mom” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... “The Chase” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... The therapy box looms large on “Legacies” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... A generous gesture is misconstrued on “The Unicorn” (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... “The Hustler” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
Jay Baruchel appears on “Conan” (10 p.m., TBS, r) ... George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and the Mountain Goats are booked on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (10:35 p.m., CBS, r) ... Amy Schumer, Thomas Middleditch and Matt Cameron visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (11:37 p.m., NBC, r) ... Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington and Phoebe Bridgers appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (11:37 p.m., CBS, r).