Not all of the programs listed below are recommended for everybody. But each of them has some aspect which makes it more interesting than the regular TV fare for one reason or another . . . interesting enough for viewers to at least consider spending valuable time watching. FRIDAY Misfits of Science (NBC, 8-10 p.m.): Premi`ere of what promises to be the worst new show of the season, complete with a shrinking giant and a whole band of comic-strip freaks. Might be worth taking a peek for a few moments just to see if a show with such a way-out concept can possibly make it in TV today.
Juilliard at 80 (PBS, 8-10 p.m.): A ``Live From Lincoln Center Great Performances'' special featuring the three divisions of the famous Juilliard School: music, drama, and dance. Hosted by Patrick Watson and Christopher Reeve. Leontyne Price, a Juilliard graduate, will perform. SUNDAY
The Long Hot Summer (NBC, 9-11 p.m., Monday 9-11 p.m.): Remake of the 1958 movie based on William Faulkner stories, this time starring Don Johnson of ``Miami Vice'' and Cybill Shepherd of ``Moonlighting.''
Unfinished Business (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): The story of three men who refused to go to Japanese internment camps during World War II. MONDAY
Konrad (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Part I of the premi`ere of ``WonderWorks,'' a program for the entire family, especially the children. Ned Beatty and Polly Holliday star in a comedy/fantasy about a factory-made instant child.
No Second Chances (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): an examination of the use of the insanity defense in criminal cases. TUESDAY
Baseball Playoffs (NBC, Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 17, mostly at 8 p.m.)
The National Science Test II (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): The premi`ere of a new season for ``Nova.'' Edwin Newman returns to defend his championship title.
Uncommon Places: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): A superb documentary about one of America's master builders. Preview to come.
Love, Mary (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Kristy McNichol stars in a docudrama about a young woman who overcame many handicaps to attain her goal of being a doctor. WEDNESDAY
Where None Has Gone Before (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Smithsonian World'' investigates modern-day explorers. Preview to come.
The Booth (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Three original dramas, all of which take place in restaurants, starring Dame Judith Anderson, Mildred Natwick, and James Coco.
Program times and days may vary, so check local listings.