WOTH NOTING ON TV
Freaky Friday (ABC, 8-10 p.m.): The 1976 version of this Disney film starred Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster as a mother and teenage daughter who magically switch bodies (and keep minds) for a day (Friday the 13th).
The comic mayhem that ensues made the original film popular enough to impel Disney to try again, this time in the form of a Disney Family Film with Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman as the mother and daughter. Through their struggles as each other, they learn a lesson the Indians might have summed up this way: ''Don't judge a person until you've walked a mile in her moccasins.''
The Way West (PBS, 8-11 p.m.): No matter how familiar the story of western expansion, it is epic enough in scope and rich enough in meaningful detail to bear constant retelling. Thomas Jefferson thought settling the continent would take a thousand years. In fact, it took about 50 -- from roughly 1850 to the turn of the century.
Some of the most compelling photos in existence are from this period -- Native Americans, covered wagons, families, prairie scenes, and much more. These evocative images and the urgent yet often haunting tale they tell are a big part of the mix in this six-hour documentary (shown in two parts) about the ''conquest'' of the West by white settlers, and its culture-shattering impact on the people already living there.
But the programs also use paintings, maps, and early film footage from the period, along with interviews and first-person accounts read by an array of noted actors. It's all woven together by the narrator, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker, who guides viewers from the time of the Gold Rush until after the Indian wars at Wounded Knee.
The six hours are being aired in the fashionable block style -- on two consecutive nights of marathon viewing. Part 2 airs Tuesday, from 8-11 p.m.
Please check local listings for these programs.