What's On TV

TV highlights for the week of Nov. 14-20. Shows listed are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times are Eastern; check local listings.


Social Insecurity: Work, Family, and Retirement (PBS, 5-6 a.m., time varies): Through thought-provoking discussions this documentary looks at aging and financial security.

The Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory - 75 Years of Laughter (TNT, 7-8 p.m.): Hosted by Billy Crystal, this one-hour special is the fourth installment of TNT's year-long tribute to Warner Bros.' 75th anniversary. The show looks back at the studio's funniest movies and features clips from "Blazing Saddles" (1974), "Caddyshack" (1980), and "What's Up Doc?" (1972). Clips of the legendary Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, round out Warner Bros.' funniest moments. (TV-PG)

SUNDAY 11/15

Wonderful of Disney: Sleeping Beauty (ABC, 7-9 p.m.): Walt Disney's 1959 animated classic is the story of Princess Aurora, who's under a spell by a wicked fairy. Finally, her true love, Prince Phillip, awakens her from her deep sleep. The soundtrack is an adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet. (TV-PG)

India: Land of the Tiger (PBS, 8-10 p.m.): This is not your typical documentary on India - it doesn't deal with the Raj or the Taj. It's about nature, part Rudyard Kipling and part Jacques Cousteau. This six-hour "Nature" series journeys into the dense forests and the deep seas of India where attitudes toward wildlife range from reverence to inhumanness. The cinematography is engrossing - a product of timing, patience, and visualization. The only drawback is weak narration. And did we mention the fish that walk, the elephants that swim, and lizards that fly? (TV-G)

Panama Canal (Discovery, 8-10 p.m.): Dennis Quaid narrates this historical and thoughtful look at the wondrous waterway, whose construction took 40 years, cost billions of dollars, and claimed thousands of lives. (TV-G)

MONDAY 11/16

Arthur (PBS, 4:30-5 p.m., check local listings): Art Garfunkel plays a curly-topped moose who sings about a "sad, sad bunny" named Buster Baxter, in this charming third-season premire. The program focuses on Arthur's best friend, Buster Baxter who has just returned from a trip around the globe. Arthur fears that Buster will be different, somehow, since he is a world traveler. In the same token, Buster is concerned that his pals might have changed too. (TV-Y)

Sesame Street (PBS, 5-6 p.m., check local listings): Today's episode marks the 30th season on the air and to celebrate, this excellent children's program is getting a makeover. The 30th show will have a new cast member, a new opening, and a new segment called "Elmo's World," an animated segment "akin to a crayon drawing come-to-life with special effects." (TV-Y)

Monday Night Football (ABC, 8-11 p.m.): The Denver Broncos are 9-0. The Kansas City Chiefs are 4-5. The Chiefs have replaced quarterback Elvis Grbac (who lost his last four games as starter) with Rich Gannon, in their effort to tarnish the Broncos record. If the plan works, Kansas City fans will ante up their reputation as being the loudest fans in footballdom.


Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman (AMC, 10-11 p.m.): Filmmaker and host John Boorman ("Deliverance") calls Lee Marvin "the essence of America - big, wild, and dangerous." Through film clips and interviews with close friends, he illustrates two sides of the famous actor - one violent ('The Dirty Dozen") and one comic ("Cat Ballou"). (TV-PG)

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