What to Watch on Tuesday: The glorious return of ‘Drunk History’

07/01/2014 6:00 AM

07/01/2014 11:38 AM

Drunk History (10pm, Comedy Central) - Tonight is the second season premiere of one of my favorite TV shows of all time. This TV series is based on a Funny or Die web series in which comedians – or more often, comedy writers – get absolutely wasted and then tell famous stories from American history. Then after the fact, famous actors act out the story, lip-syncing the bizarre narration. It’s so good. Sometimes the narrators puke, sometimes they cry – the actors play right along. The stories are kinda-sorta factual-ish, and they are almost always hilarious. If you haven’t seen any of the episodes, spend a dozen hours or so right now looking for clips online (or, the Comedy Central smartphone app has all of Season 1 for free). Tonight’s episode involves the stories of organic chemist Percy Julian, civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin and boxer Joe Louis. Actors tonight are Lisa Bonet, Terry Crews, Jordan Peele and Weird Al Yankovich. Other guest stars this season include John Lithgow, Jack Black, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt, Busy Philipps, Retta and Casey Wilson.

Also on tonight . . .

White, Blue and White (8pm, ESPN) - For some real (and non-funny) history, the ESPN documentary series “30 for 30” presents the story of the late ’70s/early ’80s soccer success in England of Argentine stars Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.

History Detectives (9pm, UNC-TV) - “History Detectives” has been reformatted to take on just one mystery per episode. Tonight’s Season 11 premiere episode looks at one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history, the explosion of the Mississippi steamboat SS Sultana.

Chasing Life (9pm, ABC Family) - April feels overburdened as she tries to balance everything, including her first bone-marrow biopsy. Meanwhile, Leo makes an assumption about April’s motives.

Perception (10pm, TNT) - A boy with a developmental disorder is taken hostage during a bank robbery. Elsewhere, Pierces’s estranged father ( Peter Coyote) visits.

Nathan For You (10:30pm, Comedy Central) - In the Season 2 premiere, Nathan counsels a mechanic to verify his estimates with a lie-detector.

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