TV highlights for Tues, Feb 11

PARENTHOOD – SEVEN, 9.

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45pm

A sitcom featuring three generations of a family will of course draw comparisons to the hit comedy Modern Family, but as with all families, Parenthood is its own unique beast, with an extra dose of drama. It stars Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Craig T. Nelson (Coach) and Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and follows the ups and downs and exploits of the rather large Braverman family. Tonight, Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmin (Joy Bryant) are still struggling with the reality of a baby. Meanwhile, Kristina (Monica Potter) and Adam (Krause) deal with a new dynamic with her campaign, while Joel (Sam Jaeger) and Julia (Erika Christensen) argue.

2 BROKE GIRLS – NINE, 9.30pm

When this a-little-bit-naughty sitcom premiered in 2011, many people probably didn’t give it more than a season before it disappeared. Featuring Kat Dennings as street-smart Max and Beth Behrs as rich-girl-fallen-on-hard-times Caroline, the comedy has been called racist and crude, but three seasons later, it’s still kicking on. And, in truth, if you don’t mind a smattering of swear words, innuendo and low-brow jokes, this sprightly show really is a harmlessly fun slice of entertainment. Tonight, Caroline’s romantic tryst with chef Nicholas (Gilles Marini) hits a sour note when she makes an interesting discovery about him.

HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) – ELEVEN, 9.00pm

If you read the title of this show and thought, “Gee. Now, that’s a great idea” you are definitely in the wrong spot. No, this isn’t a documentary series dedicated to instructing the lazy among us about how they can get away with never paying rent again. Nor is it a tongue-in-cheek look at how many parents are stuck with their adult kids at home much longer than they had planned – but perhaps it should have been. This is another half-baked American sitcom. It stars Sarah Chalke (How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs) as strict mother Polly, who is forced to move back in with her crazy parents (Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett) after her divorce.

EASY A (2010) – GO!, 9.30pm

Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley. After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, clean-cut high school girl Olive (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling the fallen Hester Prynne’s in the 19th-century novel The Scarlet Letter – until she decides to use the rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing. Maintaining her chastity throughout the film, Olive rakes in gifts and money for “pretending” to have sex with various nerds at school, who are also keen to improve their reputations. Stone is fantastic in the lead role and comedy gems are provided by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as Olive’s quirky parents. Former teen favourite Amanda Bynes also stars as a religious nut.

BLOOD DIAMOND (2006) – GEM, 9.30pm (AV15+)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly. Leonardo DiCaprio went two for two in 2006 with his great performance in The Departed, followed by an equally striking effort in this Edward Zwick stirring action-drama. DiCaprio plays cold-hearted South African diamond smuggler Danny, caught in a crossfire of moral conflict in civil war-stricken Sierra Leone. Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly are part of his quest to possess a priceless stone. Blood Diamond has a lot in common with The Constant Gardener – also structured around the wages of war in Africa – but lacks its subtlety. On the flipside, the action is thunderous and the heroics are genuinely exciting.

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