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Lori’s List: A look at this week’s notable TV shows (VIDEO)
Illuminating documentaries about weddings and the ’90s rank among the week’s best TV:
“112 WEDDINGS” (8 p.m. Monday, HBO): Filmmaker Doug Block (“The Kids Grow Up”) has helped pay the bills by shooting the occasional wedding video — 112, to be exact — over the past two decades. He knows better than most what goes into getting married. What goes into staying married is the subject of this poignant documentary. Block tracks down some of his favorite couples to see how they fared once the honeymoon was over. A mix of joyous wedding day flashbacks and sometimes painful present-day interviews results in a compelling narrative that should be required viewing for anyone about to walk down the aisle. Rating: 3.5 stars
“UNDER THE DOME” (9 p.m. Monday, WBBM-Channel 2): What started off last year as a promising sci-fi summer series quickly devolved into a silly mess. The people of Chester’s Mill are still trapped in this transparent ridiculousness in the season two premiere penned by Stephen King, whose cameo is the most entertaining part of the episode. This season supposedly will probe the mythology behind the dome (read: more silliness). Here’s hoping Dean Norris’ character, Big Jim Rennie, gets killed off soon so the “Breaking Bad” actor can move on to bigger and better things. Rating: 1.5 stars
“DRUNK HISTORY” (9 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central): Sloshed narrators recount the country’s seminal events while an all-star comedic cast reenacts the stories. It’s a shtick that could get old fast. Instead, it keeps getting better in the sophomore season of this hilarious series that will have you laughing and learning. It celebrates history’s lesser-known heroes, such as Claudette Colvin, the teenager who inspired Rosa Parks’ (Lisa Bonet) famous civil rights stance on an Alabama bus, as well as investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Laura Dern) and Chicago chemist Percy Julian (Jordan Peele). Another highlight: Weird Al Yankovic does a turn as Hitler. Rating: 3 stars
“THE ’90S: THE LAST GREAT DECADE?” (8 p.m. Sunday and continuing July 7-8, National Geographic): Narrated by Rob Lowe, this illuminating three-night miniseries about the tail end of the 20th century makes for a fun and fascinating romp down memory lane. The scales tip heavier on the side of pop culture than politics but both are covered in an engaging way, especially in the premiere. Episodes strike a perfect balance between the light (Vanilla Ice’s fleeting fame, Anna Nicole Smith ushering in an era of over-augmentation) and the heavy (L.A. riots, Operation Desert Storm and the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard). Nostalgic footage and insights from more than 120 diverse voices — from Monica Lewinsky, John Singleton and Jerry Springer to Newt Gingrich and Colin Powell — round out the exhaustive series. Rating: 3 stars