What to Watch Tonight: The Season Finales of Defiance and Welcome to Sweden

Andy Daglas

What to watch on Thursday, August 28...

SEASON 2 FINALE, 8pm & 9pm, Syfy
Matters between Amanda and Stahma come to a head while Nolan scrambles to save Tommy's bacon in "All Things Must Pass." Then "I Almost Prayed" wraps the season with Nolan facing multiple threats as he tries to thwart Irisa's plan yet keep her alive.

9pm, PBS
Great Performances
A selection of liturgical and traditional works performed by Violinist Itzhak Perlman, cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Rejoice Chamber Orchestra. Joel Grey, Neil Sedaka, and Elie Wiesel also share their reflections.

SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm & 9:30pm, NBC
Welcome to Sweden
Amy Poehler's dire financial straits draw Bruce back to the States to help in "Separate Lives/Saknad," while in Sweden, Emma uneasily greets her returning ex-boyfriend. Then in "Home/Aterförening," Amy obstructs Bruce's return to Sweden after he winds up in a compromising position with Aubrey Plaza.

9pm, USA
In "Because I Got High," a rock star patient opens Rush's mind to a potent hallucinogen. Elsewhere, the mushroom people dance the samba, that tree over there is melting, like, blueness, and holy crap what's that on my tail guys guys guys I think something's crawling up my tail it kind of looks like Kissinger what do I do what do I do.

10pm, USA
Grace and Anika go on a college visit in "...Through Terms and Conditions," where Grace recognizes a onetime informant who had entered witness protection and decides to take matters into her… wait, I may be thinking of a different episode. Back home, Neil is flustered by a work deadline.

10pm, ABC
The World's Wildest Commercials
Host Chris Parnell runs down the 20 craziest and kookiest television advertisements that the producers of this special could get the rights to. Featured spots include that one with the animal behaving in a way more befitting a human, that one with the troublesome gender politics, and that one you saw like seven million times the last time you watched a single program on Hulu.

10pm, IFC
Garfunkel and Oates
"Road Warriors" finds Riki and Kate commemorating the 1,000th performance of Garfunkel and Oates. But a stubborn heckler and a prickly audio guy put a damper on the gig.

10pm, Sundance
The Honorable Woman
Secrets emerge during Ness and Atika's time in captivity, forging a bond between the two. Elsewhere in "Two Hearts," a professor discovers the Stein Group's dirty laundry.

10pm, FX
In "Waffles & Pizza," Russ contemplates a real estate deal that may not be fully on the up-and-up, while Jess faces an uncomfortable situation with her boss. Still, if the promise of waffles and/or pizza is upheld, things can't be going too badly for them.

10:30pm, FX
You're the Worst
Gretchen flips her lid when Jimmy lets a sliver of emotion shine through in "Equally Dead Inside." Geez, it's like he didn't even read the issue of Bizarro Highlights where Goofus is open and honest while Gallant mashes every scrap of his emotions into a dull and viscous slurry between the mortar of popular culture and the pestle of cynicism.

11pm, Cartoon Network
Black Jesus
"I Gave at the Playground" finds Boonie arranging a yard sale, helped by the gang—and hindered by the unwelcome arrival of a former flame.

11pm, Showtime
7 Deadly Sins
"Wrath" examines such healthy outlets for rage as amateur fight clubs and extra-strength bullets. Presumably, a segment on internet comments sections was omitted as too heinous for even Showtime's Standards & Practices.

– Todd Glass on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– JR on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Mike Myers and John Fullbright on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Aaron Paul and Ed Sheeran on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC