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On TV Tuesday, Sept. 17

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SERIES PREMIERE Dads, 8 p.m., Fox You could call this sitcom about two successful sons and their difficult live-in fathers laughably offensive. But that would imply the show actually offers some laughs, and most critics seem to agree that isn't the case.

SERIES PREMIERE Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 8:30 p.m., Fox This Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher sitcom from the co-creator of Parks and Recreation is one of the best-reviewed new shows of the fall. See, Dads? You don't have to make Asian actresses dress up as anime stereotypes to draw laughs.

SEASON PREMIERE New Girl, 9 p.m., Fox Cece's wedding is off, leading Jess and Nick to run away to Mexico, where they run horribly afoul of the law. Hey, no desperate Mexican getaway would be complete without that.

SEASON PREMIERE The Mindy Project, 9:30 p.m., Fox This sitcom had an uneven first year, with multiple stylistic twists and cast changes. Mindy's prescription to fix that: a guest appearance from Hollywood's ultimate stabilizing presence, James Franco.

MINISERIES PREMIERE Latino Americans, 8 p.m., PBS Somehow, Jimmy Smits doesn't narrate this three-part documentary miniseries about the history and culture of Latinos in America. That honor goes to Benjamin Bratt, who'll cover everything from Spanish conquistadors to the Mexican-American War.

SERIES PREMIERE The New Atlanta, 10 p.m., Bravo Follow a group of elite young professionals in Atlanta as they go around telling northerners that Fat Matt's is way better than The Varsity.

— Jay Cridlin

On TV Tuesday, Sept. 17 09/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 5:55pm]
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