TV THIS WEEK: Suicide Squad returns, The Walking Dead finale, and more!

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

There's a lot of fun TV to look forward to this week, but given how big one particular show's audience is, there's a good chance most of you are looking forward to Sunday and the season-five finale of The Walking Dead. Plus, Suicide Squad is back on Arrow, rogues return on The Flash, a new HBO documentary you might find interesting, and more. 

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?


Highlights of the Week

The Returned (A&E) Monday, 10 p.m. - "Julie"

New series! - Somehow we sped right by the series premire of The Returned a couple of weeks ago, but if you're not sick of shows about people coming back from the dead yet, you'll want to go back and take a look. Not counting more horror-driven shows like The Walking Dead, we've already seen the BBC series In The Flesh, the ABC series Resurrection and the French drama Les Revenants, which was broadcast by SundanceTV here in the U.S. Now we've got The Returned, an English-language adaptation of Les Revenants by Carlton Cuse of Lost and Bates Motel fame. Like its French predecessor, and Resurrection, it follows a small town where people who've been dead for years mysteriously return unharmed, and the subsequent attempts to cope with and unravel the mystery of how and why they're back. It's already got a full-season order of 10 episodes, a decent critical reception and an interesting premise (provided you're not already burned out on it). If you'd like to give it a shot, you can see if your cable provider will allow you to watch the previous two episodes via the A&E website, or purchase the first two episodes on iTunes or Google Play. Check out a preview for the series below.

The Flash (CW) Tuesday, 8 p.m. - "Rogue Time"

As we've discussed before, one of the joys of watching The Flash unfold in its first season is just how much it's embraced its comic-book roots, even if it has often done so in a very CW way that doesn't please every comic-book fan out there. This a show that kicked off with Weather Wizard and has delivered everyone from Gorilla Grodd to Reverse-Flash since. Arrow's had its fair share of supervillain showcases, too, but The Flash has taken even greater advantage of its many DC Comics ties, sharing trailers that tease the arrival and return of various villains like they're spectacularly drawn comics covers, and that makes the show a particular kind of appointment television for its fans. This week, Captain Cold and Heat Wave make their triumphant return, and they're bringing Captain Cold's sister Lisa (known in the comics as Golden Glider) along for the chaos. Check out a preview below.

Arrow (CW) Wednesday, 8 p.m. - "Suicidal Tendencies"

The superhero TV landscape is certainly a bit more crowded than it was this time last year, but if you were paying attention to what was going on in this particular subgenre of programming in early 2014, you know that the most exciting thing to come out of it at the time was the assembly of the Suicide Squad on Arrow. It was, at the time, the peak of the show's association with the characters of DC Comics, and it teased even more craziness from the Squad in the future. Now they're back with a new mission, and while Oliver's got plenty of problems of his own back in Starling, we can't wait to see what Diggle and Deadshot encounter when they head back into action. Check out a preview below.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (HBO) 8 p.m.

Documentary premiere! - We don't feature very many documentaries here, mostly because, well, there's no "fi" to go with the "sci," if you get my drift, but because Going Clear will cover the often-mysterious religion known as Scientology, and its founding by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, I thought it was worth mentioning. If you followed the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, you know the film was one of the hottest -- if not the hottest -- premieres of the event, and that the film has drawn plenty of critical praise for its peek inside this often enigmatic organization. I personally haven't seen it, so I don't know how much we'll get of Hubbard and the science-fictiony roots of Scientology here, but it's certainly of interest nonetheless, particularly if you want to shake up your weekly viewing. Check out a preview below.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Conquer"

Season finale! - At last, we've arrived at the much-anticipated season-five finale of The Walking Dead, the hottest show on cable TV. For a lot of you, this is the TV event not just of the week, but probably of the month, because the show has once again done a powerful job of creating the illusion of security for Rick and his group while also ratcheting up the mounting tension as something big lurks in the final episode. As usual, the question "Who will die this time?" is coming up among fans, and everyone's got their own ideas about that, but if the last two seasons of The Walking Dead in particular have made anything clear, it's that this show is doing its best to emphasize that it's not just about surviving, but about maintaining humanity. We've seen some characters lose it and regain it, some characters waver but refuse to fall, and some go right over the edge, and at this point big moments like this episode are as much about who will keep their soul intact as they are about who will live to see season six. That's been a key to The Walking Dead's recent storytelling successes, and now we get to see how it works going forward. This week, Daryl has trouble while out on a run, Rick and company still feel like outsiders in Alexandria, and trouble is coming to the community's gates. Check out a preview below.

Monday, March 23

Scorpion (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Young Hearts Spark Fire"

Team Scorpion's helicopter crashes while on a mission to save lost hikers. The crash ignites a massive wildfire that quickly closes in on them. Meanwhile, Sylvester tries to help the injured pilot who is unable to make it to safer ground.

The Returned (A&E) 10 p.m. - "Julie"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Tuesday, March 24

Community (Yahoo! Screen) Streaming - Title Unknown

Everyone fights back after City College runs a commercial accusing Greendale of awarding a degree to a dog.

Powers (PSN) Streaming - "Paint It Black"

Walker and Pilgrim continue their struggle with the Powers of the city.

The Flash (CW) 8 p.m. - "Rogue Time"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Imaginary Friends"

The six remaining artists are surprised to learn that they will be working with a group of children in a challenge that involves bringing their imaginary friends to life.

iZombie (CW) 9 p.m. - "Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?"

Liv, Ravi and Clive try to solve the mysterious death of a famous painter. Liv is consumed with passion when she eats his brain and can't resist trying to seduce Major. Meanwhile, Blaine makes a surprise visit to the morgue.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Love in the Time of Hydra"

The team are bewildered by a recent shocking revelation as they face a difficult decision. Meanwhile, Bobbi and Mack declare their loyalty to Hunter, and Ward and Agent 33 take care of a private matter.

Forever (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Dead Men Tell Long Tales"

A treasure hunter is murdered, which leads Henry to discover he was killed on the missing ship. Meanwhile, Jo and a handsome entrepreneur share a mutual attraction, and Adam has an idea to solve his and Henry's curse.

Person of Interest (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Skip"

Reese protects a bounty hunter, and Finch tries to set the plan he began in Hong Kong in motion.

Wednesday, March 25

Arrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Suicidal Tendencies"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "Paint It Black"

Sam and Dean investigate a series of suicides committed by people who all killed themselves with self-administered disembowelment. The probe reveals the victims were all members of a Catholic church and had recently given confession. Meanwhile, Crowley captures Olivette, the leader of the Grand Coven, and Rowena pleads her case to once again be allowed to practice magic freely.

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Fire Code"

A cyber threat that allows arsonists a less traceable method of starting fires in homes is investigated. Meanwhile, Elijah's ex-wife informs him she is starting a new job out of town and wants to take their daughter with her.

Thursday, March 26

Steven Universe (TOON) 5 p.m. - "Joy Ride"

Kids help Steven put fun back in his life.

Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Truth, Justice, and What?"

The source of Titan humor is revealed.

Archer (FX) 10 p.m. - "Drastic Voyage, Part 1"

Archer and the gang get ready for an incredible adventure.

Vikings (History) 10 p.m. - "Born Again"

Rollo contemplates the Seer's prophecy regarding his destiny, while Kalf arrives in Kattegat and joins the Viking fleet as the raiders set sail up the Seine for Paris. Later, babies are born to both Porunn and Judith.

Dig (USA) 10 p.m. - "Prayer of David"

Peter's discovery of an ancient coded secret leads to a race to find the final stone, Debbie faces the consequences for her attempted kidnapping of Josh, and Avram is shadowed by a deadly assassin.

Friday, March 27

Grimm (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Double Date"

Nick and Hank investigate a one-night stand that ended in murder, Capt. Renard turns to Monroe and Rosalee for help dealing with recurring episodes of phantom bleeding, things are beginning to look up for Adalind, and Juliette makes a decision that could change the course of her relationship.

12 Monkeys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Shonin"

Cole's last-ditch effort to stop the Army of the 12 Monkeys brings him to Tokyo in the year 1987.

Helix (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Plan B"

The Navy prepare to implement Plan B, a final solution to ensure that the virus and everyone infected with it never make it off the island.

Saturday, March 28

Good Witch (Hallmark) 8 p.m. - "The Truth About Lies"

Cassie's resources can't save her from Abigail's plotting as her cousin continues to cause unrest throughout the town.

Sunday, March 29

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Best Laid Plans"

Emma learns a shocking truth that could destroy her ties to her family.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (HBO) 8 p.m.

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 9 p.m. - "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Mooovin' In"

Phil's life in Tuscon continues.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Conquer"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

(Episode synopses via TV Guide)