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A new episode of "Homicide," with a focus on the personal problems of the Baltimore detectives, caps an evening that includes notable series repeats and one of the more influential American films of the 1950s.

* "Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A repeat with a sobering message on guns in schools. When Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams) is threatened with a pistol, Urkel (Jaleel White) tries to talk her out of buying a gun of her own for protection. ABC.

* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Sydney (Lori Singer) has to learn how much secret information an agent (guest Robert Davi) has divulged before he is to be executed for treason. She takes him into virtual reality to find the answers. Fox.

* "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The series returns to the schedule, replacing "On Our Own" (which has completed a 20-show season and awaits renewal for the fall). In a repeat, basketball star Reggie Miller guest stars as a former member of Cooper's (Mark Curry) high school team. ABC.

* "Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Bayliss, Munch and Lewis (Kyle Secor, Richard Belzer and Clark Johnson) run into tax and permit problems over their waterfront bar. Kay Howard (Melissa Leo) must deal with her ego when she inherits a case she cannot solve. And, in other personal story lines, Beau (Daniel Baldwin) turns to Megan (Isabella Hofmann) for human comfort while she is trying to set up Giordello (Yaphet Kotto) with her best friend. NBC.


* "Fangs!" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., The Discovery Channel) -- Although they're carnivores, "The Great Bears of Alaska" actually forage mostly for vegetarian food, the nature documentary reveals.

* "The Searchers" (8:05 p.m.-10:35, TBS) -- Filmed by John Ford in Colorado and Monument Valley, Ariz., the 1956 movie follows the quest by John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter to rescue Natalie Wood from Comanches, who captured her as young girl. Allusions to the influential western can be found in a number of later films, from "Star Wars" to "Mean Streets."

* "Six Comics In Search of a Generation" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Lifetime) -- The one worth mentioning in this post-baby boom special is Ellen DeGeneres, who has broken out of the comedy club routine with the hit series "Ellen."

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