Skip right to the Disney Channel tonight tonight for a movie classic as funny today as it was in theaters 55 years ago.
"Married...With Children" (6: 30 p.m.-7 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Traci Lords plays one fatal femme who somehow thinks Al Bundy is a private detective.
"Boston Common" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In this repeat of the pilot, a Virginia rube drives his sister to Boston, where she'll be attending college, then decides to stay in town. The series proved a mid-season hit, but then, everything on NBC Thursday nights is a hit. See how it does come fall, when it moves to Sunday nights. NBC.
"Ordeal in the Arctic" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Richard Chamberlain is the unfortunate pilot of an airplane that crashes in the arctic, not the most comfortable of places for a downed jet and its passengers. Will he bring them to safety? ABC.
"The Thing Called Love" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- River Phoenix, in his last role before dying on the street outside a Hollywood nightclub, plays one of four would-be country singers trying to make it big in Nashville. The cast also includes Sandra Bullock, Dermot Mulroney and Samantha Mathis. NBC.
"America on Wheels" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "Consuming Passions," part two of this three-part series on the automobile and its effect on American lifestyles, looks at the gaudy, high-finned cars that dominated American tastes in the 1950s (these cars are really something else) and the mass road-building that opened up the country to anyone with a set of wheels and a tank of gas but extracted a price that we're only now beginning to recognize. PBS.
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Hey hey, it's tor Preston Sturges, whose knack for screwball comedy has never been matched. Joel McRae plays a film director so determined to make a film about the downtrodden, he becomes one himself. Veronica Lake (you won't believe she was six months' pregnant during filming) is the woman he picks up along the way.
"Law & Order" (11 p.m.-midnight, repeats 3 a.m.-4 a.m. tomorrow, A&E;) -- When the remains of a boy who disappeared 31 years ago are found in a building undergoing renovation, the detectives try to figure out which of the tenants killed him.
Pub Date: 6/17/96