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The Weeks guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

First Comes LoveFilmmaker Nina Davenport was 41 when she decided to stop searching for a husband and focus on having a baby. She also chose to document every step—from acquiring the sperm of a gay friend to enlisting a female friend as a birth partner. The moving result is a tale about following life’s unconventional paths, this one leading to the beginnings of a family. Monday, July 29, at 9 p.m., HBO

POV: NeurotypicalWhen autistics refer to non-autistics, the term they use is “neurotypical.” Thanks to the work of advocates like Temple Grandin, being neuro-atypical has never been more accepted, yet the daily challenges of living with autism remain real. In this eye-opening documentary, three neuroatypical subjects of different ages are given a chance to describe in detail how they view the neurotypical world. Monday, July 29, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

The Writers’ RoomSometime around the 1999 debut of HBO’s The Sopranos, television writing entered a golden age. Roundtable discussions in this new series take viewers into the writing rooms of some of TV’s most acclaimed shows. In week one, the creative minds behind Breaking Bad discuss the challenges of crafting the series’ soon-to-be-aired final episodes. Subsequent shows will give Dexter and Game of Thrones their due. Monday, July 29, at 10 p.m., Sundance

Frontline: Life and Death in Assisted LivingAssisted living is often considered a welcome alternative to nursing-home care for seniors who wish to maintain a degree of independence. But what are the costs of that freedom? Frontline and ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization, joined forces to examine this growing, but largely unregulated, segment of the health-care industry. Profit pressures, they claim, are contributing to sometimes fatal lapses in care. Tuesday, July 30, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

The AwesomesIf the Justice League had a farm system, The Awesomes might be the low-A squad. This new animated series from Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers follows a team of misfit superheroes as they struggle to restore the organization to greatness after the true stars defect. Meyers voices the group’s leader; other SNL cast members and alums, including Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, and Rachel Dratch, fill out the ranks.Available for streaming on Hulu, Thursday, Aug. 1

Other highlights

Best Daym TakeoutHip-hop food critic Daymon “Daym” Patterson graduates from YouTube to the Travel Channel as host of a new show inspired by his million-hit fast-food reviews. Wednesday, July 31, at 10 p.m., Travel Channel

Inside the American MobA look at the five crime families who ruled underworld New York City in the 1970s kicks off a four-episode night for this multipart series about the modern Mafia. Sunday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m., National Geographic

Shark WeekBeach crowds may thin this week after Discovery begins rolling out an 11-episode version of its annual shark showcase. Sunday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m., Discovery

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