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The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

Strange Days With Bob SagetDeadpan wit serves host Bob Saget well in a new series in which the stand-up comic and onetime sitcom star embeds with some of America’s odder subcultures. Saget wisely makes fun of his own fish-out-of-water status rather than of the eccentric groups he’s examining. Back-to-back episodes open the series: In the first, he rides across the South with a hard-core motorcycle club; in the second, he joins the Bigfoot Field Research Organization. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 10 p.m., A&E

The Other CityThe population of Washington, D.C., has a higher HIV/AIDS infection rate—3 percent—than that of many African nations. By profiling victims, activists, and caregivers who are battling the epidemic without meaningful government support, this eye-opening documentary draws a troubling portrait of neglect in the capital of the world’s most prosperous nation. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., Showtime

The President’s Book of SecretsThis special spotlights the highly classified information that a president becomes privy to once he takes office, including the nuclear-weapons launch codes that are carried in a briefcase known as “the nuclear football.” Interviewees include former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden, and former Vice President Dan Quayle. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 9 p.m., History

Real Sports With Bryant GumbelCorrespondent Frank Deford sits down with UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, who has won both fans and detractors as he’s led Connecticut to seven NCAA championships since 1995. This month’s episode also includes Gumbel’s look at the sport of falconry; a profile of triathlon competitors Dick Hoyt and his physically challenged son, Rick; and a segment on hazing among marching bands at historically black colleges and universities. Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m., HBO

Gold Rush: AlaskaHard times inspire can-do Oregon inventor Todd Hoffman to try his luck at mining for gold. In this new docu-series, cameras follow Hoffman and his crew of bearded fortune-seekers to scenic Porcupine Creek, Alaska, where their make-or-break attempt at striking it rich echoes the dreams of previous amateur gold miners, including Hoffman’s own father. Friday, Dec. 3, at 10 p.m., Discovery

Other highlights

Brad Meltzer’s DecodedBest-selling author Brad Meltzer looks at historical secrets and mysterious symbols and codes in this new series. In the premiere: the mystery of the White House’s missing cornerstone. Thursday, Dec. 2, at 10 p.m., History

ID Investigates: For the Love of MoneyThis look at the September 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers includes interviews with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and ex–Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain. Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery

Comedy Central’s Hot ListThe comedy channel spotlights seven up-and-coming stand-up performers. Sunday, Dec. 5, at 10 p.m., Comedy Central

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