The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

The 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

America’s most prestigious dog show and its second-longest-running annual sporting event (after the Kentucky Derby, which began two years earlier, in 1875) is being condensed­ into two nights this year. David Frei is commentator for his 21st consecutive year, joined by new co-host Mario Lopez. Monday–Tuesday, Feb. 15–16, at 8 p.m., USA

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When Hurricane Katrina struck, tens of thousands of pets were left behind by evacuees who had no place to shelter the animals and thought they would be returning shortly. This poignant documentary tells how many of the pets were saved, only to become pawns in heart-wrenching custody battles between their original owners and their new ones. Home, a documentary short about Katrina, follows. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings


This documentary follows Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to the war-racked Democratic Republic of Congo, in search of a story that will galvanize attention for the suffering there. The film also ­ruminates soberly on the news industry’s failure to cover foreign news, and the challenge of reporting such stories in the face of “psychic numbing” to large-scale tragedies. Thursday, Feb. 18, at 9:30 p.m., HBO

The Ricky Gervais Show

Many television programs have spawned Inter­net podcasts, but this time it’s the other way around: This new series uses animated cartoons to illustrate podcasts by The Office co-creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. How much the images actually add to the experience is debatable, but aficionados of quirky and acerbic humor are likely to enjoy the show. Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m., HBO

Nasca Lines: The Buried Secrets

In the 1930s, pilots flying near the foothills of the Peruvian Andes discovered mysterious lines etched into the desert. Discernible only from the air, they range from simple geometric shapes to figures of birds, fish, monkeys, and humans. National Geographic follows a team of experts probing their purpose, long a topic of debate. Sunday, Feb. 21, at 10 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Other highlights

Men of a Certain Age

To help finance a home mortgage, Joe bets on a basketball game. Ray Romano stars in this wistful comedy-drama series, which was recently renewed for a second season. Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 p.m., TNT

The Life & Times of Tim

Having garnered a cult following in its first season, this animated comedy about a clueless young New Yorker returns for a second. Friday, Feb. 19, at 9:30 p.m., HBO

The British Academy Film Awards

At the BAFTAs, as at America’s Oscars, Avatar and The Hurt Locker are leading contenders to collect Best ­Picture. Sunday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m., BBC America

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