What’s On Tonight: PBS explains present-day political craziness with the past

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, October 4. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

16 For ’16 (PBS, 8 p.m.): The first recommendation from your brand-new What’s On Tonight correspondent (the new kid in town, or to use the first of many Eagles analogies, the Don Felder to Alasdair Wilkins‘ Bernie Leadon): PBS’ eight-part documentary series explores the campaigns of 16 memorable presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Each half-hour episode covers two political hopefuls, right up until Election Day. Tonight, explore the failed (yet still influential) campaigns of Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson, who ran against each other in both 1984 and 1988. Who knows? Maybe diving into the political craziness of the past will make you feel better about the political craziness of the present. But probably not.

The Vice Presidential Debate (ABC, 9 p.m.): Or, if today’s politics are …

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