PREMIERING SUNDAY

n "Masters of Sex" (10 p.m., Showtime; Sept. 29): This explicit, taboo-tackling period piece follows the life and times of sex-research pioneers Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson (Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan). Bottom line: It's a compelling and revelatory drama that ultimately has more than just sex on the brain.

  • "Betrayal" (10 p.m., ABC; Sept. 29): In this soapy slog-fest, a photographer (Hannah Ware) starts an extramarital affair with a man (Stuart Townsend) who winds up facing off against her prosecutor husband (Chris J. Johnson) in a murder trial. Bottom line: Grim and dismal, this is no affair to remember.

    Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Season 5 of ’Breaking Bad’
    Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Season 5 of 'Breaking Bad' (Lewis Jacobs)

  • "Hello Ladies" (10:30 p.m., HBO; Sept. 29): A clueless Brit (Stephen Merchant) is transplanted to Los Angeles, where his attempts to woo women are routinely rebuffed. Bottom line: Unavailable for review.

    RETURING TONIGHT

  • "The Amazing Race" (8 p.m., CBS): This could be a bad sign: Season 23 of "The Amazing Race" begins tonight, and we're already out of breath. To the couch we go.

  • "The Good Wife" (9 p.m. CBS): That tantalizing cliffhanger has us stoked for the new season of "The Good Wife." Now, can Alicia (Julianna Margulies) manage to keep her plans to leave the firm a secret?

  • "Homeland" (9 p.m. Showtime): As Season 3 of "Homeland" begins, Brody (Damian Lewis) is on the lam, and Carrie (Claire Danes) is off her meds. This can't end well.


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  • "60 Minutes" (7 p.m., CBS)

  • "Once Upon a Time" (8 p.m., ABC)

  • "The Simpsons" (8 p.m., Fox)

  • "Bob's Burgers" (8:30 p.m., Fox)

  • "Family Guy" (9 p.m., Fox)

  • "The Good Wife" (9 p.m., CBS)

  • "Revenge" (9 p.m., ABC)

  • "American Dad" (9:30 p.m., Fox)

  • "The Mentalist" (10 p.m., CBS)

  • "Eastbound & Down" (10 p.m., HBO)