ABC's Stossel explores the 'Mystery of Happiness'

Today's TV

April 15, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Happy? Care to know why or why not? Check out ABC tonight.

"Almost Perfect" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Bonnie Franklin returns as Mike's mom -- and Kim (Nancy Travis) is still not a happy camper, as the two women wage a silent war over Mike's affections. CBS.

"Deadly Web" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Stalking hits the Internet, as Gigi Rice and Ed Marinaro join forces to find the nasty computer-type who's stalking her. Man, if TV is to be believed, just about everybody's stalking somebody. NBC.

"Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In a repeat, Murphy goes to court for a traffic ticket, where the hassles and indignities pile up. CBS.

"Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America" (9 p.m.-10 p.m. and 10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- This series looks at minorities making a mark in the world of science. Two episodes tonight profile, respectively, biologists Wilfred Denetclaw Jr., Gladys Escalona and George Langford, who are studying how family and ethnic influences shape a person's career path, and Steve Grey, a Navajo trying to harness the wind to provide power for New Mexico Indian reservations. The series is narrated by Andre Braugher. PBS.

"The Mystery of Happiness" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Why are some people always happy when others would rather lose their right arm than crack a smile? What's so great about being happy, anyway? Why do we care? Reporter John Stossel struggles for some answers. Your watching this, one assumes, would make him very happy. ABC


Boston Marathon (11: 30 a.m.-3 p.m., HTS) -- Marathons may be great to compete in, but do you really want to watch 3 1/2 hours of people running?

"Remington Steele" (5 p.m.-6 p.m., repeats 8 a.m.-9 a.m. tomorrow, A&E) -- In the series pilot, Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) opens a detective agency but, figuring no one would hire a female private eye, puts a man's name on the door. Everything works fine until a would-be jewel thief (Pierce Brosnan) figures out the ruse and decides to become Remington Steele. A wonderful series, with two appealing leads, crisp writing and enough old-movie references to please even the most ardent cinephile. When you speak of this, and you will, be kind

"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E) -- Just what was it the Hatfields and McCoys were feuding about all those years? Would you believe -- a hog?

"The Iceman's World" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., The Learning Channel) -- Just who was the Iceman -- that 5,000-year-old man found frozen in an Alpine glacier in 1991? What kind of world did he live in? And how did he die? A fascinating look at a human time capsule.

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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