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The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of February 9, 2015

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   Gotham Monday at 8:00pm on FOX Why: Because the Scarecrow will be unmasked! Who's the Scarecrow, you ask? He's (apparently) an iconic Batman villain! Iconic! Meanwhile, a biology teacher is stealing body parts from murder victims. Eeeeesh. Gross. How very  Fringe  of them. Prepare to talk about:  How CRAZY the identity of the Scarecrow is (if you want to know without watching, click here ); why anyone would want to live in Gotham, a place where the average citizen happens to be a supervillain the making.        The Slap (Miniseries Premiere) Thursday at 8:00pm on NBC Why: Because it's NBC's attempt to tackle the Serious Issues of Today, but also because it stars nu-Spock (Zachary Quinto), Peter Sarsgaard, and Uma Thurman, among others. What a cast! What a slap (presumably)! Prepare to talk about: Is it OK to hit kids? No? What about other people's kids? No? OK! Wait, the idea that there's an argument around this subject is the whole concept of the show, so maybe you disagree and just LOVE hitting random kids. I mean, kids hit each other but that doesn't count. SPARK A CONVERSATION!     SNL 40th Anniversary Special Sunday at 8:00pm on NBC Why: All of the biggest stars (or at least the ones who are still alive, [sadface]) are coming back! Even Eddie Murphy! It could be an actual greatest hits of SNL, but LIVE! What if Buckwheat meets Debbie Downer? What if the Coneheads meet the Spartan Cheerleaders? WHAT IF WHAT IF WHAT IF? Prepare to talk about:  Expectations: were they met? (Probs not!) Which characters still hold up? Which of the dead cast members you miss the most; why there are so many dead cast members; whether the show will last another 40 years (LOL assuming we're not all dead of plague by then).     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .