What’s on TV
I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE 9 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. This limited series, based on Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel, stars Mark Ruffalo as the twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey. Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines”), the six-episode series follows Dominick as he tries to care for his brother, who has schizophrenia, and who cuts off his right hand in the opening scene of the book. To embody two distinctly different identical twins, Ruffalo told The New York Times that he gained 30 pounds during a six-week filming break before shooting his scenes as Thomas. As the twins deal with familial trauma and mental illness, they grapple with the messy nature of care and conflict.
CALL YOUR MOTHER 10 p.m. on Comedy Central; stream on Comedy Central platforms. It is, in fact, Mother’s Day, and this documentary is a tribute to the mothers who are often the butt of their kids’ jokes. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (“Jesus Camp,” “One of Us”), the film features Awkwafina, Fortune Feimster, Tig Notaro, David Spade and Roy Wood Jr., among others, as we meet the women who shaped them into the performers they are today. So watch it with your mother. Or give her a call? OK, fine, at the very least you could send her this article.
FIND LOVE LIVE 11 p.m. on TLC; stream on TLC platforms. To fill the dating-show-shaped void that social distancing has created, TLC has created a new way to eavesdrop on a first date. Sukanya Krishnan hosts as the designated “singleton” of the week searches for love from home. In each episode, three potential suitors will flirt with the singleton over a livestream, while viewers watch, judge and voice their opinions on social media. Once the suitor is chosen, the pair will have their first virtual meet-up on the following episode.
THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET (2018) Stream on Amazon; rent on Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. When Matt Green set out to walk every block in New York City in 2012, he thought it would take two-and-a-half years. Eight years and 9,000 miles later, he’s still not finished. Though Green was not the first to set out on this mission, this documentary, directed by Jeremy Workman, follows him as he ventures through the nooks and crannies of the city to learn its history. “His travels have turned him into an extraordinary micro-historian of the city, with expertise that spans architecture, horticulture and urban planning,” Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his Times review. “He is a connoisseur of ‘churchagogues’ (synagogues that became churches), of barbershops that use the letter ‘z’ in their signs (as in ‘cutz’ or ‘kutz’) and of informal Sept. 11 murals.”