What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Gotham’ and ‘Shrek Forever After’

“Gotham” comes to an end on Fox. And “Shrek Forever After” is on Freeform.

GOTHAM 8 p.m. on Fox. Since its beginnings in 2014, this Batman origin story series has traced the transformations of a young Bruce Wayne and James Gordon into Batman and the police commissioner. The show started as an intimate crime drama, but its fifth and final season has Wayne (David Mazouz) and Gordon (Ben McKenzie) dealing with a large-scale problem: a city overrun by villains. These include standbys like Bane (Shane West) and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith). The final episode promises to complete Wayne and Gordon’s transformation, and put a cap on a dark show that has found success in resisting some of the superhero genre’s tropes. “It doesn’t matter what the other shows do,” McKenzie told The New York Times in 2017. “‘Gotham’ is taking the biggest piece of red meat in the comics world, Batman, and trying to take this one specific sliver of it and cook it really, really well and serve it to you.”

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