“Gotham” comes to an end on Fox. And “Shrek Forever After” is on Freeform.
What’s on TV
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.”
SHREK FOREVER AFTER (2010) 9 p.m. on Freeform. The original “Shrek” arrived 18 years ago, when audiences first watched the Gingerbread Man (Conrad Vernon) spit in the face of the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) and say “Eat me!” That animated family movie birthed a franchise that ended (at the time) with this fourth installment. Mike Myers voices the big green ogre Shrek, who returns with Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and the many fairy-tale characters who populate their universe. The villain in this one is Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn).
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (2018) Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Spider-Man is reimagined as Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), a Brooklyn boy, in this well-received animated film. The story involves the convergence of spider-somethings from alternate universes, including Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), a Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld) and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage). “The original Spider-Man, an upwardly striving, working-class New York kid, was also a child of the ’60s, a beacon to outsiders and rebels of every color and background, an instinctive democrat and a natural pluralist,” A. O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. “More recently, Marvel, in print, movies and television adaptations, has tried to make inclusiveness a central aspect of fan culture and corporate practice. ‘Spider-Verse’ accomplishes this without awkwardness, preening or preaching.”
THE SHIPMENT Rent on OntheBoards.tv. The library of this streaming service is filled with filmed theater shows, many of them from audacious New York artists. A good place to start is this 2009 production of a comedy by Young Jean Lee, which subverts racist clichés for smart laughs. Also on the service: “Whatever, Heaven Allows,” a beer-slathered mash-up of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and Douglas Sirk’s “All That Heaven Allows” from the downtown theater stalwarts Radiohole.