Best TV bets (Feb. 16)


"The Middle"

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) tries to find a suitable friend for the socially challenged Brick. Sue sneaks into an R-rated movie with her friend Carly after Mike forbids her to see it. 7 p.m., ABC and KAKE, Channel 10.

"Mr. Sunshine"

Crystal (Allison Janney) holds a contest for employee of the year, despite having secretly already chosen a winner. Ben (Matthew Perry) must cater to the needs of teen heartthrob Eli White (guest star Joe Jonas), who is scheduled to perform at the arena, while keeping his staff from being distracted by the bogus contest. 8:30 p.m., ABC and KAKE, Channel 10.

Reality TV

"American Idol"

In a two-hour episode, the action shifts to Hollywood as judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler continue their search for America's next musical superstar. 7 p.m., Fox and KSAS, Channel 4/24.

"Top Chef"

The chefs are challenged to get in touch with their inner children as they try to make a cookie that pleases special "Sesame Street" guests Cookie Monster, Telly and Elmo for the quickfire challenge. 9 p.m., BRAVO, Channel 61.


"Criminal Minds"

The members of the BAU head to upstate New York to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances. Prentiss receives troubling news about a former Interpol colleague. 8 p.m., CBS and KWCH, Channel 12.

"Off the Map"

After robbers hit the clinic, it is left without any medication. Otis (Jason George) must confront his personal demons to save a patient. Ryan (Rachelle Lefevre) meets a young patient who has a disease Ryan is all too familiar with. 9 p.m., ABC and KAKE, Channel 10.

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) tries to help an old friend (guest star Debra Messing), host of a TV series, after she starts receiving personal threats, but Sonya may be too personally involved to be effective as she collaborates on the investigation with Olivia and Fin. 9 p.m., NBC and KSNW, Channel 3.



The new episode, "Crash of Flight 447," examines the 2009 crash of an Air France flight, in which questions still remain about the airplane's flight path straight into a deadly storm. 8 p.m., PBS and KPTS, Channel 8.


"Iron Man"

Munitions magnate Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, takes on villains bent on world domination. 6 p.m., FX, Channel 31.

"My Favorite Year"

Peter O'Toole was nominated for a 1983 best actor Oscar for his work in this slapstick salute to the golden age of TV. 7 p.m., TMC, Channel 54.


College Basketball

Louisville at Cincinnati, 7 p.m., ESPN, Channel 32.

Duke at Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN2, Channel 33.

Oklahoma State at Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN, Channel 32.