What's on Thursday Prime Time TV?

Something for Everyone: Doctors, Demons, Superheroes, and More

Thursday has always been one of the most competitive nights for television and these days, there is an eclectic mix of dramas, comedies, love stories, and adventure.

You can get caught up in the medical drama at Seattle Grace. Or, check in with the villains you love to hate in Gotham. Learn the fate of Sam and Dean Winchester who fight to keep the world free from demonic evil. Or, if you can relate with having some social awkwardness, then following the lives of science geeks in Pasadena might be up your alley.

These plotlines and a few more are what make up the prime time spots on "Must See TV," the slogan coined by NBC for its shows, but frankly can extend to any Thursday night show, which is historically the most popular night of television.

NBC has been the frontrunner in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s with shows like "The Cosby Show," "Family Ties," "Cheers," "ER," "Friends" and "Seinfeld." Now, topping the most-watched charts on Thursdays are "Grey's Anatomy" on ABC and "Big Bang Theory" on CBS.

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The long-running medical drama follows the lives of interns who have now become attending surgeons at Seattle Grace. Through the years, central character Meredith Grey has weathered disaster, many mistakes, and had her share of good and bad times. Now on the same level as her mentors, who tutored her through her internship, she's part of the old guard teaching a new set of interns how to be strong, competent doctors. More »

"Supernatural" (CW, 8 p.m.)

Sam and Dean Winchester battle vampires, ghosts, demons, and all the folkloric things that go bump in the night. These bad-boy good guys are the guardians of the world against evil setting in and destroying everything humanity has developed—including themselves.

"Gotham" (FOX, 8 p.m.)

Corruption is the name of the game in Gotham City, where Jim Gordon a rising detective must play politics and dole out justice. Enter young rich orphan, Bruce Wayne, and his ascent to becoming a caped crusader. Find out why the Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, and others have become the evil villains and how Gotham is going to deal with them.

"Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 8 p.m.)

Caltech buddies and physicists know all there is to know about quantum physics, but scoring a date with a hottie is last on their list of know-how. What they may be lacking in social graces seems to be easily be remedied by the girl-next-door who helps them out in this comedy TV show.

"Superstore" (NBC, 8 p.m.)

"Superstore" is a sitcom parodying life working with a misfit crew at a big-box store in middle America. The characters mirror people you might find in the real world—a clueless boss, an ambitious rival, sickly sweet people, and the hardened, sarcastic set, too—all trying to get through a day at work.

"Chicago Fire" (NBC, 10 p.m.)

This drama from Dick Wolf fires on all cylinders offering an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America's noblest professions. The show follows the firefighters and paramedics working at Firehouse 51 of the Chicago Fire Department and shows you how an extended family is developed.