TV highlights June 22-28 

FONDA: In "Ox-Bow."
  • FONDA: In "Ox-Bow."

4:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24
AMC (Comcast Ch. 31)

A gripping and still-relevant classic of the Western genre, “The Ox-Bow Incident” gained a much-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 1943. Starring Henry Fonda, it’s the story of two cowboys caught up in a lynch mob’s quest for blood. When word arrives in town that a popular local rancher has been found dead, a mob is formed, with each man tagging along for different reasons: the hanging-obsessed drunk; the ex-Confederate wannabe, destined to make a man out of his cowardly son; the town doctor who waits until it’s too late to make a moral stand. With three strangers soon taken into custody — in possession of a large number of the dead man’s cattle, but no bill of sale — the mob decides to mete out a diabolical justice high in the mountains. Building on deep themes of community, personal responsibility and the foolishness of mob rule, “The Ox-Bow Incident” is still a great film, and worth rising before dawn to catch.

6 p.m. Saturday, June 24
Sci-Fi (Comcast Ch. 36

Though it doesn’t spend much time worrying over the numerous, obvious paradoxes involved in sending someone back in time to kill, “T2” is still a hell of a ride, even after all these years. In the sequel to the groundbreaking “Terminator,” John Connor — who will grow up to lead a future human resistance against a post-Apocalyptic race of super machines — is targeted by a time-traveling robotic killer from the future, a liquid metal superbot. Once again, however, Connor’s future self has sent back a protector: Arnold Schwarzenegger — though this time he plays the good guy instead of the heavy, as in “T1.” Can Arnie save the sole hope of the human race? Full of then-groundbreaking special effects (which added to the then-highest-ever price tag of $100 million), some amazing action sequences, and a story line that outdid even the original, “T2” is still the 500-pound gorilla of the whole time-traveling-robot-movie genre. 

A&E (Comcast Ch. 61)
7 p.m. Monday, June 26

Though it seems about as foreign to our experience and way of thinking as strapping on a bubble helmet and rocketing off to the space station, the truth is, young people — fairly decent young people — are wooed into joining the neo-Nazi skinhead movement every day. Though they join for different reasons, the results are always pretty much the same: a life centered on violence, hate and cultural paranoia, often punctuated by brushes with the law. Here, A&E follows one skinhead white supremacist group, the Alabama-based Aryan National Front. Led by forward-thinking (as forward-thinking as neo-Nazis get, anyway) leader Bill Riccio, the ANF sought to do what had been unthinkable a generation before: unite the often-factious skinheads and the Ku Klux Klan into one unholy alliance. Tune in to get a glimpse inside the shadowy, secret world of those on the frontlines of modern hate.


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