Best bets on TV this week

Monday

“An Apology to Elephants” is a moving and revelatory documentary that traces our long history with the magnificent creatures and examines the abuse man has inflicted on them over the years. Lily Tomlin narrates. 7 p.m., HBO.

Tuesday

Tony and Ziva (Cote de Pablo, Michael Weatherly) fans should enjoy tonight’s episode of “NCIS.” The two share a slow dance while hunting her father’s killer in Germany. Can a major smooch be far behind? 8 p.m., CBS.

Is your financial future in peril? “The Retirement Gamble” is a new “Frontline” installment that raises troubling questions about the security of our IRA and 401K plans. Shudder. 10 p.m., PBS.

Wednesday

Big, bearded Kahunas? On the season finale of “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertsons head off on a Hawaiian vacation. Just the thought of those dudes in swimwear makes us giggle. 10 p.m., A&E.

Thursday

On “The Vampire Diaries,” we get our first look at what could be a spinoff of the popular series. The “pilot” has Klaus (Joseph Morgan) heading for New Orleans on a tip that a cabal of witches is plotting to take him down. 8 p.m., The CW.

Friday

Is this the end for “Happy Endings”? The sitcom closes out its season with back-to-back episodes, the first of which features quest appearances by Megan Mullally and Michael McKean. After that, the “bubble” show faces an uncertain future. 8 p.m., ABC.

Saturday

The amazing new game show, “Bet On Your Baby,” continues as parents challenge their little rugrats to do things like catch a beach ball and make animal sounds. Yes, people. That’s actually a show. 8 p.m., ABC.

Chuck Barney

Contra Costa Times

More in Life

Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

GET OUT Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas… Continue reading

Relationship do’s and don’ts: Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Paul Schoenfeld reflects on what he’s learned about relationships after four decades with his wife.

Making it through the holidays on 4 legs and 4 wheels

1. Driving safety Here are some travel tips from the Red Cross… Continue reading

The top 10 albums of 2017: From Jay-Z to St. Vincent

This year saw an upward trend in music industry revenue due to the popularity of streaming services.

Snohomish County book calendar

Jennifer Wilhoit Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 13, Edmonds Bookshop Wilhoit will… Continue reading

Most Read