What are the odds of a black-and-white 1950s sitcom being funny in 2013? Extremely low — unless the sitcom is I Love Lucy. In the I Love Lucy Christmas Special (Friday, 7 p.m.), CBS offers us a holiday gift by airing two 1956 episodes, “The Christmas Episode” and “Lucy’s Italian Movie.” The only concession to modern-day audiences is colorization. Otherwise, the acting, writing and staging are for the ages..
Friday, 8 p.m. AMC
Danny is assigned to the case of a childhood friend, Mickey, who is under investigation for having ties to a mob family, according to a network description. Also, Frank gets word that crime is rising due to a judicial ruling about the legality of a “stop and frisk” policy. Friday, 10 p.m. CBS
The S.H.I.E.L.D. team tries to track down a mysterious woman who has committed numerous high-stakes heists, and a troubling secret could ruin Coulson, according to a network description. Saturday, 9 p.m. ABC
Martin and Pauline are surprised by the number of patients coming to see him on the last day before his surgery closes, and Louisa goes into labor after a car wreck, according to a network description of the episode titled “The Wrong Goodbye.” Saturday, 9 p.m. PBS
Jimmy Fallon hosts the show’s Christmas episode, and the musical guest is fan favorite Justin Timberlake. Saturday, 11:30 p.m. NBC