Blinding you with science

One of Hollywood’s most successful but maddeningly sporadic film directors has found a new way to procrastinate with “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,” a limited docu-series determined to showcase every movie from the genre short of “My Stepmother Is an Alien.” You won’t learn much, but it’s fun to observe earthlings like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott talk shop with Cameron.

9 p.m. Monday, AMC

Guise and dolls

“Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie” is both a tell-all biography of the intensely private superstar and a fascinating study of how a corporation rolls the dice to adapt to changing times. Director Andrea Nevins takes full advantage of behind-the-scenes access to the Mattel public-relations team as it launches the legendary doll’s new look.

Now streaming on Hulu

A worthy opponent

Michael J. Fox, who reportedly is recovering nicely from spinal surgery, plays a politically motivated prosecutor in the last few episodes of “Designated Survivor,” a drama that sorely needs his star presence. Kiefer Sutherland has always been fine as the accidental president, but it’s great fun to see him square off against a bona fide star who seems to get a kick out of playing against type.

9 p.m. Wednesday, KSTP, Ch. 5

Neal Justin