Higher learning

Segregation still persists in "American High School," an emotionally draining four-part documentary that takes us through the hallways of a nearly all-black school in South Carolina. Jamie Foxx narrates, but the real superstar here is principal Stephen Peters, who gives hope to anyone feeling skeptical about our educational system.

8 p.m., National Geographic Channel

As tears go by

"This Is Us" seemed too maudlin to survive more than one year, an assumption that was quickly dashed by boffo ratings and award nominations. Expect the tears to flow again in this new season, featuring a guest appearance from ol' softie Sylvester Stallone.

8 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11

Making a case

Dick Wolf stretches his brand with "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders," a season-long docudrama on the trial of the Beverly Hills brothers who killed their parents in 1989. Edie Falco adds weight (and frizzy hair) to the proceedings as defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Part of the draw to the "L&O" franchise is the whodunit element, which is missing from the new series, but the stoic acting, fast-paced clip and even the "ba-bum" sound effects remain.

9 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11

Neal Justin