Post-Apocalypse
Or La Familia?

Both TV shows promise high-stakes drama, but which one is worth your hour? SheKnows takes a closer look at both shows airing tonight.

The Revolution begins tonight on NBC

Revolution takes place 15 years after a worldwide blackout and follows a young woman named Charlie who carries a crossbow (The Hunger Games, anyone?). What's intriguing here is who (or what) could possibly be behind such a sinister end to technology and how this determined youth will survive in a violent landscape of doomsday America.

The sequences where America goes dark and the freeways are gridlocked with dead cars both have a cinematic appeal and promise some intense conflict. Images of Chicago icons like Wrigley Field overgrown with ivy invoke chills.

Producer J.J. Abrams knows his sci-fi and is a master at telling intriguing stories with a strong visual appeal. The question is, does NBC's Revolution have the legs of Lost?

The Mob Doctor airs tonight on Fox

A show like The Mob Doctor was bound to hit television sooner or later with its Sopranos-meets-ER premise. Fox's gangster story set in a hospital promises life-or-death drama, but the show's success will depend on the doctor herself.

Gifted surgeon Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) finds herself indebted to the mob. As a doctor, she swore an oath to do no harm but becomes conflicted when helping criminals may be compromising the public's safety.

Grace is a compelling example of a character straddling the line between right and wrong, lingering in the gray zone and constantly recalibrating her moral compass. If the audience can get behind her 100 percent, the show will be a winner.

Which show you will be watching tonight?

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