“Naked Science” (National Geographic Channel 8 p.m.) NGC gets all us closet pyromaniacs in the holiday mood by exploring the science of fireworks.
1939 (TCM 8 p.m.) Turner Classic explores the cinematic year many consider the best in the history of Hollywood. Among the films released that year: Gone With the Wind; The Wizard of Oz; The Women; Ninotchka; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Of Mice and Men; Wuthering Heights; and Stagecoach. Stick around after the documentary for a few prime examples from the year in question.
“Margaret Cho: Beautiful” (Showtime 9 p.m.) The Korean-American comedian tackles body issues, human sexuality and other funny stuff.
“Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) I hope this makes all you right-wing conservative Republicans happy in the wake of ABC’s daring to give President Obama one whole hour of network television time to answer questions from the American people about the future of health care. See, not everyone in the liberal media is under the thumb of the ecoterrorist, Christian-bashing, blame-America socialist movement. ... Just some of us.
“Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (KOB-4 8 p.m.) Rob Thomas, Jewel, Kenny Chesney, Katharine McPhee, Jordin Sparks and the cast of Broadway’s West Side Story sing their little hearts out while things explode.
1776 (TCM 8:15 p.m.) The Declaration of Independence is so much more interesting when it’s sung, Broadway-style.
“The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” (KRQE-13 9 p.m.) Neil Diamond is the special guest. What are the odds he’ll haul out “America”?
Angel and the Badman (Hallmark 7 p.m.) “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here” winner Lou Diamond Phillips takes over for John Wayne? What could go wrong?
“The Great Debate” (VH1 8 p.m.) VH1 dedicates a portion of its prime-time broadcast to an exploration of parliamentary procedure and how it affects today’s political ... oh, no, wait. This is just another one of those talking-head clip/commentary shows. This one features snarky D-list comedians and celebrities tackling pop cultural arguments like “The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?” and “Ginger or Mary Ann?”
“The Great American Road Trip” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) It’s like “The Amazing Race,” only, um ... help me out here, NBC.
“Warehouse 13” (SyFy 7 p.m.) Your basic Mulder-
“10 Things I Hate About You” (ABC Family 7:05 p.m.) The high school-set 1999 retooling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is itself retooled as a weekly sitcom.
“Time Team America” (KNME-5 7 p.m.) In my world, Time Team America would wear blue spandex outfits, party with King Tut and punch Hitler in the nose. Often. But since this is PBS, Time Team America is just a bunch of scientists who research important archaeological sites.