User-Generated Doc Follows Banksy’s NYC Takeover

Anonymous international street artist Banksy has become a cultural icon and household name, despite the fact that no one really knows who exactly is behind the tongue-in-cheek graffiti and installations seen across the globe.

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Banksy Does New York

Anonymous international street artist Banksy has become a cultural icon and household name, despite the fact that no one really knows who exactly is behind the tongue-in-cheek graffiti and installations seen across the globe. The 2010 Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop gave us a glimpse into the secretive artist’s world, but really ended up focusing on the eccentric Thierry Guetta, “Mr. Brainwash.” HBO’s Monday night documentary also tries to track down Banksy, this time utilizing user-generated footage of the artist’s month-long takeover of New York last year.

In Banksy Does New York (9 p.m. Monday, HBO), director Chris Moukarbel has compiled tweets, YouTube videos, Instagram photos and more to document Banksy’s recent works. In October 2013, Banksy established a residency in New York City. Of course, this was not a traditional role at a museum or gallery (though he — or she — has exhibited in more traditional art spaces like those). Instead, each day, Banksy created a new painted stencil piece, installation or “stunt” in public spaces across the city. The project inspired a scavenger hunt for Banksy fanatics and casual spectators alike, eager to find the next piece — or even track down the artist himself.


Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC) – Phil and Claire are confused by Haley and Andy’s relationship, while Gloria pushes Manny to study Spanish instead of French. Michael Urie guest-stars as a fashion designer who interviews Haley for a job.

Blackish (9:30 p.m., ABC) – When the kids act too good for Dre’s favorite old neighborhood spot for cheap eats, he tries to teach them the value of a dollar.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9 p.m., NBC) – The New York SVU detectives work with the Chicago police department to crack a child pornography case in back-to-back crossover episodes of SVU and Chicago P.D. (at 10 p.m.).

American Horror Story: Freak Show (10 p.m., FX) – Bette and Dot — now property of the Mott family (terrifying) — learn Dandy’s secret; Elsa introduces a dangerous new knife act to the show; Paul the Illustrated Seal has a secret affair.


Parenthood (10 p.m., NBC) – Adolescent heartbreak is always crushing, but when it’s Max on the bad end of a breakup, it’s war. Elsewhere, Ruby continues her descent into full-on Bad Girl and pregnancy pain brings Amber to the hospital.


Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (Premiere, Netflix) – The comedy writer and Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress offers her twist on the standard one-hour special.


Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (Premiere, 8 p.m., Lifetime) – The story of the young Hip Hop/R&B prodigy who died in a plane crash at 22, with a delicate narrative only Lifetime can bring. Break out your baggy jeans, expose your Hilfiger waistband and prepare yourself for low-budget portrayals of Timbaland, Missy Elliott, R. Kelly and more.

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Woody Harrelson hosts; Kendrick Lamar performs. Let’s hope for plenty of riffs on True Detective, the upcoming Hunger Games sequel and how much Woody’s hairline has changed since the last time he hosted — in 1989.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8:30 p.m., Fox) – An anthrax scare forces the gang into lockdown on Thanksgiving, but Jake is determined to keep morale up.

Homeland (9 p.m., Showtime) – Carrie really sets the bar for bad trips, huh?

The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) – Rick who? This episode marks the third week away from the main group that is presumably still with Father Gabriel (because of the inconsistent timelines lately, we may end up right where they left off, with Daryl and Michonne in the woods by the church). After learning Beth’s story, we now see the hunt for her from Daryl and Carol’s perspective. We know the latter will eventually end up in the hospital — is she hurt, or is this just another genius Carol escape plan? On Talking Dead at 10 p.m., Tyler James (Noah) — who I really hope doesn’t die tonight — and Alanna Masterson (Tara) join Revenge’s Emily VanCamp.


New Girl (9 p.m., Fox) – While Jess, Ryan and Coach are away at a teachers’ conference, Nick, Schmidt and Winston plan a crazy dudes’ weekend. Lisa Bonet guest-stars as a master educator and presumably the coolest teacher ever.

The Mindy Project (9:30 p.m., Fox) – Mindy mentors the hospital’s residents; Danny is compelled to read Mindy’s diary.

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