The beauties from <i>Beauty and the Geek Australia</i>.

The beauties from Beauty and the Geek Australia.

Beauty and the Geek Australia, Channel Seven, 8pm

THE makeovers are the favourite part of this series for me and many others, so spinning them out over two eps works. Tonight it's the turn of Jason, Rich, Chard and Yiran. But before we get there, work needs to be done. The girls must be tutored in geography and, while I know it's wrong, their abject ignorance actually made me laugh out loud. Meanwhile, the challenge for the boys centres around their interpersonal skills, and I've always found something genuinely sweet about these men trying to negotiate their first boy-girl relationships. What a terrifying prospect, but how kindly and sensibly the girls steer them away from ''pick-up'' lines such as ''You're so hot you de-nature my proteins'' and on to a more productive path. When the boys are finally sent on their dates it's not what they - or we - expect.

Redfern Now, ABC1, 8.30pm

THIS second ep isn't quite as strong as the first. It doesn't have quite the light and shade, quite the power, quite the same deftness in the script or performances. But it's still a fabulous hour of drama. It's dominated by Coral (Tessa Rose), a cantankerous ''aunty'' who shows little patience with the local louts and layabouts, isn't afraid to let them know, and is even less afraid to voice her profoundly un-PC and sometimes outright racist views. One of the terrific things about this series is the way it simultaneously showcases the unique aspects of urban indigenous life and highlights the common ground all of us share, and I'm pretty sure most of us have an acerbic, know-it-all elder in the family such as Coral. This is also a story of young love, featuring NIDA and WAAPA graduate Shari Sebbens and impressive new kid Rhimi Johnson Page.

The Unbelievable Truth, Channel Seven, 9.30pm

THESE panel shows stand or fall on the talent behind the desk - and in tonight's ep, The Unbelievable Truth really fires. Lining up to deceive their panelmates are Scott Dooley, Celia Pacquola, Stephen K. Amos and Julian Morrow, and what a fine job they do of it on subjects from Barbies and motorcycles to cakes and stars.

Cougar Town, Channel Seven, 11.30pm

I FINALLY figured out what bothers me about Cougar Town. It's not so much the weird cocktail of mean, dumb people who care deeply about each other. That transgressive dynamic has fuelled sitcoms for years (Married with Children, for instance). And Cougar Town is actually a polished piece, handling its running gags deftly and letting its characters develop beyond their one-liners. No. What really bothers me about Cougar Town is the way it celebrates narcissism, from the opening moments of season one, when a physically perfect Jules (Courteney Cox) pinches disconsolately at her thighs, to tonight's ep where the big through-line is the utter self-obsession of both Jules and Ellie (Christa Miller). The kindest reading is it's satirising contemporary culture's ''me'' agenda. Except we're obviously supposed to adore Jules, and god knows millions do.

CSI: Miami, Channel Nine, 9.30pm

IF YOU tune in to any of the CSI franchises expecting a gritty crime thriller, you're bound to be disappointed. But there's no doubt the various series have created their own universe, and none more so than Miami. There's David Caruso's Horatio Caine for starters, a character so distinctively mannered and larger than life he's been parodied on Sesame Street. There's the rhythms of the dialogue, a combination of in-your-face exposition and terrible gags and puns. (I thought in this ep - all about stables - that they'd missed their chance for a ''roll in the hay'' gag, but no, they went there.) There's the technology, which despite its superpowers, presents as just one step up from Dexter on Perfect Match. And there's the structure, which leads us red herring by red herring to the shocking reveal of the perp in the closing 90 seconds. Tonight's instalment will not disappoint.