The unforgettable photograph “Migrant Mother” that Dorothea Lange shot for the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s perfectly captured the worry and bleak hopes the Depression brought to everyday families.
But there was more to the work of the photographer than that great image. “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning,” a lengthy documentary by her granddaughter Dyanna Taylor that debuts on “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) examines her life and remarkable work, depending quite a bit on a 1960s era interview and film. And the woman in the famous photograph, Florence Owens Thompson, was tracked down, looking like many a modern day grandmother and a little annoyed by the attention (and no remuneration) she got from that image.
He was one of the only remaining country stars with a connection to the past, so it was sad to see him stage his last concert earlier this summer in Arlington, Texas. But the show presented before 104,000 that night was captured for the rest of us in the special “George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away” (CMT, 7 p.m.) that also featured performances from Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Jason Aldean, among other guests.
A couple of standup comedy specials are on tonight, “Jim Jeffries: Bare” (Netflix, streaming) starring the Australian comic from “Legit,” recorded last year in Boston, and “Heather McDonald: I Don’t Mean to Brag” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).