Labor Day is as good a time as any to watch a film about hard work. “POV” (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) presents the documentary “Farmsteaders,” which follows a young dairy farmer and his family who decide to buck the trend toward giant corporate farms and live off the land like his ancestors.
Filmed over five years, “Farmsteaders” follows Nick Nolan, who decided to revive his late grandfather’s farm in southeast Ohio with the help of his hard-working wife, six children and various dogs and cats.
As much as the Nolans romanticize their decision, dairy farming is terrifically hard work, made much more so by the growth of corporate giants that can easily out-compete the Nolans and their 16 cows. To survive, the family turns to cheese-making, adding new expenses and debts, as well as sales opportunities.
Director Shaena Mallett brings a special perspective to the film. Having grown up on a family farm, she knows the natural cycles of rural life. Seasons come and go, and cows must be milked two times a day, no matter what. Are these the rhythms of nature? Or a crushing grind?
This beautiful and elegiac work leaves that for viewers to decide. Over the course of a quickly passing hour, it captures the Nolans’ young brood as they grow like weeds before our eyes. It doesn’t shy away as the wrinkles multiply on their mother’s face, a testament as much to the unceasing toil as the passing years.
• Films about Hollywood producers and beautiful women are hardly new, or rare, but the 2019 documentary “Untouchable,” streaming today on Hulu, flips the script. Actresses, including Rosanna Arquette (“The Executioner’s Song”), Paz de la Huerta (“Boardwalk Empire”), Erika Rosenbaum (“Brooklyn”) and others are not here to promote their next movie or TV project, but to describe, often in painful detail, their experiences with disgraced Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein.
They not only make allegations of intimidation and rape at the hands of a man who behaved like a gangster, but of the harrowing aftermath of being violated, of years and decades of shame.
In addition to these first-person accounts, “Untouchable” explores the system that allowed Weinstein to evade consequences, and justice, for so many years.
Tonight’s other highlights
• Something called “Labor Day Weekend Movie Event Celebration” (8 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G) counts down “the best” of the channel’s original summer romance movies.
• “Drain the Oceans: Thai Cave Rescue” (9 p.m., National Geographic, TV-PG) uses high-tech imaging and drones to survey the scene of a remarkable feat.
• Chester faces hostility wherever he travels on “The Terror” (9 p.m., AMC, TV-14).
• A client’s connections don’t help matters on “Bull” (10 p.m., CBS, R, TV-14).
• A mission for mom on “Grand Hotel” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
• Dud insists on his Mexican scheme on “Lodge 49” (10 p.m., AMC, TV-14).
• A race car driver (Dean Jones) takes the wheel of an enchanted Volkswagen in the 1968 comedy “The Love Bug” (9:45 p.m., TCM, TV-G). Directed by Robert Stevenson, whose live-action Disney films include “That Darn Cat” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.”
A torch is passed on “The Neighborhood” (8 p.m., CBS, R, TV-PG) ... Obstacles abound on “American Ninja Warrior” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... Two hopefuls face elimination on “So You Think You Can Dance” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) ... A shocking exit unfolds on “Bachelor in Paradise” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Illusionists audition on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (8 p.m., CW, R, TV-PG) ... Leonard’s apology tour on “The Big Bang Theory” (8:30 p.m., CBS, R, TV-PG).
A fight at the museum on “Young Sheldon” (9 p.m., CBS, R, TV-PG) ... On two helpings of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (CW, R, TV-14), Keegan-Michael Key (9 p.m.), Jeff Davis (9:30 p.m.) ... Tammy’s big night on “Mom” (9:30 p.m., CBS, R, TV-14) ... “Dateline” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” and “Lights Out With David Spade” are pre-empted ... “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS, R) visits Haiti.
Tiffany Haddish, Jared Harris and Smashing Pumpkins are booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS, R) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Will Ferrell, Lil Rel Howery and Natalie Merchant on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC, R).
Michael Che, Alison Brie, Torche and Nate Smith visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC, R) ... Renee Zellweger, Ben Kingsley and Oliver Tree appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS, R).