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TV highlights for the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2. All times are Eastern; check local listings.

SUNDAY - 10/27

The Simpsons (FOX, 7-9 p.m.): It's nonstop Simpsons! This cartoon marathon includes one new Halloween episode (at 9:30 p.m.), as well as repeats of "The 138th Episode Spectacular" and "22 Short Films About Springfield."

3rd Rock From the Sun (NBC, 8-8:30 p.m.): Politics is in the air as former "Saturday Night Live" writer and cast member Al Franken pays a visit to TV's funniest aliens. The otherworldly ones get a lesson in democracy when Harry (French Stewart) runs for a city-council seat against an unscrupulous politician (Franken).

Boston Common (NBC, 8:30-9 p.m.): The election theme continues when Wyleen (Hedy Burress) runs for class president with brother Boyd (Anthony Clark) as her manager. For advice, he looks to political consultant James Carville, guest starring as himself.

EZ Streets (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): CBS is proving to viewers bored with this season's lackluster lineup that good things come to those who wait. The powerful "EZ Streets" joins the midseason roster as a compelling heavy-hitter. Jason Gedrick ("Murder One") stars as an ex-con desperately trying to go straight and Ken Olin ("thirtysomething") as a cop trying to track down his partner's murderer.

Joe Pataliano gets top marks for his performance as Johnny Murtha, a crime boss determined to claw his way to the top. And Marc Isham's gorgeous Celtic score wins this year's prize for best soundtrack. But be warned: The violence can be potent. (Starting Wednesday, "EZ Streets" will air 10-11 p.m.)

r MONDAY - 10/28

Vote for Me: Politics in America (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): This program takes the focus off presidential politics and shows what it's like for average Americans to run for the half-million other elected offices. The four-part, four-hour series takes viewers inside a number of campaigns and illustrates how local culture influences politics. Included are the fiery and the feisty: "Politics is show business for ugly people," declares Oklahoma's Democratic Party leader.


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