Tune in Tonight: Netflix documentary recalls bank robbing legend

Now streaming on Netflix, the true-crime documentary “How to Rob a Bank” recalls an outlaw legend. While the title sounds like a how-to instructional film, it features a larger- and stranger-than-life character who bedeviled financial institutions and the police in the Pacific Northwest during the 1990s.

Inspired by the action movies of the time, Scott Scurlock used props, costumes and heavy makeup to hide his identity. Committing 19 major robberies over the years, his costumes and audacity earned him the nickname “Hollywood.” Adding to his legend, he created an elaborate treehouse lair and hideaway.

“Rob” interviews friends and accomplices of Scurlock as well as the authorities who tracked his actions and eventually captured two of his fellow bandits after a shootout.

Not to give too much away, but Scurlock ended his own life rather than face incarceration — a Hollywood ending of sorts. At the same time, by writing the end of his own heist movie, Scurlock robbed Hollywood of a character-driven story worthy of sequels. In some ways, Scurlock’s brazen efforts and his personal mastery over what he referred to as his “tribe” of fellow robbers mirrors the Bodhisattva character played by Patrick Swayze in the memorable 1991 thriller “Point Break.”

— Now streaming on Max, the documentary miniseries “Six Schizophrenic Brothers” (11 p.m., Discovery, TV-14) returns to reality TV’s dubious obsession with big families. Anyone with a brain (and one might argue, a soul) could see that the “stars” of exploitational fare like “Jon & Kate Plus 8” and “19 Kids and Counting” would come to bad ends.

And they were right.

“Six Schizophrenic Brothers” follows the Gavins, a couple eager to start an “All-American” family in Colorado Springs. Their dreams begin to unravel when one of their sons’ behavior changes suddenly and dramatically. And over the years, they discover that six of their 12 children suffer from mental illness.

Turning people’s psychological problems into entertainment is nothing new. A&E’s “Hoarders” has been doing it for years. But “Six” blends that exploitation indifference with the disastrous “big family” genre described above.

It’s not entirely clear what “Six” is supposed to offer, except disturbing voyeurism — the Discovery “brand.”

— TCM will spend every Monday in June highlighting great film composers.

When Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (8 p.m., TV-PG) appeared in 1960, it suggested a radical departure. His masterpieces of the late 1950s, “Vertigo” and “North by Northwest,” were lush Technicolor efforts. In contrast, “Psycho” was presented in black-and-white and resembled low-budget episodes from the director’s anthology TV show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

But all three movies had one thing in common. They had all been scored by Bernard Herrmann, who provided each with a signature sound. To this day, nearly 65 years later, the shrill, screaming strings from “Psycho” still conjure terror and madness. I’ve been to baseball stadiums where the “Psycho” score was used to rattle incoming relief pitchers.

Curiously, it was Hitchcock’s next movie that marked a genuine break. Carefully read, the opening titles credit Herrmann as a “sound advisor.” But “The Birds” (1963) evoked terror with only the recordings of squawks, cackles and flapping wings. In a shocking move, Hitchcock dispensed with a musical score entirely.

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

— A fetching farmer receives mysterious missives in the 2022 romance “14 Love Letters” (7 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G).

— “American Ninja Warrior” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

— The Florida Panthers host the Edmonton Oilers in the 2024 Stanley Cup Finals (8 p.m., ABC).

— “Antiques Roadshow” (8 p.m., PBS, r, TV-G, check local listings) spends three hours in Chicago.

— A dead Marine’s body sparks a manhunt on “NCIS” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG).

— A naval officer vanishes on “NCIS: Hawai’i” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

— Jane Lynch hosts the third season finale of “Weakest Link” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

CULT CHOICE

After a decade of stunt-casting disaster movies like “Airport” (1970), the 1980 comedy “Airplane!” (10 p.m., Pop, TV-PG) had plenty to parody. In addition to stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty, it featured dozens of cameos, from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Ethel Merman, many cast wildly against type.

SERIES NOTES

On two episodes of “The Neighborhood” (CBS, r, TV-PG): a community fund-raiser (8 p.m.); friends bicker (8:30 p.m.) … “Name That Tune” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) … Patton Oswalt hosts “The 1% Club” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT

Jimmy Fallon welcomes Steve Carell, Amandla Stenberg and Carly Pearce on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) … Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Theo James visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) … Taylor Tomlinson hosts “After Midnight” (12:35 a.m., CBS).