If you took all the terrific shows that air on Thursday night and spread them out during the week well, we can dream, can't we?

The crowded list of can't-miss Thursday shows just grew this week with the addition of Scrubs to NBC's top-notch two-hour comedy block ( 30 Rock made its Thursday debut earlier this month), joining My Name Is Earl and The Office (which hits another home-run this week with an episode penned by the original British series' creators, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant). ABC has also potentially strengthened its hand with the addition of the Friday charmer Men in Trees to its lineup, a tasty nightcap to a first-rate lineup including the adorable Ugly Betty and the once-again-riveting Grey's Anatomy (even those fickle fans who'd been carping recently have to admit the Thanksgiving night episode was a knockout).

CBS is still a powerhouse with Survivor (which kicked into high gear Thanksgiving night as well, with its merger episode shaking up the tribe dynamic in classic form) and CSI, while Shark is growing, though not particularly on me. (In first-run, NBC's ER is still the show to beat at 10 pm/ET.) And while Fox is out of the picture for now, with The O.C. on its feeble last legs, CW has generated solid cult business for its Smallville-Supernatural tandem.

That's a week's worth of TV watching right there.

I have it a little easier than most this week, because NBC sent out advance screeners of this week's comedy block, and ABC (no fools there) at the last minute provided me a peek at tonight's Ugly Betty and Men in Trees originals. I'm glad I don't have to make the tough choices tonight. All of these shows are winners.

Here's a sampler of moments I'll remember from tonight's previewed episodes.

My Name Is Earl: Earl coaching Gay Kenny on how to be more butch, more manly, more like Earl. (Egads.) Why? The aftereffects of Brokeback Mountain. "That movie totally ruined gay life." What Earl teaches Kenny goes typically awry, when both contract gambling fever. Funniest scenes: Joy's encounters with Marlee Matlin as her lawyer (laughing at her "deaf accent") and Jonathan Slavin ( Andy Richter Controls the Universe) as Matlin's browbeaten interpreter.

The Office: Pretty brilliant throughout, but the laugh-out-loud highlights involve Jim coaching new transfer Andy on how to hit on Pam (telling him all the wrong moves, naturally). As Pam says: "That was wow."

Scrubs: Lots of great gags here, but none so memorable as the running jokes on Pop Rocks and "Bye Bye Bye" as a show-stopping ring-tone.

30 Rock: Once again, Alec Baldwin steals the show, mentoring Liz (Tina Fey) in her dead-end relationship with her "Beeper King" boyfriend (Dean Winters, returning from the Rescue Me dead). Jack to Liz: "What tragedy happened in your life that you insist upon punishing yourself with all this mediocrity?" Thankfully, very little about 30 Rock could ever be called mediocre.

Ugly Betty: I'm sorry, I just can't quit using the word adorable when I think or write about this blissful show. That very much applies to tonight's episode, much of it spun around the office holiday party, during which Betty finds herself torn between two geeks: Walter (Kevin Sussman), the loyal beau from back home in Queens; and Henry (new recurring cast member Christopher Gorham), the likably nerdy accountant from work who makes her palms sweat. What's a nice girl to do?

Men in Trees: When I finally sat down (during Thanksgiving week) to watch many of the episodes that had aired under the radar on Fridays, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much better this Alaskan-set romantic comedy had become since its pilot. The metaphors can still be a little too cutesy and obvious (this week's involve a lost dove found outside Marin's New York apartment window; and a pie baked by young Patrick that Annie is all too eager to share), but there's charm to spare in this ensemble. Even the brittle Anne Heche has grown on me. This is the first of a two-parter that finds Marin leaving Alaska to meet publishers in New York, after the first chapter of her new book was published in The New Yorker (irking Jack, the subject of the chapter). Guess who finds herself missing Alaska? And guess who finds himself missing Marin? Unpredictability is not always Men in Trees' strong suit, but there are two surprises (one involving someone who shows up unexpectedly in New York, and another unexpected arrival in Elmo) that more than whetted my appetite for next Thursday's conclusion. If you've been missing Men in Trees (and I would imagine there are many in my shoes who had let it get by them), this is a great place to start. And once this two-parter is over, Trees will repeat (on December 14) the pivotal "heat wave" episode in which Marin and Jack's relationship went to the next level and beyond (along with many other couplings among the show's appealing ensemble).