"An Apology to Elephants," as you might guess from the title, is not pro-circus.
It's not totally anti-zoo, however.
Narrated by actress Lily Tomlin -- who introduces herself by saying, "I'm Lily Tomlin, and I love elephants -- this short HBO documentary, which premieres at 7 p.m. Monday, delves into the methods used on elephants in captivitiy, starting when they're just babies, to train them to do the tricks many of us grew up accepting as a form of entertainment. It also visits a sanctuary for elephants in California.
There's also some truly beautiful footage of elephants living as nature intended. ("What is the problem with the elephant in the room?" asks one expert. "The room.")
If, like Tomlin, you love elephants, you won't want to miss this.
You may also want to check out:
-- "Rectify" (9 p.m., Sundance Channel). Sundance's first wholly owned original scripted series stars Aden Young as a man freed from prison after 19 years on Death Row when DNA evidence casts doubt on his guilt. His is a beautiful performance in a show full of great ones. (For more on the show, which has a two-hour premiere, see my review in Monday's Daily News.)
-- "Revolution" (10 p.m., NBC 10). I haven't seen this new episode yet, but love the title: "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."