NBC | 8:00 pm

A spinoff prequel to the smash "Despicable Me" franchise, this 2015 computer-animated comedy from directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda managed to earn more at the box office than the movie comedies that spawned it, recounting the origin story of the chattering yellow characters who exist (we learn) only to serve history's most despicably villainous masters. Co-director Coffin provides the voice of the Minions; the voice cast also includes Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Michael Keaton and Jennifer Saunders. Geoffrey Rush is the narrator.