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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday

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Garfunkel and Oates 10 p.m., IFC

I’m pretty excited about this one. I enjoy IFC’s comedy vibe (especially “Portlandia”) and I love the online videos that I’ve seen by this comedy-musical duo, who are a little bit like Flight of the Conchords. Riki Lindhome is Garfunkel (right) and Kate Micucci is Oates, both named after famous second bananas, and they have been performing together for years. Some of their dirty-pop-folk songs include “Pregnant Women Are Smug” and “Accidental Slut.” The show is a sitcom peppered with musical interludes.

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Welcome to Sweden 9 p.m., NBC

Greg Poehler delivers a classic fish-out-of-water sitcom, but it’s done charmingly, with an oddball rhythm all its own. The show was recently renewed by NBC, so it will have a chance to grow a bit. What I like best about it is the presence of Lena Olin as Viveka, the fierce mother of the beautiful Emma. Poehler’s Bruce tries very hard to win her over, but the lady does not suffer fools easily. It’s so great to see Olin stretching her comedy muscles here. Pictured (from left): Patrick Duffy, Poehler, Josephine Bornebusch, Olin, and Claes Mansson.

#CandidlyNicole 10 p.m., VH1


Working the Engels 9:30 p.m., NBC

Andrea Martin mugs you.

Party Down South 10 p.m., CMT

Starring Rhett Marino and Scarlett Mullally?

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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