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Critic’s Corner, Friday July 20

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Portlandia: The Brunch Special  11 p.m., IFC

This return to “Portlandia” is a director’s cut of last season’s finale, which was built around Fred and Carrie’s visit to a very popular brunch restaurant called Fisherman’s Porch. It also includes a mockumentary about the director’s search for marionberry pancakes. This sweet series got a lot of press last season, which may have created impossible expectations. Don’t come looking for a laugh riot — maybe just a laugh quarrel. The show is built on low-key comedy that affectionately teases people who have liberal obsessions. Pictured: Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen.

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40 Funniest Fails  9 and 10 p.m., VH1

Reality TV is largely fueled by schadenfreude, when people take pleasure in the misfortunes of others. The phenomenon goes back to “Candid Camera,” but right now it’s at a peak. This two-parter offers no subtlety in the schadenfreude department, airing a series of botches by both “real” folks (a karate master who tries but can’t break bricks) and famous people (Ryan Seacrest, who threw an awkward high-five to an “American Idol” contestant). I hope the show is just awful. Pictured: Seacrest.

King of Dirt  9 p.m., DIY

Not including Harvey Levin.

My Babysitter’s a Vampire  8:30 p.m., Disney

And I’m a well-behaved blood bag.

Say Yes to the Dress  9 and 9:30 p.m., TLC

Or forever hold your fleece.

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