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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Thursday

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Wilfred 10 p.m., FX

I’m still loving this comedy, but so many people — including dog people — who’ve watched on my recommendation haven’t liked it. So I guess it’s a little culty, and the raunch can be offensive to more refined tastes. Oh well, they’re all wrong. This season, “Wilfred” has taken a turn toward the serious as the writers have zeroed in on the mythology of Wilfred’s presence in Ryan’s life. The humor is still there; Wilfred’s “crush” on a visiting dog in heat last week was hysterical, if you know dogs. And the fact that the baby who’s making Wilfred jealous is named Joffrey — the demonic kid in “Game of Thrones” — is perfect and clever, if you see things from Wilfred’s point of view. But the guest-starring comics are gone and the psychodynamics have begun to dominate. Elijah Wood has done an interestingly stylized job of portraying the inner turmoil of an introvert struggling with self-loathing. He has the face of a sad clown in a silent movie. Pictured: Wood (left) as Ryan and Jason Gann as Wilfred.

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Owner’s Manual 10:30 p.m., AMC

On each episode of this new show, reality personalities Marcus Hunt (right) and Ed Sanders (left) tackle some new piece of machinery or technology. Hunt reads the instruction manual, Sanders doesn’t. Who does better? Who cares? Tonight, the guys try to brew beer.

Attack of the Celebrity Bikinis 10 p.m., E!

Tan Mom, because she likes to megadose Vitamin D.

Eat, Drink, Love 10 p.m., Bravo

And pray for rock ’n’ roll.

Hollywood Game Night 9 p.m., NBC

Jerry Fe – oh hell, Turtle.

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