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Critic’s Corner: Wednesday, Sept. 4

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Luther  9 p.m., BBC America

File this under: We’ll take what we can get but we’re not happy about it. Season 3 began on Tuesday night, and it will end on Friday. That’s a four-hour season. This potent detective series, starring Idris Elba, is always tense and scary, with some of the creepiest killers on TV, but a few more hours might have made this season more effective. The high point of “Luther” is still season 1. Will Alice — played with such feline delight by Ruth Wilson — be back for more this week? I’m not telling.

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Pulp Fiction  8 p.m., AMC

Here’s the movie you’ve probably mentioned 10 times in the past few years but probably haven’t seen since its premiere almost 20 years ago in 1994. AMC is airing the influential crime drama from Quentin Tarantino, who has gotten no less annoying, and no less talented, over the decades. He won an Oscar for best screenplay. Pictured: Samuel L. Jackson.

The Andy Griffith Show  8 p.m., TV Land

Gomer gets a . . . aw, hell, who cares. It’s Gomer, people!

Marijuana Inc.  8 p.m., CNBC

Could bring handwriting back into vogue.

Wicked Attraction  8 p.m., ID

Flirting Southie style?

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