TV picks for Jan. 3-5: 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Downton Abbey,' Jimmy Fallon, 'The Good Wife'

  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 1:31 PM
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Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Allen Leech as Branson in Season 4 of “Downton Abbey.” NICK BRIGGS • Carnival Film and Television Ltd.

Keeping it in the family

Nick Offerman and guest star Megan Mullally bounce well off each other in two classic repeats of “Parks and Recreation” (9 p.m. Fri., Esquire). That may be because the two have been married since 2003 and reportedly spend part of their summer at a Minnesota cabin. We’re still waiting for an invite to a fish fry. Until then, we’ll settle for these hilarious reruns.

Stardust memories

Before packing up his crates and moving to “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon is looking back on five years of memories in “The Best of ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ Primetime Special” (8 p.m. Sun., KARE, Ch. 11). Expect a heavy emphasis on skits and musical spoofs, which have become the former “SNL” star’s specialty.

Hard rock

“The Good Wife” (8 p.m. Sun., WCCO, Ch. 4) returns — and the short break did nothing to cool tempers. Alicia (Julianna Margulies) represents a rock band, and across the aisle is none other than former lover/law partner Will (Josh Charles). Something tells me a settlement is out of the question.

To the manor born

Get those crumpets out of the oven. It’s time for Season 4 of “Downton Abbey” (8 p.m. Sun., TPT, Ch. 2), which promises another run of one outrageous turn after another. It’s a particularly rich year for Laura Carmichael’s Lady Edith. To get her thoughts and a review, see Sunday’s Variety section.

Neal Justin

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