Keep the laughs coming

The special may be called "Howie Mandel's All-Star Comedy Gala," but the draw here isn't the host; it's his impressive guest list, which includes Alonzo Bodden, Tom Papa, Russell Peters and Iliza Shlesinger, standups who deserve more attention. Papa, a Twin Cities favorite, will perform Feb. 3 at the Woman's Club in Minneapolis.

7 p.m., WUCW, Ch. 23

Meet the parents

It's great to watch "This Is Us" explode, but I wish audiences had shown as much love for "Parenthood," another tender, smartly crafted family drama that NBC aired for five years. Fortunately, UP regularly shows repeats of the series, giving a new crop of viewers a chance to go on an even more sentimental journey.

7 p.m., UP

Honoring King

Those looking for a unique way to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day can check out a 1967 episode of "The Merv Griffin Show" featuring the civil rights leader along with Harry Belafonte. No one will ever mistake Griffin for Charlie Rose, but his casual approach to interviewing may provide new perspective on a figure not exactly known for his softer side.

7 p.m., GetTV

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