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Parks and RecreationThis sweet and funny comedy about various government employees in small-town Pawnee, Ind., closes out its sixth season by sending Ben, Leslie and Andy (Adam Scott, Amy Poehler and Chris Pratt) to a national parks conference in San Francisco. And even more exciting, Ron (Nick Offerman) has an encounter with his ex-wife, Tammy 2 (Offerman’s real-life spouse Megan Mullally). Season finale, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, on NBC.

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OB2_EP201_D5_00475In case you missed last Saturday’s season premiere, or worse yet, haven’t ever seen this clever, clone drama, you can jump in tonight with a repeat of the season two premiere. All the conspiracy stuff can get very complicated, but is worth watching for the amazing lead performance(s) of Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles. Seriously, this actress is amazing. 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, on BBC America.

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writersroomThis fun series that looks at the inner workings of other shows is back for a second season and is once again hosted by Academy Award-winning writer Jim Rash. This season we’ll get to look at the making of “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife,” “Sons of Anarchy” and, for tonight’s premiere, “Scandal.” Gee, do you think they’ll discuss last night’s finale? Season premiere, 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, on the Sundance channel.

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fargoThis 10-episode limited series is being billed as an “original adaptation” of the feature film. Creator Noah Hawley — with the Coen brothers’ blessing — uses the same bleak/chilly setting as the 1996 movie, but with a new crime and characters (played by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman). Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, on FX.

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‘Mom’

momChuck Lorre’s new sticom ends its freshman season with one character celebrating a year of sobriety, while another goes into labor. Initially the show  was a little off-putting — humorously dealing with teenage pregnancy, addiction and prison time — but it has become a gem due to the one-two comic punch of its leads (Anna Faris and Allison Janney). Season finale, 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, on CBS.

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turnThe network’s zombies are on hiatus until October, so it might be time to dive into the world of Revolutionary War spies in this new series. It’s based on Alexander Rose’s book “Washington’s Spies” and stars Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliott”) as a Long Island farmer who joins the Culper Ring. Last week’s premiere was complex, involving and looked gorgeous (the cinematography and design elements are first-rate). Bring on some more. 9 p.m. Sunday, April 13, on AMC.

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neighborsScott Weinger and Candace Cameron Bure (“Full House”) play visitors to the neighborhood in the season finale of this infectious comedy about aliens who live next door. It’s pretty silly stuff (the aliens take the names of sports figures), but the more-than-capable cast (Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman) can make the most ridiculous plots believable. Let’s hope ABC gives this well-written comedy a renewal for another season. No, I’m still not over the too-soon cancellation of “Happy Endings.” 8:31 p.m. Friday, April 11, on ABC.

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