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The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

The Inbetweeners
Brisk and bawdy, this comedy series from Britain follows the travails and occasional triumphs of a bright teenager who has had the misfortune of being transferred from an elite private school to a regular suburban high school, where his brains make him a tempting target. An American version is reportedly in the works for ABC. Monday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m., BBC America

American Experience: Wyatt Earp
In Western lore, Wyatt Earp became a symbol of law, order, and the settlement of the frontier. But American Experience reveals that the real man was far more complex. Though he and his fellow lawmen won the storied Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, they were forced to flee by allies of the three troublemakers they’d killed. Haunted to the end of his days by the aftermath, he longed for vindication that would come only after his death. Monday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union

The third season of this satire series, in which Ullman plays a variety of comic characters, proves she has more energy and edge than ever. This year, she tackles such topics as Bernie Madoff’s scams, Internet addiction, and airport security, and impersonates Rachel Maddow, Barney Frank, and Christiane Amanpour. Monday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 p.m., Showtime

24/7 Jimmie Johnson: Race to Daytona
The newest permutation of HBO’s enjoyable 24/7 franchise is a four-week series that will follow reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Johnson and his crew as they prepare for the 2010 Daytona 500 on Feb. 14. The Feb. 16 finale will chronicle the race itself. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 10 p.m., HBO

A Family Is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration
This thoroughly charming documentary looks at family in all its forms—traditional, adoptive, and mixed heritage, as well as those led by single parents, same-sex parents, and grandparents—through the eyes of children themselves. Musical performances by Ziggy Marley, They Might Be Giants, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Elizabeth Mitchell, and others punctuate the interviews. Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., HBO

Other highlights

Damages
Glenn Close and Rose Byrne return as this legal thriller series begins its third season, which will feature appearances by Campbell Scott, Martin Short, and Lily Tomlin. Monday, Jan. 25, at 10 p.m., FX

La La Land
In this new series, English comedian Marc Wootton portrays three strivers recently arrived in Los Angeles: a talentless actor, a pretentious documentary filmmaker, and a flamboyant psychic. Monday, Jan. 25, at 11 p.m., Showtime

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards
Leading nominees Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and the Black Eyed Peas are among the scheduled performers at the annual ceremonies of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Sunday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m., CBS

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