So long, social life. Our favourite TV shows are premiering/returning in the next two months, and you had best cling on to that remote.
With the plethora of options on cable/streaming these days, we all know how tough it is to be a dedicated TV show fan. Therefore, we took it upon ourselves to help you curate the ever growing list of 2016 TV premieres.
Here’s our list of TV shows that you must absolutely make time for, from now till March. Release dates are current at the time of publication.
1Jan 19: Agent Carter – Season 2
What is it? Our favourite gorgeous, ass-kicking, secretly vulnerable secret agent of the 1950’s is back! After a first strong season, which saw Peggy (Hayley Atwell) outwit SSR’s agents and heal her broken heart, she’s heading to Hollywood for a brand new adventure. The dependable Jarvis (James D’Arcy) is all ready to assist her – so long as it’s before 10pm.
Why watch? Female non-superhero, wonderful chemistry between D’Arcy and Atwell, retro glam and some of the best one-liners you’ll hear.
2Jan 19: The Flash – season 2B
What is it? Speedster Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash (Grant Gustin) is the guardian of Central City, racing through the streets to keep it safe from an ever-expanding rogues gallery.
Why watch? More of Earth Two’s doppelgangers will be popping up, including Caitlin Snow a.k.a. Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker). Will Barry tell Patty (Shantel VanSanten) who he really is? Or is he still pining for the (slightly less annoying now) Iris (Candice Patton)?
3Jan 20: Arrow – Season 4B
What is it? Brooding billionaire playboy
Bruce Wayne Batman Oliver Queen a.k.a. Arrow (Stephen Amell) protects Starling City with only his bow and arrow. Oh yes, and his ever-expanding crew of flunkies and vigilantes.
Why watch? Will Ollie get his revenge for what happened to Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards)? Can Damien Darhk (Neil McDonough) be stopped? And will we ever stop asking pointless rhetorical questions?
4Jan 21: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
What is it? Time traveller Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) assembles a motley crew of heroes and villains to take on the immortal Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), before he destroys the world and even time itself.
Why watch? If you’re a fan of Arrow and The Flash, then you’ll love this spinoff of the two series, with characters like the ever-questionable Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and The Atom (Brand Routh). Plus, there’s time travel – so it’s kinda like a Doctor Who, but with more characters.
5Jan 24: The X-Files Revival
What is it? In what must seem like an impossibility in TV land, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are finally reuniting after 13 years and 7 months. The highly anticipated 6-episode X-Files revival has landed, and the truth – not to mention aliens and conspiracies – is still out there. Or is it? Personally, I can’t wait for Scully pick up her phone and go “Mulder, Its me.” *fangirl squee*
Why watch? Which part of 13 years and 7 months did you not understand? Do note that Jan 24 is a special screening – The X-Files will continue on Jan 25 in its regular time slot.
6Feb 2: American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson
What is it? It’s the story of the almost year-long trial that shook America, and cast a very uncomfortable spotlight on race relations in the country. In 1993, all-American hero O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her lover Ronald Goldman. The media circus that followed gripped the country, and was an early precursor of reality TV.
Why watch? The show’s already gotten rave reviews, and former football star O.J. is played by a most unlikely lead: Cuba Gooding Jr, who’s come a looong way from showing you the money in Jerry Maguire. He’s supported by an all-star cast, including John Travolta, Selma Blair and David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian – yes, father of the modern-day Kardashian brood.
7Feb 14: The Walking Dead – Season 6B
What is this? The Walking Dead ended the first half of season 6 with one of the biggest cliffhangers in TV history. Be warned – “chaos, terror, heartbreak, heroics, tragedy and terror” await them when the show returns on Valentine’s Day, say the showrunners. Plus, it’s the debut of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a villain even deadlier than the Governor.
Why watch? It’s now become the biggest guilty pleasure on TV. Plus, it’s humans vs zombies. How can you not want to watch that?
8Feb 15: 11.22.63
What is it? James Franco – yes that multi-hyphenate – comes to TV in this limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel, where a teacher (Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So kinda like Mad Men meets Back To The Future then, except with a much darker tone.
Why watch? High concept period drama with some very fine actors in the cast, including Chris Cooper and Sarah Gadon. Oh, and did we mention that J.J Abrams is the executive producer?
9Feb 26: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
What is it? A TV sequel to the 2000 Oscar-winning movie, it sees Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. No Chow Yuen-fatt this time, but she’s joined by Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf. There’s no real details yet on the plot, but a sword named Green Destiny played a key role in the first movie – presumably, the same sword is in play here.
Why watch? Truth to speak, we’re a little nervous about this, mainly because it’s all going to be in English. But the action in the trailer looks AMAZING, and Donnie Yen’s on board, so the fighting should, at the very least, be satisfying.
10Feb 29: Gotham – Season 3
What is it? The continuing adventures of a pre-Batman James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), and the motley cast of villains such as Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) and of course, a very young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).
Why watch? The online speculation is that season 3 will feature a clash between Batman and The Joker…..
11Mar 4: House of Cards – Season 4
What is it? This is the series that started the trend of binge watching, with all 13 episodes released at once. While season 3 was uneven, we know that Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is running for re-election as president – and his biggest opponent may very well be the person who was formerly his biggest ally: his wife Claire (Robin Wright).
Why watch? We all know Frank’s an utter bastard, but we still find him fascinating to watch. Plus, the chemistry between him and Claire is mesmerising.
12Mar 8: Agents of Shield – Season 4
What is it? The story of the super-secret spy agency led by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Melinda May (Ming Na-wen), and the ideal platform for Marvel’s cross-promotional efforts.
Why watch? When last we saw our team of super spies, Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Coulson made it back to Earth, while Ward (Brett Dalton) was possessed by an Inhuman. What’s going to happen next?
13Mar 18: Daredevil – Season 2
What is this? With the critically acclaimed roll-out of Daredevil and Jessica Jones last year, Netflix have proven that they are the place for gritty superhero TV shows. And the story of Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), the blind lawyer with the special powers, is as compelling as they come.
Why watch? Dark, gritty story lines, great action and a very real-world sensibility in the entire series, despite the super-powered element. Plus, Matt’s about to meet his match in Elektra (Elodie Yung), the Greek assassin who brings him to some very dark places.