The Winter TV Preview You Need: A Complete Guide To The 39 Treats You’ll Want To Binge

The Bachelor. Vanderpump Rules. Westworld. Little Fires Everywhere. Elite. Netflix's first-ever African-made original series, Queen Sono. All of these shows are big swings for your favorite networks and streaming services.

And they're all premiering over the 2019-2020 winter.


The season that used to let television's buzziest series sleep is now launching some your favorite must-see comedies, dramas, and reality TV shows. You're the one left trying to organize an increasingly packed television schedule.

We're here to lend a helping hand. We've gathered all the shows you'll actually want to binge and put them in a handy chronological guide including premiere dates, premiere times, trailers, and plots. All you have to do is set your DVR or add these treats to your favorites list.

It's time to sit back with a cup of hot chocolate (or mulled wine!) and enjoy.

Dollface (Hulu)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Friday, November 15 at 12 a.m. ET

Dating is already surreal, so why not lean into it? Dollface follows the misadventures of Los Angeleno Jules (Kat Dennings), as she tries to figure out friendship and dating after five years in the warm embrace of a long-term relationship.

Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell, and Esther Povitsky sparkle as they round out Jules' crew.

The Crown (Netflix)

Season 3 

Premiere date: Sunday, November 17 at 3 a.m. ET

The monarchy stops for nothing — not even time. The third season of Netflix's most luxurious British drama follows the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s, now with Oscar-winner Olivia Colman playing Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II.

Blind Date (Bravo) 

Season 1 

Premiere date: Monday, November 18 at 11:30 p.m. ET

If there's any time to premiere a new dating show, it's during the few weeks ABC isn't airing any Bachelor universe properties.

That's where Blind Date comes in, rebooting the reality show from the '90s and aughts. This time, comedian Nikki Glaser hosts the unapologetically raunchy series, where two strangers go on a blind date.

Even the first few episodes include different ages, sexualities, races, and levels of chemistry.

Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (Netflix) 

Season 1 

Premiere date: Friday, November 22 at 3 a.m. ET

Anthology Heartstrings takes the songs you already love by country icon Dolly Parton and serves them up to you in episodic bites.

Fret not, there is a “Jolene” installment, and it's the very first one.

Harley Quinn (DC Universe)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Friday, November 29 at 6 a.m. ET

Before Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) takes the box office hostage next year, get acquainted with the DC's bad girl queen.

This Harley Quinn, from streaming network DC Universe, is an animated funhouse look at the comic book villain's attempt to become a Big Bad.

The Moodys (FOX) 

Season 1 

Premiere date: Wednesday, December 4 at 9 p.m. ET

FOX is adapting Australian comedy hit The Moodys for a three-night holiday extravaganza. The messy family sitcom stars Dennis Leary, Sharp Objects' Elizabeth Perkins, Jay Baruchel, Midnight, Texas bae Francois Arnaud, and Deadly Class alum Maria Gabriela de Faria.

V Wars (Netflix)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Thursday, December 5 at 3 a.m. ET

Remember when Ian Somerhalder was playing a hunky vampire on The Vampire Diaries? Well, now he’s playing the hunky guys hunting the vampires in V Wars. Somerhalder leads the vampire adventure series as Dr. Luther Swann, a man tasked with fixing a sudden vampire disease outbreak. 

On top of all the obvious horror of the situation, Luther is also pitted against his best friend (Arrow alum Adrian Holmes), who now leading the bloodthirsty uprising.


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime) 

Season 3 

Premiere date: Friday, December 6 at 12 a.m. ET

Midge Maisel (Emmy-winner Rachel Brosnahan) is back and bigger than ever. Season 3 follows Midge as she goes on her first massive globe-hopping tour as an established stand-up.

Sterling K. Brown, estranged marriage tensions, and countless perfect outfits are ahead.

Astronomy Club (Netflix)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Friday, December 6 at 3 a.m. ET

Sketch comedy continues to flourish at Netflix. Following the viral success of I Think You Should Leave comes Astronomy Club, an all-Black sketch series executive produced by Black-ish mastermind Kenya Barris.

The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime)

Season 1

Premiere date: Sunday, December 8 at 10 p.m. ET

Everything is getting rebooted — including seminal 2000s queer drama The L Word. While Generation Q will include some original cast members (welcome back, Katherine Moennig) the revival also features some brand-new faces. That group includes a number of cast members of color like relative newcomers Rosanny Zayas, Arienne Mandi, and Leo Sheng.

Things are about to get steamy and intersectional.

Work in Progress (Showtime)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Sunday, December 8 at 11 p.m. ET

The L Word's worthy lead-out show is Work in Progress, co-created by and starring Chicago improv star Abby McEnany, a self-described fat, queer dyke. Lilly Wachowski co-writes the series, in which McEnany plays a fictionalized version of herself trying to find happiness.

The Polician's Theo Germaine and Shrill mom/Saturday Night Live alum Julia Sweeney also star.

The Witcher (Netflix)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Friday, December 20 at 3 a.m. ET

Technically, Netflix's blockbuster-y push into high fantasy is about the story of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a lonely and hunky monster hunter in a magical realm.

However, all anyone will be talking about come The Witcher's premiere is Henry Cavill's bum in his monster fighting leather pants.

You (Netflix)

Season 2 

Premiere date: Thursday, December 26 at 3 a.m. ET

You is one of modern TV's greatest success stories. The stalker drama premiered in September 2018 as a fantastic hidden gem on Lifetime. Then, it premiered on Netflix a few months later and blew up.

Now Netflix has full ownership of Penn Badgley's begrudgingly very sexy thriller, which moves to sunny Los Angeles for season 2. Believe me, you won't be able to tear your eyes from the screen.

Dare Me (USA)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Sunday, December 29 at 10 p.m. ET

If the cheer costumes from Euphoria and the chilling murders of Riverdale had a baby, they would be Dare Me, an adaptation of Megan Abbott's 2004 novel of the same name.

The USA drama follows two Rust Belt town best friends (Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly) after the entrance of a new cheer captain (Willa Fitzgerald) rocks their relationship forever. The crime at the center of the series doesn't help.

Spinning Out (Netflix)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Wednesday, January 1 at 3 a.m. ET

Miss seeing January Jones as an icy, icy momma? Well, Spinning Out is here to fill the hole Mad Men and The Politician left.

Jones co-stars in the skating drama as Carol Baker, mean mom to Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario), an on-the-rise skater. After Kat suffers a dangerous fall on the ice, her world begins to — you guessed it! — spin out of control.

Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning (Lifetime)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Thursday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET

In 2019, Lifetime changed the world with Surviving R. Kelly. Now the network returns to that tale with Part II: The Reckoning.

The sequel documentary will survey the aftermath of its predecessor and the currently, long-awaited legal trouble of its subject, alleged serial predator Robert “R. Kelly” Kelly (Kelly denies all accusations).

Reckoning will interview survivors, supporters, and experts, airing over three nights.

The Bachelor (ABC) 

Season 24 

Premiere date: Monday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET

Pilot Peter “Windmill Sex” Weber is the Bachelor. Prepare for countless flight-related puns, and maybe even some romance.

Vanderpump Rules (Bravo) 

Season 8 

Premiere date: Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. ET

The girls, they're fighting. And by
“the girls,” we mean everyone. The Witches of WeHo are feuding. Jax Taylor and Tom Sandoval are feuding. The newbies in SUR World are feuding (and we're supposed to care!).

The Vanderpump gang isn't even close to settling down eight seasons in.

Party of Five (Freeform) 

Season 1 

Premiere date: Wednesday, January 8 at 9 p.m. ET

You didn't expect The L Word to be the only reboot on this list, did you? Freeform's Party of Five — led by 13 Reasons Why hunk Brandon Larracuente — follows five siblings left to raise themselves, just like the 1990s series.

However, the Acostas aren't orphaned due to a death in the family. Instead, their parents have been deported. If you're already thinking modern Five will have you crying just as much as The Fosters did, you are correct.

The Outsider (HBO)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Sunday, January 12 at 9 p.m. ET

This Stephen King adaptation is for everyone who wishes True Detective was just a little bit spookier. The Outsider asks whether one local man (Ozark's Jason Bateman) actually committed the grisly murder of an 11-year-old boy.

Because if he didn't, what mysterious force did?

Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Season 6 

Premiere date: Wednesday, January 15 at 3 a.m. ET

Netflix's delightful senior buddy comedy is coming to an end. But not before we get two more seasons with its titular mismatched BFFs, titular Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin).

As someone who binged through Grace and Frankie advanced episodes over the holiday break, I can the sitcom hasn't lost a step after all these years.

Grown-ish (Freeform)


Season 3 

Premiere date: Thursday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Its junior year for Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi). Only time will tell if upperclassman status will make Grown-ish's heroine any wiser.

Everything's Gonna Be Okay (Freeform) 

Season 1 

Premiere date: Thursday, January 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Nicholas (creator Josh Thomas of Please Like Me fame), is the 25-year-old Type B son of a single dad. But Nicholas has to step up once his father dies and he's left to care for his two teenage sisters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.

While Everything's premise may sound less than hysterical, it's buoyed by the relentless black humor and optimism of its cast.

Sex Education (Netflix) 

Season 2 

Premiere date: Friday, January 17 at 3 a.m. ET

One of Netflix's very best teen shows is back. It's time to find out if everything has changed at Moordale High School now that its resident teen sex therapist Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) is actually exploring his own sexuality. You're about to feel every emotion — including a few season 1 couldn't have even dreamed of covering.

Avenue 5 (HBO)

Season 1

Premiere date: Sunday, January 19 at 10 p.m.

Ever wondered what if it would look like if Veep took place in space? Well, Avenue 5 essentially answers that questions with at least one familiar face from the recently ended HBO comedy (Hugh Laurie) and its creator (Armando Iannucci).

The upcoming series leaves D.C. behind for the final frontier, as Avenue 5 follows the goings-on of 2040s tourist space travel gone horribly wrong.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (Showtime)

Season 10

Premiere date: Sunday, January 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET

The long-awaited tenth season of Larry David's iconic HBO comedy is here. No, he hasn't changed. That's why you're still watching.

Nora From Queens (Comedy Central)

Season 1

Premiere date: Wednesday, January 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Comedian/actress/rapper Nora “Awkwafina” Lum sheds her most famous persona to introduce us to The Real Her: Nora From Queens. The brand new Comedy Central show follows a fictional slacker version of Lum who still lives in her real-life home borough of Queens with her parents. But, that doesn't mean she can't turn up (and fail in magnificent ways along the road).

Nora From Queens co-stars Saturday Night Live breakout Bowen Yang. Expect to see SNL fave Melissa Villaseñor, Russian Dolls's Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox, and Lum's Crazy Rich Asians co-star Harry Shum Jr. pop up along the way.

Shrill (Hulu)

Season 2 

Premiere date: Friday, January 24 at 12 a.m. ET

Shrill gave us one of 2019's very best episodes with fat babe pool party centric “Pool.” The Aidy Bryant-led comedy isn't letting up for 2020. On chapter — set at a
“women’s empowerment” conference is sure to get Twitter talking once more

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)

Part 3 

Premiere date: Friday, January 24 at 3 a.m. ET

Netflix's flagship spooky-sexy teen show returns for its third season. Are you ready for Hell? Because Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) certainly is.

Katy Keene (The CW) 

Season 1 

Premiere date: Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m. ET

No pilot episode this year made me feel more optimistic than Katy Keene. The bubbly dramedy stars Lucy Hale as the titular Katy, while Ashleigh Murray returns as Archie Comics fan-favorite Josie McCoy. The Riverdale spin-off revolves around a group of fashionable, ambitious 20-somethings as they follow their dreams in a candy-colored version of New York rarely seen in pop culture.

If you need a 60-minute jolt of “You can do it!” energy, this is it.

Homeland (Showtime)

Season 8 

Premiere date: Thursday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET

Homeland is coming to an end. Before that is possible, the iconic Showtime series has to go back to the themes of the very beginning.

This time, the U.S. government isn't sure if Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is a compromised asset following an operation gone horribly wrong. Nicholas Brody (Billions big shot Damian Lewis) can sympathize.

High Fidelity (Hulu)

Season 1

Premiere date: Friday, February 14 at 12 a.m. ET

Hulu is here to remind you it has one of the best comedy slates on television — and High Fidelity may just prove to be the streaming network's crown jewel.

The series is essentially a reboot of the 2000 movie of the same name starring John Cusack. Only this time, a woman of color is playing Rob, the lovelorn record shop-owning hero(ine) of the story.

As a treat to viewers to viewers, Zoë Kravitz is Rob. We're not worthy.

Hunters (Amazon Prime)

Season 1

Premiere date: Tuesday, February 21 at 12 a.m. ET

Have you ever wondered what the Ocean's Eleven franchise would feel like if it were about Nazi hunting instead of massive heists? Well, Hunters, executive produced by horror great Jordan Peele, answers that question.

Set in 1977 New York City, the thriller centers around a group of experts who band together to hunt and kill nazis. Al Pacino and Logan Lerman — yes, Perks of Being A Wallflower's sad-eyed heartthrob, Logan Lerman! — anchor the series.

Altered Carbon (Netflix)

Season 2 

Premiere date: Thursday, February 27 at 3 a.m. ET

Return to the steampunk future of Altered Carbon, a world where consciousness can be saved on a “stack” and the human body can be remade, changed, and improved thanks to “sleeves.” Therefore, anyone can live forever.

This time around, Anthony Mackie leads the sci-fi proceedings in the place of season 1 star Joel Kinnaman.

Queen Sono (Netflix)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Friday, February 28 at 3 a.m. ET

Meet Netflix's very first African original series, which features an all-African cast and crew. Queen Sono is a sexy thriller, following an unconventional spy named, well, Queen Sono (Pearl Thusi).

During one of her most dangerous missions yet, Queen accidentally uncovers damning secrets about the assassination of her mother. These revelations push Queen into getting some damn answers.

Westworld (HBO)

Season 3 

Premiere date: Sunday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET

At long last, Westworld is coming back. The fan-favorite sci-fi series will finally debut its long-awaited third season, taking us outside of Delos' parks and into the wild world lurking outside of them.

Westworld's premiere date announcement video gives us a primer on what to expect in its brand new setting.

On My Block (Netflix)

Season 3 

Premiere date: Wednesday, March 11 at 3 a.m. ET

Prepare to find out who kidnapped the On My Block crew in the third season of Netflix's most delightful teen comedy. Schemes, as always are afoot in Freeridge.

Elite (Netflix)

Season 3 

Premiere date: Friday, March 18 at 3 a.m. ET

As the first trailer for Elite season 3 promises via song, “The kids are coming.” After just a few months away, peak TV's No. 1 international teen soap is back for more murder, mayhem, and sex. Expect to find out if the dastardly Polo (Álvaro Rico) will ever get what's coming to him.

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Season 1 

Premiere date: Wednesday, March 18 at 12 a.m. ET

Reese Witherspoon continues her run of unforgettable scene partners. After screaming with the Big Little Lies women and going toe-to-toe with Jennifer Aniston in The Morning Show, it's time for Witherspoon to glare at Olivia Pope herself, Kerry Washington.

Washington and Witherspoon anchor Little Fires Everywhere, an adaptation of Celeste Ng's 2017 novel of the same name.
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