The TV Shows You Need To Watch Starting Now

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It's winter, and it's cold. Who wants to venture outside? No one, that's who. Luckily, there's a fresh slate of midseason TV premieres perfect to stock your DVR with for those long stretches on the couch. In addition to returning favorites like Broad City and Parks and Recreation, there are exciting new shows in every genre.
Even if medieval musical spoofs are your thing, there's one of those just waiting to take you on a hero's journey. It really is a TV-watchers paradise out there, which is great because again, the weather outside is the exact opposite of paradise.
There's never enough time to watch everything that's out there, so this comprehensive guide will help you choose the shows best suited to your personal taste. Whether it's a murder mystery set in the Arctic Circle or a Colbert Report replacement, you're sure to find something to watch 'til you're ready to emerge again come spring.
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Show type: Musical comedy
Series premiered January 4

If you love Monty Python and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, get ready for this eight-episode farcical Medieval quest with songs from Alan Menken.

Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC
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Downton Abbey
Show type: Period drama
Season 5 premiered January 4

Even the Dowager Countess is getting some romantic intrigue this season, with a mysterious gent from her past surfacing from Russia.

Sundays at 9 p.m. on PBS
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Photo: Bob D'Amico/ABC.
Marvel’s Agent Carter
Show type: Period spy drama
Series premiered January 6

This limited-run series follows Captain America’s Peggy Carter, who’s now working undercover as an espionage agent in 1946 New York City.

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC
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Cougar Town
Show type: Sitcom
Final season premiered January 6

Join the Cul-de-Sac crew for a few last games of Penny Can and many, many bottles of wine on this oft-forgotten gem of a show.

Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on TBS
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Show type: Family drama
Series premiered January 7

King Lear comes to hip-hop in this tale of a music mogul trying to choose which of his three children should inherit his multimedia conglomerate throne.

Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX
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Show type: Sitcom
Season 5 premiered January 8

Carrie, Fred, and the whole motley crew are back for another season of pickling that and putting a bird on it.

Thursdays at 10 p.m. on IFC
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Show type: Dramedy
Season 4 premiered January 11

We already have so many questions about the new season: Will Hannah stay in Iowa? Will Shoshanna find gainful employment? Will that landline phone Hannah’s using in this picture bring her down?

Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO
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Show type: Dramedy
Series premiered January 11

The Duplass brothers bring their signature brand of mumblecore reality to the small screen.

Sundays at 9:30 p.m. on HBO
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Show type: Dramedy
Season 2 premiered January 11

The boys are back and continuing to search for true love and, perhaps more importantly, true friendship.

Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO
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Show type: Family drama
Season 5 premiered January 11

The Gallaghers are battling gentrification. Ack!

Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime
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Eye Candy
Show type: Cyber thriller
Series premieres January 12

Victoria Justice plays a 21-year-old genius computer hacker who becomes the victim of cyber stalking in this adaptation of R.L. Stine’s novel.

Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV
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Parks and Recreation
Show type: Sitcom
Final season premieres January 13

What does 2017 hold for the lovable citizens of Pawnee? Drones and Johnny Karate, according to the farewell season trailer.

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC
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Man Seeking Woman
Show type: Sitcom
Series premieres January 14

Jay Baruchel stars in this fantastical, surreal sitcom based on Simon Rich’s book of short stories about the life-or-death stakes it feels like come with modern dating.

Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on FXX
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Broad City
Show type: Sitcom
Season 2 premieres January 14

Abbi and Ilana return, and this time, they're rollerblading.

Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
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The Fall
Show type: Psychological thriller
Season 2 comes to Netflix on Friday, January 16

Jamie Dornan continues to terrorize Belfast as serial killer Paul Spector, but Gillian Anderson's detective Stella Gibson is closing in.
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The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
Show type: Satirical news show
Series premieres January 19

Comedian and former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new series replaces The Colbert Report.

Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
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Show type: Police procedural
Series premieres January 22

Rainn Wilson stars as Everett Backstrom, a brilliant detective who has been relegated to the traffic department due to his offensive behavior. Now, he's been brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau's newly minted Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.). Of course this show takes place in Portland.

Thursdays at 9 p.m. on FOX
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Show type: Legal drama
Season 5 premieres January 28

In an effort to compel him to keep Mike's secret, Louis is made a name partner at the firm. Everyone's about to get Litt UP.

Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on USA
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Show type: Murder mystery
Series premieres January 29

A gruesome murder shocks the small, Arctic town of Fortitude, and Stanley Tucci (fine, his character) flies in to solve it.

Thursdays at 10 p.m. on Pivot
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Fresh Off the Boat
Show type: Sitcom
Series premieres February 4

ABC struck the right tone with a sitcom about a minority family's experience in America with Black-ish. Can the network recreate that magic with this tale of a family that relocates from D.C.'s Chinatown to Orlando?

Premieres February 4 at 8 and 9:30 p.m. on ABC
Regular time: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (starting February 10)
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Better Call Saul
Show type: Legal drama
Series premieres February 8

The Breaking Bad prequel about the wheelings and dealings of shyster lawyer Saul Goodman.

Two-night premiere: February 8 and 9 at 10 p.m.
Regular time: Mondays at 10 p.m. on AMC
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House of Cards
Show type: Political drama
Season 3 comes to Netflix on Friday, February 27

President Underwood meets his match in a Russian named Anton Ivonovich.
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Secrets and Lies
Show type: Murder mystery
Series premieres March 1

Life on a quiet suburban cul-de-sac is forever changed when Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) discovers the body of his neighbor's son and becomes a murder suspect.

Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC
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Battle Creek
Show type: Police procedural
Series premieres March 1

It sounds like a run-of-the-mill, odd-couple cop procedural, but it's from mastermind Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, so give it some DVR space. Plus, Josh Duhamel.

Sundays at 10 p.m. on CBS
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The Last Man on Earth
Show type: Sitcom
Series premieres March 8

Just like the title suggests, Will Forte's character is the last man on earth. How will he spend his time now that he's humanity’s last hope for survival?

Sundays at 9 p.m. on FOX
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The Royals
Show type: Soapy drama
Series premieres March 15

E! moves beyond the Kardashians and ventures into scripted TV with this hour-long soap about a fictional royal family whose members just can't stop causing scandals.

Sundays at 10 p.m. on E!
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Show type: Zombie drama
Series premieres March 17

A medical student accidentally becomes a zombie, but somehow makes it work when she gets a job in the coroner's office. It's like her very own buffet.

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW
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One Big Happy
Show type: Sitcom
Series premieres March 17

Lizzy (who's gay) and her best friend Luke (who's straight) decide to have a baby together. Everything's going swimmingly until Luke spontaneously marries a free-spirited British gal named Prudence, adding an unexpected member to their new family.

Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC
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Weird Loners
Show type: Sitcom
Series premieres March 31

Four quasi-hermits who live in the same Queens townhouse band together with an unlikely bond.

Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on FOX
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Show type: Workplace dramedy
Series premieres March 31

A suddenly single mother in her forties (Sutton Foster) decides to start over, but realizes it's a lot easier to get hired in your 20s. So, she pretends to be 26. What about all that paperwork you have to fill out for HR? Oh well, we'll overlook it for Hilary Duff's big return to TV.

Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on TV Land
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Show type: Period drama
Season 2 premieres April 4

Will Claire stay in the eighteenth century with Jamie or return to Frank? (Stay with Jamie, we whispered softly to the screen after writing that.)

Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz
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Game of Thrones
Show type: Fantasy drama
Season 5 premieres April 12

Winter is early spring.

Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO
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Show type: Political comedy
Season 4 premieres April 12

Selina balances being President with running for President.

Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO
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Silicon Valley
Show type: Tech comedy
Season 2 premieres April 12

The Pied Piper boys are back.

Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on HBO
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