Looking for a new show to get into this winter? You’re in luck–they’ll be plenty of watch-worthy options in 2014. From season premiers to mid-season returns to some brand new series, we’ve left out the boring stuff so you can get your TV fix with only the hits.
This hilarious comedy follows the lives of NYPD detectives and stars funnymen Andy Samberg and Terry Crews. After receiving a Golden Globe nomination for best comedy series, the show scored prime real estate for its second season premier, which will air right after Super Bowl XLVIII. Plus, Fred Armisen is back for the first time since the pilot. Count us in.
What better way to kick off the New Year than with the return of NBC’s Community on January 2nd? But now that Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) has graduated, what does that mean for Season 5? Well, according to the previews, he’s back–as a teacher. Hilarity ensues.
NBC’s New Late-Night Line-Up
Switching things up on the late-night talk show front, Jimmy Fallon will take over as host of The Tonight Show on February 17th, replacing Jay Leno. In Fallon’s place, Seth Myers will host Late Night With Seth Meyers, which premiers on February 24th. It’s a sign: SNL alums are slowly taking over the world.
House of Cards
2013 brought a bunch of Netflix hits, including House of Cards, a political drama that was praised by critics and even took home a few Emmys. Now it’s time for round two–all 13 episodes will be available to stream starting February 14th. Will the Underwoods be able to continue their rise to power, or will they lose everything? If you’re willing, you’ll be able to binge-watch all the episodes and find out.
Premiering January 7th on CBS, Intelligence is described as an action-adventure about Gabriel (played by Josh Holloway of Lost fame), a guy who has a super-computer microchip implanted in his brain. The chip allows him to access data centers and gain valuable information that will help keep the United States safe from attack. Obviously, this sort of intelligence opens the door for all sorts of things to go wrong, so we’re expecting some violence and crazy cliffhangers.
Scientists from the CDC are working in the arctic to contain a mysterious disease that threatens the population and transforms people into something not quite human. Call it the way-more-believable take on the zombie craze. Catch the first episode January 10th, 10/9c, on Syfy.
So much can change in a year, and you’ll be able to see just how much in season two of The Following. Jumping forward 12 whole months, bits and pieces will be revealed about the time lapse, but one thing is for sure. Ryan Hardy is still alive (despite the cliffhanger from the season one finale) and he’s still seeking revenge on Joe Carroll (who might still be alive) and his followers. A special preview will air Sunday, January 19th on FOX after the NFC Championship Game.
The Walking Dead
The Governor is finally gone, the prison is no longer a home, and the bus left some people behind in a moment of panic. What will happen when TWD returns from its mid-season hiatus? Tune in on February 9th to find out.
Also returning on January 7th is the fifth season of Justified on FX. Forbes recently called it the best cop show since The Wire. This season, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens goes up against the Crowes, a Florida-based crime family that’s bound to start up some trouble. Plus, Amy Smart guest stars.
HBO is at it again, releasing this bound-to-be-a-hit show, which premiers January 12th. True Detective stars big names like Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, and Michelle Monaghan, among others, and follows them as they work on a case that spans 10 years. At least that’s what this season is about. Next season, expect different characters and a different storyline.