The Ultimate Spring TV Guide
While we twiddle our thumbs and impatiently wait for the Game of Thrones season seven premiere date to be released (just tell us when already!), our TV viewing hunger is about to be pleasantly satiated. This season’s television lineup is one for the books, with many highly anticipated debuts, plus the return of numerous fan favorites. (We’re talking about you, Claire and Frank Underwood.) Here, 16 shows we can’t wait to spend hours on the couch watching this spring.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood’s chilling dystopian novel, in which women are forced into sexual servitude, is coming to a streaming device near you. Get excited because Elisabeth Moss (we love you, Peggy!) stars as leading lady alongside Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes and Samira Wiley (OITNB, anyone?) NBD. Working on our multiple login game STAT.
The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26 and streams on Hulu.
After shootings in a small southern town in North Carolina threaten to tear the community apart, two special prosecutors delve deep into a web of crime, political motives and some of the state’s highest-ranking officials. Sanaa Lathan, Stephen James, Helen Hunt and Stephen Moyer in one all-star cast? Yes, please!
Shots Fired series premieres March 22 and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, this new series centers on ex-con Shadow Moon, his cross-country road trip and the war between old and new gods. Expect incredible CGI and loads of colorful characters, cameos (hello, Pablo Schreiber and Kristin Chenoweth) and storylines.
American Gods series premiere April 30 and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Starz.
The fourth installment of Marvel’s Defenders series (following Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage) hits Netflix with Finn Jones as Danny Rand (aka the Iron Fist). Watch as he returns to NYC from martial arts training and uses his kung fu fightin’ to defend his family’s legacy.
Iron Fist series premieres March 17 and streams on Netflix.
Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange (we know, heart-eye emojis) star in this anthology, from the brilliant mind of Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck and Glee, just to name a few), about the lifelong rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. We can’t wait for the epic clap backs and sassy one-liners bound to come out of this new, delightful show.
Feud: Bette & Joan series premieres March 5 and airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on FX.
All the old faces—MacLachlan, Lee, Lynch—are back for the revival of this 1990s cult classic. The series follows a murder investigation in the tiny fictional town of Twin Peaks, but new faces, like Naomi Watts and Jim Belushi, are really what have us itching for this epic comeback. Cue the creepy opening credits music.
Twin Peaks series premiers May 21 and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Showtime.
Undercover Russian spies and the Cold War (yup, sounds a little too relevant) have us hooked on this critically acclaimed drama. Expect increasingly complicated secrets and lies as Philip and Elizabeth nearly blow their KGB covers, especially to next-door neighbor FBI agent Stan.
The Americans returns March 7 and airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on FX.
Our favorite Boo Boo Kitty and queen of sass Cookie Lyons is back for the second half of season three of Empire. And she’s definitely bringing back all the drama, power struggles and nail-biting cliffhangers she can stuff into her Gucci top handle bag.
Empire returns March 22 and airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on FOX.
Selena lost her presidential bid at the end of season five, and we were all pretty devastated. But season six and life outside of politics are sure to offer just as many laughs, tears and that beautiful bag-carrying man-boy, Gary.
Veep returns April 16 and airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT on HBO.
House of Cards
Frank Underwood, president of the United States of America? Yep, we’re still coping with the possibility (and the end of the election) in the beginning of season six. And with Claire Underwood breaking down the fourth wall at the end of the finale, there’s no telling what’s about to go down in D.C. All we know is Claire (Robin Wright) still has the most impeccable posture and flawlessly chic wardrobe we’ve ever seen, and that’s clearly all that matters.
House of Cards returns May 30 and streams on Netflix.
Couldn’t get enough of Mickey and Gus’s tumultuous relationship in the first go-round? Lucky for you, Judd Apatow’s quirky love story will be back for a second season. Here’s hoping for more awesomely awkward sex scenes, and the infamous Andy Dick for more midnight metro rides.
Love returns March 10 and streams on Netflix.
Sadly, this is the final season of HBO’s grim tale of an utterly catastrophic event that wipes out 2 percent of the world’s population. We’ll finally see the Garvey family’s heartbreaking story come to an end, but not before some seriously crazy stuff goes down in the land Down Under and we bear witness to many sweaty, shirtless scenes of Justin Theroux. Buckle up, folks: The end is very, very near.
The Leftovers returns April 16 and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on HBO.
Where do we even begin? Five decades' worth of episodes, that’s where. Rounding out its tenth season, the new episodes of Doctor Who are sure to bring back all the sci-fi goodness, including an intriguing new character and "companion" to the doctor who seems to love riding around in the TARDIS (at least what we can gather from the trailer), even if it gets her killed.
Doctor Who returns April 15 and airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on BBC America.
Greetings from…Florida? Detective Peralta and Captain Holt have their work cut out for them after being entered into a witness protection program far, far away from their beloved NYC precinct at the end of season three. No matter the locale, expect as many laughs, eye-rolls and face-palm-worthy moments from Andy Samberg and the rest of the nine-nine crew in the new season.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns April 11 and airs Tuesdays on FOX.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy, Titus and Jacqueline: The gang’s all here for the third season of Netflix’s hilarious roller coaster (had to) of a show. We saw last season wrap up with Kimmy and her mom Phoebe (er, Lisa Kudrow) reuniting at a theme park, and the revelation that Kimmy’s married to the reverend? In the words of Titus: “Gross, tell me more.”
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns May 19 and streams on Netflix.
Master of None
We don’t know about you, but we feel like we’ve waited an eternity for the second installment of Aziz Ansari’s hit comedy, Master of None. But here’s why we know it was well worth the wait. Angela Bassett joins the cast, enough said. We were left at the edge of our seat at the end of season one, when we last saw Dev bound for Italy (instead of trying to patch things up with Rachel in Japan). We’re dying to see if the couple (aka the focal point of the first season) can pick things back up, or if they’ll stick to their separate ways.
Master of None returns April (date TBD) and streams on Netflix.