All the Spring TV Shows You Need to Watch
Make room on your DVR (you’ll need it)
Get excited: A fresh crop of spring TV shows is coming soon to a flat-screen (or laptop) near you. But don’t worry: Some old favorites--ahem, Kimmy Schmidt--are also in the mix. Here, 15 new and returning shows we can’t wait to DVR…or stream.
Melissa George stars in this medical drama about a brilliant female surgeon who has to navigate the ER--and her über-complicated love life (of course), which includes not one but two romantic relationships in the works. (Pssst…one is played by Dave Annable. Swoon.)
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC; premieres March 22
Say hello to a brand-new Shonda Rhimes series: The show stars Mireille Enos (you’ll recognize her from The Killing) as a private investigator chasing the man who conned her, her own fiancé, played by Peter Krause. Now all she has to do is nab her main squeeze in the act. Judging from the trailer, she’s got this.
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy star in this drama about the cult-like Meyerist Movement in upstate New York. Eddie (Paul) is the conflicted husband; Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) is his devoted wife; and Cal (Dancy) is the mysterious leader trying to lure the duo into a new way of life. Supposedly, hallucinogens are involved--but we’d expect nothing less from the Breaking Bad alum.
Hulu; set to stream beginning March 30
Cue the That '70s Show reunion: Hyde and Kelso--errr, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson--are back in this new comedy about Colt (Kutcher), a 34-year-old football player who comes back to help his brother (Masterson) and dad (played by Sam Elliott) run--you guessed it--the ranch.
Netflix; set to stream beginning April 1
This modern British rom-com starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan follows a New York ad exec (Delaney) who accidentally knocks up an Irish schoolteacher (Horgan) while in London for business. Season two picks up with Sharon in labor. Deep breaths.
Amazon; set to stream beginning April 8
It’s been 25 years since comedian Andrew Dice Clay took the entertainment world by storm. This scripted (and semi-autobiographical) comedy follows his attempt to make a major comeback. But it won’t be easy--especially with a demanding wife (played by Natasha Leggero), two kids and a gambling addiction.
Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime; premieres April 10
Funny lady Samantha Bee created this show with her hubby, former Daily Show alum Jason Jones. In it, Jones plays Nate--a dad without a filter--who takes his family on a Chevy Chase-style road trip where everything goes wrong. Sure, it sounds predictable, but judging from the trailer (and the pedigree involved), the humor is most certainly not.
Mondays on TBS; premieres April 11
“UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT”
The ever-kooky Kimmy is back for season two of Tina Fey’s Emmy-nominated comedy. Now that the Mole Women have put Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne away for good, Kimmy tries to make a life for herself in NYC…this time as a full-time Christmas-store employee. Just try not to stream the whole season in one sitting.
Netflix; set to stream beginning April 15
“THE NIGHT MANAGER”
In this adaptation of the John le Carré espionage novel, Tom Hiddleston plays a former British soldier who has to infiltrate the inner workings of a white-collar-crime circle (led by Hugh Laurie). But things quickly heat up when the line between the good guys and bad guys becomes blurred.
Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on AMC; premieres April 19
“GAME OF THRONES”
Yep, there’s an official airdate for season six. There’s also a 41-second teaser. But we still feel we know nothing, Jon Snow.
Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO; premieres April 24
The fate of tech start-up Pied Piper is up in the air thanks to the hire of an older--errr, much more senior--CEO in season three.
Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO; premieres April 24
She’s baaaaack. Season five has Prez Selina Meyer dealing with the fallout of a tied election. High jinks undoubtedly to ensue.
Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO; premieres April 24
“GRACE AND FRANKIE”
Season two of this hit Netflix show returns--this time, Grace and Frankie’s bond is tested by health scares, business ventures and...ooh la la…some new romance.
Netflix; set to stream beginning May 6
In case you missed her handwritten memo, Chelsea Handler recently revealed the arrival of her new-to-Netflix late-night talk show. Her dream guest list? Michelle Obama, Pope Francis and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s maid. Fingers crossed.
Netflix; half-hour episodes will be released Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning May 11
This new original Netflix mockumentary follows comedian Maria Bamford through a series of misadventures based on her own life. Sarah Silverman, Ana Gasteyer, Jenny Slate and Bridget Everett are just a few of her hilarious pals scheduled to appear.
Netflix; set to stream beginning May 20