Set your dvr: 17 shows to watch in 2014

With a new year comes new TV, but let’s not forget about the old favorites returning to the airwaves. And even with “Breaking Bad” off the air for good, there’s still plenty of heart-pumping drama to keep you warm this winter.

Whether it’s catfights in Brooklyn, sleuthing in London or sword fighting in Westeros, we can think of no better way to spend the next few months than curled on our couch, reveling in how boring our own lives truly are. (Not that we want to attend a Red Wedding, but if Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke wanted to share our popcorn, we wouldn’t be mad.)

Whether they’re returning for a brand new season, picking up where they left us dangling only months ago or making their series debut, here are the 17 shows that will have us glued to our seat this season.

“Wolf Watch”

Monday (January 6) at 11e/8p on MTV

“Teen Wolf” is back, you guys, but this time with an after party. Make that show, but any extra time we get to spend with this cast feels like a party to us.



Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX

2013 may have taken Elmore Leonard from this world, but we’ve still got Raylan Givens. Timothy Olyphant is back to take on the gator-farming Crowe crime family, led by actor Michael Rapaport.

“The Spoils of Babylon”

Thursday at 10 p.m. on IFC

Don’t let the name fool you; there’s no history lesson here. Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire star in this Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced mini-series, spoofing the larger-than-life TV events of the ’70s and ’80s. Expect over-the-top acting, costumes and a so-cheesy-it’s-good production, paired with a star-studded supporting cast that includes Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Ferrell, and even a voiceover from Carey Mulligan.


January 12 at 9 p.m. on TMN

All this holiday celebrating had us missing our other dysfunctional family: the Gallaghers. Thankfully, Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy are back as the unlikely leaders of a wholly f—ed up clan, reminding us not only that there are crazier families than ours, but that blood is truly thicker than water.


January 12 at 10 p.m. on HBO

“Happily Whatever After” reads the tagline for season three of Lena Dunham’s dramedy, but its fans are far from apathetic. With two Golden Globes and one Emmy already under its belt, the show will vie for two more Globes (Best Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actress for Dunham) on the same night of its premiere. We may be losing Marnie’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott) this season, but we won’t miss him too much. The rest of the twentysomethings (plus Ray) are back in town — so bring on the petty fights, insecurities and questionable relationships.

“True Detective” January 12 at 9 p.m. on HBO

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson hunting killers in the Deep South? And a score from T Bone Burnett? We’re in. The new series from HBO kicks off with eight episodes but will follow a new cast of characters and a different story in seasons to come (think “American Horror Story”), so expect this storyline to come full circle at the end of its first run. “True Detective” already has critics buzzing, hailing the cast’s stellar performances and excellent storytelling from writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga.

“HitRecord on TV!”

January 18 at 10 p.m. on Pivot

Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes the variety genre for a spin, expanding his “HitRecord” franchise into, you guessed it, a TV show. To hear JGL tell it, fans can expect to see short films, live performances, new music, cartoons and more. (By more, we think he means self-shot footage of his face… but we’re fine with that.)

“The Following”

January 19 at 10 p.m. on CTV

Forget justice, Kevin Bacon wants revenge in the second season of Fox’s hit horror series. With Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) rumored to be still alive and well, Bacon’s FBI agent Ryan Harder has his work cut out for him. “Catching Joe Carroll cost me everything and everyone,” he says in a promo for the new season. “Now we all want to believe he’s dead, but I say he’s out there. I’m going to find him and I want revenge.”


January 19 at 10 p.m. on PBS

Any excuse to welcome Benedict Cumberbatch back into our living rooms on a weekly basis is good enough for us. But if you need more,Sherlock himself offers this: “There’s a reunion, there’s a marriage and there’s a new villain. That’s pretty much it.” OK! OK! Twist our arm, why don’t you.


January 22 at 10 p.m. on Much

Alright, enough with the heavy stuff. Sometimes we just need a little potty humor to unwind from a long day at the office. What better way to de-stress from our jobs than to watch a trio of slack-off dimwits fail miserably at theirs? But this isn’t just screwball comedy: the writing is sharp enough to keep our brains working and the laughs aren’t (always) cheap. But don’t take our word for it — Seth Rogen is also a fan, teaming up with Anders Holm, Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson to produce their unrelated big screen comedy.

“Broad City”

January 22 at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Network

Tuning in for “Workaholics”? Stay tuned right after for the TV debut of “Broad City.” Comedienne’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are bringing their web series to the big time with a little help from executive producer Amy Poehler, hoping to strike a chord with the 20-something female audience. Think “Girls,” but with more odd-couple shenanigans and less nudity.

“Walking Dead”

February 9 at 9 p.m. on AMC

Everyone’s favorite zombie drama left us hangin’ on December 1, and as we wait for the next installment of season four. Two months feels like an eternity. What happened to Rick’s baby?! Will Carol find her way back to the group? Who is the rabbit killer? And most importantly, what happens in the wake of the Governor’s death? We need to know!

“House of Cards”

February 14 on Netflix

Well hello, Mr. Vice President. In season two of Netflix’s devilish drama, Kevin Spacey’s anti-hero Francis Underwood has ascended to the Vice Presidency and he, along with wife Claire (Robin Wright), will “continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts,” a Netflix press release teases. Among their biggest threats: Kate Mara’s D.C. reporter Zoe Barnes, who is hell bent on “lifting the veil” on political corruption. Looks like everyone will be watching their backs this season.

“The Americans”

February at 10 p.m. on FX

The Cold War cable drama returns for its second season, with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys back as the KGB husband and wife spy duo. And while season one focused on the havoc the spy life was wreaking on their marriage, the coming episodes will see the couple’s children, Paige and Henry, getting in on the drama. Noah Emmerich also returns as the family’s FBI agent neighbor Stan. Could their secrets soon be unraveled? “Hopefully, you don’t know with any degree of certainty what Stan knows or doesn’t know,” Emmerich said during a PaleyFest panel in October. “I do think Stan is an exceedingly intelligent and handsome man.”

“The 100”

March 19 at 9 p.m. on The CW

In a post-apocalyptic future, 100 young outlaws make their way to a seemingly uninhabited Earth to find out whether the planet can once again sustain human life. The catch? They’re not alone. We’re the first to be skeptical of the premise, but “The 100” has already got a pretty compelling trailer and it hails from the same production company that brought us the cult favorites “Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Chuck.” On that note, Alloy Entertainment is also responsible for “666 Park Avenue” and the 2008 film “Sex Drive.” Still, we’ll give it a shot.

“Orphan Black”

April 19 at 9 p.m. on Space

The “Clone Club” is growing , and we’re not just talking about all those bandwagon fans that found the show on Netflix. (By the way, there’s no shame in that. If you have not yet started on this addicting mystery — do it.) Tatiana Maslany is set to expand her character repertoire in the show’s second season, with a few new faces also entering the fray. Michiel Huisman plays a woodsman; Peter Outerbridge, a Prolethean religious leader who has a bone to pick with science; and Ari Millen as one of his most devout followers. “We can’t wait to see who Tatiana shows up as in season two,” said BBC Worldwide America exec Peter Simon.

“Game of Thrones”


OK, so we don’t have an official date for the return of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and that little jerk Joffrey, but we are waiting with bated breath. We do know that the epic fantasy is expected back on the airwaves by late March or early April of this year, as confirmed during the series’ July Comic-Con panel. For those who read George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the series’ fourth season is expected to be based on the second half of “A Storm of Swords.” For those of us who remain unaware of the storylines to come – and who did not see the Red Wedding coming – we will just sit here, fearfully contemplating which beloved characters will be next to meet their maker.