Every TV Show You Need to Watch While Holed Up This Winter

Every TV Show You Need to Watch While Holed Up This Winter
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There’s no nice way of putting it: winter sucks. Once the joy of the holidays has vanished, all we’re left with is crappy weather and three seemingly endless, cold months of hibernation. In other words, you’re going to be spending lots of QT with your couch.

In case you’ve already blazed through fall’s most promising shows, we’ve parsed through this season’s slate of new and returning television series to bring you a list of everything worth watching as you wait for spring’s arrival.

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“Angel from Hell” 

Wouldn’t it be great to have a guardian angel guiding you to make the right decisions? Well, maybe not if it was “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, stalking you with incessant inappropriate anecdotes. (Premieres January 7 at 9:30pm on CBS)

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“Shades of Blue”

Jennifer Lopez trades in her glamorous getups on “American Idol” for a police uniform on her latest primetime role as a detective and single mother. Starring alongside habitual mob man Ray Liotta, Lopez walks a fine line between good cop and bad cop—with her “Jenny from the Block” attitude in tow. (Premieres January 7 at 10pm on NBC)

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“Angie Tribeca” 

If it’s lighter police plot lines you seek, consider Steve and Nancy Carrell’s latest creation. The couple recruited “The Office” alum Rashida Jones to star in the spoof series, which will air its entire first season—sans ads—in a 25-hour marathon. Look out, Netflix; network television is catching on to the joys of binge-watching. (Premieres January 17 at 9pm on TBS)

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In case you’re still mourning the loss of “Homeland’s” Damian Lewis, he’s back and better—er, richer—than ever in this new Showtime series. This time around, he’s a hedge fund financier sharing the screen with Paul Giamatti and “Sons of Anarchy’s” Maggie Siff. Sign us up. (Premieres January 17 at 10pm on Showtime)

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Chelsea Does”

No one ruffles feathers quite like Chelsea Handler. Since her departure from E!’s late-night scene, we’ve anxiously awaited her return to television. This time around, the comedian is offering her outrageous insights to Netflix in a four-part docu-series, for which she will investigate the following hot topics: marriage, race, Silicon Valley, and drugs. (Available to stream January 23 on Netflix)

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“The X-Files”

After a 13-year hiatus, the never-ending hunt for paranormal activity continues. As was the case with the 1998 movie, “I Want to Believe,” creator Chris Carter promises the revival will be for loyal fans of the original series. Still, we’re in it for the Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) reunion. (Premieres January 24 at 10pm on FOX)

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When the devil decides to take a holiday from hell, his playground of choice is, naturally, the City of Angels. Expect the charming villain (played by Tom Ellis) to tempt everyone in his path—with the exception of Chloe Dancer (Lauren German), the beautiful detective he’s working with. (Premieres January 25 at 9pm on FOX)

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“You, Me and the Apocalypse”

For those days when it seems like nothing else could possibly go wrong, remember things could always be worse. You could be sentenced to a maximum-security prison for a crime you didn’t commit, or there could be a meteor 34 days away from destroying Earth, or you could be bound to a group of dysfunctional misfits as your only chance for survival. For Rhonda McNeil (played by “The Office’s” Jenna Fischer), all of the above are true. Throw in “Parks and Recreation” alumni Rob Lowe and (a blonde!) Megan Mullally for a welcome dose of primetime genius—and perfectly-timed comedic pessimism—to put things in perspective. (Premieres January 28 at 8pm on NBC)

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“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Pause “How to Get Away with Murder” and revisit the infamous, real-life trial of O.J. Simpson portrayed by an on-point, all-star cast: Cuba Gooding Jr. as the beleaguered football star, John Travolta as defense lawyer Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as defense lawyer (and famous dad) Robert Kardashian, and Selma Blair as Kris Jenner—now this we gotta see. (Premieres February 2 at 10pm on FX)

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“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”

“The Daily Show” alum Samantha Bee has new gig: headlining her own show in the male-dominated world of late-night television. (Premieres February 8 on TBS)

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We’ve had a major girl crush on Olivia Wilde since her days on “The OC,” so we’re not judging if your big V-Day plans involve staying in to watch her take on the ’70s music scene. Add Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger guiding things behind the scenes, and you’ve got a weekly dose of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll—not to mention a killer soundtrack—to get addicted to. (Premieres February 14 at 9pm on HBO)

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Travel a bit further back in time in this science-fiction thriller, created by Stephen King and J.J. Abrams. Based on King’s novel, James Franco’s character Jake Epping is sent back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (Available to stream February 15 on Hulu)

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“Broad City”

Our favorite off-beat BFFs are still inseparable. Abbi and Ilana are back with a slew of outrageous New York City adventures before them, including unwelcome vermin visiting their apartment, a journey to the DMV, new flings, and guest appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Danza, and even—wait for it—Hillary Clinton. (Premieres February 17 on Comedy Central)

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Once the Valentine’s Day hype simmers, treat yourself to a Netflix-and-chill night in with this new series, offering an honest look at modern-day dating. If you need further incentive, Judd Apatow (“Bridesmaids,” “Knocked Up”) is behind the satire, which stars Paul Rust, the show’s co-creator, and “Community’s” Gillian Jacobs(Available to stream February 19 on Netflix)

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The “Girls” are all grown up, with Marni (played by Allison Williams) set to walk down the aisle; Shoshannah (Zosia Mamet) embracing Harajuku style in Japan; Jessa (Jemima Kirke) pursuing her new calling as a therapist; and Hannah (Lena Dunham) in a healthy relationship and still at her surprisingly stable teaching job. While adulthood can often lead to growing apart, the teaser trailer promises these friendships are forever. (Premieres February 21 at 10pm on HBO)

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"Fuller House"

Our childhood-favorite series is back: The Tanner girls—plus BFF Kimmy Gibbler (played by Andrea Barber)—are all grown up and again under the same roof. Although we aren’t holding our breath (anymore) for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen reprising their role as youngest sister Michelle, tuning in for guest appearances by the rest of the famous family? “You got it, dude.” (Available to stream February 26 on Netflix) 

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“House of Cards”

President Underwood wants your vote. And considering the state we left him (and his marriage) in last season, Kevin Spacey’s character needs all the support he can get. Francis reneged on last season’s announcement that he would not be running for re-election. While campaigning to stay on top—with or without his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), by his side—the new season will also welcome recurring guest star Neve Campbell, as well as a new power couple in town. Polls are open to see if they have what it takes to overthrow the Underwood’s. (Available to stream March 4 on Netflix)

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“The Catch”

Come March, #TGIT will welcome this new series. Since we’re already faithful Shonda Rhimes followers (and honestly, who isn't?), we have no doubt that her latest drama, centering on a private investigator who discovers she’s been conned by her own fiancé, will be an instant hit. (Premieres March 24 at 10pm on ABC)

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