From ‘Pam & Tommy” to Law & Order, the best shows

Winter brings colder weather, hot chocolate, and, naturally, more TV watching. The shut-in factor of 2022’s first month is only exacerbated by the spread of coronavirus.

So naturally, we are here to help with a selection the most noteworthy new (and some returning!) series premiering before spring’s first day. The list includes the return of  NBC’s O.G. “Law & Order,”A fascinating Apple TV+ series from Ben Stiller. HBO Max’s first original. DC Comics spinoff starring John Cena, and theThe eagerly awaited series Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee and the sex tape scandal. 

A new twist is also available “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,”The final season of Netflix’s “Ozark,” Showtime’s “Billions”BBC America’s “Killing Eve.”Have a look.


HBO (returning Sunday at 9 EST/PST).

Sam Levinson’s button-pushing, teen drama returns for its second season nearly three years after the highly stylized debut. Zendaya is fresh from a historic Emmy Awards win as best drama actress. She takes Rue (a recovering drug addict) to terrifying new depths. The teenager struggles with the decision to part ways with Jules Schafer (Hunter Schafer). While the series continues to explore heavy topics like addiction, sexuality abuse, and body images, Season 1 brings back all the dark humor, glittery make-up, and hypnotic needle drops you loved in Season 1. – Patrick Ryan

John Cena's title character is a murderous super-jerk who works for the government and needs more than a little redemption in HBO Max's "Peacemaker."


HBO Max (Jan. 13)

Marvel superhero shows have found a streaming home on Disney+, but DC Comics gets its first high-profile HBO Max outing with James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” spinoff. Patriotic super-jerk Peacemaker (John Cena) and rookie agent Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) are assigned to a black-ops government team tasked with saving the world from a mysterious threat in an action-packed workplace comedy that weaves in hair metal, eagle sidekicks, bad dads – and many four-letter curse words.  – Brian Truitt

Albert Rutecki, far left, Rick Glassman and Sue Ann Pien star as 20-somethings in "As We See It."

‘As We See It’

Amazon (Jan. 21, 2017)

Longtime roommates and friends Jack (Rick Glassman), Harrison, and Violet (Sue Ann Pinen) navigate life in their 20s as autistic individuals. They yearn for the milestones that they describe. “normal”Friendships, romance, success in your career and independence. Jason Katims’ heartwarming series”Friday Night Lights””” will see viewers rooting for the characters and their life coach (Sosiebacon), who helps them live the lives they want. – Erin Jensen 

Sam Richardson plays one of many potential suspects in the comic murder mystery "The Afterparty."

‘The Afterparty’

Apple TV+ (Jan.28)

Famous singer Dave Franco plunges to his death from his cliffside villa during an afterparty that he hosted for his 15th high-school reunion. Who among the guests (including Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao and Ben Schwartz) is the culprit? Tiffany Haddish is a detective who aims to solve the mystery in this funny whodunnit. “Knives Out.”Each episode is told through the eyes of a suspect. – Gary Levin

Kristen Bell's performance in the satirical "Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window" goes down easy like a fine wine.

‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window’

Netflix (Jan. 28, 2017)

Let’s be honest: Some of the “Rear Window”Movies that are based on -inspired ideas are as predictable and laughable as they are funny. “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” is (thankfully) in on the joke. Grab a glass of wine, or the bottle, and enjoy this humorous crime mystery. Kristen Bell stars as the rain-averse Anna, who relies on red wine to cope following a bizarre tragedy. Her life is in turmoil and she cannot watch the world outside her window. She witnesses the murder of her neighbor across the street. – Erin Jensen

Lily James as Pamela Anderson in "Pam & Tommy."

‘Pam & Tommy’

Hulu (February 2, 2012)

“Cinderella”Lily James’ amazing transformation from model to model Pamela Anderson, along with Sebastian Stan’s to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, alone make Hulu’s eight-episode drama about the tabloid-frenzy around the couple’s love story and stormy relationship must-see viewing. Director Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”) reteams with Stan, who  played Jeff Gillooly in the 2017 Tonya Harding biopic, in the new drama, centered on the stars’ 1995 sex tape scandal. Producer Seth Rogen portrays Rand Gauthier, the disgruntled employee who stole and distributed the tape.  – Bryan Alexander

Adam Scott stars in Apple TV+'s "Severance."


Apple TV+ (Feb. 18).

If you were gripped by Amazon’s “Homecoming,”This new thriller in sci-fi starring Adam Scott will be a delight.”Parks and Recreation”) as a grieving man in the mysterious corporate sector of Lumon Industries, whose employees undergo a controversial surgical procedure that wipes memories of their personal lives during work hours, and vice versa. The slow-burn drama is directed by Ben Stiller, who reunites with “Escape at Dannemora”Actress Patricia Arquette plays Scott’s strict boss. Britt Lower (“Man Seeking Woman”) also co-stars as a disoriented new recruit. – Patrick Ryan 

Sam Waterston returns to "Law & Order" for his 17th season.

‘Law & Order’

NBC (Feb. 24; Thursdays at 8 ET/PT)

The return of “Law & Order,”This could be the catalyst we need to bring the world back on its axis by 2022, after a decade-long hiatus. Much has changed since “Law & Order” went off the air in 2010 after 20 seasons – spawning a TV family of spinoffs, “Chicago”And “FBI”Series from Dick Wolf. But Sam Waterston remains ever stalwart as the show’s conscience, returning  as District Attorney Jack McCoy, and Anthony Anderson is back as Detective Kevin Bernard, joining newcomers Hugh Dancy, Jeffrey Donovan and Camryn Manheim. – Bryan Alexander

Has Courteney Cox gone mad or is she depressed? The actress stars in "Shining Vale" as a troubled writer who sees ghosts, including one played by Mira Sorvino.

‘Shining Vale’

Starz (March 6; Sundays, 10 EST/PST)

Courteney cox meets some fascinating new friends “Friends”In a comedy that includes moments of terror. Cox portrays Pat Phelps (a once-successful author), who searches for inspiration for her next story. However, her personal life is in chaos. Her teenage children assume her as her and she and Greg Kinnear (her husband) try to heal from her affair with the handyman. When the family moves from Brooklyn to the suburbs, Pat begins seeing ghosts (including a 1950s housewife  played by Mira Sorvino). Is Pat really possessed? Is her depression manifesting these spirits or is Pat possessed? – Erin Jensen

It’s also worth looking at…

  • “Dollface” (Hulu, Jan. 11)
  • “Ozark”Final season.
  • “Billions”(Showtime Jan. 23): Final Season.
  • “The Gilded Age” (HBO, Jan. 24): “Downtown Abbey”The creator’s perspective on 1882 New York. 
  • “Reacher” (Amazon. Feb. 4): Adaptation from Lee Childs’ novels.
  • “Inventing Anna”(Netflix Feb. 11): Shonda Rimes’ series on Russian scam artist Anna Sorokin (Julia Garner), and the journalist who follows her.
  • “Bel-Air”(Peacock 13 Feb. 2013): Dramatic version of Will Smith’s NBC sitcom.
  • “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon, Feb. 18)
  • “American Song Contest”(NBC, February 21): A U.S.-centric Television Network “Eurovision,”With contestants from every state.
  • “Killing Eve”(BBC America. February 27, 2007): Final season.


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