Let’s face it sometimes the midseason premieres are better than the regular season premieres due to networks like HBO and AMC premiering their best shows in spring. They want to ensure you watch each of their quality programs entirely before the next amazing show appears. I am thankful for the strategy otherwise I might not be able to fit all the quality television in my schedule. Here are my picks for the best of midseason television shows:
House of Cards (Netflix)
Kevin Spacey you are the golden God of Netflix! Not everyone is a fan of this extremely cynical view of D.C. politics but I can’t say it’s not at least moderately accurate. Let’s face facts, our politicians are supremely screwed up and I wouldn’t put any of these power play scenarios past them. If you don’t like politics, don’t watch this. If you like the more idyllic view of West Wing, don’t watch this. If you like grit, sexuality, and dystopian viewpoints – watch this!
The Walking Dead (AMC)
Anyone who has been reading my blog posts since I started at The Daily Quirk knows I am a hardcore Deadhead (or Walker Stalker?). Even if you’re not a zombie fan, this show is worth watching – the quality of acting and writing makes it an incredibly addictive show. In the same vein as Lost, this show explores the depths of humanity at its best and worst. Most watchers are heavily invested in their favorite characters and their survival. Characters die and it upsets the audience but then we move on just like the band of survivors. Now we just have to hope that they all find each other again!
This show is ridiculous in the best way. Hannah is just as self-absorbed and crazy as ever. Adam is equally weird and still somehow charming. The introduction of his nutcase sister has been an interesting addition not to mention the sheer fact that she’s played by Gaby Hoffman – where has she been? Marnie, you want to punch in the face but what’s new? Shoshanna is developing in an amazingly bitchy way that I love this season. Jessa is pretty much the same train wreck. If you enjoy female focused comedy and over the top 20-something women – you should be watching this show.
Game of Thrones (HBO)
All my fellow throners and I are counting down the days until April 6 and the premiere of GOT Season 4 because vengeance is coming. If you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings or other historical fantasy films/books, you’ll love this show. The storyline is complex, the characters are flawed, the cinematography is spectacular and the acting is phenomenal. Admittedly is can be hard to follow if you’re unable to pay close attention to the plot but anyone who likes intellectually challenging entertainment loves this world of Westeros. Check out my other article about the new season of GOT here to read more!
The Americans (FX)
I really enjoyed the premiere season of this 1980s period Soviet spy drama. In case you haven’t seen any of the series yet, it is based on real life. There was a sleeper cell of Russian spies found living in the U.S. posing as American citizens almost 30 years ago. The show stars Kerri Russell (Felicity) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) who have shed their goodie two shoes personas for gritty spy characters in this original drama. If you enjoyed Alias or Homeland, you may enjoy this series also.
Mad Men (AMC)
As you may already know, this season is the finale for the retro ad agency drama. It has been a wild ride with Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price and I imagine the final season will be magnificent. The reputation precedes this show much like the main character, Don Draper, for its talent and complexity. Anyone enamored with New York City, the ‘60s, and/or glamour is a fan of this show. Award-wining acting, writing and costume design ensures Mad Men will go down in history as one of the best shows on TV.
Drama, drama, drama – I know most of these are dramatic series but I can’t get enough. They are all extremely well done, some with successful film stars as leads. Television isn’t just for sitcoms and reality shows anymore. If you aren’t caught up on these midseason shows you better start watching now!