There are so many amazing things on TV, it’s hard to keep track of everything – in fact, it can be downright intimidating to choose what to watch next. With a seemingly endless library scattered in multiple streaming services, it’s too easy to just rewatch Friends for the gazillionth time. And then when you do watch something new, then you have to wait what feels like centuries for the next season to arrive – of course, this automatically strips you of all desire to get out of your comfort zone.
But here’s the thing right now: we’re on the verge of late winter and spring premieres. A lot of shows are coming back in the next weeks, which makes it the perfect time to find some new favorites and avoid cliffhangers like the plague. So you have time to watch, we’re only mentioning shows going on their second season.
Let’s do this!
1. Atlanta. March 1
Created and often written and directed by Donald Glover (A.K.A. Childish Gambino), Atlanta returns for after a hiatus of over a year. The first season racked up Golden Globes, Emmys and all kids of awards, becoming a critics’ darling!
Starring Glover as an adrift Princeton dropout, this dramedy follows his life as the new manager of his rapper cousin, Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry). The show combines millennial feels and absurdity, on-point social commentary and a whole lot of drunk moments – with Atlanta’s rap scene as backdrop. It’s always a joy to watch Glover in action, and he’s accompanied by a very fun and talented cast, all swimming in amazing dialogue.
2. Jessica Jones. March 8
Jessica Jones is coming back for her second solo outing, and it’s the perfect time to get to know her. Starring Breaking Bad alum Krysten Ritter, this is arguably the darkest Marvel Cinematic Universe property, or at least up there with Daredevil.
Jessica Jones is a strong homage to decades of hard-boiled detective narratives: think Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon. With a no-nonsense attitude and a dark past, season 1 Jessica struggles between reconciling with the world and making peace with horrible trauma – always with a sneer. Sure, she has superpowers, but she’d be a badass without them, too.
The cast also includes Netflix-Marvel’s lucky charm, Rosario Dawson, plus Carrie-Anne Moss as a tough-as-nails lawyer and David Tennant as one of the most fascinating MCU villains.
3. Santa Clarita Diet. March 23
An undead comedy in the vein of Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland, Santa Clarita Diet is also a surprisingly warm (no pun intended) family show. Starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as a suburban couple, the series follows their attempt to circumvent life now that she’s turned into an undead cannibal.
The premise is pretty insane, and the show can be pretty gory, but it’s all in good fun. The contrast between the quiet life of two realtors and their double life as blood seekers makes for some true comedy goal. Santa Clarita Diet also gets points for having a realistic and not horrifying teen, played by Australian actress Liv Hewson.
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events. March 30
Based on the series of books by Daniel Handler (under pen name Lemony Snicket), this is a kid’s show for all ages. A black comedy and an adventure show, this ironic turn on the “poor orphans” trope wants nothing more than to keep you from watching. Even the show’s opening song asks viewers to look away!
This unfortunate series follows three very talented Baudelaire orphans: Violet (Malina Weissman), an inventor; Klaus (Louis Hynes), an avid reader; and Sunny (Presley Smith), a baby with insanely strong teeth. Their home was destroyed in the same fire that killed their parents, and now they’re constantly in the move, trying to escape from evil Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris, the real star of the show), who wants their fortune. The show is narrated by the always epic Patrick Warburton, who also serves as a character, and a lot of truly stupid grown-ups who refuse to believe the children.
Silly and brilliant at the same time, A Series of Unfortunate Events is the perfect show to watch with family.
5. Legion. April 3
A brainy series like no other, Legion technically belongs to the X-Men universe, but it feels like a thing of its own. Starring Beauty and the Beast alum Dan Stevens, it follows the recovery process of David Haller, a particularly powerful mind mutant who also suffers from schizophrenia. The main character is constantly struggling to find where his powers end and his mental illness begins, and vice versa. The entire show occurs in a myriad of alternate realities created by his own brain, giving way to some truly fascinating storytelling.
Legion should be particularly interesting to those who love strange and introspective stories, in the vein of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. The show gets extra points for featuring Aubrey Plaza’s best performance to date, and a few episodes with Jemaine Clement, who steals every scene he’s in.
6. Westworld. April 22
A robot-driven fantasy and an old-timey western at the same time, Westworld seems like genre fan service. However, this deceptively cool-looking series goes much deeper, as it delves into the ethics of robotics, sentience and what it means to be human.
Starring a stellar group of actors like Oscar-winning Anthony Hopkins and powerhouses Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood, there’s nothing here that isn’t splendid. The photography is breathtaking, the acting is superb and the story is enthralling. No wonder: the show was created by Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight, The Prestige) and Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies).
7. The Handmaid’s Tale. April 25
Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale is a terrifying dystopia – particularly if you’re a woman. Starring Elisabeth Moss, the show follows different players inside a totalitarian religious regime, in which women are considered inferior.
Moss’ character, June, is a “handmaid,” namely a fertile woman in a mostly barren world. The first season is told in her perspective, as she navigates her new life under a rich and powerful family, while having flashbacks of what life was life before totalitarianism.
The first season covered the entirety of the book, so even fans of Atwood’s work don’t know what’s happening in the second one.