Must-See Winter Shows! Your Ultimate Guide to 15 Binge-Worthy Series That’ll Keep You Glued to the Screen!

With the resolution of the Hollywood strikes, 2024 promises a return to normalcy, or at least whatever “normal” means in an increasingly unpredictable TV landscape. New and returning shows are making their way back to broadcast networks, with seasons shortened to the 10-13 episode range.

NBC’s “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago P.D.” are set to return on Wednesdays. Following suit, the “Law & Order” franchise, including “Law & Order: SVU” with Kelli Giddish returning for its 25th season, premieres the next night. The freshman NBC drama “The Irrational,” starring Jesse L. Martin, makes its Season 2 debut on Jan. 29.

CBS’s lineup, starting a month later, features familiar shows like “The Neighborhood,” “NCIS,” “So Help Me Todd,” and “Ghosts.” Notably, this marks the final season for “Young Sheldon,” and the Kathy Bates-led reboot of “Matlock” is postponed to the next season.

For those without Hulu, ABC is broadcasting the first season of “Only Murders in the Building,” the comedic murder mystery starring Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez.

In other updates, Showtime undergoes a name change to Paramount+, incorporating Showtime. Amazon, starting this year, introduces ads to its default Prime Video subscription.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s on the horizon in the upcoming weeks:

  1. “Finding Your Roots” (PBS): Hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., the series explores the family histories of celebrities, including Valerie Bertinelli, Brendan Fraser, LeVar Burton, Michael Douglas, Lena Dunham, Tracy Morgan, Ed O’Neill, Bob Odenkirk, Sammy Hagar, and Dionne Warwick.
  2. “Criminal Record” (Apple TV+): An eight-episode crime thriller starring Peter Capaldi and Cush Jumbo, revolving around a seasoned detective and his less experienced colleague entangled in a high-profile murder case.
  3. “True Detective: Night Country” (HBO): Season 4 of the anthology series, led by Jodie Foster and Kali Reis, investigating the disappearance of a team at an Alaska research station.
  4. “Monsieur Spade” (AMC): Clive Owen steps into Humphrey Bogart’s shoes as Sam Spade in 1963’s south of France, coming out of retirement to solve murders at a local convent.
  5. “Death and Other Details” (Hulu): Mandy Patinkin stars as a world-renowned private detective solving a murder on a swanky Mediterranean cruise.
  6. “The Woman in the Wall” (Paramount+ with Showtime): A mystery starring Ruth Wilson in small-town Ireland, waking up to find a dead body in her house, triggering memories of her time in an infamous Magdalene Laundry.
  7. “Griselda” (Netflix): Sofia Vergara stars in this six-episode series based on the life of ’80s-era drug queenpin Griselda Blanco.
  8. “Expats” (Amazon): An adaptation of Janice Y. K. Lee’s novel “The Expatriates,” starring Nicole Kidman, centered on three American women living in Hong Kong.
  9. “Masters of the Air” (Apple TV+): A World War II series from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, based on the book by Donald L. Miller, exploring America’s bomber boys fighting the air war against Nazi Germany.
  10. “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (Amazon): Donald Glover and Maya Erskine star in this eight-episode remake of the 2005 movie, featuring spies in an arranged marriage.
  11. “Abbott Elementary” (ABC): Quinta Brunson’s sitcom returns for Season 3, promising an hour-long premiere and a special Sunday broadcast after the Oscars on March 10.
  12. “Tracker” (CBS): Starring Justin Hartley, this case-of-the-week drama follows a survivalist using tracking skills to help solve mysteries.
  13. “The New Look” (Apple TV+): A series centered on fashion designers Christian Dior and Coco Chanel during World War II, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Juliette Binoche.
  14. “Shogun” (Hulu): A 10-episode limited series adaptation of James Clavell’s novel, set in 1600s Japan, exploring power circles from the perspective of a Westerner played by Cosmo Jarvis.
  15. “Elsbeth” (CBS): A spinoff of “The Good Wife,” centered around Carrie Preston’s character Elsbeth Tascioni, a smart and quirky lawyer, now making unique observations to solve mysteries with the NYPD.

As the TV landscape shapes up in 2024, viewers can anticipate a diverse range of shows spanning various genres and themes.

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