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12 Must-See TV Shows for Spring 2016

From kooky rom-coms to nail-biting thrillers, our grownup guide to new and returning series reveals what’s worth watching

  • Spring TV Preview 2016, Bones
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    ‘Bones’ (Fox, Thursdays, returns April 14)

    Say it ain’t so, Bo! After its astonishing 12th season on the air — 245 episodes going back to 2005 — this perfect blend of screwball comedy and cutting-edge criminal science is finally rattling to a close. Why the success? Probe no deeper than the verbal sparring between awkward forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her smooth husband, FBI special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz).

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, Bosch
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    ‘Bosch’ (Amazon Studios)

    If you’re a binge watcher, Bosch is for you. Stylish and cynical, tender and gripping, Season 2 brings even more of Michael Connelly’s Detective Harry Bosch novels to propulsive, staccato action in a luridly sun-splashed L.A. We love Titus Welliver (Bosch) and Jamie Hector (Jerry Edgar) as seen-it-all partners trying to root out corruption in the present and solve a murder from the past.

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, The Catch
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    ‘The Catch’ (ABC, Thursdays)

    You’d be steamed if your spouse took off with your truck and your dog, so just imagine PI Alice Vaughan’s state of mind when she learns her shady ex-fiancé has robbed her of millions. Stars Mireille Enos and Peter Krause guarantee high sex appeal, and — remarkable for a show by overly dramatic Shonda Rhimes — they bring humor to the table as well.

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, Game of Silence
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    ‘Game of Silence’ (NBC, Thursdays, premieres Tuesday, April 12)

    Would today’s TV landscape be this lush without its most popular plot device — the Deadly Secret From the Past? In Game of Silence, that twist turns the lives of five friends upside down, then threatens to destroy them. A strong cast of relative unknowns drives home the message: Some personal histories are best not revisited. 

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, Game of Thrones
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    ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO, Sundays, returns April 24)

    Could this year’s presidential hopefuls survive Westeros, the brutal medieval kingdom populated by dragons, giants and (literally) backstabbing politicos? For viewers just now hopping on this sex-and-skulduggery train — well, cart, really — Season 6 finds one queen in exile and a second brewing a nasty dose of revenge. Rewind to Season 1 if you’re dead set on being able to follow every last act of treachery.

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, Grace and Frankie
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    ‘Grace and Frankie’ (Netflix, returns May 6)

    Love can be messy, scary and complicated — and that’s just after you turn 50! In Season 1, frenemies Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) learned their husbands (Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) had fallen out of love with them … and in love with each other. Season 2 promises even more complexity between the two couples. Until it returns, you’ll find the first 13 episodes reliably funny and touching.

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, Grantchester
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    ‘Grantchester’ (PBS, Sundays)

    “As a priest, isn’t everything our business?” Yes — notably murder. The residents of an English village will tell the local vicar (Robert Redford clone James Norton) anything — above all, clues that help solve killings. Set in 1953, the series boasts a sprightly modern sensibility. And in Season 2, the young priest is still teaming up with an older police detective, played to perfection by Robson Green.

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, Nashville
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    ‘Nashville’ (ABC, Wednesdays)

    The cardinal rule of any soap opera is that a wedding is never the start of “happily ever after.” Season 4 of this music-heavy drama resumes mid-season with the long-awaited nuptials of steamy singer Rayna James (Connie Britton) and hunky songwriter Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten). Now it’s time to sit back and watch some good old country fireworks. Newcomers can binge old episodes at

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, The Odd Couple
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    ‘The Odd Couple’ (CBS, Thursdays, returns April 7)

    Old friends never change — and neither, thank God, do odd ones. Picking up where Jack Klugman and Tony Randall left off in 1975, Matthew Perry (Friends) and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911) are back this spring as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in Season 2 of the reimagined Odd Couple. The faces may be new, but the mismatched duo bicker — and bond — with comedic chops that rival our old favorites.

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, The Path
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    ‘The Path’ (Hulu, premieres March 30)

    To mend his broken life, Eddie Land (Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad) seeks sanctuary in a New Age religion, only to find the “safe haven” is a cult from which he cannot extricate his family. Costarring a hypnotic Hugh Dancy and the radiant Michelle Monaghan, is the tense and otherworldly Path will rivet you to its straight and narrow from episode 1.

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  •  Spring TV Preview 2016, Turn
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    ‘Turn’ (AMC, Mondays, returns April 25)

    You might not think Revolutionary War when you hear the label “spy thriller” applied to a TV show, but that’s exactly what this criminally underrated drama is all about. Here, the founding of a nation hinges on the loyalty of a few good men — and the treason of many bad apples. Now in its third season, the show stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as New York farmer-spymaster Abraham Woodhull.

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  • Spring TV Preview 2016, Underground
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    'Underground' (WGN, Wednesdays)

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights), Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU) star in this gripping new saga of a desperate but determined band of slaves who are preparing to do the unthinkable: escape their Georgia plantation and run 600 miles to freedom. Underground’s issues of treachery and trust make for highly suspenseful viewing.

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