Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video get all the attention (and many of the Emmys!), but networks continue to produce fresh and exciting content that often gets overlooked. Make a resolution this January to show some love to network television and check out critically acclaimed returning series (like Ghosts and Abbott Elementary), brand new shows (like Will Trent and Alert) or some combination of the two, including a rebooted Night Court that picks up two decades after the original series. And if you’re a proud cord-cutter, don’t fret: Many of these shows stream on sites like Hulu the following day!
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
The premise: The L.A.-based military crime spinoff, starring Chris O’Donnell (52) and LL Cool J (54), is still going strong in its 14th season, and its creators keep giving us big reasons to tune in. This month, the NCIS universe will air its first-ever three-way crossover event on Jan. 9, which will see the teams from the original NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: Hawaii meeting up in D.C. to celebrate the retirement of a former professor. This being a crime procedural, things don’t go exactly according to plan: The instructor ends up dead in an apparent suicide, and the agents become targets of a hitman.
Why you should tune in: The series continues tackling important big-picture topics like domestic violence.
Watch it: Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS
America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (NBC)
The premise: This best-of-the-best spinoff edition of the reality competition series brings together 60 acts from across America’s 17 seasons, plus international editions from Germany, Romania, the Philippines and beyond. Among the slate of a cappella groups, aerialists, poets, singers and dancers are some household names from previous AGT seasons, including Season 2 ventriloquist Terry Fator, 57, and season 16 magician Dustin Tavella.
Why you should tune in: Despite the slightly updated formula, audiences can still expect returning host Terry Crews (54) and judges Simon Cowell (63), Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel (67).
Watch it: Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC
The premise: Fans of the recently ended Hawaii Five-O reboot can catch actor Scott Caan (James Caan’s son) once again fighting crime, this time as part of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit. Each week brings a new missing persons case, but there’s an overarching story to bring added emotional heft: Caan plays Officer Jason Grant who reunites professionally and personally with his ex-wife, MPU head Nikki Batista (Dania Ramirez), to track down their son Keith, who’s been gone and assumed dead for six years.
Why you should tune in: Showrunner John Eisendrath has a knack for adrenaline-pumping shows; he’s been the executive producer of Alias, The Blacklist and many more.
Watch it: Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox, following a special premiere on Sunday, Jan. 8, after the NFL game