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Let it snow, let it snow, and leave the TV on, because this winter includes a sleigh full of great new shows to keep us warm. From reboots of classics like Night Court and That ’70s Show to new series starring some of our favorites like Eugene Levy, Wendell Pierce and Cybill Shepherd, this is winter TV at its best. Mark your calendars with our must-watch guide.
Hunters, Season 2 (Prime Video, Jan. 13)
Al Pacino is back as a Nazi hunter in the 1970s who discovers Hitler is alive in South America. Jennifer Jason Leigh joins the cast.
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How to Murder Your Husband: The Nancy Brophy Story (Lifetime, Jan. 14)
Cybill Shepherd plays a Portland writer of romance thrillers with heroines preoccupied with husband homicide. It’s based on a true story about a 71-year-old woman who really did kill her husband after inadvisably writing such pieces as How to Murder Your Husband.
The Last of Us (HBO, Jan. 15)
OK, it’s a series based on a PlayStation game. But wait, come back! It might be good, because it’s made by the auteur of the terrific Chernobyl, and it boasts a strong cast, including Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal as the hero smuggling a teen (Bella Ramsey of the must-see Lena Dunham movie Catherine Called Birdy) across a post-apocalyptic U.S. beset by a fungus that turns humans into Walking Dead-like cannibal zombies. Plus Melanie Lynskey, Nick Offerman and The White Lotus breakout star Murray Bartlett.
Night Court (NBC, Jan. 17)
John Larroquette returns as a sardonic prosecutor turned defense attorney in the show that made him famous, with Melissa Rauch as Judge Stone (playing the daughter of Harry Anderson’s original Judge Stone character).
Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space (PBS, Jan. 17)
PBS’ American Experience seldom disappoints, and Hurston, the professional anthropologist and Their Eyes Were Watching God author, who spun her deep studies of Black American and Caribbean folklore into literature that propelled the Harlem Renaissance, is one titanic subject. Director Tracy Heather Strain won a Peabody Award for Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.
That ’90s Show (Netflix, Jan. 19)
Can a TV series be nostalgic for nostalgia? That ’70s Show stars Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace and Mila Kunis have gone on to bigger things, but mom (Debra Jo Rupp) and dad (Kurtwood Smith) are now grandparents with a new brood of stoners in the basement. Original cast members Grace and Laura Prepon appear in the premiere, and Prepon directs some of the episodes.