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TV Preview 2024: The 20 Best Shows Coming Your Way

Be on the lookout for these gems of the new TV season, from beloved sitcoms to juicy miniseries


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(Clockwise from top left) Carol Burnett in "Palm Royale," Kate Winslet in "The Regime," Hiroyuki Sanada in "Shōgun" and Sofia Vergara in "Griselda."
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Hooray! The Hollywood actors’ and writers’ strikes are settled, so a triumphant parade of new and returning shows will light up TV in 2024. From crime shows with Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Vergara and Jodie Foster to Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s latest WWII epic to a thriller series about the hunt for Lincoln’s killer, there’s plenty to put on your must-watch calendar. TV schedules for later in the year are still up in the air, so check AARP’s Entertainment page for updates, and mark your calendars with this must-watch guide.

The Brothers Sun (Jan. 4, Netflix)

Michelle Yeoh, 61 (Everything Everywhere All at Once), stars as the head of an Asian crime syndicate called the Jade Dragons that is attacked by a rival gang. She turns to her two sons for help — one a trained killer and the other a mild-mannered geek.

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James May: Our Man in India (Jan. 5, Prime Video)

Top Gear veteran James May, 60, tackles India in a third six-episode season of his entertaining travel show. He embraces the highs and lows of the country, from the sights to the festivals to the cuisine to the “fantastically miserable” weather. He deploys his characteristic wit, as when describing the country’s “23rd official language: the horn.”

Monsieur Spade (Jan. 14, AMC)

Dashiell Hammett’s famous private investigator Sam Spade (Clive Owen, 59) is happily retired in the South of France in 1963 — until local nuns start getting murdered.

True Detective: Night Country, Season 4 (Jan. 14, Max)

It’s dark 24 hours a day during Alaskan winters — but when bodies start piling up, it gets darker yet. Don’t fret: An ace detective (Jodie Foster, 61) is on the case.

Death and Other Details (Jan. 16, Hulu)

Poirot, move over! Genius sleuth and clothes horse Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin, 71) is on the trail of a murderer aboard a fancy, lavishly restored ocean liner in the Mediterranean.

Griselda (Jan. 25, Netflix)

Who knew Sofia Vergara, 51, had a mean streak? The Modern Family alum stars in this six-episode limited series as Griselda Blanco, the real-life leader of a Colombian drug cartel whose streak of ruthlessness earned her the nickname Black Widow.

Masters of the Air (Jan. 26, Apple TV+)

Liked Band of Brothers and the miniseries The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks, 67, and Steven Spielberg, 77? Try their new series about the Army Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group — the Bloody Hundredth — and their fight with the Nazis. Starring Elvis Austin Butler and The Banshees of Inisherin’s Barry Keoghan.

Expats (Jan. 26, Prime Video)

Nicole Kidman, 56, stars in this six-episode limited series, based on a novel by Janice Y.K. Lee, that seems on the surface like a Hong Kong-set version of Big Little Lies. Three American women of different ages and stages of life are drawn together by a tragic incident — and then must navigate the fallout within a tight-knit community that sometimes shows its strains.

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Abbott Elementary, Season 3 (Feb. 7, ABC)

Hooray, the long-delayed third season of the heartwarming, funny bone-tickling show about teachers is here! We’re looking forward to Melissa (Lisa Ann Walter, 60) ordering her “most flammable kids” to go to the front of the line in a fire drill.

Shōgun (Feb. 27, FX/Hulu)

In a miniseries adaptation of James Clavell’s mammoth 1975 bestseller about 17th-century Japan, Hiroyuki Sanada, 63 (John Wick: Chapter 4), stars as Lord Toranaga, fighting for his life with an odd ally, marooned English pilot John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis).

Feud: Capote vs. The Swans (Jan. 31, FX, Feb. 1, Hulu)

In a true tale, drunken literary legend Truman Capote (The White Lotus’ Tom Hollander, 56) cultivates Manhattan’s high society ladies (Naomi Watts, 55, Diane Lane, 58, Chloë Sevigny, 49, Calista Flockhart, 59), then betrays them by writing about their most mortifying personal secrets.

Elsbeth (Feb. 29, CBS)

In a spin-off series, Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston, 56), the quirky attorney on The Good Wife and The Good Fight, leaves Chicago to help NYPD Captain Wagner (The Wire’s Wendell Pierce, 60) solve crimes with her scatterbrained yet high-IQ imagination.

The Regime (March 3, HBO)

The creators of Succession bring you Kate Winslet as the leader of a crumbling Central European autocracy menaced by an opposition leader (Hugh Grant, 63), with Martha Plimpton, 53, as the U.S. secretary of state trying to make everything work out to America’s benefit.

​​Grey’s Anatomy, Season 20 (March 14, ABC)

In the 20th season of the steamy hospital drama, we’ll see the aftermath of multiple cliff-hangers featuring two crucial smooches and two near-death experiences, by a patient (Sam Page) and his surgeon (Kim Raver, 54). The titular Dr. Grey (Ellen Pompeo, 54), won’t be a regular anymore, but she’ll do voice-overs and maybe even appear on screen. “It’s not a complete goodbye,” Pompeo has said.

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Manhunt (March 15, Apple TV+)

In what sounds like the ultimate American true-crime miniseries — if a bit fictionalized — Game of Thrones’ Tobias Menzies, 49, is Lincoln’s secretary of war and Lili Taylor, 56, is Mrs. Lincoln, both driven to the brink of madness on the 12-day hunt for the President’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth (Anthony Boyle). But two-fisted detective Lafayette Baker (Patton Oswalt, 54), who later shared in the $100,000 reward for nabbing Booth before he could get a hero’s welcome in the South, is on the case.

Palm Royale (March 20, Apple TV+)

Kristen Wiig, 50, plays a divorcée trying to break into 1969 Palm Beach high society in a highly promising miniseries with the most illustrious comedy cast of the year: Carol Burnett, 90, Laura Dern, 56, Allison Janney, 64, Julia Duffy, 72, Josh Lucas, 52, and Ricky Martin, 52.

3 Body Problem (March 21, Netflix)

The makers of Game of Thrones and True Blood bring you a sci-fi show about an astrophysicist (Rosalind Chao, 66) whose job hunting for aliens in the 1960s causes big trouble for humanity years later.

Apples Never Fall (March, Peacock)

In a twist-filled mystery based on the book by the author of Big Little Lies, Annette Bening, 65, and Sam Neill, 76, play an all-American family whose scary secrets erupt.

Fallout (April 12, Prime Video)

After apocalyptic bombs devastate the world, it’s overrun with mutant creatures and pragmatic bounty hunters like The Ghoul (Justified’s Walton Goggins, 52). Kyle MacLachlan, 64 (Twin Peaks) plays Hank, the overseer of a vault where folks hide from calamity.

Bridgerton, Season 3 (May 16, Netflix)

The new season of the hit about 19th-century London aristocrats focuses on the show’s most interesting character, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), who’s secretly the anonymous gossip columnist Lady Whistledown. Scandalous!

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