As we all know, there are a plethora of TV shows continuing as well as airing for the first time this spring. For those of us who had a full fall schedule of new and old TV shows, this whole mid-season break was both awful and amazing. Awful because waiting just a week to see a cliffhanger was hard enough, but amazing because we were actually able to live our lives and DO THINGS (or at least pretend to).
Fall 2014 has had some of the best television shows that I’ve seen in a while. It was a bit too much on occasion because even if I fell one or two nights behind, my DVR was filled up.
In no particular order, here are the list of Spring shows that I’m looking forward to most:
1. The Flash (Returning January 20 at 8:00 PM on The CW)
With the big success of Arrow, DC gave the CW another super hero to grace our televisions with this fall, Barry Allen aka The Flash. Grant Gustin plays Allen perfectly, a hero when he needs to be, and a normal, awkward twenty-something the other times; Gustin really gives this character heart. The costume design is modern and fresh, and the chemistry between all of the characters is perfect. Although Arrow helped The Flash kickoff by introducing Barry in an episode, knowing the fan-base would be similar, it has has really found its footing and took off running (pun intended) on its own. It’s not as dark as Arrow, but it’s a lot of fun, even if you aren’t big into comic books.
2. Arrow (Returning January 21 at 8:00 PM on The CW)
Well, isn’t that obvious? Oliver Queen aka the The Arrow has gone through a lot over the past two seasons. The beginning of season 1 starts out on the slower side, but quickly becomes more intriguing, shocking, and a whole lot of fun. Each episode in season 2 thus far has been getting better and better, especially with the epic cliffhanger of a mid-season finale (don’t worry, I won’t give away any spoilers). As I said before, Arrow is a bit darker but still every bit as exciting to watch. Stephen Amell does an amazing job playing Oliver Queen, and he’s even more amazing to his fans. He’s constantly participating in online questionnaires, reposting fan artwork, and is genuinely grateful for his fan-base. For any Doctor Who fans, John Barrowman and Alex Kingston also have significant roles in Arrow. It’s a vigilante’s job to save Starling City, and The Arrow has a great team to back him up. If you’re a comic book fan, you’ll see some very familiar villains and other DC Universe characters.
3. Parks and Recreation (Returning January 13 at 8:00 PM on NBC)
Being that I’m a new Parks and Rec fan, I was thrilled to get caught up just in time for a new season to premiere so that I could watch it live with the rest of the world! Little did I know at the time that this season would be the last one. I was told multiple times throughout the run of this show to check it out, and one lazy weekend I decided to play it on Netflix. I think I ripped through this show in a matter of days. This show will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with just about every character as if you knew them in real life. I couldn’t believe it took me so long to watch this, and I recommend it to anyone with a funny bone. Nick Offerman plays the amazing and mantastic Ron Swanson with a very dry sense of humor who is the head of the Parks and Rec department (although he doesn’t like to do much, and he hates the government). Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope with a lot of spunk and pours her heart and soul into that character. She’s chipper, over-the-top (but in a good way), and holds all of the characters together in the show. For any Guardians of the Galaxy fans, Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt plays the dumb but adorable Andy Dwyer. You won’t regret checking this show out if you already haven’t, and I’m hoping for a perfect send-off!
4. The Walking Dead (Returning February 8 at 9:00 PM on AMC)
This current season has been getting a lot of mixed reviews from the fandom, but personally I’ve been loving this one probably the best. The previous seasons have been a fun ride, but I was getting a little sick of the group being in one location for an entire season. It’s nice to see more than one building, along with many different storylines. The mid-season finale was one of the biggest shocks that we’ve seen in a very long time, and a good portion of the show has been true to the graphic novels, or so I’ve heard. I’ve just started reading them and can’t wait to get caught up with the rest of my Walking Dead comic book lovers. I think if you don’t know what this show is about, you’ve been living under a rock. However, The Walking Dead is so much more than just zombies looking for brains. It’s about survival, love, hate, trust, and loyalty. The amount of praise this show gets at both comic con and in magazines, it deserves every bit of it. However, if you have a weak stomach, you may want to consider other shows.
5. Supernatural (Returning January 20 at 9:00 PM on The CW)
Supernatural is currently celebrating 10 seasons (that’s 10 years!) of being on the air. Considering that for most shows 4 seasons is a big deal, this just shows you how it’s still keeping everyone interested. Not to mention Supernatural has an incredible and dedicated fandom that keeps the numbers up and constantly circulating Supernatural chatter around the interwebs. This past fall they also aired their 200th episode, which was everything we fans could have wanted. Singing, meta, tumblr jokes, and a big surprise at the end. With Supernatural, I jumped into the fandom a little after season 7 aired, and after a few dull moments throughout the years, I’m always surprised at the twists and turns this show takes in order to keep it fun and interesting. From season 1, where the brothers had a mission to find their father and deal with ghosts, to the apocalypse and the devil himself. This show has been one hell of a ride and as long as they keep pumping out crazy and random episodes (along with staying true to the story), I’m on board for as long as it goes! Not to mention the cast is easy on the eyes (especially that one angel in a trench coat).
6. MasterChef Junior (Returning January 6 at 8:00 PM on FOX)
Although I don’t watch the regular MasterChef TV show, MasterChef Junior I was excited for before it even aired. Kids that are between the ages of 8-12 cooking on the level of five star restaurant chefs!? Talented and extremely adorable, you have to check this show out – even if it’s just for an episode. Every one of these kids are absolutely fantastic and extremely talented. It’s also interesting to see Gordon Ramsay not cursing or screaming every five minutes (not that I really mind when he does).
7. Once Upon A Time (Returning March 1 at 8:00 PM on ABC)
For everyone who still gets excited when new Disney movies come out and wouldn’t hesitate for one second if given a trip to Disney World, Once Upon A Time is full of magic, prince and princesses, villains, and heroes. This show takes all of your favorite fairy tale characters and drops them into our world. This season focused around Frozen, which at first I had rolled my eyes because of the popularity of the movie I thought it was a lame cop-out. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the route it took using Elsa and Anna in Storybooke (the town where Once Upon A Time takes place). This spring, we get to see new faces, but old Disney/fairy tale favorites. I’m excited to see where the story takes us!
8. Scorpion (Returning January 5 at 9:00 PM on CBS)
Based on a true story, Scorpion is a show I think anyone can enjoy. I love it, my co-workers love it, my parents love it…each episode is truly captivating and keeps you at the edge of your seat. With my heavy fall line up, I didn’t want to add another show on my long list, so I was hoping I wouldn’t like Scorpion when I tuned in, but each episode has me coming back for more. Walter O’Brien and his team (known as the Scorpions) are geniuses (or brilliant misfits) that help defend against the high-tech threats of the computer age.
9. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Returning March 3 at 9:00 PM on ABC)
I’m an avid Marvel fan, so naturally I’ve watched Agents of Shield from the very beginning. Most people that started the show with me jumped ship because it wasn’t doing anything for them. It wasn’t that Marvel magic that we see in cinemas. Admittedly, they were right. It was slow, and not as captivating as other shows I was tuning into. However, I had faith in both Marvel and Joss Whedon, so I stuck with it. After Captain America: Winter Soldier was released in theaters, AoS finally had a great story line to hold onto and ran with it – and it really became the fantastic show that it was meant to be. Clark Gregg is still the amazing and adorable Coulson, and Chloe Bennet (who plays one of the main characters, Skye) is really lovable and a great addition to the team. We get to see Marvel comic book characters, villains, and I’m hoping for some Avengers to appear soon! Also, I really hope they start to tie the episodes in with Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you’re one of those people who gave up halfway through season 1, I’d suggest checking it out again.
10. Constantine (Returning January 16 at 8:00 PM on NBC)
Comic books made into television series are really knocking it out of the park these past few years, and Constantine is no exception. Although there’s been a halt in production and have been rumors of Constantine being cancelled, the show is returning to NBC this spring (at an earlier time, thankfully)! Every episode has done justice to the comic book series Hellblazer, and Matt Ryan who plays John Constantine looks, talks, and plays the character fantastically. For those of you who are completely unaware of the Hellblazer series, think Supernatural, but darker and a lot more serious. It’s filled with magic, heaven, hell, cigarettes, and whiskey.
What I’ll be checking out for the first time (new shows):
Galavant (Premiering January 4 at 8:00 PM on ABC)
It’s a fairytale musical.. but with comedy. Plus it has Ricky Gervais, Timothy Omundson, John Stamos! It’s a mini-series (only 8 episodes), but it airs tonight and it looks like it’ll be both hilarious and adventurous!
Agent Carter (Premiering January 6 at 9:00 PM on ABC)
For anyone who’s seen Captain America, this face should look very familiar to you. Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger. Taking place in 1946, we see what happened to Peggy after Steve Rogers (aka Cap) disappeared. The trailer looks like a lot of kicking ass and taking names. Since Agents of Shield isn’t returning until March, Agent Carter is taking the time slot and hopefully will be able to fill its shoes.
What shows are you looking forward to this spring?
**Thanks to TV.com for all of these premiere dates. Click HERE if you want to know the full Spring TV Lineup**