It’s cold and grey outside, so get cozy on the couch with some of the best new TV shows premiering this February. Despite the ever increasing number of cable and streaming series’, primetime network television is still a driving force in evening family entertainment. We’ve got the scoop on February premieres and new TV episodes. Mark your calendars and set your DVRs so you don’t miss out.
February 1 • Sunday Season two of The Blacklist premiered after the Super Bowl on NBC but will be airing on Thursdays at 9pm. Ron Perlman guest stars as Luther Braxton, the latest entry on Red’s blacklist. We’re also going to learn more about Red and Lizzy’s relationship. You can’t miss an episode of this twisty thriller if you want to keep up for the rest of the season.
February 4 • Wednesday ABC’s new sitcom Fresh Off the Boat is based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir about being an Asian-American kid in Orlando, Florida. He’s made no secret of his mixed feelings about this somewhat sugarcoated rendition but it’s still a fresh take on the immigrant experience and a fun trip back to 1995. It’s notable that this is the first network sitcom to star an Asian-American family.
Season three of everyone’s favorite country music drama, Nashville, also premieres on ABC at 10pm. Grab a box of tissues, as Deacon faces a possible cancer diagnosis, Sadie buys a gun, Gunnar fights for custody of Micah and Luke’s not taking his breakup with Rayna very well.
February 5 • Thursday The jury is still out on whether Allegiance, airing at 10pm NBC, will be considered one of the best new TV shows. So far critics have described it as similar to The Americans but not as good. However NBC couldn’t have picked a better time for its debut with news about the FBI breaking up a Russian spy ring living in New York City made headlines last month. Allegiance focuses on the O’Connor family. Alex, an idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs has no idea that his parents are part of a newly reactivated Russian sleeper cell. Alex is trying to foil a Russian plot to destroy the U.S. economy, Russia is trying to get his parents to recruit him as a spy and the O’Connor’s are torn between protecting their family and betraying their government.
February 8 • Sunday The Walking Dead is back with new TV episodes when season five premiers on AMC at 9pm. Rick Grimes and the gang are on the move again, heading to a potentially safe location near Richmond, VA.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated new shows this season, Better Call Saul, debuts on AMC with a two-night premiere Sunday and Monday at 10pm. This prequel to Breaking Bad catches up with Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) six years before he meets Walter White. Jonathan Banks is back as everyone’s favorite ‘fixer’ Mike Ehrmentraut and we have high hopes for Vince Gilligan’s latest offering.
February 12 • Thursday The Slap is an eight episode “event series” airing on NBC at 8pm. The show is based on a book by Christos Tsiolkas and an Australian mini-series. It begins with a party thrown by Hector and Aisha (Peter Sarsgaard and Thandie Newton). One of Hector’s cousins slaps another couples child unleashing a disturbing chain of events. The stellar cast includes Uma Thurman, Zachary Quinto, Melissa George, Thomas Sadoski and Brian Cox.
February 19 • Thursday Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, give The Odd Couple a classic a fresh spin at 8:30 on NBC.
February 23 • Monday The Night Shift is back with season two at 10pm on NBC. The San Antonio Memorial ER is as drama-filled as ever. We love how San Antonio’s Latin culture is depicted. Executive Producer Jeff Judah explains, “We’re just really making sure that (Spanish) is a character and part of the episode,” Judah said. “San Antonio is like 60 percent Latino, so to make sure that’s really reflected, we’ve had all our actors…start learning Spanish, speaking more Spanish because you would be speaking to these patients in this way.”
February 25 • Wednesday It’s hard to believe we’ve been watching Survivor for 30 seasons now! CBS gives us a double-header premiere of back-to-back Survivor and The Amazing Race beginning at 8pm. This season takes place in the Philippine province of Cagayan and this season’s twist has the contestants divided into three tribes: White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar. Meanwhile, The Amazing Race gives us a blind date twist with five singles that are matched up with ‘blind’ partners and six real couples.
February 27 • Friday And finally, we can’t leave out the Netflix series House of Cards. All 13 episodes of season three will be released at 12am. It looks to be a juicy season with Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) newly elected president and a rumored guest appearance by Russian punk-protest band Pussy Riot.