Brittany and Tom here, Facets editors and proud TV-holics. Both of us will be the first to admit it, we may have a problem. We’re addicted to great TV, sometimes binging on an entire season of a show in a week (or most recently all 12 episodes of Homeland in less than two days). As the winter months drag on, bringing cold weather, snow and early darkness, this is the perfect time to bundle up and catch up on some great TV shows. Here are four of our returning favorites you may not have seen.
Justified (FX, Tuesdays 9 p.m.) - Timothy Olyphant stars as Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshall and wise-cracking, gun-slinging, 21st century cowboy. Going after drug dealers and gangsters in his home town in Kentucky, Givens shoots first and asks questions later. This season has already started off with a number of shoot outs and seedy criminals willing to go to any length to get the law out of their way. Fans of modern day westerns like Deadwood or those who like watching action films and TV shows should surely give this a shot.
Shameless (SHO, Sundays 8 p.m.) - The Gallaghers are back to stir up trouble for another season of Shameless. The show, based on the award-winning British series of the same name, features a big, dysfunctional family living on the south side of Chicago. Each character is messed up in their own wonderful way, but all have one thing in common—they are family. Viewers got to know each character on a very personal level in the first season, and it should be interesting to see what other secrets will be revealed during the second. If watching a show about a family that’s weirder than your own sounds appealing, Shameless is for you.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (IFC, Fridays 8:30 p.m.) - David Cross’ over-the-top American-British sitcom has already kicked off its second season with an expected amount of absurdity. Cross plays the title character, a naive American and compulsive liar who travels to England in an attempt to sell a new, foul and dangerous energy drink called Thunder Muscle. Another former Arrested Development costar, Will Arnett, is a regular cast member playing Margaret’s gambling addict boss. Season two also brings Mad Men star, Jon Hamm to the cast. If you’re a fan of Gob or Tobias from Arrested Development, Todd Margaret is a hilarious show you cannot miss.
Portlandia (IFC, Fridays 8 p.m.) - Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein continue their hilarious take on one of America’s most unique cities. With a sense of love and humor, Portlandia parodies some of the (strange) personalities who call Portland, Ore. their home. While each show is filled with a number of amusing sketches, a few personal favorites are the Dream of the 90s, Did You Read? and the Artisan Knots Store.