Thanks to the Golden Age of Television, there hasn't been a shortage of must-see TV for over a decade now. But with the countless shows being churned out by networks like Showtime, HBO, and FX, how do you separate the magnificent from the meh?
Thankfully, we here at FHM are up to the task. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. Here are nine new shows you should be watching.
Set in 1814, Tom Hardy plays James Delaney, an international adventurer who returns to England after spending 12 years in Africa to claim an inheritance after his father passes away. Though the show's premise might seem cut-and-dry, it is anything but. Haunted by his years living in the African wild and by the things he’s had to do while he was there, Hardy vacillates from fevered madman to stony-eyed revenge seeker like the Academy Award-nominated thespian that he is. Don't sleep on this.
Set in a distant feature where humanity has colonized the entire Solar System, The Expanse is a space opera that follows its three main characters: UN executive Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), police detective Joesphus Miller (Thomas Jane), and ship officer Jim Holden (Steven Strait) as they become embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens the safety of humanity. It's Battlestar Galactica meets Firefly.
The show follows Pete (Pete Holmes), a comedian trying to catch his big break, after his wife leaves him for a guy named Lief. With Judd Apatow serving as the show's executive producer, the show is loosely based on Holmes's actual life and stars a slew of wonderful comedians including Sarah Silverman, T.J. Miller, Steve Agee, and Artie Lange. If you've been missing Louie, this will tide you over in the meantime.
Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti star in this high-stakes show about a hedge fund manager and US attorney who come to legal blows after evidence of insider trading surfaces. The show is a dramatic powerhouse that features both actors' strengths extensively. In addition to this heavyweight duo, Billions also star Malin Ackerman and Maggie Siff who play Lewis and Giamatti's better halves respectively.
This is as close you'll get to seeing Django Unchained fleshed out into a half-hour drama. Underground follows a group of slaves as they make the 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation with the help of an abolitionist couple.
The Good Place
Need to fill that Parks and Recreation-shaped hole in your heart? Well, you're in luck. The Good Place, starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, has its first season in the bag, with its second set to debut later this year. The show follows Eleanor in the afterlife, as she's welcomed into the Good Place, the haven where good people go after they die. After she realizes they've mistaken her for a different person, she navigates her new life, attempting to make amends for her sins and earning her spot in her new home. The show's already a critical darling and might just become your favorite new comedy.
Adam Pally and Yassir Lester take on time travel in this new Fox comedy. The show centers on Dan, a guy who's been time traveling to colonial era Boston in a duffle bag, and his history professor friend Chris, who helps him navigate the intricacies of American history and start the American Revolution. It's a light-hearted take on the idea of time travel in 2017. From using ham as currency to stealing Celine Dion songs to woo the daughter of Paul Revere, the show is a more accurate reflection of what modern day men would do when given the ability to time travel.
Zach Galifianakis plays twin brothers Chip and Dale Baskets in this Louis CK-produced FX show. After failing to graduate from a prestigious clown show in Paris, Chip moves back to the States to become a rodeo clown in Bakersfield, California. Its off-beat humor and the impeccable deadpan delivery of its lead actors has turned this show into must-see TV.
Hand of God
Hellboy's Ron Perlman plays a corrupt judge who believes he's being compelled by God to exact revenge on the people responsible for his son's suicide. The show premiered back in 2015 and its second season is set for a March 10 debut on Amazon. Part Deadwood, part Dexter, the show is satisfying watch for those craving a little grit in their weekly diet.