Once upon a time, March and April were the beginning of the end of the TV season. But these days with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and other alternative networks debuting new series outside of the traditional programming calendar, it's hard to keep track of what to set your DVR to record and when!
To help you sort through it all, we combed through the midseason madness and rounded up a list of the year’s best and most promising TV. Some of these programs are brand new, so forget FOMO; you’ll be able to get in on them from the beginning. Others return in their second and third seasons — shows you may have missed early on but we definitely deem worthy of your binge-watching hours.
Check out the full list below, and we promise: No spoilers ahead!
Currently airing. Sometimes smart and silly combine in a way that makes everything right in the world. Tina Fey (30 Rock and Mean Girls) has perfected this combination in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, available to stream now on Netflix. The show stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as Kimmy, a strong-willed young woman recently rescued from a doomsday cult where she lived underground for 15 years, sister-wives style.
Kimmy moves to New York to start her life, without knowing at all how the world works. This show is quirky and weird and a little sweet, and it will definitely make you laugh out loud. Be warned: Once you start, you won’t be able to stop, so clear your weekend now, folks.
Before you roll your eyes at the thought of even more zombies on TV, hear us out: This is no Walking Dead. iZombie is like a seriously fun combo of Veronica Mars and Warm Bodies. The show focuses on Olivia "Liv" Moore, an ex-med student turned zombie played by Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time).
Premiering March 17 on The CW, Liv gives up her type-A lifestyle for a graveyard shift at the Seattle coroner’s office, where she satisfies her monster cravings with the brains of Jane and John Does. When she realizes she absorbs memories from the brains, she sets out to solve their murders. Plus, she has a hunky boss (Rahul Kohil), a hunky love interest (One Tree Hill’s Robery Buckley) and a hunky nemesis (David Anders from The Vampire Diaries). What’s not to love?
Any old show can have a mom, a dad, and three kids, but only One Big Happy has a lesbian, a dreamy best friend, an English bombshell, and Ellen DeGeneres as executive producer. The show, which premieres March 17 on NBC, centers on Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert) and Luke (Nick Zano), long-time best friends who decide to start a family after bonding over both their parents’ nasty divorces.
So what's the hitch? Just as Lizzy turns out to be pregnant, Nick falls for and marries Prudence (Kelly Brook, Smallville) days before she has to return to England.
Admit it, we all love a train wreck, and this new 30-minute sitcom premiering on March 30 is about as cringe-worthy as they come: Weird Loners is about four romantically challenged people who become part of each others’ lives through a series of unintended consequences.
That may sound vague, but all you really need to know is that this show is funny in a “we’re laughing with them, not at them” kind of way. If The Office and The Big Bang Theory had a tragic first cousin, this show would be it. It has a hilarious cast, including Becki Newton from Ugly Betty and Zachary Knighton from Happy Endings, and offers some pretty smart subtext about the way we date today.
Ben Affleck who? As far as we're concerned, Charlie Cox (The Theory of Everything) is, and will always be, the one and only Daredevil. By day, blind Matt Murdock protects Hell’s Kitchen as a lawyer, but at night, he becomes Daredevil in this new series available to stream beginning April 10.
Alongside Karen Page, played by Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), and Wilson Fisk, portrayed by Vincent D’onfrio (Law and Order: Criminal Intent), Netflix’s interpretation of the Marvel superhero promises to be dark and gritty, and will pack its fair share of violence: Be prepared to watch it through your fingers!
After Jane The Virgin, we're on board with anything The CW throws our way. Take, for instance, The Messengers: In true CW fashion, the show casts really good looking people saving other people from the end of the world. But what makes it different? Oh, just that it's set during the end of days — you know, the Biblical Armageddon described in the Book of Revelations.
Here's the setup: A mysterious object plummets from space and transforms five strangers into “Angels of the Apocalypse.” These strangers’ lives intersect as they come together to "wage a war on evil." Sounds intriguing right? We'll be tuning in when it premieres on April 17.
Back for Season 3, this serialized reimagining of Alfred Hitchock's groundbreaking horror film Psycho follows the formative years of soon-to-be maniac Norman Bates as he lives with his (maybe incestuous) mother Norma. The show kicked off with the duo moving into a new town and taking over the Bates Motel to start over after a series of accidents left them fleeing their original home. But the past doesn't always stay buried, and this pair of oddballs are magnets for some bloody drama.
The first two seasons are available to stream on A&E's website, as well as Netflix. But you better hurry: The show already returned to Monday nights at 9 PM ET on March 9.
The version currently airing Sunday nights at 10 PM ET on A&E is a remake of the beautiful and remarkable supernatural French series Les Revenants. The gist: People long believed to have been dead suddenly return to find that life has gone on without them. They, however, remain exactly the same as the day they died. The concept is creepy and unsettling, but not in the zombie-eat-your-brains sort of way.
Though we strongly recommend you take a look at the original series (available to watch in subtitles on SundanceTV), this new version is just as intriguing.
Undateable follows the story of gruff, womanizing bachelor Danny who befriends sensitive bar owner Justin, and becomes part of his gang of silly misfits. So what's so buzzworthy about this one? Singer Bridgit Mendler joins the cast!
Undateable returns to Tuesday nights on March 17 on NBC. You can catch up with Season 1 on NBC’s website.
BBC America's breakout sci-fi thriller is already in its third season, but it is NOT one to be missed. When grifter Sarah Manning witnesses the suicide of a woman that looks just like her, she decides to claim her identity. But soon Sarah stumbles upon a very complicated conspiracy that reveals she is part of a high-level cloning network, of which she plays a very special role. Starring the indomitable Tatiana Maslany in basically every role, this one will have you hooked from episode one.
Season 3 premieres Saturday, April 18 on BBC America. Till then catch up with what you missed on Amazon Instant Video.