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15 new must-see TV shows premiering this spring

Anna Ben Yehuda

Ah, spring.

The season usually brings with it warmer weather, a renewed sense of hope and exciting new TV shows that are sure to get everyone talking.

Of course, this year is a bit different: we're all cozied up at home. Although we're still not sure how long this quarantine will last, one thing is certain: we're afforded lots of time to indulge in old-time classics and pick up some new television shows to obsess over. To that intent, here are 15 programs—plus their premiere dates and trailers—that we suggest you add to your DVRs right now.


When: April 2, 2020

Where: CBS

The sitcom follows the travails of Jackie, a single suburban mother, and her estranged sister Elizabeth, who unexpectedly shows up with her husband Javier and their assistant Luis after losing all their money. Laughs are guaranteed.

Home Before Dark

When: April 3, 2020

Where: Apple TV+

We have to be honest: especially after indulging in the master work that was The Morning Show, we had high hopes for Apple TV+, but, at least until now, the network has failed to release a worthy follow up to the Golden Globe nominated show. Home Before Dark might change that. The mystery drama stars The Florida Project's Brooklynn Prince as Hilde Lisko, who moves from Brooklyn to "the small lakeside town her father left behind" and searches for the truth about her past and "a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury." 

The Baker and the Beauty

When: April 6, 2020

Where: ABC

We've got high hopes for this new romantic comedy, given that it is adapted from the Israeli series Beauty and the Baker, which has become one of the highest-rated scripted series ever in the Middle Eastern country. The original was actually made available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video last year and found a sort of cult following there, which is what likely resulted in ABC's decision to create an American version. The latter is set in Miami, where Daniel Garcia (Victor Rasuk) works in his Cuban family's bakery. The character's life is upended after meeting an international superstar, Noa Hamilton (Nathalie Kelley), during a wild night out.


When: April 12, 2020

Where: Epix

The historical drama series is based on the eponymous 2016 novel by Julian Fellowes, which kicks off at the Duchess of Richmond's ball two days before the Battle of Waterloo in June of 1815. History buffs will surely love this. 

The Walking Dead: The World Beyond

When: April 12, 2020

Where: AMC

This spin-off to the uber successful The Walking Dead—the series' third franchise—will only last two seasons, each featuring ten episodes. Set in Nebraska ten years post-apocalypse, it focuses on two girls as a way to delve into the lives of the "first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it."

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart

When: April 13, 2020

Where: ABC

No, we did not need another Bachelor show. Yet, we got one. The dating "reality" show will also be hosted by Chris Harrison, who will help us follow musicians trying to "find love through music." For a change, we'll get live performances by the contestants instead of unknown artists.

Mrs. America

When: April 15, 2020

Where: Hulu

We'd watch anything starring Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson, but this true story about the Equal Rights Amendment seen "through the eyes of the women of that era" sounds extra awesome. Bonus points: Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem.

Defending Jacob

When: April 24, 2020

Where: Apple TV+

William Landay penned the novel that's the inspiration for the eponymous crime drama miniseries starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and J.K. Simmons. The premise is simple yet shocking: 14-year-old Jacob Barber (Jaeden Martell) is accused of being a murderer.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

When: April 26, 2020

Where: Showtime

This spin-off to Penny Dreadful takes the story to 1938 Los Angeles, about 50 years after the original. A murder case leads to plot lines about the city's history as influenced by the Mexican-American folklore that defined the era.


When: May 1, 2020

Where: Netflix

Is it May yet? The Ryan Murphy/Ian Brennan Netflix production hasn't even released a trailer yet but we're oh-so-excited about the premiere because, well, anything by Murphy always ends up being awesome. The story centers around a group of aspiring actors in post-World War II Hollywood, historically referred to as the Golden Age of the town.


When: May 1, 2020

Where: Apple TV+

The dramedy reminds of the critically acclaimed Catastrophe in style and tone. Faced with infertility problems, Jason (Rafe Spall) and Nikki (Esther Smith) contend with a new chapter of their relationship as a couple.


When: May 12, 2020

Where: The CW

Superhero lovers, unite! Based on DC Comics' Stargirl, the show will air both on DC Universe and on The CW. Brec Bassinger is Courtney Whitmore (who is Stargirl), a high school sophomore who discovers all about her powers throughout the series. Luke Wilson plays her stepfather, Pat Dugan.

The Great

When: May 15, 2020

Where: Hulu

Catherine the Great takes center stage in this satirical drama about Russian history. Elle Fanning plays the protagonist in the fictionalized and hilarious show, which stars Nicholas Hoult as Peter III of Russia.


When: May 17, 2020

Where: Starz

A dead body washes up in Cape Cod Bay and the story begins. Expect criminal investigations, dramatic turns of events and drug-related storylines.


When: May 31, 2020

Where: TNT

Seven years after the world has frozen, the few surviving humans live in a perpetually-moving train that circles the world, the Snowpiercer. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs are some of the actors starring in the show, which is based on the 2013 South Korean-Czech film of the same name and the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.

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