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The majority of new TV shows debut or return in the Fall, but January and the following few months have become equally as important in recent years. With a hiatus over Christmas, a lot of series return with jumping on points in a bid to pick up new viewers or simply for a new season.

Seven or eight months from now, we’ll all be talking about the likes of Homeland, the final run of Boardwalk Empire episodes and The Flash, but what should you be watching to get you through the cold winter months before the sun comes out and we can all venture outside again?

Luckily, there’s a lot of great television to check out at the moment. Whether it’s brand new shows or returning series you should most definitely be watching, we take a look at ten of the best. Agree? Disagree? As always, we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below!

Honourable Mention: Mad Men


Just as Don Draper has seemingly started to lose steam in both his personal and professional lives, so too has Mad Men. The period drama series set in a Madison Avenue advertising agency is certainly still one of the best shows on TV, but it no longer feels like the essential viewing experience it was during its first few years.

Perhaps then it’s for the best that it will come to an end with a final season split into two parts. The first half begins this April, while the last seven episodes will be released in 2015.

10. True Detective

True Detective

If you needed any further proof that the lines between television and movies are becoming more blurred (which is by no means a bad thing), look no further than HBO’s True Detective.

All eight episodes will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) and it stars Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), and Michelle Monaghan (Source Code). The series utilizes multiple timelines to trace two Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division homicide detectives’ hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana across seventeen years as they hunt down a twisted killer who seems to be using satanic rituals in his murders.

This is slow burn TV, with superb performances, and it promises to be something very special.

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