There’s no rest for the awesome. We’re just days into the new year, but already there’s plenty of great TV coming your way. Here are BFTV’s picks for the four shows you absolutely cannot miss in 2014 – and you can tell us which programs you’re most excited about in the comments.
The Good Wife (CBS; returns Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 PM ET/PT): Fresh off racking up three Golden Globe nominations, the crown jewel of network television will pick up its fifth season on Sunday. The series has been on fire all season long, and we can’t wait to see how it finishes out one of the best single seasons of any show, ever. Julianna Margulies remains in the crop of TV’s elite actresses, and Josh Charles is finally being recognized as one of TV’s elite actors, although we’d argue he’s been there for a long time. What amazes us about TGW is that it’s knocking the ball out of the park while doing things that most shows can’t manage, like dividing its attention between two separate law firms, and paying attention to all its characters, even with nine main cast members and a deep roster of recurring talent. The Good Wife is so good, it’s set the bar for every other show out there. Be sure to visit us every Sunday for our recaps of each episode.
Killer Women (ABC; premieres Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 10 PM ET/PT): The one freshman series to make our list features the talented Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, The Firm) as Texas Ranger Molly Parker. She’s hunting down female murderers over eight weeks, with the help of an intriguing cast made up of Marc Blucas (Necessary Roughness), BFTV favorite Michael Trucco (Revenge), Marta Milans and Alex Fernandez. We’re excited to see Helfer back on TV, and love that she’s playing a strong woman butting heads with other strong women, including Beth Riesgraf (Leverage). Plus, there’s plenty of action on tap. This one has all the ingredients to be awesome.
Suits (USA; returns Thursday, Mar. 6 at 9 PM ET/PT): BFTV’s Series of the Year finishes out its third season in March. Top attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht, right) seems to have everything – his name on the office wall and a new girlfriend – but will it last? Most TV shows are lucky if they find one person who can light up the screen, but Suits has an entire ensemble of people schooling television on how it’s done. If it were up to us, every single one of them would have an Emmy. On top of that, the show has the smartest writers in the business. Their scripts are so sharp that we’re not only quoting them, but having discussions about their plots, themes, and other elements. We have to watch this show twice every week because there’s so much to appreciate. Suits reminds us why we devoted our lives to writing about television. Stay tuned as we’ll be recapping every episode when it returns.
Impractical Jokers (TruTV; returned Thursday, Dec. 2 at 10 PM ET/PT): Hands down, the funniest show on television. We’re constantly amazed – and shocked – by what Jokers Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, Brian “Q” Quinn and James “Murr” Murray try to get away with, whether it’s cutting the line for Broadway tickets or giving mashed potatoes to folks who didn’t order them. And it’s not just the pranks that are funny; the guys’ own reactions to and commentary about their predicaments will have you snickering, too. What makes us particularly partial to Impractical Jokers is that it’s a program with a good heart. Some lines might be cringe-worthy, but ultimately, the Jokers are never out to hurt anyone but themselves. And watching them will be the most entertaining half-hour you spend all week. Check in with us afterward as we’ll have the Impractical Jokers Scorecard to comment on all the mayhem.