February marks the start of Black History Month, a time when we celebrate and elevate Black voices and culture.
In honor, we’re highlighting some TV shows that are the center of Black excellence.
These are the stories told by Black directors and producers, the ones that highlight the talents of Black actors and cast members, and aim to educate and entertain.
If you’re looking for a new show to watch, these are a good place to start!
The United States vs. Billie Holiday – Hulu
Though it premieres towards the end of the month, the upcoming American biographical drama stars Andra Day as the jazz singer and documents the Federal Bureau of Narcotic’s investigation against her.
Dear White People – Netflix
The comedy-drama follows several Black college students at an Ivy League college and tackles modern race relations.
Black-ish – ABC
The comedy tracks the Johnsons, a wealthy family, that learns the importance of incorporating race into their identity, which allows them to honor their background and history while tackling modern-day issues and dilemmas.
Lupin – Netflix
Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, a famous thief looking to avenge his father for the injustices committed against him.
On My Block – Netflix
The coming-of-age comedy focuses on a group of street-savvy Black and Latinx friends living in a Los Angeles neighborhood and navigating issues such as gang activity and gun violence daily.
Black Lightning – The CW
Jefferson Pierce suits up as the Black Lightning to protect his daughter, Jennifer, who gets recruited by a street gang in this DC Comics-inspired series.
Greenleaf – Netflix
On the outside, the Greenleafs, who manage the Memphis megachurch Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, are the poster family, but underneath it all, they’re consumed by scandal, secrets, and lies.
Lukas Cage – Netflix
Though there are only 2 seasons, Mike Colter brings to life Marvel’s crime-fighting hero with superhuman strength and abilities living in Harlem.
Power – Starz
A wealthy New York nightclub owner who has it all moonlights as a drug kingpin in this crime drama starring 50-Cent, who also serves as executive producer.
Atlanta – Hulu
The comedy-drama created by Donald Glover focuses on the music scene in Atlanta for up-and-coming rappers like Alfred Miles, who tries to take his career to the next level.
The Game – Peacock
With nine-seasons in the bag, the sitcom, a spinoff of Girlfriends, follows the wives and girlfriends of pro football players looking to launch their own careers.
For Life – ABC
Drawing inspiration from Isaac Wright Jr., the legal and family drama centers around Aaron Wallace, an imprisoned man who becomes a lawyer to fight for the freedom of other inmates, while also attempting to overturn his life sentence for a crime he was falsely accused of and get a fresh start.
Queen Sugar – OWN
The drama focuses on the estranged Bordelon siblings in Louisiana, who are brought together following a family tragedy and forced to work together to run the struggling sugar cane farm.
Raising Dion – Netflix
A kid-friendly show about a second-grader who discovers he has superhero powers and gets help navigating them from his single mom.
Underground – Hulu
The historical drama about the Underground Railroad is set in the 1850s and highlights the heroism of those who attempting a daring escape and looking for a better life and future.
When They See Us – Netflix
This Is Us – NBC
Despite being centered around a white family, Randall’s experiences trying to understand his Blackness, struggling to fit in, looking for his roots, and eventually getting to understand his background lends way to some insightful television. Sterling K. Brown does a phenomenal job telling these stories and addressing them in light of current events like the BLM movement.
Batwoman – The CW
Not season 1, per se, but season 2 redefines the tone of the series with the casting of Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, the first Black Batwoman in the franchise.
Girlfriends – Netflix
Nothing is strong than your group of girlfriends. These exceptional women are there for each other through life’s highs and lows.
Insecure – Netflix
In this comedy-drama, created by co-star Issa Rae, Issa and Molly are two best friends whose lives are overrun by their insecurities.
All American – The CW
Spencer James, a star high school football player, is recruited to play on a team in Beverly Hills. The opportunity is too good to pass up, but finding his footing in a school in a predominantly white school where the coach’s son deems him to be a threat proves to be the real challenge.
The Chi – Hulu
The coming-of-age drama about Kevin, a preteen navigating life, paints a realistic picture of the dangers that plague the residents living in the South Side of Chicago.
9 Shows That Need to Be On Your Radar for 2022
It was bittersweet saying goodbye to plenty of shows in 2021, but the plus side is that it made room for a handful of new shows that are gearing up for their highly-anticipated premieres.
There are plenty of shows that we’re excited about, but since it’s too much for anyone person to take in, we’ve condensed it to a list including the best of the best.
These are all the shows already garnering and generating buzz in 2022 — even before they’ve premiered.
Check out our list of shows (mostly new, but also a few final seasons) that should be on your radar:
How I Met Your Father – Hulu
Fans of How I Met Your Mother can re-live all the magic with a new group of friends with Hilary Duff at the helm. It’s also giving us some Younger vibes, so call it the best of both worlds.
The gender-reversed comedy premieres Tuesday, Jan. 18 with the first two episodes and then on a weekly basis.
House of the Dragon – HBO Max
Even if the final season of “Game of Thrones” left a bad taste in your mouth, don’t worry, the prequel is here to serve as a palate cleanser. Set 200 years before GOT, it’s based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood and focuses on the a civil war within House Targaryen. There is no premiere date as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from holding our breath.
BEL-AIR – Peacock
Revivals get a bad rap, but they aren’t always terrible. We’ve seen success with Saved by the Bell and Roswell, so fingers-crossed that Bel-Air, a comedy reimagined as an hour-long drama, will deliver in the same way. Will Smith has signed on for the project alongside the original creators. Jabari Banks stars as Will, a young man who moves into the gated mansion of Bel-Air in modern-day America, and explores plenty of conflicts and biases. It has been picked up for two seasons prior to the premiere on Sunday, Feb. 13 with the first two episodes and then weekly episodes.
Ozark – Netflix (Fourth and final season)
We’re crossing the finish line on Ozark this year, which is arguably a good thing because I don’t know how much more my nerves could handle. And the end is likely something the Byrde family definitely wants after getting too wrapped up in a messy situation with the Mexican cartel. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Gardner all make this series an intoxicating binge from beginning to end, even if the fourth and final season is split up into two parts with the first half arriving on Netflix on January 21.
Disney+ saw massive success with their Marvel shows, so it’s not a surprise that there’s a palpable excitement for She-Hulk starring Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, a lawyer who has one small favor to ask: don’t make her angry. She’s the less-angry-but-just-as-green cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, who is expected to make an appearance. No premiere date has been announced yet.
Inventing Anna – Netflix
Shonda Rhines is making her mark on Netflix with a series based on the true and shocking story of fashionable grifter Anna Delvey who faked being a German heiress to scam New York New Yorker’s into thinking she was a German heiress. Ozark’s secret weapon, Julia Gardner, works miracles as Delvey. The cast also stars Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. This is a can’t miss limited series that hits Netflix on February 11.
Lord of the Rings – Amazon Prime
This is a big one for fans of the LOTR films! The television adaptation is a prequel set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and features an ensemble cast — both new and familiar — as they confront an evil unlike ever before in the Second Middle Age. It will make its mark on Amazon Prime on September 22.
Stranger Things – Netflix
We’ve paid our dues waiting to catch up with the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Only this time, the action will take us to California and Soviet Russia (because, yes, Hopper is alive — spoiler) as the group of friends tries to stop the supernatural entities of the Upside Down once and for all. A premiere date (for the fourth and possible final season) announcement is likely on the horizon, but our money is on late spring or early summer. After all, we’ve waited long enough!
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Disney+
Disney and Star Wars go hand-in-hand, and with the success of the recent The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, it only makes sense that they would dive into Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series is set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith. In a real treat, Ewan McGregor will reprise the titular role, while Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader. No premiere date has been announced.
13 Year-Defining Shows You Have to Watch Before 2021 Comes to an End
2021 was a great year for television!
With several streaming services providing top-notch content alongside primetime, there was always something buzz-worthy gracing our screens.
And while it was hard to narrow down the best offerings of the year, there were some shows that defined the year.
These are the shows everyone was watching and everyone was obsessed with!
Check out our list and let us know if there’s a show you’d add!
Only Murders in the Building – Hulu
When Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short come together, shenanigans (and murders) are sure to follow. These murder mystery aficionados pursued a murder in their own building and turned it into a groundbreaking podcast… and more.
Squid Game – Netflix
Move over, Tiger King. This Korean drama took the world by storm and kept viewers on the edge of their seats as contestants engaged in deadly versions of beloved children’s games.
Money Heist – Netflix
After five action-packed seasons, Money Heist took its final bow, but not before delivering several jaw-dropping twists. Did the Dalia mask wearing gang manage to pull off the biggest heist in the world?
The Chair – Netflix
Sandra Oh spearheads the drama about the first woman of color as the head of the English department at a prestigious university.
Sex/Life – Netflix
Is there anyone who didn’t watch Netflix’s steamy Sex/Life and oogle Adam Demos’s package? A suburban wife goes down a fantasy memory-lane, which reconnects her to a past lover.
Loki – Disney+
Another Disney+ film – post Avengers: Endgame – follows the adventures of Tom Hiddleston’s character Loki, Thor’s adopted brother and god of mischief.
Ted Lasso – Apple TV+
The comedy’s second feel-good season explores the reason behind soccer coach Ted Lasso’s (played by Jason Sudeikis) kindness and its effect on everyone around him.
Yellowstone – Paramount
If you’ve been hearing more and more about Yellowstone, that’s because everyone and their parents are obsessed with the Western drama about the Dutton family, a powerful family of ranchers. It even spawned a prequel titled 1883.
Maid – Netflix
The limited series focuses on a single mom’s willingness to survive as she who works as a cleaning lady to escape an abusive relationship and create a better life for her daughter.
La Brea – NBC
In a TV landscape that doesn’t favor post-apocalyptic, supernatural dramas, La Brea found its groove and a dedicated audience. A sinkhole opens up in Los Angeles that transports a group of people to 10,000 B.C. A father’s quest to find his family fuels a rescue mission and reveals a deeper connection.
The Other Two – HBO Max
After Schitt’s Creek comes The Other Two, a comedy about two siblings hailing from former SNL head writers . Cary and Brooke are both looking to find their big break, and find their lives turned upside down when their younger brother becomes a viral sensation instead.
Cruel Summer – Freeform
A teen drama set over three summers in the 1990s explores a young girl’s disappearance and how it affects the rest of her small-town.
WandaVision – Disney+
The mini-series and sequel to Avengers: Endgame finds Wanda Maximoff and Vision living their ideal lives in the suburbs only to find that not everything is as it seems.
When Do All Your Favorite TV Shows Return After the Holidays?
After you celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year, it might seem difficult to find something to look forward to.
But a brand new year means that all of your favorite TV shows are back from the dreaded hiatus!
New shows, old shows, and hit shows will be making their way onto your screen to provide hours of entertainment!
Here’s when and where you can reconnect with your favorite TV characters:
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022
8 pm NEXT LEVEL CHEF (series premiere)
MONDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm: 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 3 premiere)
9 pm: THE CLEANING LADY (series premiere)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm: I Can See Your Voice (Season 2 premiere)
9 pm: NEXT LEVEL CHEF (regular time slot premiere)
THURSDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm: JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER (2-hour series premiere)
SUNDAY, JAN. 9
8 pm (5 pm PT): Call Me Kat (Season 2 premiere)
8:30 pm (5:30 pm PT): PIVOTING (series premiere)
9 pm: Bob’s Burgers
THURSDAY, JAN. 13
8 pm: JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER
9 pm: Call Me Kat (regular time slot)
9:30 pm: PIVOTING (regular time slot premiere)
SUNDAY, JAN. 30
10 pm (7 pm PT): MONARCH (series premiere)
TUESDAY, FEB. 1
8 pm: The Resident
9 pm: MONARCH (regular time slot premiere)
TUESDAY, DEC. 7
9:30-10 pm: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY
SUNDAY, JAN 2
10 pm: The Rookie
MONDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm: The Bachelor
TUESDAY, JAN. 4
9 pm: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY
9:30 pm: black-ish
10 pm: Queens
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm: The Goldbergs
8:30 pm The Wonder Years
9 pm: The Conners
9:31 pm: Home Economics
10 pm: The Chase
THURSDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm: WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT
MONDAY, JAN. 24
1o pm: PROMISED LAND
WEDNESDAY, FEB 23
10 pm: A Million Little Things
THURSDAY, FEB. 24
8 pm: Station 19
9 pm: Grey’s Anatomy
10 pm: Big Sky
FRIDAY, JAN 7
9 pm: Nancy Drew
TUESDAY, JAN. 11
8 pm: Superman & Lois
9 pm: NAOMI
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12
8 pm: Legends of Tomorrow
9 pm: Batwoman
THURSDAY, JAN 13
8 pm: Walker
SUNDAY, JAN. 16
9 pm: Two Sentence Horror Stories
MONDAY, JAN. 17
9 pm: 4400
THURSDAY, JAN 27
8 pm: Legacies
MONDAY, FEB. 21
9 pm: All American: Homecoming
SUNDAY, MARCH 6
8 pm: Riverdale (new night)
WEDNESDAY, March 9
8 pm: The Flash (new night)
9 pm: Kung Fu
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
8 pm: Charmed
9 pm: Dynasty (new night)
MONDAY, Jan. 3
8 p.m.: Kenan
9 p.m.: That’s My Jam
10 p.m.: Ordinary Joe
TUESDAY, Jan. 4
8 p.m.: American Auto (time period premiere)
8:30 p.m.: Grand Crew (time period premiere)
9 p.m.: This Is Us
WEDNESDAY, Jan 5
8 pm: Chicago Med
9 pm: Chicago Fire
10pm: Chicago PD
MONDAY, Feb. 21
8 p.m.: American Song Contest
10 p.m.: The Endgame
THURSDAY, Feb. 24
8 p.m.: Law & Order
FRIDAY, Feb. 25
8 p.m.: The Blacklist (new time period)
FRIDAY, March 8
10 p.m.: The Thing About Pam
TUESDAY, March 15
8 p.m.: Young Rock
8:30 p.m.: Mr. Mayor
SUNDAY, Jan. 2
8 p.m.: The Equalizer
10 p.m.: SWAT (new time period)
MONDAY, Jan 3
8:30 p.m.: Bob Hearts Abishola
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 5
8 p.m.: The Amazing Race
10 p.m.: Good Sam
THURSDAY, Jan 6
8:30 p.m.: United States of AI
9 p.m.: Ghosts
9:30 p.m.: B Positive
10 p.m.: Bull
FRIDAY, Jan. 7
8 p.m.: Undercover Boss
10 p.m.: Blue Bloods
MONDAY, Jan. 31
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT: Grammy Awards
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 2
8 p.m.: Celebrity Big Brother
WEDNESDAY, March 9
8 p.m.: Survivor
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